Let’s all be honest with each other for a second. Life can be s-t-r-e-s-s-f-u-l!
It’s not a secret that I am not a stranger to stress, and I know that I am not the only one who has mastered the act of stressing. Although there is a certain amount of stress that is normal in everyday life to keep us on our toes and to keep us motivated, too much stress is more serious than most of us know.
Not only can too much stress cause us to feel overwhelmed and anxious, but it can do real damage to our bodies and health. In the past few years, that fact has become a lot more apparent to me. Stress was one of the major factors that caused my sister’s illness that almost took her life, and has been a big factor in the health issues I have been having lately.
Through all of this, I have realized how important it is to control my stress levels and to honestly just relax. In today’s post I am going to talk about my favorite things to do to help me stop stressing.
1. Starting My Morning Slow
One of my favorite ways to have a relaxing start to my day is to give myself enough time in the morning to avoid the stress of rushing to get ready and out the door. An ideal morning for me during the week is waking up with enough time to enjoy my coffee in bed. If I am not working on the weekends, I love looking forward to waking up slowly and having my coffee and breakfast in bed! It is just a comforting and relaxing way to start my days, and is something that I look forward to.
2. Eating Healthier
I have not had much choice on this matter, but since I have had to change my diet and eat healthier, I have found that I feel so much better in the stress department. My diet is gluten-free (Celiac Disease), egg free (egg intolerance), lactose/dairy free (lactose intolerant), and peanut free (peanut allergy). So as you can tell, I am a tad (or a lot) complicated so, I eat a lot of fresh and plant based foods since they easily follow my strict diet. I also know that caffeine can be a big cause of stress and anxiety levels, but I do not want to give up my daily cup of coffee!
3. Getting GOOD Sleep
I have had trouble sleeping for a long time now and I think that stress is one of the largest contributors to that. My mind (especially when I am stressed out) is always racing, which keeps me from getting good sleep. A few things that have seemed to help improve my sleep and reduce my stress is eating healthier, diffusing lavender while I sleep, doing a relaxing yoga flow, and also taking melatonin if needed (HUM Nutrition’s Beauty zzZz is a great natural option that “regulates with sleeping patterns” and helps with falling asleep and keeping asleep throughout the night).
4. Doing Relaxing Workouts
I know I have mentioned this on the blog before, but 90% of the time that I workout I try to do workouts that are relaxing. I have found that high intensity workouts seem to stress me out, which make them a little unenjoyable. This is why I try to do things like yoga and barre, especially when I feel extra stressed! I’m not knocking high intensity workouts though because I know they work so well (and I still do them, just not as often)! If they are the kind of workout that relaxes you and reduces stress then you go for it, Love!!
5. “Spa” / Self-Care Night
This does not happen often, but a way I love to relax is to have a “spa” night. I will do a face mask and even do my nails! A lot of us forget to take the time to take care of ourselves, and it is something that we should all be doing a little more often!
6. Taking Time For Things I Love
This could be a whole range of things from a pizza and Netflix night with Austin to scrolling through Pinterest to reading fashion and entrepreneurial books to writing in my planner (lol yes this can be fun)! Find little hobbies that can get stress off your mind and that help you enjoy the yourself.
7. Understanding I Cannot Do Everything
I hold myself to such high standards and am honestly a perfectionist when it comes to myself and my work. But, as I have learned how horrible stress can be on my body, I have had to teach myself to not stress so much about succeeding. The quote “you can do anything, but not everything” has really helped me remember that it is okay to not do everything perfectly. This has especially helped me stop stressing as much about school, and has made me realize that it is okay if I do not ace every exam or read every page assigned. The stress is just not worth it!
8. Taking HUM Nutrition’s Big Chill
Every morning after I have had my breakfast, I will take one of HUM Nutrition’s Big Chill capsules, which is a supplement that helps me focus, stay calm, and “slows down” my “reaction to stress”. This supplement is completely natural and has only one main ingredient, Rhodiola Rosea, which is a root extract with calming effects. I have been using this for a few weeks now, and have seen an amazing difference with my stress levels and just how I feel over all. I seem to feel a lot more relaxed, and honestly at peace throughout my day. I am also excited to see how it helps with reducing the damage stress does to my body and also my skin!
I absolutely love HUM’s products because I know they are vegan and gluten free, so they are safe for me to put into my body. I have been taking their Base Control for a while, which is their version of a multi-vitamin, in addition to their Big Chill. I completely recommend giving Big Chill a try if you struggle with stress or anxiety because it is completely natural, and much healthier than taking harmful medications. I also recommend trying their other supplements if you are in the market for new vitamins, especially if you are looking for a line that is focused on enhancing beauty!
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I hope this post gives you guys fun and helpful ideas of how you can reduce your stress, and teach you that stress is just not worth it! Thanks for stopping by, Lovely!
Thank you so much to HUM Nutrition and Newsette for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.