Naturally Relax Your Mind
Stress, that dreaded word that is high in our daily living. Sometimes stress is good, makes us get motivated and get things done. But, here, I want to chat about the stress we cannot shake, the kind that makes our health take a nose dive. But there’s hope! I have steps to help rid or taper down this health affecting stress.
What Stress Does to Us
I think it’s fair to say stress isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And it’s negatively affecting our health. Did you know 80% of doctor visits stem from stress (1). True statement – think about it, stress is playing havoc with our hormones, which in turn over stimulates or under stimulates, creating disturbance in our wellbeing. What this means is our insides become inflamed and can contribute to other ailments. And when stress doesn’t get addressed properly, it becomes chronic, and that’s a big health risk. Chronic stress is dangerous and could lead to ailments such as heart disease, mental disorders, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, and possibly even cancer. Holy scary, right?
How to Reduce Stress & be More Calm
- Eat real and raw foods – I mention this a lot if you’ve read other topics I write about. But it’s true; eating well helps prevent health issues. In the U.S. especially, we are surrounded by poor nutrition of processed foods, sugars, lots of grains and chemicals. And all of that puts a great deal of stress on our insides. And grains are a two-fold. If not organic grains, then excess of grains (with most grains being sprayed by chemicals) can lead to digestive illnesses. That’s a lot of stress on the body. Instead, take step 1, the easiest step – drink more (non-fluoride) water. Maybe not so easy for some, reduce caffeine and alcohol. And eat more real food. Visit your local farmers’ market or farm stand and pick up fresh (real) foods. Basically you want it as natural as possible.
- Sleep – we all need sleep. We spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep, but we need it to stay alive and healthy. Sleep helps us reduce stress. Our bodies actually have a natural time for toxin removal and restoration (think of a computer needing to defrag and reboot to refresh and work properly). So when we have disrupted sleep, we affect our toxin and restoration cleaning, causing us to “clog” up our body. Crazy right? Take a look at the 24 hour Organ Qi cycle (2) pie graph and see if you wake up the same time every night.
- Avoid toxins – I mentioned it before about eating ‘real foods’. But it’s not only what you put in our body, but what you also put on your body. Exposure to toxins can cause our bodies to not function properly. What I’m talking about are toothpastes, cleaning products, personal care hygiene products.
What to do:
Use glassware vs placing foods in plastic
Drink (non-fluoride) water
Use toxic free, fluoride free toothpaste
Use natural cleaning products
Avoid toxic pesticides, and use essential oils instead
Use paraben free and sulfate free personal care products (big one is our shampoo)
- Good Fats – like good real food, eating good fats are essential. Believe it or not, a low-fat diet can actually be a stressor on the body; our body needs certain fats. I’m talking about good fats like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Fats are needed, for example, to produce new cells and brain function. Our body cells have and require fats in them for hormone enzymatic production.
- Exercise – when we get stressed, we may want to sometimes just stop and scream. Can you relate? I know I used to get like that often. That bottled up stress needs to be released. And one of the best releases is exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins help regulate hormone levels. It additionally uses up all those extra stress hormones.
- Use Essential Oils – essential oils are wonderful to relieve stress. Applied topically or in aromatherapy ( I use aromatherapy inhalers, essential oils are shown to improve stress levels, restoring and protecting our body to make it easier to handle stress. Essential oils I tend to always use are: lavender, frankincense, bergamot, rosemary, and even eucalyptus.
- Say No – this can be difficult one as we want to help our family and friends. And I have to admit, I’m guilty of this one (I love my friends and family, and I want to help their problems and feel better. But sometimes I take on too much). But saying yes too much and committing all the time increases our stress levels. We have to learn to say No and make ourselves a priority for creating low stress levels ( I know, easier said than done).
- Just Breathe – stop for a second! Take a deep breath in and hold in for 7 seconds and breathe it out for 4 seconds. Yes, breathing is crucial to help our body relax. What can you with breathing is mediation or even yoga. Breathing is our friend and very important to help manage our stress.
- Chill and Be Outside – I had mentioned in another discussion how important being outside is; the fresh air and lack of technology in our hands (3). Go outside, enjoy a hike or leisure wale. Whatever it is, enjoy it – breathe in the fresh air and spend your time outdoors doing things you like. Get together with friends and family and laugh. The fresh air will also help you sleep better.
Adding it All Up
- Stress is everywhere and affecting us. There’s no way around it.
- It affects us emotionally and physically, which causes havoc on our health. Continual stress leads to chronic stress, which can affect our heart, digestive tract, blood pressure, lead to diabetes, mental disorders, autoimmune disease and even cancer.
- But we can help reduce stress by: eating real foods, avoid toxins, get sleep, eat good fats, exercise, incorporate essential oils, learn to say No, and incorporate breathing exercises.
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.