15 PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU RELIEVE STRESS PLUS GIVEAWAY

I don’t know about you but live can be pretty stressful at times.  Being on a merry-go-round can be frightening especially when you find it hard to slow down and get off.  I often drink too much coffee, I sit on my bum too long, stare at a computer screen too long and eat things that really are not doing my body any good at all.

Those are the days when I just want to pull that duvet over my head and forget about the world.  All of these things can lead to stress.  Stress is one of the major things that can impact upon our health and our quality of life.  It can impact on our relationships, it can come between family members and it can have you running round like a mad person.  I know because that was me!

 

Thankfully though, there are some easy and enjoyable products out there that can help you reduce your stress levels.  Combine any of these with regular exercise, drinking water and eating right and you have a number of hacks that will see a difference in your mood quickly.

 

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I hope you find these products helpful, let me know below what you also use to relieve stress.

 

 

Microbiome Formula Mood+

 

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There are times when we need a little help by way of supplements.  Garden of Life, America’s No.1 selling nutrition brand have launched Microbiome Formula Mood+ which is a unique product with 16 clinically studied live bacteria strains to support mood and includes organic ashwagandha and organic Alaskan blueberries. Taking these each day helps to support emotional health, well-being, and help manage chronic stress.

 

 

 

BRYT Boost Serum

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When we feel stressed our skin can suffer and when our skin suffers we can feel down.  This boost serum from BRYT is for tired and dehydrated skin.  It is 100% natural and packed with nature’s phytonutrients – this effective overnight serum has been reformulated with Hyaluronic acid to deeply nourish, restore and boost skin of all ages.  It is perfect if your skin needs a pick-me-up!

 

Hempz Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear Body Mask

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We all know about restoring and balancing our body and skin, well this product is fantastic.  Hempz is a Cruelty-Free, Vegan Friendly, and Paraben free beauty range from the US, that is new to the UK. It is a very natural and luxurious range.  The Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear Exfoliating Mud & Body Mask is enriched with 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil, and the mask hydrates and nourishes your skin, with added anti-inflammatory properties to help stimulate and condition the skin.  A truly lovely product when you need to take some self-care.

 

Power Ginseng

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Power Ginseng herbal remedy from leading supplement manufacturer Power Health helps you to respond to stress and promote relaxation, Ginseng is a powerful plant that has been used for centuries in Chinese and Korean medicine to help fight fatigue, depression and anxiety with its energy boosting properties.  It may help to reduce the effects of stress by stimulating and relaxing the nervous system, and in turn increasing blood circulation in the brain.

 

 

Bach Rescue Remedy Dropper & Bach Rescue Night Dropper

 

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The Original RESCUE flower essences were discovered by Dr Bach in the 1930s to provide support in times of emotional demand. Today, people across the world take comfort that RESCUE is by their side when they need to unwind.  I have to admit to using these ones on a regular basis when things get too much.  The Bach Rescue Night Dropper Rescue Night is a unique combination of the flower essences Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum (Rescue™) with White Chestnut.  All available at Boots here.

 

Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Bubble Bath

Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Bubble Bath

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A well-earned pamper is a great way to unwind before bed. This deeply relaxing bath soak contains indulgent notes of lavender, geranium and calming chamomile, allowing you to create your own oasis of calm. Dim the lights, sink in and relax.  You can see what I mean by ordering yours here at Boots.

 

Boots Pharmaceuticals Sleepeaze Pillow Mist 

Boots Pharmaceuticals Sleepeaze Pillow Mist 

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Infused with soothing essential oils, this very fine mist creates a calming aroma and encourages relaxation at bedtime.  Stunning smell and very relaxing.  Just the thing you need after a stressful day.  You can get yours here.

 

Sanctuary Classic Fragranced Candle 

Boots Sanctuary Classic Fragrances Candle 

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An utterly gorgeous scent which is perfect for creating your own Sanctuary. Fragrance stimulates one of the most powerful of all our senses – an aroma can uplift us, relax & delight us. This unique, sophisticated fragrance is sparkling with notes of citrus, bergamot & jasmine, followed by a sensuous combination of vanilla, patchouli & sandalwood. There are so many stunning candles from the Sanctuary range, you can view them here.

