Let’s be honest, life has been a bit of a roller coaster in 2020. We've experienced a great deal of disruption in our normal lives, causing unease for most of us, and making it difficult to decompress and find ways to cope with stress. However, it is crucial, now more than ever, to find ways to relax and ease our minds of the many adversities that we've faced in 2020.

With this in mind, we've put together a list of the 5 best ways to relieve stress in 2020, along with a few products that will help you find some relief from the stress, anxiety, and tension of the seemingly new norm.

1. Yoga

5 Best Ways Relieve Stress in 2020: 1 Yoga

One of our favorite fitness and mental health practices is yoga. Not only is yoga an amazing stress reliever, it's something that can be done in the comfort of your own home. In case you might need a little guidance, some of the best local Miami yoga studios have classes available online.  In fact, one of our favorite classes is Ahana Yoga's Ahana Now, offering sessions at any time for just $19.99 per month or $199 a year. Now that you have an amazing class to attend, all you need is the right comfy yoga gear. Luckily for you we have a great selection from yoga lifestyle brand Spiritual Gangster, which donates a portion of its proceeds to Feeding America, Cambodian Children's Fund, Make-A-Wish and Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

2. Meditate

5 Best Ways Relieve Stress in 2020: 2 Meditate

Granted mediation on its own is self healing, you can make your practice more alert and wakeful when you're mindfully communicating with nature. In your free time take a blanket to a park, beach, or just your backyard and enjoy your enhanced sense of relaxation.  Empty your mind. Bring a snack. It helps!

3. Journal

5 Best Ways Relieve Stress in 2020: 3 Journal

Though there are many types of journaling methods that you can do to express your thoughts, our current favorite is gratitude journaling.  If you're feeling thankful, write it down. It's great for your mental health. We find that focusing on the positive pushes away the negative.  Each day write about 5 things that you are grateful for.  It can be as simple as the perfect cup of coffee. Our collection of journals are each unique in their own right! So, whether you're wanting to express your gratitude or simply jot down some bad ideas, we've got you covered.

4. Read

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An interesting read that we've been into is 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, by Elif Shafak. Our current societal climate has caused many people to feel isolated. As well documented, reading has been known to put our brains into a state similar to meditation. Furthermore, reading allows us to put ourselves in someone else's shoes granting us a new interpretation of reality. We offer a great variety of books ranging from political and self growth literature to satirical literature and coloring books!

5. Aromatherapy 

5 Best Ways Relieve Stress in 2020: 5 Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural elements to promote health and well-being. The list of health benefits are seemingly endless. Also, it's always nice to take in a deep breath of fresh and 'smell-good' air. Many of the fragrances in our store are made of natural products, as we're conscious of their health and environmental benefits!  In addition, we also carry saches that are filled with natural ingredients to give your clothes a wonderful fragrance.

Let's tackle this journey together. Now that you have the 5 best ways to relieve stress in 2020, give a few of these a try and comment on our post with your biggest takeaway from your experience. Share our blog post with a friend, and let's take on the rest of 2020 together, stress free! :)

September 07, 2020 — Jennifer Frehling

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