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Zen: How to Rest and De-stress

Spring may be here, but that doesn't mean we're not stressed to the max. Whether it's from the looming threat of another winter storm or a deadline at work, stress is huge part of everyday life. 

Before you get too stressed thinking about stress, we've brought back a fan fav to chill you out a bit: The Zen Collection. There are seven fragrances - including White Chamomile and Soothing Lavender (my personal fav). Light one of these babies and you'll be on your way to finding inner peace. 

So, now that you've got Zen lit and you're feeling halfway serene - what's next? Lucky for you we've compiled an easy DIY list on how to rest and de-stress:   

Green Tea & Bergamot | The Zen Collection | Colonial Candle

 1. Take a Deep Breath 

How often do you find yourself hunched over your desk at work, not moving for hours at a time? Probably a lot more than you realize. The easiest and fastest way to feeling *zen* is by focusing on your breathing. 

But don't take our word for it. The American Institute of Stress has an entire blog post on how breathing is one of the best ways to relieve stress.

2. Drink Green Tea 

Or even better, light a Green Tea & Bergamont.

Green tea is a fantastic way to counteract anxiety - and it's all natural. A few years back, Woman's Health Mag wrote an article listing advice on how to instantly de-stress your life. Guess what made the cut: good ole green tea! It's got an amino acid, called theanine, that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation.

3. Exercise

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." Thanks Elle Woods

She's right! Literally any form of exercise can act as a de-stresser and distract you from your daily troubles. So, pick your poison. It doesn't matter if you're a yogi or a marathoner, just get moving. 

4. Listen to Music 

Obviously, we're not talking about screamo, instead listen to something with a slower tempo, like light jazz or classical music. The University of Nevada found that music around 60 bpm causes the brain to create alpha brainwaves. These brainwaves are present when we're relaxed. 

It's time to break out the Beethoven. 

5. Meditation 

Meditation can be a bit daunting. The first thing that comes to mind is probably a monk sitting criss-cross applesauce somewhere in the Far East, but that doesn't mean it has to be intimidating.

Psych Central breaks down the process so it's easy to understand: 

Find a quiet spot away from any commotion (yes, that also includes your phone) and start by focusing solely on your breathing. Start with 60 seconds, then work your way up to five minutes... then fifteen minutes... thirty minutes... the more you practice, the better you'll get. 

Hopefully these five tips can really help you de-stress. They might take some practice (especially #5), but they'll come with time. In the meantime, Zen is here to help!

 

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