Stress is one of the most debilitating conditions we can put our minds and bodies under, so learning how to manage it is essential to keeping yourself healthy and balanced. As This Works are the experts when it comes to sleep, it comes as little surprise that they know a thing or two too,about managing stress and staying happy and positive.
What is Stress?
Simply put, stress can be described as feelings of physical and emotional pressure that cause you anxiety, worry and upset. It radically affects your mood and energy levels, and can debilitate your ability to go about your daily activities.
Scientifically speaking, stress causes a rush of hormones in your body that can lead to raised blood pressure levels and increased heart rate. While these are fine for the body to endure for short periods of time, stress is a longer-term condition that causes these hormones to be continually released. This can result in problems from headaches and high blood pressure, to low moods and digestive issues.
Why do we get stressed?
If you are feeling particularly stressed, anxious or worried, it's important to try and address the reasons why.
- Are you feeling worried about work? If you are, make a list of what tasks you need to complete and what is worrying you, and speak to your manager. They will be able to help alleviate some of your concerns and set up ways that you can manage your workload and time better to help remedy the stress of being overloaded with work.
- Are you stressed about your personal life? If you're struggling with balancing work and family life, finances, or friendships, make a list of everything that is worrying about you and talk to someone who you can trust, such as your partner, family member or friend. They will be able to give you a fresh perspective on a stressful situation and help you see things a little more clearly.
There is no one cure to managing stress, so it's important to find out what best works for you and try and find a solution that suits your emotional and physical needs. However, a good night's sleep, and the use of certain essential oils can help everyone to combat feelings of anxiety and worry, and leave you with a lot more positivity in your life.
The new Stress Check collection from This Works has been especially formulated with a unique blend of botanicals and essential oils that leave you feeling uplifted, refreshed and a lot more relaxed! While you can use the products just before bedtime to help calm feelings of stress from the day, they can also be used in the morning before you start your day to help you begin in the best possible way.
1.Stress Check Breathe InThe Stress Check Breathe In Rollerball is perfect to use if you are feeling particularly stressed, thanks to its high levels of essential oils that leave you feeling calm and collected. Revitalising Eucalyptus helps to counter emotional and physical fatigue by invigorating your senses so you start to feel more like yourself. The essential oil of Frankincense actually acts as an antiseptic, which is brilliant for soothing infections, making this great to use if you are suffering from a cold, and you need some relief. Lavender Oil helps to fight hypertension, nervous tension and insomnia, to help you calm feelings of anxiety and reduce your stress levels. You can roll the oil straight onto pulse points to help you relax, or if you are suffering from a cold, roll the oil onto a tissue and inhale deeply to clear your nose and mind.
2.Stress Check Face OilThis unique facial oil from This Works has been formulated to use in the morning time, when your skin needs an energising boost to prep it for the day ahead. When you wake up, your skin can be at its most dehydrated, especially if you are feeling particularly stressed. This is because when you have a poor nights sleep, you lose water from your cells and it causes you to awake with a dull and drying complexion. The Stress Check Face Oil is enriched with a super blend of oils including Omega 3, Sunflower and Moringa, as well as Vitamins C and E to soothe any irritation and redness and leave your complexion glowing! Not only that, but the soothing scent of Lavender and Chamomile is great for calming feelings of anxiety when you need to the most! The oil is super lightweight and sinks in straightaway to the skin, making it great to use a hydrating boost in the morning time.
3.Stress Check Face MaskThe Stress Check Face Mask is the new age of skincare and face masks thanks to its unique technology. It only needs to be left on the skin for 10 minutes, making it the perfect flash mask to use in the morning when your skin needs an essential pick me up. Infused with a blend of botanicals to hydrate and energise, including Peppermint Extract to calm the skin, Turmeric Oil to provide protection against environmental and stress damage, Rose Root to help keep skin safe from external aggressors, and an exclusive This Works blend, known as Bio-Boost, to help keep your skin well moisturised. It's suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive, while its therapeutic blend of essential oils will calm you mental mood and leave you feeling clarified and ready to face the day ahead.
4.Stress Check Hair ElixirYour hair is one of the best places to apply a fragrance thanks to the fact its fibres hold onto scent much better and longer that your skin. It is one of the reasons that the Stress Check Hair Elixir is one of the most effective products we have tried in helping combat feelings of anxiety and stress. Enriched with a unique relaxing Superblend of Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Chamomile and Vetivert, the Elixir also contains nourishing Tamanu and Mongogo Oils, which help to hydrate the hair and leave it feeling super soft and healthy. You can apply as often as you need to, but the fragrance bursts its scent when hair is moved, so keep spritzing and swishing for maximum effect!