13 Natural Ways To De-Stress – how to handle everyday stress
With life comes stress. Most of us live day by day carrying this baggage without even realizing it. Until one day your body says, ‘Hey you! I need some extra attention over here’. I struggle with health issues that arise from everyday stresses and it’s extremely important for me to listen to my body. If two days go by and my shoulders start to harden with that elephant smothering me, I know it’s time to take action. One of the things I used to struggle with was sleep. I’m a mom of two girls. One is 20 and the other just turned 15. My whole life after having them has been sleep deprived. I would function on maybe 5 hours of sleep per night, sometimes less, sometimes a little more. But I never slept more than 2-3 hours at a time. I am an all natural girl. Yes, I’ve taken the OTC medications to help relieve inflammation and Excedrin for migraines. I have never been on prescription meds for anything. So today we’re going to talk about the ways that help me de-stress and perhaps a great way to start is by stepping up your ‘YOU’ game.
1.) Drink Lemon Water– this is a great way to start refreshing your mind and body. A full glass of water with lemon really gets you recharged.
2.) Step Away From Everything– the only way to ‘DE’ anything is to remove from those triggers. Whenever I’m at an all time high, I quickly put the phone down, take time to breathe and go outside. This can be just for a moment throughout my day and I’m instantly feeling better. When you remove yourself from whatever bothers you, you give yourself a chance to calm. We need calmness otherwise we are filled with too many hormones that get out of whack.
3.) Go For A Brisk Walk– not everyone does this and I recommend more than anything. Even if it’s just to the corner and back, it helps improve your vitality. I’m no Dr. but I know what I’m talking about.
4.) Eat An Apple– apples are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Chew on an apple and watch how relaxed your body gets.
5.) Detox– this is simply by cleaning out all the bad toxins in your body. Whether it’s with a food cleanse or a hot bath with sugar scrubs, I recommend this every couple of days to keep your stress under control. I immediately get the cloves of garlic going when my body needs a quick flush. Yes, eating raw garlic smells but you need to heal your insides.
6.) Rest– It’s easy to say more than do but it’s essential in our well being. I have trained my brain in the last few months ‘that you are going to sleep and you are going to like it’. I had to wash away all the things I was thinking throughout the day and put on that ‘I don’t give a sh*t’ attitude in order to rest. If we allow ourselves to constantly worry, we harm our well beings and that’s not good for anyone- Cast your worries onto Jesus.
7. Wake Up + Fall Asleep At The Same Time Everyday– most everyone has a structured routine but if you don’t, you can get a little more stress than you actually need. For instance, being late is never a good thing. I’ve lived by this for over 25 years. Never be late to anything. Getting up and going to bed at the same time daily will help you in your success.
8.) Turn Up The Music– WHO on earth goes without listening to some jams. Music is good for the soul.
9.) Buy A Bar– No not that bar silly. A lemon bath bar. Or bath salts, body rejuvenation items. Shopping for me is just a de-stressor because when I need to escape the chaos, Home Goods is there for me! I don’t go on shopping sprees. Just a simple few bath essentials to sniff.
10.) Enjoy A Low-Carb Meal– Foods low in carbs, sugar and fats are always a great way to unwind after a long day of work, taking the kids to practice, etc…..eat healthy my coffee loving friends. 30 Low Carb Dinner Recipes In 30 Minutes or Less will have you feeling like, WHOAAAA!
11.) Vacuum– Cleaning is an all natural stress reliever. I tend to overdo it with my cleaning business but, this is actually a life lesson that I know everything about. When you take your time doing it, it’s really helpful. Vacuum the floors every other day or so. This and doing dishes ( even if you hate them ) will give yourself a chance to relax the mind. We have a dishwasher but do a few dishes by hand. Of course having the right supplies helps. Stock up on the best cleaning products for you and your home.
12.) Write– Even if it’s some notes on your desk, a chance to sit down, clear your mind and write is a beautiful way to release unwanted energy. I find that writing is a tool to beat anxiety, depression and so many more health related issues. I try to encourage everyone to start a blog. If you don’t know how, that’s fine. You don’t necessarily have to publish it. Just use as a journal.
13.) De-Clutter– Last but not least, decluttering is a ‘MUST’ in all of our lives! You have to clear your mind, home, and everything around you. If stress is something that you would consider that takes over, I highly recommend throwing things away. That could even relate to people. Toss the unwanted negativity. Clutter rules us. It’s an everyday struggle for some. Take a garbage bag around the house and throw things you never use or barely ever use AWAY! No thinking, just toss! Go through the cupboards, under the sinks, and drawers to clear the (debris). It’s causing the stress that we don’t need.
Some stress can be a good thing. But when you become overwhelmed with it, it’s time to step away and rejuvenate your entire surroundings. Eating healthier, drinking more water, cleaning the mess and breathing in FRESH air will help you relieve stress ALL NATURALLY!
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