2 Ways to Loving Your Inner Self

Are you so stressed and being a busy mom that you don’t take time to slow down and love yourself?  And do you want to make your life a happier and more peaceful one?

These two ways will help you achieve the highest level of love with your inner self and become a more confident you by using some simple techniques.

Meditation is vital for loving yourself (self-love) because it gives you quiet, alone time. Here are five meditation techniques to help you meditate and the Power of Eating Food with a high (positive) vibrational frequency.

1. Why Meditation is Vital for loving your inner self

Meditation has a positive effect on our attitude towards life because it makes us take some time to quiet our mind. This helps to soothe our nerves and make us feel stress-free. Removing the negativity of stress helps you better perceive positive vibes from others and feel happy about your life and relationships. Yoga is also effective in clearing your mind and reducing the tension of stress.

Meditation gives your immune system a boost and your mind a chance to reflect on the positive things in your life. There is a variety of meditating techniques, such as concentration meditation, which is used to focus on a single point, and mindful meditation, which is used to control wandering thoughts. Meditation can help lower your blood pressure, improve blood circulation, lower your heart rate, reduce perspiration, slow your respiratory rate, reduce anxiety and relieve stress. Meditation can also help you develop self-love in the following ways:

Meditation addresses the stress

In today’s world, stress has become our biggest enemy; it promotes negative feelings and vibes about ourselves and contributes to long-term exhaustion and mental fatigue. Meditation helps to ward off such negative thoughts by promoting a good sleep cycle, better nervous system health, and improved digestion. Meditation is great for relieving stress from your life and helping you discover and love yourself.

Mindful awareness helps us to steer clear of self-destructive habits

A meditation practice not only helps guide you into better eating habits and exercise, but it also helps you steer clear of other self-destructive habits. These can be anything from avoiding junk food to sleeping better and fending off negative thoughts. Meditation provides the mindful awareness that is required to avoid negative behaviors and maintain positive ones.

Meditation improves our self-awareness

Meditation increases your self-awareness; as a result, be become more in tune with what you should eat and how you should exercise to keep your body healthy and promote positive vibes. Practicing good self-care ultimately helps you love yourself.

Here are a few simple ways to help you start meditating:

  • Sit back or lie as comfortably as possible.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Breathe naturally; don’t try to control it.
  • Now breathe by focusing your attention on it and notice how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Observe how your throat, chest, and abdomen move during breathing.
  • Just notice the movement without controlling the breathing process. Start doing this for 2 to 3 minutes and then increase the duration.

Including meditation in a regular routine will also help boost your energy levels.

 

How to start meditating with 5 simple techniques including moving meditation

Here are five basic meditating techniques. Try them all, and decide which one best fits you and your lifestyle.

1.   Moving Meditation

If you don’t like sitting for long periods of time, walking meditation might be for you.  You focus on your body while moving.  While your arms and legs swing, feel them lifting and extending. Feel your feet as they rise and touch the ground. Keep your mind focused on the movements of your body instead of on other things.

2.   Breathing Meditation

Get in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. Hold the breath for a few seconds, then exhale it slowly through your mouth.

3.   Mindfulness Meditation

To practice this one, your mind needs to be present in the right moment. Start by focusing on your breath and continue by feeling other sensations throughout your body.

4.   Mantra Meditation

This technique is conducted by repeating a sacred word or phrase, such as “aum.”  To bring your mind to a state of focused tranquility. You can repeat the mantra aloud or repeat it silently.

5.   Empty Mind Meditation

This meditation technique allows you to be fully aware without a specific focus. Simply sit in a peaceful place in a good posture and let your thoughts float without passing any judgment on them or lingering on any of them.

These meditation techniques are simple and effective enough to start your meditation practice or enhance your existing one.

2. The Power of Eating Food with High Vibrational Frequency

They say we are what we eat, and rightly so: food is a basic necessity and may even be one of the reasons behind making our lives great and helping us feel good about ourselves. Because we are made up of and use energy, our bodies require us to consume energy in the form of food, air, and water for sustenance and good health. To promote self-love, our inner selves require thoughts made up of positive vibrational energy. We can raise our energy vibrations by eating highly nutritious, energetic foods and eliminating unhealthy thoughts, foods, and relationships. Eating high-energy foods helps us reach a higher consciousness and better connect with our higher source. Fresh and organic foods are high in nutritional value and offer great vibrational energy benefits. Fast food and junk food, on the other hand, are of low vibrational quality and don’t add any valuable nutrients to the body. Eating high amounts of these foods can result in poor health.

