Due to some circumstances beyond my control, I’ve had to deal with a lot of stress over the past few weeks. Stress of any kind attracts sha (negative energy) to an individual and/or space. Depending on the person, stress can cause a multitude of symptoms, including headaches, anxiety, skin issues, sexual performance problems, and a weakened immune system. For me personally, I suffer from insomnia, and the resulting fatigue and lack of energy that comes along with it. Unfortunately, stress is an inescapable part of life. But, it can be reduced and dealt with accordingly. One way I like to unwind is to pour myself a glass of wine, such as the red blend from Apothic Wines.
Created by winemaker Boyd Morrison in 2007, Apothic harvests its grapes from Lodi to make some of the most tantalizing blends I’ve ever had. I was first introduced to it on a weekend away in Big Bear a few years ago. It was love at first taste. The name Apothic comes from the word Apotheca; a mysterious place where wine was created and stored in the 13th century. The “ic” portion of the name comes from the word epic (which this wine definitely is).
Apothic Red – A seductive blend of zinfandel, syrah, cabernet and merlot. While this is definitely not a dessert wine, I found the bold and rich taste of chocolate to be highly prevalent (probably from the zinfandel grapes used). Vanilla, blueberry, raspberry, and mocha flavors also permeate the libation. An excellent choice for every wine lover’s palette. Even if you’re not an aficionado of red wine, try this. It’s impressive taste lingers upon the senses. Unforgettable.
Apothic White – I had this recently at a dinner party, and the first taste to assuage my senses was honey. Sweet honeysuckle, vanilla, and mellow pineapple bring forth images of hot summer days in tropical climates. A friend suggested adding actual honey to the wine, which I am inclined to do for a more digestif appeal. Best served chilled, although ours was not; we added a few ice shards instead. Sultry and beguiling.
Apothic Rose – A limited edition released this year, this is a very stylish blush wine. Strawberries with hints of cream, nutmeg, and watermelon are the dominant flavors. This pairs amazingly well with Trader Joe’s Carrot Zucchini Bread. Charming and sweet.
Wine Advertisement Art by Aurie Singletary of Cargo Collective. See more of her incredible images at her site: http://cargocollective.com/auriesingletary/Apothic-Wine
From a feng shui perspective, there are many ways to deal with stress. Here are a few things I do to help relax and rejuvenate during stressful times:
- Gaze at some art – Whether is be online or at a museum, spend some time browsing artists of various styles. This helps to relieve the mind of worrisome thoughts, and let’s people focus their attention on an item of beauty. Even if one doesn’t like a piece of art, it’s always thought-provoking.
- Clear the clutter – Remove and reorganize any clutter in your environment – especially in the bedroom Clutter also attracts sha, stressing people out the more and more it collects. Take a half hour or so to clear some of this away from you environment, or at the very least, remove it from the bedroom.
- Get some fresh air – Open up all the windows and let fresh air into the space, for about an hour (weather and temperature permitting). Air and breezes from outside help remove the stagnant, yin air of the area, attracting more fresh,yang energy inside. Taking a nice stroll around a park or neighborhood also helps.
- Take a bath – As opposed to showers, baths helps to relax the body rather than stimulate. There are all sorts of various things one can add for the ultimate bath experience. I like bubble bath, some essential oil (usually lavender or eucalyptus), bath salts, and apple cider vinegar. Why the vinegar, you ask? It’s a skin equalizer. If you have dry skin, it helps to naturally moisturize. If you have oily skin, it helps to draw out the unnecessary oils.
- Aromatherapy – Lighting candles or incense is a very quick way to alter a space for the better. For calming, I suggest vanilla, lavender, or sandalwood.
- Calming music – Various kinds of music can help one to relax. Studies have shown that classical music alters brain waves, slowing down heart rate and breathing to a more calming rhythm. Soft jazz and new age music also have the same effect. (Enya is awesome)
- Unwind with wine – A glass of red wine a day is good for the body and improves memory. It also helps to relax. After my second glass, I feel much better.
These are but a few of the ways one can de-stress. There are many others, and they’re different for everyone. Some of my friends play video games, or go for a mile run, or do yoga, or meditate. Find what works best for you.
Apothic has a choice selection of luxurious products for sale on their website, like the beautiful poster pictured above. They also have a new black, stemless wineglass I’m sort of in love with. All of their products are here: http://store.apothic.com/index.cfm?method=storeproducts.showlist
Apothic can be found at a variety of locations, including CVS, Target and Trader Joe’s. Also, check your local supermarket, bodega, or liqueur store. Many of them in the Los Angeles area carry Apothic, although the rose is much harder to find than the red or white. There is also a store locator on the Apothic site here: http://www.apothic.com/where-to-buy.asp The price for this relaxation in a bottle is around $9.00 – $11.00. I would not recommend purchasing online, as the shipping costs from all available distributors seems grievously high.
To unwind from the day tonight, I plan on having some Apothic Rose as I lounge in a warm bath courtesy of that amazing gentleman, Mr. Bubble.
*Uncredited Apothic images provided courtesy of Apothic Wines.