The Scream In The Car

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By Eliza David

You can’t punch a keystroke these days without running into a blog post about stress and how to rid yourself of it. Unsolicited advice inundates your social media timelines. It’s plastered within the glossy pages of magazines in your doctor’s office. And, be honest: we all have that one friend who swears by the rigors of CrossFit for calm.

Almost all of these advancements in stress relief have one thing in common: a financial investment. You end up shelling out $69.95 a month for a yoga studio membership, grasping the few precious moments of om that you can fit into your over-packed schedule. Monthly rubdowns by a talkative masseuse who insists on telling you why Game of Thrones is required viewing can be pricey as well. If these options do the trick for you, by all means…but I have a suggestion.

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How Meditation Has Changed My Life

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By Kristina Baltutis

Recently, my partner and I went on a two night camping trip with our dogs. The second morning, I was lying on a picnic table, looking up at the trees, and pondering the irony that this place was a beautiful spot to meditate, but I hadn’t stopped to meditate once. Letting out a wistful sigh, I commented as such to my partner.

You’ve been on vacation relaxing, I think you’ll be fine,” he responded.

Looking back on it now, his response doesn’t seem that absurd. He’s seen me meditating, and since we hadn’t talked about it, how would he know that within my quiet outward appearance, my mind is always a swirling war of distraction. But in the moment, I was very confused because his response didn’t make any sense. To me, relaxation and meditation are barely related. They’re more like distant cousins who occasionally see each other at Thanksgiving dinner. After a few moments of staring at him in confusion, my mind landed on the stunning conclusion: He has no idea why I meditate. Continue reading

Creating Calm When Feeling Stressed

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We all know that feeling of the emotional brink. Simply put, the ‘I’m exhausted, tears are coming, where’s the effing chocolate/wine?!‘ moment. It’s typically composed of a gradual buildup of personal and professional to-dos that seem manageable, until…they just don’t.

Feeling overwhelmed isn’t only fatiguing, it’s frustrating, because it’s often hard to know where to begin. While a 15 minute nap or hour of power yoga class is ideal, that’s not always an option in the moment.

On tap today, we’re sharing how we handle stress with a minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes to spare.

So, grab a calming scent. Whether it’s a lavender candle, peppermint essential oils, or chamomile tea, zero in on a fragrance that provides an element of relaxation in body and mind. And let’s get started.

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