To lift the energetic vibration of your food, practice gratitude and avoid negative thoughts while preparing your food. Here is a short list of high-energy foods to increase, and low-energy foods to avoid:

High-energy foods

• Fresh, certified organic fruits and vegetables
• Natural supplements, like spirulina
• Pure or filtered water — reverse osmosis or freshly collected spring water are the best choices
• Healthy oils, like olive oil and coconut oil
• Nuts and seeds
• Fermented foods
• Herbal teas
• Herbs and spices
• Raw chocolate
• Raw honey and maple syrup
• Legumes
• Grains such as buckwheat, brown rice, amaranth, and spelt

Low-Energy foods

• Genetically modified (GMO) foods, and conventional foods that have been treated with chemicals and pesticides
• White rice and flours
• Sugars and artificial sweeteners
• Coffee
• Sodas
• Alcohol
• Meat, fish, and poultry
• Processed, packaged, canned and fast foods
• Unhealthy oils, like canola, cottonseed, margarine, and vegetable oils
• Frozen foods
• Pasteurized cow’s milk, yogurt, and cheese
• Cooked foods, deep-fried foods, and microwave foods

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Short Guide About Burnout: What Is It And How To Avoid It

It doesn’t matter who you are: burnout happens to the best of us. We all do it: you’re getting up every day, grinding away, hitting the hay, and then waking up and doing it over and over again. That can last for a while, but it gets old, and one of these days, you’ll wake up and be more than just sleepy: you’ll be exhausted, fatigued, and burned out. (Maybe today is that day!) No matter how many cups of coffee you chug or laps you take around the office, you’re feeling it: you’re wiped.

That’s okay! We live in a busy, nonstop world, and the rise of technology and digital enhancement hasn’t really helped, either. Just because cities never sleep doesn’t mean you can do the same thing and be unscathed. We’re here to tell you six symptoms of burnout, and ways that you can recover and get into a healthier headspace. Don’t be discouraged! It’s a long process, but taking care of yourself is always worth it.

What is burnout?

Burnout can be brought about by chronic stress or anxiety–that is, stress that occurs over and over in your life. You might be experiencing burnout if you are exhausted, cynical, and generally feel less capable to do the tasks and things you’ve always done. It can happen at any time, but burnout can be compounded when other parts of your life are bringing on stress or taking too much of your attention. Plus, if you have a tendency towards perfectionism, you may bring burnout on more quickly because you are so much more critical of your own work than maybe you need to be.

Sign One: Exhaustion

This is a pretty clear sign: are you exhausted? It may not just be physical exhaustion, although that’s a huge indicator (Note: try some self-care to get a good night’s sleep in). Are you relationally or mentally exhausted? Maybe even emotionally exhausted? If you find you have little or nothing to give to friends, family members, or coworkers–heck, if you find that you don’t have anything to give yourself, this may be a clear sign of burnout impacting your mental health.

Sign Two: Cynicism

Some people are just generally more cynical than others, but if you’ve noticed an uptick in your pessimism and a generally negative attitude, this can be a sign of burnout. If you feel numb or a lack of passion about things you used to love, or have begun to nit-pick your coworkers and superiors, this can be another sign of burnout.

Sign Three: Reduced Ability to Perform

You may wake up one day, thinking: “Didn’t I used to love this job? What happened?” If this is you, reduced ability to enjoy and do your job properly is another sign of burnout. If you are lacking creativity, are having a really difficult time concentrating, or are feeling generally unmotivated to complete tasks, your body may be trying to tell you something. This workplace stress may not necessarily be your fault! Or, maybe you’ve been working so hard that you’ve lost your motivation for working hard in the first place. As we’ve said, performance suffering in the workplace happens to the best of us. Take a step back and look at your work environment on a larger scale. What can you do to reduce burnout at work? They might be small changes, or you may realize you need a more drastic shift in your routine.