 

Angela Langford Natural Organic Face Oil

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This repair and renew face oil is a must.  It is so nourishing.  This face oil contains kiwi & arctic blackcurrant, both of which contain huge doses of vitamins & antioxidants which repair, protect & moisturise your skin.  When your skin looks good you feel good too!  You really do need to try these products from Angela now, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Olioseptil 2 in 1 Purifying Spray

Olioseptil

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This purifying spray is great for breathing a purer and healthier air while improving sleep (Lavender & Rosemary), relaxation (Orange & Bergamot) and vitality (Patchouli & Cinnamon). A beautiful and stunning aroma of essential oils.  Certainly recommend for improving your daily well-being.

 

 

Calm Sleep Mist Pillow Spray

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This really is a must try.  This ground-breaking new sleep aid, known as Sleep Mist, contains a relaxing scent made from a special blend of lavender and other essential oils, which users can spray on their pillow to aid sleep. Sleep Mist is Calm’s first physical product can be purchased on their website: www.calm.com/sleepmist

 

Traidcraft Hand Poured Candle

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This hand-poured pillar candle has been hand-poured with a frosted blue finish, just like a pillar of ice. These fair trade candles are made by hand from 100% natural palm wax and a pure cotton wick at Wax Industri, a small fair trade factory in rural Indonesia. No artificial fertilisers or pesticides are used, and it’s completely suitable for vegans. Palm wax also provides a clean, virtually dripless burn with minimum soot and smoke.  So light this fantastic candle and sit back and relax.  Nothing like spending some quality time with the ambient flame of a candle.

 

 

Orla Kiely Lavender Candle

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Calm your senses with the pure essential oils of aromatic French lavender for a soothing scent to help you relax and unwind.  Presented in a beautiful glass jar embellished with one of Orla Kiely’s signature prints, each candle is made from 100% vegetable wax and features a pure cotton wick, as well as an individual heat mat to help protect surfaces. Available here.

Natur Boutique’s Organic Lemon Grass Tea

Natur Boutique’s Organic Lemon Grass Tea
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Natur Boutique, have used high quality ingredients to make this organic lemongrass tea. With only one natural ingredient, and no fillers or additives, it is a beautiful and stunning drink with a subtle citrus flavour.  Available from Amazon.co.uk, or www.naturboutique.co.uk.

Oat Soak by The Skin Shop

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Oat Soak is an excellent product for helping you soothe itchy skin before bed. Used regularly it will help soothe irritated, itchy skin and restore moisture and smoothness to dry, flaky or scaly skin. Leave Oat Soak in the bath water for up to 10 minutes before getting in, then soak in the oat water until skin feels soothed and smooth. Available from www.skinshop.co.uk

 

 

Organic Pillow Spray

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Nutri-Derma’s Organic Pillow Spray containing organic lavender, bergamot, lemon and rosemary. is designed to help with insomnia and other sleep problems. Lavender is renowned for its calming and sedative properties. The formulation also contains Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot also associated with relaxation and Lemon and Rosemary to promote blood circulation. Another fantastic sleep spray which you can try at www.healthy2u.co.uk

 

 

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DR ROSY FAZZI TELLS US HOW TO SURVIVE CHRISTMAS WITH THE MENOPAUSE

I am absolutely delighted to host this guest post by Dr Rosy Fazzi , who is head of the Women’s Health department at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre in Edinburgh.  Dr Rosy is a specialist in women’s health issues, and is passionate about the treatment for management of intimate female problems at various stages of life.  Here are her tips on how to survive Christmas with the menopause.

 

The menopause is often thought of as ‘the last taboo’, trailing behind many other health and wellbeing issues when it comes to something that is spoken about openly. In fact, the menopause is something that up to 50% of UK women are too embarrassed to talk about at all, even with their GPs.

