Hurricane Season Stress-Relievers Dana Is Relying On Heavily Right Now
I won't lie.
I got Irma-d.
Not physically Irma-d, because the great, swirling beast made a last-minute jog to the right of St. Petersburg so my home, 'hood and most of my deeply awesome adopted city were largely spared the ravages of this devastating storm.
Hashtag: Beyond Grateful.
Mentally? I'm still feeling waaaaay off. I've had nightmares for weeks, and I keep buying emergency survival supplies (blow-up air mattresses! hand-crank radios!) off Amazon and emailing my husband cheery stories from The New York Times about "doomsday prep." (This one's a doozy, but sooooo many great ideas + resources!)
But since the show must go on, and I have to write my upcoming lecture for The Dali on the pure genius of Elsa Schiaparelli, I need to focus.
So here's how I'm doing that:
1. By keeping in close touch with friends + family. This makes me feel connected, and takes me out of my own head. If I'm hearing about you, I'm not thinking about me. Perfect.
2. By working out + playing tennis. I can't tell you how helpful it's been to just go for a long run or hit the court. Smacking that ball around + dialing-in to the point at hand has been a powerfully positive distraction. I watch countless hours of tennis on TV, and that's invariably the main success takeaway from commentators: Stay in the moment.
3. By trying to get back to my pre-bed beauty routine: Before Irma, I was in a really good groove of dry-brushing my body and taking care of my mug with my fave cleanser and face oil - Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. Both smell incredible, so talk about a win-win. Efficacy + Fantastic Scent = Yay!
4. By taking hot baths with tons of potent powders. Months before the hurricanes started kicking up - maybe I'm psychic? - I bought a massive stash of Kneipp Valerian & Hops "Dream Away" Mineral Bath Salt. Holy moly, I heart this stuff so much. If you've never tried it, and have trouble sleeping, do yourself a favor and indulge. Pronto. Also on hand - always - in my bathroom cabinet is a selection of Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution (Relax & Relief with Eucalyptus & Spearmint and Soothe & Sleep with Lavender are in heavy rotation right now). I also have plain ol' generic Epsom Salt, which I mix with essential oils. Which leads me to the final way I'm staying sane...
5. By dabbing-on anti-anxiety essential oil blends all throughout the day (+ night). Some of these I whip up myself, from recipes local aromatherapy legend Jennifer Gilman has taught me. I've also been using the Peaceful Slumber blend by Florida's own Organic Reverence, as well as a few by ArtNaturals - mostly the Signature Serene, which helps "calm nervousness, anxiety, tension" and is part of a "roll-on relaxation" rollerball collection I swear by.
I hope some of these tips, tricks + elixirs help you in your own journey back to pre-hurricane health + happiness. Deep breath.