Sign Four: Decline in Self Care

Self care isn’t some wishy-washy scam from the health and wellness industry to make money. In reality, taking care of yourself is vital to your success and happiness in every other part of your life–in your relationships, emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. And when we say self-care, we don’t just mean how long it’s been since you got a pedicure (although, that totally counts). Have you been getting a full night’s sleep recently? Are you eating all three meals? Are you drinking more alcohol or coffee to supplement your lack of sleep or your stress levels? These can all be clear indicators that something isn’t right.

Sign Five: Lacking Work-Life Balance

Are you thinking about work all the time, even if you aren’t at work? Are you having a hard time leaving your email at the office? If you’re checking messages at 3am, you may need to integrate some new boundaries into your life to help leave work at work. (And if you’re the type of person who brings work on vacation, you may need to reconsider your definition of vacation.)

Sign Six: Increased Health Problems

Whether having a hard time sleeping or experiencing digestive issues, we are holistic creatures. So when one system is stressed, other systems in our bodies will also experience significant stress. If you’re noticing an increase in health problems over a long period of time, you may need to consider how stressors at your workplace or at home may be causing difficulties with your health and well-being.

How to Overcome:

Okay, so now that you’ve identified burnout, what do you do? How do you recover? Well, just remember that these things take time! Give yourself the grace to “be in process.”

1. Set Aside Time to Relax

Actively try to leave work at work and give yourself permission to take time off. Whether that means an hour each night, or reserving one day of the weekend to totally veg out, work hard to respect those boundaries. Read a book, binge a TV show, or take your dog for a walk. Set aside times to do what makes you happy, and honor that time.

2. Take Care of Yourself

This is the easiest to say, but somehow the hardest to do. Whether this means getting enough sleep, eating fruits and vegetables, drinking more water than coffee, or treating yourself to a pedicure, self-care really can make a huge difference. Maybe you integrate some new supplements into your diet, like CBD Gummies, to help give you a little boost of energy or cut down on some of your day to day anxiety.

3. Ask for Help

Burnout isn’t a sign of weakness, but ignoring signs of burnout is. Ask your boss for help if you’re feeling burdened at work, or have a conversation with a partner or spouse about balancing stress at home.

4. Prioritize

When you’re experiencing burnout, you may become less organized and more distracted by any little thing.  Taking time to write everything down, categorize tasks, and prioritize those tasks in order can help bring some serious clarity to your mind, not to mention give you tangible goals to work for.

If you’re experiencing burnout, don’t lose hope! You can recover. Take it slow, take it easy, and integrate others into your life who can uplift and encourage you. You can do it!

This article is originally published at SundayScaries.

 

5 Ways That Stress Affects Your Period

Modern life is full of stressful situations and triggers that can negatively affect our mood. And, once a month, most women have to juggle all of the emotions that invade our heads and hearts in the lead up to our menstrual periods. How stress affects your period is quite difficult to assess. However, untreated stress, combined with increased hormone levels, can wreak havoc in our daily lives, as well as cause us to suffer from other mental health issues like insomnia, loss of appetite and anxiety. In fact, chronic stress and anxiety are so closely related that it is easy to mistake temporary stress for a chronic anxiety disorder.

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Having a regular cycle when it comes to our menstruation is actually really important to women’s health. Women tend to plan important events like holidays, birth control (pregnancy), and even important work meetings around their monthly period, as let’s face it: most of us can turn into monsters if our buttons are pushed during that time of the month. So, when you are just about to board the plane for your yearly dream vacation in the Bahamas, the last thing you need is for your period to turn up. Yet it happens far more often than you think, which means that managing your stress and anxiety can usually rectify an irregular cycle.

Here are the five primary ways that stress affects your period and, more importantly, what you can do about it!

A Delay in Ovulation

When you are stressed in the lead up to ovulation, it makes is really difficult for certain hormones to be triggered and released on schedule. This will result in delayed ovulation, meaning your period will not be on time or predictable. The main problem with delayed ovulation is that it puts a huge spanner in the works when it comes to planning events around your period. In addition, this can lead to further stress, as you will probably start worrying that something is wrong and before you know it, you have ended up in a vicious cycle of anxiety. Delayed ovulation also poses a significant challenge to women who are planning to get pregnant, especially if they have struggled with fertility issues in the past.

A Longer Cycle

No one wants their period to last longer than is absolutely necessary, but this is exactly what can happen as a side effect of stress. When you are going through delayed ovulation, you will unfortunately likely have to endure a longer cycle than usual and you could also experience a heavier flow. The onset of your next cycle would also be late, so you would essentially be left guessing as to how long your period will last and when it will actually turn up. In today’s uncertain times, we certainly don’t need to be adding more unpredictable and stressful events into our lives!

