Bouts of stress and anxiety sneak up on all of us, but this year, I’ve made it my mission not to let them beat me down. When I start to feel panicked, I try to take inventory of the situation, and focus on gaining perspective. Usually, I find that my stress is self-inflicted. It might sound counterintuitive, but I’ve discovered that the easiest way to de-stress is to be prepared. For me, that means having the right products at my disposal, so all I need to focus on is taking care of myself.
These are the items I keep in stock whenever I can take a minute and breathe. Using them makes me feel more centered, and I can get back to myself. Some of them I use to keep myself out of a panic, and some of them I indulge in when I’m already feeling calm, but I consider each one an important part of my self-care routine. Take a deep breath, and shop my picks.