Lavender has a soothing scent that can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, both of which can help you relax and even drift off to sleep. Put dried lavender in a vase near your bed or use lavender infused moisturizer.
One of the compounds in chamomile binds to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium, which means the tea acts as a mild tranquilizer.
Foot rubs help to relieve stress and possibly even migraines. While it’s nice to be treated to a foot massage, you can do it yourself by running under the base of your toes to calm your head and massaging the ball of your foot to relax your chest, says reflexologist Mara Nicandro, director of Therapeutic Massage of Texas. Rubbing your big toes releases soothing endorphins, which can help you relax.
While it is tempting to eat sugar when you are stressed – too much sugar can increase your heart rate and intensify stress, but a small amount of dark chocolate may help reduce stress hormones like cortisol.
Experts say that soaking in warm water has a soothing effect, since it connects us to our time in the womb. Add lavender bath oils or aromatherapy candles and you will be ready for the week ahead.