What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “Stress.” For me, it actually makes me STRESSED, both physically (shoulders take up real estate pinned to my ears) and physiologically (my heart starts to race). As I’ve talked to others about stress and stress management, I’ve heard all responses from anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids (Hello, Nyquil), to working out, to meditation (yay)!
Now don't get me wrong, a little bit of stress is vital for the bodies to thrive and adapt to our environment. However, as we allow tension to build up anywhere in the body, our cortisol levels rise. Low belly bloat? Could be high cortisol levels! The worst part? So many turn to FOOD for comfort, and I am not talking fruits and veggies comfort, those desserts and heavy, processed pastas and grains can make you MORE stressed.
Guess what? I am here to give you a little advice on NATURAL ways to help with stress (the uninvited kind). Some key supplements and takeaways that can help in reducing stress:
-Ashwaganda- helps cortisol levels
-Maca root powder - helpful with stress related to hormone imbalance *(for some people this has the opposite reaction, so start small and see how it goes)
-Magnesium- helps regulate the nervous system and cellular function- did you know a large perentage of people diagnosed with depression are deficient in Magnesium?
-Holy Basil- can lower stress level
-Lavender Essential Oil- place on the bottom of the feets and put on socks before getting into bed, not to mention it can be diffused to make your whole house calm, cool, and collected.
-Meditation- Take 10 deep breaths- counting up to 5 (can start with 3) as you breath in, and 5 as you breath out. Make the breath even like an oscillating wave as opposed to mountain peaks and valleys, never holding the breath. As you concentrate on your breath, there is no room in your brain to concentrate on anything else.
I’m a huge supporter in switching out the prescription stuff for the natural herbs and supplments. I add ashwaganada and maca root powder to my smoothies, and use DoTerra Essential Oils on the regular these days. Let me know if you try any of these and how it goes! And, if you want to check out a video of how to get essential oils of your own just click here for a step-by-step video created by yours truly to walk you through!