Healthy Living., Marriage and Wifehood.

5 Ways to Ninja Stress

Distressing is an ongoing item on my list of things to master. I am a constant ninja warrior when it comes to beating stress. I am not here to offer you a prescription of the cure all for stress. I’m not even sure there is a cure all. You’d have to look that up on Pinterest or WebMD. 

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We all know the basics, though. Get enough rest. Learn to breathe. Don’t let it get to you. Ps… that’s my favorite, when people suggest that. #EasierSaidThanDone, especially for my inner perfectionist. Then there’s the ever so popular, “throw a prescription on that sh*t, we do here in our country. “Oh, you’re stressed, take this pill as a bandaid to not feel anything”. Um, nerp, not for this girl! 

If you haven’t figured out by now, I love natural approaches to things. If I can solve or attempt to solve something in a holistic way, I will. If a beauty blogger swears her Citrine or Amethyst bracelet helped her stress, I am buying it. Oh, and 5 others as gifts for my friends. 

Like the time I figured out salt lamps could increase serotonin in the brain and boost blood flow. I bought everyone one. I was like the Oprah of salt lamps, “you get a salt lamp, you get a salt lamp, EVERYBODY GETS A SALT LAMP!” mmmhmm, obsessive! 

So, when it comes to stress, I don’t have all of the answers my beautiful friend. There are days where all of the Bossa Nova, lavender oil, and camomile tea could’t keep this “I care so much” personality in check. BUT, it sure is worth a shot. Here we go.. 

  1. A great diet is crucial. 

    Come on, you knew you I was going to start here. Like, you had to know! A diet high in protein and healthy fats is so important for brain function and responses. Foods with protein are chat full of amino acids which are needed for the right neurotransmitter functions. Healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, think cold-water, wild-caught fish like salmon or sardines. These foods rich in Omega-3s are great for stabilizing our moods and developing our brain and heart health. You can also add in nuts, seeds, avocado, and my favorite coconut oil. 

  2. Herbs and the natural approach. 

    Without getting all science-guy on you, certain herbs (Adaptogen herbs) help lower cortisol, the stress hormone our body produces when we are in that HIGH STRESS STATE! Adaptogen herbs help protect the body and help balance our body’s response to stress. Some basic herbs that you can take now to help with stress are:
    Holy Basil benefits include helping you fight fatigue and stress; boost your immune system; and regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and hormone levels.
    Ashwaganda is often referred to as Indian ginseng. Often used in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwaganda regulates the immune system and eases anxiety. Ashwaganda has been used in Eastern medicine for over 2,500 years and has immuno-modulating effects that boost your immune system and aid the body in lowering cortisol levels.

  3. Add in Maca Root.

    I add Maca Root to a smoothie just about every day. The benefits of maca root include balancing out the mood and supporting brain health. Maca root has been shown to have natural fatty acids. Maca is also an energy booster because it is rich in vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C and vitamin B6. You can also add maca in to your homemade energy bars or oatmeal. Maca is also excellent for reproductive health, but that’s a blog for another day. Here is the maca root powder I like to use.
    greens smoothie ourfaithfilledhome.comDid you catch my live Facebook video the other day where I made the greens smoothie? If not, check it out here. I use Maca Root Powder in the smoothie! 🙂 

  4. Essential Oils are my ABSOLUTE favorite.

    I pretty much stopped buying candles unless they are aroma therapy. I run a diffuser constantly in our home. Here is the one we use. I need one for every room in our house. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can take a big whiff of the oil, use them in the shower, or add them to oil and use them as a moisturizer. Some of my favorites:
    Lavender of course, soothing and eliminates nervous tension.
    Rose oil has similar properties as an anti-depressant.
    Lemon is gentle and refreshing. I love lavender and lemon during the day in my diffuser.
    Jasmine scent has been known to create a relaxing or calming aroma. 5 ways to ninja your stress ourfaithfilledhome.com

  5. Sipping a warm cup of tea can help.

    I love to drink tea specifically for stress. Some of my favorites include the Honey Lavender tea from Yogi and the Stress relief tea from Lifestyle Awareness. I get them both at my health food store, but I have linked them on Amazon for you. There is also Kava Stress relief tea, but to be honest I didn’t love it. I had a really difficult time with the flavor. The Honey Lavender is by far my favorite for stress. 
    I sip a hot cup of tea every afternoon at my desk. It is something to look forward to and it really helps me with those afternoon stress cravings

I have read and heard that acupuncture is great for stress relief. I haven’t ever tried it, but I plan on doing so in the next month or so. My brother swears it will help with my stress. That and cupping. Have you tried either of them?! I would love to know your experience. I think I am stuck trying to figure out how to choose a acupuncturist. Is that what they’re called?

Anyways, I hope you found this blog helpful! Until next time! 

XO, AP

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