Blog - Holiday Stress

Dec 8, 2012

Stress is very much part of our everyday lives. You must learn the best ways for you to de-stress so you can re-energize your life. There are many factors contributing when we have low energy levels like the lack of exercise, processed foods, and sugar. When your body’s supply of vitamins and minerals are depleted, your energy suffers. There are many ways to adjust small things in our lives that will have a large impact over time.

When you experience stress, your body releases adrenaline which affects your heart rate and causes your blood pressure to rise. Ultimately this may cause dizziness, weakness, and a lack of overall energy. Symptoms of stress are inability to concentrate, anxiety, and irritability. Making simple changes to your lifestyle will have a noticeable affect on your energy levels and play a vital role in your stress management. Healthy habits are the key to a positive life cycle. You will notice significant improvements in the way you look and feel by infusing some of the following into your daily life.

Any form of aerobic exercise that you enjoy is the key to giving you sustained energy levels and improves your overall health. Endorphins released during exercise give you that feel good boost. To sustain a healthy mind and body, exercise at least three times a week. If you eat more food than your body burns in energy, the extra is converted and stored as fat. Regular exercise keeps your shape under control and fat deposits at a minimum.

Steer clear of caffeine enriched drinks and energy booster products that are a quick fix and more caffeine than the body should sustain naturally. Energy shots and drinks are not alternatives to rest or sleep. Don’t skip breakfast, this meal is important and will provide your body with the fuel it needs to make it through the day. To sustain energy levels when you’re stressed, increase your intake of raw vegetables. They will provide more energy to help manage the stress. For an instant boost of energy, snack on dried fruits, bananas, or wholegrain cereals. For a longer lasting energy supply eat your favorite complex carbohydrates (beans, lentils, pasta, potatoes, apples, oatmeal).

Stress tolerance levels differ among individuals, but with good nutrition, regular exercise, massage, and different relaxation techniques, you can maintain effective stress management. Your five senses influence your behavior. Combining your favorite ways to de-stress will soothe your body and ease your mind.

AROMATHERAPY is an ancient tradition using plant and flower oils to treat the mind, body, and spirit. Aromatherapy can be incorporated into your daily life with aromatic baths, vaporizing oils, and inhilations. Essential oils can help de-stress. Vanilla, nutmeg and orange have been said to calm the nerves.

SOOTHING SOUNDS can have a powerful effect on health. Sound therapy will reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and put you in a calmed state of mind. To reduce tension, relax and tune into your favorite soothing sounds (waves, birds, Gregorian Chants, whales, symphonies).

MEDITATION & YOGA can be done at home or with a professional to ensure you’re practicing correctly to get the most benefit from the simple techniques. Yoga restores the natural equilibrium of your body.

MASSAGE is integral to alleviate stress. Get a professional shiatsu massage and the firm pressure will ease the tension that has collected. Shiatsu massages also create positive energy pathways.

SLEEPING Difficulty sleeping is a key indicator you’re suffering from stress. You shouldn’t go to bed with a full stomach; however, there are certain foods that will help you sleep. Drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed, as it naturally contains tryptophan, one of the brains calming chemicals. If you decide to take sleeping aides, opt for a natural version. Passionflower, hops, and valerian root are all plant remedies that instill a sense of calm without any adverse side effects commonly associated with chemical tranquilizers. These are available at your local health food store, or already blended together in our tasty Nightly Beauty blend.

Smelling peppermint oil energizes the mind and body.

Peace of Mind, Relaxing massage oil from Origins is a great way to hit the sensory zones with peppermint and eucalyptus.

Avoid stressful situations whenever possible, they deplete your energy reserves.

Raw juices cleanse the body, try a blend of carrot and soy milk to help get your energy restored.

Vitamin B is required for the production of energy. You can get this by eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and dairy or in supplement form.

When stressed, try simple long deep breathing into your abdomen holding for 3-5 seconds with your eyes closed will release tension and increase energy

Soaking in a tub can be a therapeutic experience. Warm water eases tension and muscle fatigue. Try a salt bath once a month for a body-cleansing regime that will help you sleep deeply.

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