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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Anxiety Relief & Relaxation | 5 Products for a Calmer Mind


If you've followed my blog for a while or have had a delve and a rummage through my older posts, you may know that I suffer with panic attacks.  From time to time, I can feel a little bit edgy and although it's impossible to take it all away completely, there are some products on the market that I have found to be very good at helping me to relax and soothe my mind a little more. I know there's a lot of people out there who suffer with panic attacks and thought I'd share with you some of my favourite products that I reach for when I need a bit of calm in my life.  If you're going through a bad patch, you'll be amazed at how much good a little bit of 'me time' will do and hopefully you will pick up some tips and tricks from this post.  Even if you don't suffer with anxiety, you may find some of the products of interest for those days where you just need a little bit of a pick me up... Because we all need a little bit of TLC sometimes, right?

Elemis | Spa Home: Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir | £19.00 | Link
There's nothing like a relaxing, hot bath when you've had 'one of those days'. It's amazing what a difference they make and I always find that I fall asleep so much easier if I've had a bath of an evening.  Just recently, I decided it was about time I treated myself to a new bath soak and Elemis came to the rescue! This bath elixir has the most relaxing, luxurious scent which lingers on your skin once you've stepped out of the bath. I simply pour a little bit into running water and let the fragrance do it's thing.  Blended with cocoa butter and rich in aromatic oils,  it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth afterwards. I always find myself feeling really sleepy and relaxed once I've used this! Totally worth the money in my opinion - it would make a lovely Christmas present for a friend or relative who's been going through a bit of stress recently.  Elemis also do a matching massage oil which I have on my wish-list! The scent is unbelievable and it's without a doubt one of my favourite fragrances when it comes to 'stress relieving' products.

Bach | Rescue Remedy | £9.99 | Link
I won't say too much about this one since I did a full review a while back (you can find that here if you're interested!).  I always have a bottle of this with me.  In fact, I have 2 bottles on the go at the moment - I keep one on my bedside table and one in my makeup bag for on the go.  I've used this since I did my GCSE's and I've always find it helps me along a little bit if I'm feeling a bit panicky or stressed out.  I prefer the 'dropper' version, but if you're not fan of the taste then they also do pastilles and spray versions to try.  I couldn't live without this stuff - it just takes the edge off a panic attack and helps me to feel more calm if I'm having a stressful day. I used to keep a bottle in my locker at work! Honestly, I leave a trail of these things everywhere I go...

Badger | Sleep Balm | £3.99 | Link
I've known about this stuff for years! I remember I used to use it when I first started secondary school (a bloomin' long time ago) and I've recently re-discovered it's benefits.  I'm not great with flying and I always try to sleep through the journey if I can - so there always used to be a pot of this in my flight bag!  It's a solid balm which comes in a handy pot (also - how cute is the badger?!) and is perfect for travelling or keeping by your bed. No mess, no fuss and all natural ingredients. I simply rub a little on my temples, wrists and neck before bed and the scent helps me drift off to sleep a little easier - it has a very subtle warming effect too which only adds to it's soothing properties. As with most products meant for relaxation, it contains that familiar hint of lavender - it really is such a lovely scent and has a certain 'spice' to it.  They also do a 'Yoga and Meditiation' version which I'm thinking of getting soon and a sleep balm for little ones if you have a small child who struggles to drift off.  For under a fiver each, they're worth a try and I'm so happy that Feel Unique stock them as they used to be difficult to get your paws on! They do all sorts of pots - oh they're so cute I just want to collect them all...

