Thursday, September 30, 2010

Soothe Away Stress Part 9

If you missed the other parts, check them out here

Here are four more tips from Good Housekeeping's Kate Hanley on how to reduce and soothe away your stress.

Chamomile Tea Bag Soak:
Treat your tired eyes to a treatment that’s as relaxing as it is beautifying. Soak two chamomile tea bags in lightly warmed milk until soft. Place the tea bags over your closed eyes and rest in a quiet, comfortable spot for 10 minutes. The milk replenishes moisture in the delicate skin, and the scent of chamomile is soothing to frayed nerves. After 10 minutes, gently rinse with warm water and apply your favorite eye cream.

Do Less:
World-class travelers offer great advice: once you've finished packing, remove three things. You likely won't miss them, your remaining clothes will be less wrinkled, and you'll have room for souvenirs. This week, look at your to-do list cross three things off. Whether you move them to next week or decide they're not necessary, this exercise helps you keep enough time to accommodate the unexpected or spend an afternoon doing whatever you darn well please.

Make Resolutions You Can Keep:
This year, forget about resolving to do something you “should” do — whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, or finding a new job — and instead make a commitment to do more of something you want to do. What’s perking up your ears every time you hear it mentioned? What do you daydream about doing? The sooner you start heeding this internal call, the sooner you’ll be immersed in pursuing something that makes you feel gratified and inspired.

Demi De-Clutter:
Getting completely organized can be an elusive — and overwhelming — goal. Instead, choose one small space that needs attention — the junk drawer in the kitchen, the stack of mail on the dining room table, or even the glove box of your car — and de-clutter it. Throw out or recycle anything you don't need, take care of anything that needs attention, and give the area a quick wipe-down. Ahhh. That’s better. Now you’ve created a little space for something new to grow.