 

But it is imperative that we talk, that we open the dialogue surrounding the menopause; it’s something that every woman will experience and we need to create greater visibility surrounding the symptoms and the triggers of the menopause, some of which I want to discuss in this blog post. The menopause can be a distressing time for women who aren’t sure what to expect from their symptoms and aren’t certain which triggers will set them off – women need to be equipped with the knowledge that will help them manage the symptoms and the triggers during this time of life.

 

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For example, we all know that Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, but did you know that for menopausal women, it is also one of the biggest trigger times for symptoms of the menopause – in particular, the hot flush?

 

It’s very common for women to experience a higher frequency of hot flushes than normal if they are exposed to increasing levels of stress, as well as other triggers, including drastic changes in temperature or consuming greater amounts of alcohol or coffee – all triggers which are prevalent during the festive season.

 

The stress of Christmas shopping, meal planning and sticking to a hectic pre-Christmas social calendar – never mind the day itself – these alone can be hugely demanding for women who feel the responsibility is left to them to ensure that everyone else is having the most wonderful time of the year.

 

Stress is actually one of the major factors in triggering hot flushes; the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream causes your heart to race and blood flow to increase, leading to a subsequent increase in temperature. A hot flush is your body’s response, its attempt to cool the body down. But a hot flush can be overwhelming in its intensity and leave you sweating and even shivery afterwards, as your body attempts to bring your temperature back to a normal level.

 

Alongside stress, there are other factors that come into play when it comes to bringing on a less-than-festive flush. The extremes of temperature that come with dashing in and out of shops, or in and out of the kitchen on Christmas Day itself, contribute to kickstarting a hot flush. And while we’re all so busy, you might not think that there’s any harm in consuming an extra cup of coffee to give you an energy boost, or indulging in some wine with friends in the run-up to December 25, but caffeine and alcohol are both hot flush triggers too.

 

But you needn’t think that your entire social schedule, shopping routine and gift list has to go out of the window this Christmas; in fact, I firmly believe that making small lifestyle changes this Christmas may help to reduce stress levels and keep those hot flushes at bay.

 

My five top tips for surviving a menopausal Christmas:

 

Wear temperature-control undergarments

This is such a simple change to make, yet it can really make a big difference. There are some fantastic menopause-specific undergarment ranges on the market, using temperature-control fabrics to regulate body heat, reduce the awful shivers post-flush, and wick away moisture to avoid embarrassing sweaty situations too. These garments are designed for wearing underneath your clothing during the day, so you can still wear your regular clothes and get all dressed up for the festive season, but be confident that you can remain in control underneath.

 

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Layer up your clothing

Layering is the ideal solution for helping to regulate your temperature when you’re out and about. Layer a temperature-control tank top with a t-shirt and a cardigan, rather than wearing one bulky jumper, to help you better manage your body’s response to changes in temperature. Choose cosy items that are quick and easy to pull on and off, depending on how hot or cold you feel.

 

 

Swap your coffee for a matcha tea

The caffeine in your regular teas and coffees stimulates the central nervous system, accelerating the heart rate, the blood pressure and the body temperature – all of which can bring on a hot flush. But just plain hot water can induce an episode, so I recommend trying something cooler to start your day. A bottle of cool iced matcha tea a good choice, as it’s cool and refreshing, with very low levels of slow-release caffeine, and an incredible level of antioxidants that help to keep the body healthy – especially important in winter when germs are rife!

 

 

Reduce your alcohol intake

Yes, this can be very tricky around Christmas, but if you find that a glass of wine brings on a sweaty, shivery flush, it’s best to find an alternative. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options in the supermarket if you don’t want to feel like the odd one out without a glass of something with dinner, or you can make delicious mocktails with fresh fruit juices. Pomegranates are credited with high levels of oestrogen and antioxidants that can help ease the symptoms of the menopause, as well as rich levels of vitamins C, A and E, and folic acid. Make yourself a deliciously festive, non-alcoholic cocktail this Christmas, using a plentiful helping of pomegranate juice and seeds, so you can still join in the festivities but soothe your symptoms at the same time.

