Valentine Special: Top 10 Pre-Date Nerve Busters: Part 2

Mimi ON Feb 02, 2009 AT 12:21 pm

Clarins Relaxing Body Balm

Clarins Relaxing Body Balm

Smooth, silky skin is a Valentine essential, and so is a steady nerve. Clarins Relaxing Body Balm, £23.96, tackles both by boosting feelings of relaxation and wellbeing with chamomile, basil and geranium, while leaving skin irresistibly soft and strokeable.(080 0036 3558)

Fitness guru, Matthew Young, who trains smiley Christine Blakely, says ‘When we become nervous and anxious about something like an important date, it causes the body to release the stress hormone cortisol which only amplifies those feelings of nervousness. 15 minutes of exercise – a run round the block or running up and down the stairs, coupled with a few star jumps will counteract the effects of cortisol and have you calm and confident’.

Scenting the air around you with stress relieving aromas will making getting glam for your date a much less harried affair. Try Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Room Candle, £28, oozing with deeply relaxing jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood.

Apply some common sense! Don’t sweat the big stuff; focus just on the date and not where it might lead….if you are imagining wedding bells, a picket fence and 2.4 children, you already have over-expectations. Keep it simple to quell your butterflies.

While Valerian is a traditional sleep remedy, it’s not as well known that this medicinal herb can be taken in small doses to treat trembling and heart palpitations! Take one tablet and calming effects should be felt after half an hour. £5.99 from Boots.

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