Stress Reductions: Citrus Sniff

If the holidays wind you into one huge bundle of stress and you don't have time to exercise or the money to treat yourself to a massage, here's a quick and simple way to find a little bit of calm during your day.


Use the power of citrus to bring serenity. The gentle aroma of mandarin oil has been found to reduce stress, a few whiffs of grapefruit can curb depression and reduce anxiety, and the mild scent of lemon can enhance your attitude. A quick smell when cutting the fruit can be just enough to calm your mood, but you can also use citrus-scented candles, room sprays, or essential oils on your skin. Close your eyes, take a few deep inhales and exhalations, and within moments, you'll feel uplifted, centered, and more at peace.