 

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Limit exposure to extremes in temperature

If you can stay indoors and do your Christmas shopping online, you might find it much easier than dashing from the cold into a store with the heating ramped up, and back out again. Extremes in temperature can bring on hot flushes in a flash, so if you can avoid exposing yourself to them in the lead-up to Christmas, you might find that you have a far more comfortable experience Christmas shopping. If you do find yourself getting hot and flustered whilst out and about, try a cooling face mist with rosewater to soothe and refresh the skin, and help you to cool down.

 

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  • Wear temperature control garments.  These garments by Become are just what you need.  They are made using a combination of intelligent fabrics that help to regulate body temperature and wick moisture away from the body while reducing odour. They feel silky smooth, are comfortable and breathable against your skin.  If you head over now to order you will receive 10% off your total order by inputting code ELFEELGOOD10 at the checkout!

 

  • OMGTea Iced Matcha tea.  Matcha tea has many benefits from potential anti-ageing health benefits  to the antioxidants which have amazing nutrients and enzymes that are essential for fighting life threatening diseases and the negative effects of UV radiation.

 

  • A pomegranate ‘gin’ cocktail, made with Pom Juice and Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits.

 

  • Try doing your Christmas shopping online, with stores such as King & McGaw or Trouva, to help you find gifts without the stress!

 

  • Spritz your skin with Aster & Bay’s Rosewater Mist to cool down and refresh.  This is an amazing spritz.  Rosewater Mist is an aromatherapeutic hydrating mist for face, hair and body. It has a light scent derived from the hydro-distillation of fresh Bulgarian rose petals.  Bulgarian rose is one of the finest out there, our recent trip to Bulgaria I purchased as much Bulgarian rose as my suitcase could carry!

 

 

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Dr Rosy Fazzi MBChB, MRCGP, is the head of the Women’s Health department at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre in Edinburgh (www.drnestor.co.uk). Dr Rosy is a specialist in women’s health issues, and is passionate about treatment for management of intimate female problems at various stages of life. Dr Rosy understands the mental and physical impact on women that can result from menopause and childbirth; she is enthusiastic about empowering women, with options to restore their sense of intimate wellbeing and general health. Dr Rosy offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which is an alternative to traditional HRT and can help to ease the symptoms of the menopause.

You can book an appointment with Dr Rosy by visiting www.drnestor.co.uk

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COOLSCULPING

 

 

As a mummy I am finding it extremely it difficult to get rid of my little tummy after two C-section births!  No matter how many sit ups I do, it doesn’t seem to help.  So, I have decided to look in to CoolSculping.  Below I’ve listed 5 things you need to know about Coolsculping in case you are considering it too!

 

What Is CoolSculpting?

According to Pulse Light Clinic CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body sculpting treatment.  This is done by fat-freezing using a process called Cryolipolysis.  There is no need for surgery or needles.  The treatment has also been approved by the FDA.

 

 

What Does the Treatment Consist of?

At the Pulse Light Clinic you receive a free consultation where you will be able to discuss the areas you wish to see an improvement.  A Coolsculpting device is attached to the area of unwanted fat.  It then targets the area of fat cells freezing them which causes them to die.  The process can take up to an hour so it can be done in your lunch break – there is absolutely no down time at all – unlike other treatments.

 

 

What areas can you use CoolSculpting for & how long does it last?

CoolSculpting is an approved treatment of fat for bulges in the thighs, under the chin, on the belly, back, love handles and your bum.  On average you will experience a 20% reduction in fat per treatment.  It will take a few treatments for the best results and the final stage of the results will be visible within 2 or 3 months when your body will have flushed away all the dead fat cells that were frozen.  Indeed, the results are permanent if you keep up a healthy lifestyle.  So this is indeed a great way of kick starting a new healthy lifestyle.

 

Are there any risks associated with CoolSculpting?

There are no risks associated with CoolSculpting but there are some things you should be aware of.  There will be some redness around the areas of the treatment and some tenderness or tingling where the fat has been frozen.  These usually last around 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

How to find out more information

This helpful video from Pulse Light Clinic London answers all your questions.  Have a wee look to find out more.  Alternatively you can book a free appointment with Pulse Light Clinic here.

 

 

Are you considering CoolSculping?  I’d love to know what you think.

 

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