Your Period Stops Entirely

Stress can have a powerful effect on the menstrual cycle including the amount of bleeding, the level of cramps, and, in some cases, your period could stop altogether. This is more common if you are dealing with a reduced appetite as a result of stress or anxiety, as being underweight can also cause your period to stop.

You Will Not Ovulate

While you will still bleed each month, you won’t actually be ovulated. This can be a huge issue if you are trying to conceive, as it may look like you have your period as usual, yet you will not be able to get pregnant. One of the most reliable ways to figure out, whether you are ovulating or not, is to chart your cervical mucus to see if it peaks or not; if it doesn’t, then you might not be ovulating and you should consult a physician to rectify the situation and obtain professional advice.

Your PMS Gets Worse

Throwing stress and anxiety into the mix of fluctuating hormones and mood swings isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Many women struggle with PMS and sometimes it gets so bad that it can result in heavy menstrual bleeding, anxiety attacks, and bouts of depression. If you have noticed that your PMS has got a lot worse recently, then you need to take a serious look at the stress levels and triggers in your life in order to be able to restore normality.

 

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How to Manage Stress the Natural Way

Aside from affecting our period, stress can greatly affect many other aspects of our lives in a negative way. This is why it is of utmost importance to take steps to ensure that you have your stress under control. Regardless of how old you are, you should never underestimate the fact that stress is usually the root cause of a wide range of serious medical conditions, which include:

  • Hypertension
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

There are also many more issues that are not always so apparent.

Thankfully, you are not alone and many women around the world have had great success managing and eliminating stress from their lives by using the following tool to help them live a more harmonious life.

CBD Oil for Stress

Based on recent news, it seems that this natural tincture is capable of treating virtually any illness on the planet. And while there will be some exaggerations and also skepticism with regards to its efficacy, many people have been able to significantly reduce stress and anxiety via the use of cannabis oil. It is now entirely legal for medical use across the U.S., although it must only contain very low levels of THC (the compound of cannabis that makes you high) in certain states.

A Quick Word on Getting High: CBD Oil DOES NOT Get You High

When you use CBD rich oil for therapeutic purposes, the cannabinoids present will cancel out the psychoactive effects. So, essentially you can enjoy all of the healing properties of the marijuana plant, without the disruption of being stoned and feeling as though you just want to stare at the ceiling all day.

Not only does nature’s miracle herb manage the symptoms of stress and anxiety for you, but it also works to fix other issues like insomnia and period pain. Certain strains will even help you to control the monthly munchies that many women seem to get during the time of their period.

Final Thoughts

CBD oil is an incredibly potent remedy for stress, but you have to form a partnership with it, in order to experience the maximum benefits. What I mean is that a degree of self-healing will also come from your own willpower and, of course, your lifestyle. If you are dealing with your stress by downing three bottles of wine every night before chowing down on a KFC, then you are subconsciously counteracting anything positive that you are doing for your body. Any medicine—be it pharmaceutical or natural—should be complemented with an active, healthy lifestyle. Above all, however, if you are concerned about your health in any way, you should visit your doctor.

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

Best Yoga Poses For Anxiety Relief

Anybody who has ever been outside their home has realized that the hustle of life can easily become the cause of some serious anxiety and stress. Just take a look at anybody, and you will be able to see their worry lines on their forehead. But not to fear; by incorporating some yoga moves when you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and stress, you can easily help relieve those symptoms and get back to being you. But before we can relieve your anxiety, we must first understand what anxiety is.

What Is Anxiety Anyways?

In general, anxiety is a mental disorder that can cause you to feel worried, nervous, fearful or even apprehensive. If you have anxiety, you essentially get a feeling of being overwhelmed when you think of things in the future.

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For example, you may start feeling anxious and nervous when you think of having to go to work on Monday.

When you are having an anxiety attack, it can also affect how you behave. If the symptoms last for a prolonged amount of time, they can even start to physically affect you as well. There is no other way to put it, anxiety is just plain unsettling, and even though a mild amount may not be that serious, a more severe attack can be so bad as to negatively affect your everyday life.

