When your toxic life gives you lemons, use them as stress-busters! There are multiple different ways that you can employ lemons to help lower your stress levels. Read on to learn some of them!
As Stress Balls
Most of us are used to the squishy kinds of stress balls. Did you know that there are also firm stress balls that are used by rolling them on hard surfaces? This is how you can use lemons to release much of your tension — place a couple of lemons on your office desk or any other flat and level surface, and then roll them around with the palm of your hands.
As Foot Massagers
Your feet can feel exceptionally tired after wearing those shoes from 9 to 5. As soon as you get home, grab a pair of lemons, sit down, remove your shoes, and roll the lemons around against the floor using the soles of your feet. Feel free to get your foot massaged this way while you’re still in the office for an instant relief from stress.
As Room Ornaments
The addition of bright colors to the area, be it your office cubicle or bedroom, can help lift your mood and get rid of much of your stress. A very quick and inexpensive way to brighten up a space and elevate your spirits is by placing some lemons in sight — they will instantly remind you of nature and some happy memories spent under the sun!
Did you know that essential oils with citrusy features are very good at combating depression as well as stress? It’s for this reason why sniffing lemon peels can help zap stress. It’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to peel some lemons. All you have to do is press a lemon between the palm of your hand and a hard surface, and then take a whiff and relax.
As an Energizing Drink
Consuming a tall glass of water is usually enough to refresh you and deal with much of your stress. You can enhance the stress-lowering properties of water by adding a squeeze of lemon into it. Compared to your good old favorite sports drink, lemon water contains electrolytes without unwanted ingredients like artificial flavorings and tons of sugar.
As a Coffee Replacer
Having a cup of your favorite java can actually make you feel more stressed, thanks to its caffeine content that can cause lightheadedness, nausea, anxiety and heart palpitations. Rather than go for coffee, have a serving of warm water lemon! All you have to do is add the juice of half a lemon to a cup of warm water, stir and slowly consume.
As an Immune-Enhancing Beverage
Stress is something that can lower your immunity, and one way to keep your body’s defenses in tip-top shape is by guzzling lemonade! Packed with vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant, consuming lemonade helps make your body less susceptible to the plethora of negative effects of most especially chronic stress to both body and mind.
As a Relaxing Bath
Before you hop into bed at the end of a really tiring day, have a relaxing bath. It is a wonderful idea to squeeze some lemons into your bath water to help you feel pampered, which you greatly deserve for working so hard! Having a lemon bath in your own bathroom is a lot cheaper than stepping foot in a local spa just to get rid of your stress.
As a Dull Complexion Zapper
Stress can have an unflattering effect on your skin, and seeing it can only leave you feel more stressed — it’s a nasty cycle! What you can do to make your complexion glow and save the beauty-conscious you from feeling down is by diluting freshly-squeezed lemon juice with water, and applying it on your face with a cotton ball.