The Body Shop | Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist | £10.00 | Link
I've had countless bottles of this stuff and I remember hearing that they'd discontinued it and feeling utterly lost! Luckily, it's still on the shelves and I will always recommend this stuff to people who really do struggle to get to sleep at night (If you're reading this, The Body Shop, please never ever discontinue this stuff - my sleep pattern depends on it!).  With camomile and blended essential oils the spray feels gentle and soothing on the skin and I always spritz it on my pillows, pyjamas and chest area before going to sleep.  It works a treat for me, and I always find I fall asleep much better once I've used this! It's perfect if you've been tossing and turning for hours - breathing the mist in deeply and taking a few calming breaths really does help relax and empty the mind if it just won't shut off.  I took a bottle of this along to London for a week with me as I knew I wouldn't sleep well with the noise - it seemed to do the trick the majority of the time! I've even been known to pack the stuff in my suitcase. Yep. Addicted.

Dermalogica | Stress Relief Treatment Oil | £16.90 | Link
The most recent addition to my anxiety army! I've recently been going for massages at a local spa/salon and I never realised just how much difference they make! I've always been a little sceptical about them but I've been proven wrong - I always leave feeling completely relaxed and ready for bed (I go at 7.30 at night and driving home afterwards can be a bit of a task if you're not careful!).  If you suffer badly with anxiety, you'll be surprised at just how much tension you hold throughout your body, and you can literally feel the 'knots' and tense-ness just disappear. Amazing. The 'undone' feeling instantly transfers to your mind-set and i've never experienced feeling so completely relaxed before! Anyway,  after my massage last week, I asked the receptionist about the oils they use - they smell gorgeous, leave the skin feeling silky smooth and warm up the muscles slightly so that you're left feeling like you're drifting on a little cloud of relaxation afterwards (I will do a little post on the massages I have if you're interested as I feel as if I'm rambling off on one now...) She wrote down the name of this one and I promptly went home and ordered myself a bottle.  The spa used the 'Dermalogica Professional' which smells a little stronger and works a little deeper (you can't buy it on the market unless you're a registered spa/salon I believe), but this one is just as good and is virtually the same.  I haven't used it much yet but I simply rub a little in around my shoulders and neck before bed and often rub a little onto my wrists during the day if I'm feeling edgy. I'd really recommend something like this if you're after a really good multipurpose relaxation oil.

And there we have my anxiety-busting army! I know this is a bit of a different post for me but hopefully you've found something of interest and feel inspired to try and relax your mind a little more! A lot of people simply ignore their anxiety and don't realise just how much difference a product or two can make - even just a relaxing bath now and again helps keep your mind at rest.  I'm looking to expand my little collection in the near future so I'll be sure to keep you all posted...

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite product for a relaxing treat? 

21 comments:

  1. This is such a good and helpful post, im also and panic attack and anxiety sufferer and recently my attacks have flared up again meaning i havent been able to sleep very well, im going to run myself a bath now and have a hunt for some of these products next time im shopping! Thankyou :)

    Frankie Boo Blog

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    1. Thankyou Frankie :) Mine have flared up again recently - so I know exactly what you mean when you say you're sleeping has been disrupted! It's usually one of the first things to suffer. Get running that bath! :P I'd really recommend the Body Shop mist as a starting product - It seems to work well for me :) x

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  2. Great post Beth :). I used the Bach remedy spray for driving lessons and sixth form but stopped using it for a couple of years now. Thinking I should buy it again now for my anxiety and panic attacks after reading this :) Thank you xxx

    -Sarah Speaks

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    1. Thanks Sarah! :) Ohh yes i used to use it like crazy for my driving lessons! I must have almost drank the bottle when it was my test! haha
      Oo it's worth trying it again - if it helped before it will probably help you along now :) x x

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  3. Thankyou for posting this, I'm not sure but i think I may have anxiety as I literally get terrified when walking alone in the dark and get extremely nervous over tiny things which really shouldnt affect me. You're right about a nice relaxing bath, it really does help you get to sleep at night. I definitely want to get some of that body shop pillow mist, I've heard Molton Brown do a good one too :) xx

    lipgloss-and-lashes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Rebecca :) Ahh yes it sounds as if you could be an anxiety sufferer. I always get worried over silly, tiny things so its worth keeping your eye on it. It's worth nipping it in the bud as soon as it starts - so definitely get running that bath! :P Oo i never knew Molton Brown did one? Off to have a gander now! x x

