Who struggles with managing stress levels?
Calling all the mamas. Calling all my peeps who work for the government. Calling all the nurturers.
🙋♀️ I feel ya, the struggle is real.🙋♀️
😱 Just a heads up though: a landmark 20-year University of London study indicated that unmanaged reactions to stress are a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
✅ So … here are some quick tips to find immediate relief:
😯 1. Breathe In, Breathe Out
Breathe 6-10 deep breaths per minute for 10 minutes. It will lower your cortisol levels and your blood pressure.
💃 2. Bust A Move
Dance. Walk. Yoga. Movement releases your happy hormones – your endorphins – and others to include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which boost your mood in the short and long term.
🎧 3. Sound of Music
My personal drug of choice. There’s something about music that has the power to put me at peace, or make me happy, or compel me to bust a move. #sorrynotsorry
But research has shown that music can decrease pain and anxiety even during medical procedures! It can lower your blood pressure and heart rate – it can also benefit those who are undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. #whatsinyourplaylist
⛄ 4. Brothers Don’t Shake Hands. Brothers gotta hug!
Hugs decrease your heart rate and cortisol levels … and it increases your oxytocin levels (known as the cuddle hormone). If you don’t have a spouse or friend to hug, you can even give yourself a self-hug! #forreal #postaselfie #notawkwardatall
🤣 5. The Best Medicine
Who hasn’t experienced an argument completely defused by an unexpected joke? Laughter stimulates blood flow in your body and relieves physical tension, relaxing your muscles even 45 minutes later. It also triggers your endorphins and boosts your mood.
📔 6. Journaling.
Something powerful happens when we write our thoughts down. Specifically words of gratitude for what IS good in our lives. An attitude of gratitude is linked to decreased anxiety and depression, and better relationships in your life.
🌺 7. Aromatherapy.
Did you know your sense of smell is the only sense that goes directly to the limbic part of your brain that houses emotions and memories? Fragrance is the substance of your memories. Think about what the smell of a cut lemon makes you remember. Or an apple pie. Or a field of lavender. The world is rediscovering the benefits of aromatherapy for a whole host of issues, but the effect it has on mood and emotions may be its most powerful.
So go get yourself a diffuser. Or diffuser jewelry. If you want a list of some of my favorite diffuser recipes to keep the #mamacrazies at bay, feel free to email me or comment below! #ivegotyoucovered 👊😘