What Helps Me Deal With Stress (Barb Brender)

My morning ritual is the way I prepare myself for the stressors in my life.

I start each morning, before getting out of bed, thinking of what I am grateful for.

I run a hot bath with Epsom salts and aromatherapy, whichever scent I am currently resonating with. Right now that is lemon eucalyptus.

I put on music, meditations, affirmations, or yoga nidra and get into the bath, clear my mind, and turn my attention to the words/music I am hearing. Soaking in Epsom salts not only draws out my muscular discomfort but the time spent in this meditation also sets the tone and intention for my day. This can include observing my chakras and choosing colors in my clothing or jewelry that relate to the chakra that seems to want support. On another day I may choose to listen to affirmations or study more about the law of attraction. Each day I choose what feels most beneficial for my current circumstance.

After the bath I do yoga. My routine at home is to support any physical issues, my breath work, and my state of mind. After this, I eat a protein-based breakfast and feel ready to be present for the day.

For me, a whole approach works best and morning is my most open time to self.

After many years of working with my stress I find having a wide base of different “tools” to choose from works best for me. I like to be flexible to what seems to be needed and what tools will transport me there most efficiently.