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  4. This is such a great post Beth! I haven't got anxiety exactly, but I am such a worrier and I can dwell on small things that get me into such a state! I regulary have trouble sleeping solidly at night so I might go see if my local Body Shop still has that sleep mist - it sounds amazing! xxx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Lovely post, as usual! It's good to do something a little different every now and again, this sort of post is helpful for so many people (myself included!). If you had to choose just ONE of these as the ultimate calmer, which one would it be? I've never really tried any products for calming and panic relief ..apart from those chewy sweets from Bach(!) so I've never been sure how effectively they'd work :( xxxx

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  6. I have never suffered with anxiety but recently I have started become very worried and panicking over the smallest things which I'm told is a mild form of anxiety. Not sure what has sparked it but `i read a post of yours a while ago on it and found it very informative. I work in a beauty department and we sell 'This Works'. They do a pillow spray that absolutely flies off the shelves. I haven't had too much trouble sleeping but I want to try it as so many people swear by it! Maybe give that a try! Its £16 which I think is a pretty good price for a good nights rest! xxx

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  7. Love the sound of that pillow mist from the body shop. I always struggle to unwind so I found this post really helpful - great concept and you did it really well as it was super informative :)


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  8. This post came at the perfect time for me, my anxiety is ridiculous at the moment, I really need something to chill me out!
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  9. Hey Beth, great post! Really admire you talking about anxiety and panic attacks. It's not something I suffer with but I am a very "stressy" person. I'm always worrying and find it hard to unwind. I have a Body Shop pillow spray (not the same as yours, it's quite old) and a L'Occitane one - they definitely help. I'm going to check out the badger stuff, I love Lavender and like you, hate flying so this would be handy for travelling.

    On a different note, I've got a MAC Lipstick giveaway on my blog if you or your lovely readers would like to check it out http://www.beautyandlechic.com/

    Claire x

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  10. Such a helpful post! I suffer from anxiety and often find it hard to sleep due to stress and over-thinking. I'm seriously considering purchasing the Badger Sleep Balm as it would be perfect to keep at my bedside and in my bag if I'm away from home! Also The Body Shop's Deep Sleep mist sounds delightful, may have to purchase this too :)
    I'll be doing an anxiety post and how I'm coping with it very soon so be sure to keep an eye out :)

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    Peach Pow XO

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  11. The Body Shop pillow mist sounds fab. I'm definitely going to be picking myself up a bottle, my sleep is anything but great at the minute, anxiety really isn't very nice at all, and how cute is that badger?! Kind of want to buy it for that alone, but it does sound brilliant too!
    Thank you for this post, it's been so helpful and I can't wait to get stuck in to trying the products. Fingers crossed they work for me too! xxx

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  12. This is a great post! I suffer from major insomnia and some products in your post I haven't tried! At this point I welcome anything!! Something I find helpful for calming is the Origins Peace of Mind sensory therapy. It really helps de-stress and relax.

    Kendra
    www.beautybykendrac.com
    youtube.com/beautybykendrac

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  13. Great post I struggle to sleep going to have to try the deep sleep.
    I have a Mac and Lush giveaway if you want to enter :)
    Sophie
    xx
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  14. great post :)

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  15. This is a great post, I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and sometimes struggle with sleep at night too. The Body Shop mist and the Rescue Remedy sound brilliant! xx

    Curls & Swirls Beauty Blog

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  16. This is such an amazing post, its the first that I've seen for something like this. I often need things to help me sleep etc and at the moment all I've got is some councelling from the doctors and rescue remedy which they said would help. Its good, but I'd rather find more alternatives :) xx

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  17. This is such a helpful post, will definitely look into a couple of these :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  18. feeling great to see such kind of outstanding stuff. feeling great to see such kind of stuff.
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