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How To Deal With Stress

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I love this time of year! But often, instead of Christmas being the happiest time of the year, it can become the most stressful time of the year.

This year looks a little different from the past years. You may have fewer functions to balance and more free time. But this year brought new challenges that introduced new stresses into our lives.

So whether you find yourself super stressed, slightly stressed, or you’re just looking to hone in on some more inner peace in your life. These new tools to help you with stress are sure to help! 

My Guide On How To Deal With Stress 

Meditate: There is a reason I bring up meditation on repeat. Meditation truly is one of the best ways to manage stress. Taking time to sit and only focus on your breathing is magical. It can help you put things into perspective and get some much-needed insight you may have been previously too busy to receive. 

Put yourself in timeout: Sometimes, you need to remove yourself from a situation or take a deep breath and walk away. After taking some deep breaths, return to the situation. Sometimes I need to do this when I am dealing with my kiddos. I would rather take a minute and come back when I am in a place of responding, not reacting. 

Eat Healthy: This time of year, it is easy to grab those sugar cookies that your neighbor dropped by and call it breakfast {totally not judging!} Food is joyful, and cookies are a big part of the fun, so I am not saying don’t enjoy any goodies. That is madness! 

What I am saying is feed your body the good stuff too! Your body needs real food, food rich in nutrition, and nutrients. You know what foods help your body to function at its best. Tune into that and make sure you are getting plenty of what your body needs. 

Move Your Body:  Our bodies like to move. They need to move. When we don’t move our bodies regularly, energy can get blocked and create issues. By moving your body every day, you can move the energy around your being. Moving your body every day helps to keep stress at bay. Listen to your body and how it likes to move. Whatever brings you the most joy, do that! Walking is a great way to exercise. Just because you are not “working out” like some skinny influencer thinks you should, does not mean you are not active. Listen and trust what your body has to say. It’ll tell you. 

Supplements can also help manage stress. Here are a few of my favorites that I have studied.

  • Cal-Mag Stress Formula: Cal-Mag Stress Formula is a mix of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and a full range of B-vitamins, which aid in the production of energy.* Vitamin C, in addition to its function as an antioxidant, helps to support a normal adrenal response. This fantastic supplement will help give you more energy and reduce your body’s natural response to stress.
  • L-Theanine: This supplement promotes relaxation without the drowsiness or adverse side effects associated with other calming agents. L-Theanine also supports healthy cardiovascular function through this relaxing effect. L-Theanine is a good one to take if you have a hard time relaxing!
  • Relora: Common everyday life stress {Cough, the Holidays} is a major contributing factor in overeating. Relora® is a clinically validated blend of plant extracts from Magnolia Officinalis and Phellodendron amurense that has been shown to support the body’s response to minor, temporary stress, resulting in nervous tension, irritability, fatigue, sadness, and nervous eating.* The relaxing effect of Relora® has been shown to help control appetite and stress-related eating, thereby allowing you to manage your weight.* – If you have issues with binge eating and stress eating, this one is for you!!
  • CBD: CBD has shown to be an excellent tool for dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. I like the brand Cured. They have terrific high-quality products that have helped me quite a bit. I love the ZEN blend, which is excellent for sleep. 
  • Infuse your air with essential oils: When I am stressed and need to relax, I love turning on my Diffuser with a few lavender drops! It smells fantastic and helps me to calm down, especially at night when my mind struggles with powering down.
  • Schedule 1 Hour of Me Time: As they say on airplanes, you must first put on your air ventilator before reaching to help others! Make sure you are taking care of yourself! That way, when you need to give to others, you are not running on empty!
  • Find Joy In The Small Things: Make it a game! So you have to stand in crazy lines, you can be thankful that you have people you love to buy gifts for! – Not to go too Pollyanna on you, but there is so much to be grateful for! Take the time to focus on that and try adding a smile! 😉 It will do wonders for you!

So there you have it, friends! Some great tips and useable tools to help you know how to manage stress. Hopefully, they will not only help you make it through the Holidays but THRIVE and continue to do so all year long!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*