You’re probably thinking that you always have an anxiety attack every time you are faced with a new challenge. In this instance, feeling a little worried or intimidated is 100% normal. It’s when your worry starts to affect your sleep, how you feel, and the way your body functions that it starts to become a concern.

Anxiety is typically a reaction that has been blown out of proportion compared to what is normally expected when faced with a certain situation.

Now that we know what anxiety is, how can yoga help to relieve the symptoms of it?

How Can Yoga Help With Anxiety Relief?

Yoga is great for helping to relax you and calm any type of anxiety that you may be feeling. Yoga will give you a full body stretch, as well as stimulate some of the different hormones within your body.

On top of that, it also helps to heal your nervous system. This healing of your nervous system will cause your body to release endorphins, the happy hormones. These alone will help alleviate any anxiety and help you start to feel better.

Stretching has been proven to relax your body and also calm your mind. By doing this, your body will be able to release any tension that may be trapped within it more easily.

Here are some of the best yoga poses for anxiety relief.

Best Yoga Poses For Anxiety Relief

Here are some of the best yoga poses that you can add to your daily routine to calm your mind and relax your body. These are especially helpful for when you are feeling anxious and worried.

Do your best to spend about 3-5 minutes doing each pose to get the maximum benefits. Remember that while doing yoga will help to alleviate some of your anxiety symptoms, it is not by any means a cure for anxiety. But by you enjoying these poses, you will be helping to nurture your mind and body.

  • Child’s Pose

During yoga, Child’s Pose is often used to rest. It is common for people to use Child’s Pose to relax and regroup between more challenging poses. It is very useful in releasing tension in the shoulders, back, and neck, which is where many people tend to hold their stress.

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Child’s Pose also helps promote relaxation through steady, conscious breathing, which ultimately helps to calm the nervous system.

When using Child’s Pose to help relieve anxiety, feel free to hold the pose for as long as you would like to. When you have finished, slowly move back to an upright position and make a note of how relaxed you are feeling.

  • Tree Pose

The Tree Pose is a fundamental pose when it comes to easing your anxiety. When you implement basic balances, you are promoting focus, awareness, and concentration. These all take your mind away from your anxiety and put the attention on yourself.

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The best thing about Tree Pose is that you can do it literally anywhere you can stand up. Standing in line at the grocery store, while eating lunch, or even waiting to cross the street. This makes it one of the best yoga poses for anxiety relief.

If you feel anxiety creeping in, simply go into Tree Pose.

  • Warrior III

Once you are comfortable balancing on one leg, the Warrior III pose will help you to lengthen, strengthen and challenge yourself. This pose will not only help to improve your core strength, coordination, posture, and balance; it also helps stimulate your abdominal area, which will improve your digestion. And this is imperative when it comes to fighting anxiety according to recent studies.

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Plus, since Warrior III is a more challenging pose, it will shift your mindset to focusing on your pose, which takes it away from your anxiety.

  • Legs Up The Wall Pose

Legs Up The Wall Pose is excellent when it comes to relieving lower back tightness and pain, as well as the symptoms of anxiety. Plus it helps relieve menstrual cramping, arthritis discomfort, lowers high blood pressure and reduces insomnia.

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When it comes to anxiety, depending on the severity, it can just plain ruin your day. By implementing anxiety relief techniques like the yoga moves listed above, you will be able to keep yourself calm and your anxiety at bay.

What makes yoga for anxiety relief even better is that you can do it anywhere. It does not take much space to do any of the yoga moves that will help you relieve your anxiety.

Just try to spend a few minutes doing each pose, and you will feel yourself start to feel a lot calmer, more relaxed, and more like yourself.

This article is originally published on SundayScaries.

Hugs,

Shaline

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress: CBD can help!

In our modern, fast-paced world, stress is becoming a very common component in our everyday lives. It has become so common, in fact, that we no longer seem to notice stress until it has compounded into something bigger and has started affecting our health.
Stress hormones (a primary stress hormone like cortisol), are released into the body to trigger our “fight or flight” response. In dire situations, these hormones help elevate our energy supplies, increase the concentration of glucose in our blood, and even help our brain use glucose optimally for quicker decision making. However, long-term activation of the body’s stress system could cause a host of health problems — anxiety, depression, heart disease – to name a few. Therefore, it is important we learn of ways to relieve ourselves of stress.
Below are five simple ways to relieve stress:

 

1. CBD Oil

You’ve probably heard of CBD quite often this past year. There is good reason for that. Aside from its uses in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy, it is also being used a natural means of reducing anxiety and a great way to relieve stress. This is because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a network of CBD receptors along our central nervous system. These receptors react to CBD by fixing imbalances, strengthening our immune system, and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. So a couple of drops of CBD oil every day might just be a great way to help relieve stress.

