Stress. It seems like it will always be a part of my busy life no matter what I do, and I assume it’s part of your life as well.
SO instead of trying to avoid it and becoming even more stressed when I can’t, I’m learning how to manage it. I’ve recently been spending a lot of time trying to figure this out and now I know having a stress-free life is impossible. However, stress does not have to always be bad–just like fear, it can be the fuel or motivation you need to actually do what you need to do.
Here are my tips for managing stress!
What is Stress?
It’s NOT all in our heads. Stress is a physical flight or fight response that emits hormones and adrenaline. When these excess hormones and chemicals rush into your blood flow often, it can be detrimental to our health. So, let’s symptom check ourselves, shall we? (I checked all LOL)
Habits That Fight Stress
The difference that a few deep breaths and moments alone can make is AMAZING. Honestly, I used to think meditation was a hippy thing until I started using the app Headspace (I talked about it in this blog post). Now, I try to do it multiple times a day, squeeze it in any lunch break, morning silence, or even restless night. Meditating does not need to take you a long time and add to your already stressed life. You can do it for 10 minutes and it will be enough to make a difference.
A Good SWEAT
We all know the benefits of exercising, but when it comes to stress, just warming up your muscles and sweating can release those hormones and chemicals that you need to feel better. Cue the excuse to find a nice warm vacation (haha)! Personally, after or before a long day of work, I love a good hot yoga class. Not for the sake of a great workout (usually bike in the morning), but it is incredibly relaxing to have a quiet 45 minutes to sweat and stretch. If yoga isn’t for you, try hopping in a sauna!
Having a Routine
I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE having a routine (my morning routine here). I know how I (somewhat) like my days to look and do my best to set them up accordingly. Uncertainty is a big cause of stress so knowing what to expect can eliminate anxiousness, PLUS a routine lets you choose the mood of the day. Find what works for you, whether that’s a morning workout, meditation, your favorite tea, lavender oil before bed, or reading a chapter of your favorite book. Try to incorporate small things throughout your day that make you feel good.
Words of Affirmation
This was another habit I felt silly doing at first, but it really works! Just finding a single phrase to say during your meditation in the morning or during traffic reminds me of what I want out of the day. If this isn’t your thing, another suggestion is to write down 4 things you are grateful for. I like to do this before bed to put any stress from the day into perspective.
A Healthy Diet
I know what you’re thinking–this is easier said than done. But there really are key vitamins and nutrients in food that are proven to help brain function and our energy levels. Foods high in nutrients like Vitamin B, Magnesium, Antioxidants, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids are going to help keep adrenaline and cortisol from spiking and feed your brain. Foods like avocados, salmon, blueberries, almonds, and spinach are a great start.
- Res-Q Brain Focus – Glyceryl Phosphoryl & Ashwaganda
- Moon Juice Spirit Dust – Ashwaganda
- Bulletproof Brain Octane – MCT oils
- Divine Nature Adrenal Support – Magnesium, Zinc & Ginseng
- Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink – Magnesium & Calcium
- Garden of Life B Complex – 8 B-Complexes & Probiotics
A Little Stress is… Healthy?
Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t be where I am today without some moments of stress. That adrenaline sparks a fire in us to be our best and have a competitive edge. But like all things, everything should be in moderation. Constant stress and pumping of those hormones is what we don’t want, but when we learn to recognize stress and use it as motivation then it’s ok to be a little just a little stressed 🙂
How do you manage stress? Do you have any tips & tricks? Let me know in the comments below.