Stress, I know it well. Every single day I have to deal with the stress of having preschoolers, of having teens, of having a traveling husband, of having a mortgage, of having bit off way more than I can chew. In other words I’m a mom and moms have a ton of stress. Some common stress triggers for moms include:
1. Cheese in the DVD player
2. Infinite number of boogers on the wall. I swear I spend half my day scraping nose nuggets off my wall, couch, clothes. How does something so little produce so much nastiness?
3. Meltdowns over cup color. There is no greater crime against my daughter than giving her the purple cup when she really wanted pink.
4. Find that smell. UGH! With 6 kids and 2 cats, this is a game where nobody wins.
5. Know it all teens.
6. Laundry, laundry and more laundry.
7. Toys everywhere. I swear my daughters toys are breeding when we aren’t looking. The toys are conspiring to take over the house.
There are so many other stress triggers in a typical moms day, but it would turn into a novel to rival War and Peace, so I’ll just stop at 7.
Thankfully I have learned some tips and tricks to help naturally give stress a massive beat down in the last few years.
1. RESCUE Pastilles-
These little lozenges are my best kept secret. On days when I’m feeling overwhelmed and out of control I can take one and I will feel less stressed, calm and in control. They are homeopathic with no habit forming side effects like you find with other products. I keep them in my car for long road trips and battling Atlanta traffic. You can find RESCUE stress relief products at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products! Bonus! Grab this coupon for buy one get one.
2. Exercise- yeah, yeah I know, you’ve heard it before. I wish I could it wasn’t true, but exercising regularly has improved my stress level by leaps and bounds. The endorphins released during exercise are stress killers and can boost your mood in an incredible way. Make time to exercise by finding something that you like, for me it’s tennis, something about smashing the crap outta some balls that really kicks my endorphins in gear. Want a fast boost? Have a 30 second dance party in your living room, backyard or the parking lot at the store. Just 30 seconds of activity can light up your brain’s pleasure center and give you immediate stress relief.
3. Essential Oils- Oils are all the rage right now and for good reason. Oils are crucial in you battle against stress, the best ones to use when you feeling that ugly stress monster come on are Lavender, Frankincense, Rose, Chamomile and Vanilla.
4. Take a bath- I know easier said than done right? We have 1.000 excuses as to why we can’t take 30 minutes to indulge in a nice, warm bubble bath. Here’s the thing though, baths can be a powerful stress reliever. Soaking in water has an almost immediate soothing effect add in some relaxing music and some lavender aromatherapy candles and you will soon be feeling calm, relaxed and the stress will melt away.
5. Make healthy eating choices- In times of stress it’s so easy to go right for the junk food, the sugar in junk food gives us a temporary boost, but research shows that the effect is very temporary (20-30 minutes) and when it wears off it can leave you in a worse state than you were before. Making healthy eating choices throughout the day can reduce stress and improve your energy throughout the day. Foods that are especially effective for stress-busting include blueberries, salmon and almonds.
6. B Vitamins – B vitamins are known to promote proper functioning of the brain and nervous system, as well as help induce relaxation and fight fatigue. In fact, indicators of a vitamin B deficiency include irritability, depression and apathy, so to stave off those symptoms, increase your intake of foods rich in B vitamins. B vitamins can be found in the beans, peas, nuts, liver, eggs and dairy products. You can also go with an over the counter supplement to boost your vitamin B levels.
7. Sleep- Sleep is the most important natural stress reducer of them all. Too little sleep leaves us cranky, irritable and on edge. Too much sleep can leave us sluggish and depressed. Everybody is different in their sleep requirements, but aim to get at least 7 hours of good restful sleep a night. Promote better sleep by establishing bedtime rituals that signal to your brain that it’s time to fall asleep, warm baths and reading are effective ways to tell your brain it’s time to slow down for the night. Avoid cell phones, TV, computers and tablets an hour before bed, the screens on these devices stimulate your brain, making it hard to shut down for the night, increasing insomnia and other sleep issues.
Those are my best stress-busting tips and tricks. What are some of the ways that you reduce stress in your busy life?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.