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As a girl who loves her diamonds (it’s my birthstone after all) I knew that one day my engagement ring would be my most prized possession. I may hate washing the dishes and despise cleaning the bathtub, but boy do I feel the opposite about my precious ring! I enjoy giving it a gentle scrub every other week or so. Wondering how you can keep your engagement ring sparkly and clean? Keep reading to see how I clean my ring!
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I’ve struggled with anxiety for a few years and I’m fairly certain stress is inevitable in everybody’s lives. Although I once suffered from terrible anxiety on a daily basis, I’ve made considerable moves towards battling it naturally over the years. I don’t like the idea of taking medications to solve my problems, so I’ve made stride to get rid of my stress and anxiety naturally, and you should too! While I’m not a doctor, these are just a few tips I’ve learned over the years, from the easiest to the hardest.
Use Essential Oils for Stress Relief
You’ve got to trust me here. I never believed in essential oils, even after using lavender for sleep purposes and lemon in my water. But then I used the Stress Away oil from Young Living (this is not an ad) and it changed my life. I swear! Alone it smells amazing, but I apply it to the back of my neck when I’m feeling an anxiety attack coming on or a considerable amount of stress. Almost immediately when I smell it my body begins to relax, but about 20 minutes after I put it on, my heart rate lowers, I breathe slower and my mood improves. I don’t know how it it works, but it honestly feels like magic. I can’t love on this product enough and I have shared it with almost every single co-worker and friend who suffers!
This one is easier said than done. I don’t know the exact science or correlation behind it, but I’ve found that when I drink strong coffee (like iced coffee) I tend to have a bit more anxiety or worry throughout the day, especially if I consume it before a presentation. I believe it has something to do with my heart rate. Naturally, I have a faster than normal heart rate and drinking coffee only speeds it up, which often leads to the panic attack. If I drink caffeine late at night, it doesn’t keep me awake but it does increase the chances that I’ll wake up with anxiety as soon as my eyes open.
Get a Good Workout In
Runner’s high is a real thing! My mood can do a complete 360 if I get in a good workout. Endorphins this, endorphins that. Just make sure you’re not overdoing it, which could really increase your already elevated heart rate and push you into faint zone (from experience). My favorites for getting the anxious energy out: hot yoga, cycle and a long run outdoors with my dog.
Take “Me” Time
This is a huge one that I’ve really learned the importance of over the past few years. Personally, I have a few things I do at least once a month and somethings I make sure to do once a week. Monthly, I get a 60-90 minute massage at a local massage club at which I’ve been a member for the past 2 years. It’s not super expensive, it’s something that I’ve budgeted for and it really, really works. It’s almost always perfect scheduled (although I schedule a month in advance) on some of my hardest weeks and makes me feel so relaxed and indulged. Other things that I like to incorporate are bubble baths, reading in bed on the weekend, alone, before it’s dark outside (I know, what a luxury) and getting my nails done. It’s less about the activity and more about engaging with a relaxing activity while soaking in your thoughts and feelings. Hippie-dippie I know, but it really helps to be more intentional with your alone time.
Identify and Remove the Stressor
Even more difficult than cutting out caffeine, sometimes the best way to reduce your stress is to find out what’s causing it and quit it! I’ve suffered from debilitating work, relationship and self-conscience anxiety over the years. Most of the time this anxiety started at once place in my life and manifested across all other aspects to the point where it was difficult to pinpoint exactly why I was so upset all of the time. It honestly feels so freeing when you have that a-ha moment and you realize the cause of the anxiety and you’re able to counteract it by eliminating that stress in your life. I highly recommend it! You are ultimately in control of your mood and your mind, so if something is not serving you well, kick it to the curb.
How have you been able to deal with stress and anxiety? Leave your tips below or tweet me at @rachelregal_!
We had a big “snow day” this weekend in Atlanta, which meant everything shut down and we went no where for an entire 24 hours. It was tough, but with my new Apple TV I was able to catch up on a lot of Netflix, TV and YouTubing. My favorite thing to watch when I want to cuddle up for a few hours is documentaries – and I know I share the sentiment with many of you too! The following are, in my opinion, the best documentaries on Netflix.
Dogs on the Inside
Dogs on the Inside is about rescue dogs who are being rehabilitated by inmates… and the other way around. If you love dogs, you’ll love this one! It’s so heartwarming and gives you such a different opinion of criminals. I loved this doc so much that I even researched how I could get involved in the local nonprofit that does similar work.
Twinsters is another feel good doc all about family, friendship and fate. I especially enjoyed how it showcases how differently people, despite being genetically twins, can grow up completely differently based on how they are raised. It’s funny and sweet, sometimes a little sad, but mostly an uplifting watch!
Into the Abyss
I don’t know what it is about crime/prison documentaries but they are so interesting to me. Just like in real life, I love a good story about a troubled someone overcoming adversity and environment and changing for the good. I also appreciate the notion that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, so being able to see inside the prisoner’s personalities in Into the Abyss is a good reminder that everyone is human despite their history and mistakes.
Rich Hill is eye opening. If you have a soft spot for children – or even if you don’t, because I wouldn’t say I necessarily do – this movie is so heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly uplifting, just real life in a struggling town through the eyes of the children. Really one of my favorites! I could watch it over and over.
The Queen of Versailles
And the exact opposite of the previous documentary, The Queen of Versailles is about a rich woman/family and just how lavishly they live. It’s one of those movies that makes you rethink the notion “The grass is greener on the other side.” Very intriguing on both a financial and personal connection level.
Bonus (HBO Documentary): How to Dance in Ohio is my absolute favorite documentary of all time. Find a way to watch it!
Loving what you’ve read? Grab your heated blanket (am I the only one that got one for Christmas under the age of 58?), your popcorn and your man/dog and bundle up for the night with these heartwarming and educational movies!
Got a favorite you need to add? Leave it in the comments or tweet it to me at @rachelregal_!