 

2. Meditation

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If you are looking for a very cheap way of reducing stress without taking anything, meditation is the way to go. Meditation has been known to help ease stress and anxiety by focusing our attention to emptying our mind and breathing deeply. Not only will this help you relax, but it could also re-energize you to help you face the rest of your day with a bit more calm. If you find yourself stressed by too many meetings or an impending deadline, take a few minutes to center yourself, empty your mind of any thoughts, and breathe.

 

3. Exercise

Physical activity causes our body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. To people who have experienced what is called the “runner’s high”, this is actually the rush of endorphins released by your body as a response to running. Endorphins help our body reduce stress by helping our body overcome pain, and regulate our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol actually reduces the production of happy hormones in our body which will lead to more stress for us. Exercising would help build these hormones back up in our system.

 

4. Reduce caffeine

We all have a caffeine threshold. Caffeine is known to help keep us awake and give us that boost of much-needed energy, especially in the mornings when all we want is to go back to sleep. However, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety which in turn causes stress. It could also cause heart palpitations, cold sweat, and some digestive upset when you take too much caffeine. So if you find yourself getting anxious after your second or third cup of coffee, it might be a good idea to skip that cup of joe and maybe have something with lower caffeine levels. Perhaps a nice low caffeine tea, or, dare we say, some decaf coffee?

 

5. Socialize

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Spending time with friends and family is a great stress reliever. No matter how introverted and socially averse you are, there is always someone you prefer spending your time with. And for those of us who are extroverted, being with people is an energizing experience. Laughing and having an enjoyable time with the people you love will help you relax more, and forget about your woes. In women, spending time with family and children helps in releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever.

No matter your phase of life, stress is unavoidable. Keeping these five tips in mind will help you in managing or maybe even relieving stress. And in turn will help you enjoy life more, avoid health issues, and even develop a healthier relationship with yourself and with your social circle.

 

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4 Tips To Ease Stress In Your Life

Life can be stressful and at time, difficult to handle. From moving to different states to changes in your job and unexpected deadlines, stressors occur often and at random. With a little understanding about managing stress and how it affects your body, your stressors will be easier to manage and, oftentimes, preventable!

Your body goes through a series of hormonal changes during times of stress. The insulin in your body becomes off balance, as well as the levels of cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn can cause a rapid heart rate as well as an increase in your blood pressure. Some other side effects of stress are bloating, hair loss, and difficulty losing weight. The general key is to practice self-care. A lot of stressors in our life can be eliminated or decreased by following a simple routine that puts our health and wellness first. Read on for a few tips to help you manage the stress in your life!

1. Change your diet! Eating clean, raw, and nutritious food is one of the most important things you can do not only to ease stress but to balance the hormones in your body and ensure your body is receiving the adequate amount of nutrients, daily. Eliminate refined sugars, caffeine, and processed foods. Food fuels your body. Eating an unhealthy diet will run down your organs and the way they function.

2. Find time every day to do something for you. Relaxation is a great way to decompress after a tough day. Turn off the television and head outside for an evening walk. If the weather is unappealing, try meditation indoors. A hobby such as painting is a great way to voice your stressors through art and release the tension in your body.

3. Oftentimes, our bodies are missing key nutrients that cause minor hormone imbalances. However, after combining a few vitamin deficiencies with added stressors in your life, your body breaks down and your stress becomes a far greater problem. Raw vitamins and probiotics are an excellent way to combat the effects of stress, and go hand-in-hand with a clean-eating diet!

4. Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of excessive stress in your day-to-day life. The average adult should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. If you are barely getting by with enough shut-eye, your body is working twice as hard, and you’re stressors are far more amplified. Take a midday nap, drink some banana tea before bed, and aim to be in bed with enough time to get at least 7 hours of rest!

Stress doesn’t have to limit your daily life. By making these simple yet effective changes to your lifestyle, the way your body processes and handles stress will be far less challenging and less damaging to your overall health and wellness.