Guys, I think I’m stressed and didn’t even know it! Last week, I woke up with intense jaw pain and a clicking when I opened my mouth. My mom has experienced TMJ issues for years, so I asked her if that’s what I might be experiencing. She said I’m probably going to bed stressed and am clenching my jaw throughout the night — hence the jaw and tooth pain.
The same week, I woke up with crazy acid reflux or gas pain in my stomach. I almost asked Matt to take me to Urgent Care it was so bad! Turns out it was just a touch of gastritis — a few Tums and a glass of water got me feeling much better.
Both of these symptoms can most likely be attributed to stress. Consciously, I didn’t even feel stressed or burned out, but apparently my body and subconscious were saying otherwise. There’s been a lot going on with my family recently, and I guess all of that was catching up with me. So, I’m trying to learn how to truly decompress, destress, and relax. Here’s what I’ve tried so far. (Pst! There’s a sneaky giveaway at the end!)
Lots Of Water – We all know water is good for us and that none of us actually drink enough of it. The link between lack of water and stress is actually well documented! All of our organs, including our brains, need water to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t running well — and that can lead to stress. So, I got myself a super cute mason jar and some fun straws and am doing my best to drink 4-5 of these monster glasses of water daily. It’s made my skin look much better as well!
Hot Baths and Lavender – I am the kind of girl who will take a bath every night if my schedule allows. I have extremely tense muscles naturally, and obviously stress doesn’t help matters. Epsom salts have been my friend for years and recently I have been tapping into the power of lavender. Lavender is known as a calming and relaxing herb and has frequently been used for insomnia, anxiety, depression, and natural stress relief. The lovely people at Skin and Co. sent me a bottle of their Fresh Lavender Body Oil. It’s the perfect item to apply after a hot bath before climbing into bed. And just a little bit goes such a long way! I’ve also been enjoying their Sicilian Light Serum — I take a pea size amount and gently massage my face and sore jaw muscles before bed.
Actually Reading Before Bed – I can’t tell you the number of times I say I’m going to read a bit of my book before bed and end up just turning on my new favorite Netflix show. I like to think this is winding me down for the night, but in all honesty I know it’s probably not the best way to prepare to shut down and go to sleep. But I’m trying to be better. I’ve started making a ritual out of shutting down the electronics and giving myself at least thirty minutes to read before sleep. Currently I’m enjoying reading The Plantagenets: The Warrior King and Queens Who Made England. I know, nerd alert!
I know we could all use a bit of de-stressing and pampering. So, the lovely people at Skin & Co. have provided me with a few products I will be giving away to you!
Skin and Co. is a 50-year-old Italian company that creates natural products using botanical oils and truffles. They feel luxurious, smell incredible, and are free of parabens, or harsh chemicals!
Now to the giveaway:
There will be three winners! Each winner will receive one of these items.
Truffle Therapy Gommage – Contains truffle extract and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), which destroy free radicals and have an anti-oxidant, anti-aging effect. Jojoba crystals delicately exfoliate the skin and allow the active ingredients of the wash to penetrate deep into the complexion.
Umbrian Truffle Lotion – This stuff smells like heaven! It’s like food for your skin. It contains anti-oxidants, vitamins and acids essential for skin health, and the olive oil and shea butter in the formula create an intensive moisture treatment.
Sicilian Light Gommage – I use the serum from this line and am completely in love! This product is formulated to deeply exfoliate and regenerate the skin and is ideal for evening skin tone, softening and brightening!
Here’s how to enter:
Follow @brokebutbougie and @skinandco on Instagram
Leave a comment on your favorite image on my page (@brokebutbougie)
Include in your comment #BBBSkinCo and which item you’d like to win!
This giveaway will be open from Monday, April 20th until Wednesday, April 29th
Here’s to relaxing!