Creating Healthy Habits to Beat Stress

EXERCISE

Stress is a big part of life.  As adults we seem to have to deal with it everyday.  Since it is such a big part of life, it makes sense to develop healthy habits that can protect you from its harmful effects. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.

  1. Talk with family and friends.

    A good friendship is great medicine. Spending time talking as well as listening can be an excellent way to process thoughts and feelings.  Call or email friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and be sure to listen to them.

  2. Engage in daily physical activity.

    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Studies show that physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning.  Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.

    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.  As I’ve gotten older, my joints are wearing down and I have been forced to find a different form of physical activity besides running.

  4. Remember to laugh.

    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.

  5. Give up the bad habits.

    Too much alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine or soda pop can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to eliminate soda pop asap.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.  Spread things out, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.

  7. Get enough sleep.

    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may improve the quality of sleep and life in general.

  8. Get organized.

    Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.

  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.  Contribute regularly to a legit charity.

  10. Worry less.

    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

There are essential oils that you can use to help deal with the affects of stress.  Bathing in a lavender bath, diffusing lemon or other citris blends are great ways to help alleviate stess!

Managing Your Personal Energy During the Holidays

holiday stress

The holidays are so stressful!  There is so much going on and the expectations we hold for each other can be back breaking.  There is so much that needs to be done in the next few weeks to prepare for the big day.

Following are some suggestions to manage your energy to get through the month in a healthy and happy way:

  • Write your story of how the holiday will unfold, use phrases like “stress free”, “restful”, “exhilarating”, “best holiday every.”  Audibally repeat this story as you are busy preparing – it will happen the way you write it.
  • Get plenty of rest – plan and delegate so that you are NOT doing “all nighters.”
  • Fit in self care – don’t stop exercising becaue you’re too busy.
  • Manage your food intake to minimize the amount of sugar you are eating.   Too much sugar will lead to a crash.  When you crash, you lose you momentum.  You know the saying…..”When momma’s not happy…..”
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to something.  If you are overprogrammed, don’t hesitate to eliminate something, maybe this year isn’t the year for Christmas cards.
  • Use essential oils to calm and balance yourself, specifically the Grounding Blend and the Calming Blend.
  • Most of all, remember the reason for the season, carry that spirit through the month and beyond.
During a recent team meeting, one of our Wellness Consultants, Melissa Mitchell, did an amazing presentation on using oils for emotional wellness.  With her permission, the powerpoint to this is here for your review.  ESSENTIAL OILS with emotions. Please take a minute and read it and use your essential oils to help support you when you feel the stress and anxiety that comes with the season.    Thanks Melissa!