You’ve heard me say it…. you can’t green smoothie your way out of chronic stress.
So if green smoothies and healthy foods aren’t the answer, what is?
I know what it’s like to feel so stressed all the time that you are reaching for comfort in foods, escaping in unhealthy habits, or just feeling like you can’t get out of bed.
I’ve had those mornings where I literally was so fatigued and burned out that I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow.
But, there is hope for you! I promise.
What was the thing that was the key to my healing?
It wasn’t exercise or food (although those things are very important down the line).
It was self-care.
This self-care took the form of rituals, boundaries, healthy choices, supplements, and more.
Putting these things together did more for my healing than any nutrition choice ever could because they spoke an important message: I am worthy of healing.
And so are you.
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Nervous Systems
Chronic stress drives your body into what’s called sympathetic dominance. Basically this reaction is nature’s way of helping us overcome threats. Our prehistoric ancestors would need this to fend off a tiger attack, or run from a charging stampede, or face those life-threatening situations.
In our world free of stampedes and wild animals, a pending deadline, a constantly dinging phone, an emotionally tense situation, and hundreds of other triggers can send us into this fight or flight state throughout the day. Sympathetic dominance should be reserved for moments where you really need it, but the average person enters it 50 times every day. No wonder you feel exhausted and burned out all the time!
The counter system in your body is your parasympathetic nervous system. This is called your “rest and digest” system because it is what allows your body to use the nutrients from the food you eat to refuel your cells and recharge your body. This system is what enables you to rest, sleep, and be refreshed.
Learning how to harness the power of self-care to shift you out of sympathetic dominance and into activating your parasympathetic nervous system is the key to jumpstarting your healing momentum!
Natural Ways to End Stress
Ending sympathetic dominance is a daily choice. It’s about not letting yourself enter situations that are stressful and triggering. It’s also about learning to cope when the inevitable frustrations come your way. The end result of chronic stress is not pretty: emotional burnout, hormone chaos, pesky weight, cravings, brain fog… the list goes on. Luckily, there are things you can do to make yourself the priority again.
It all comes down to self-care. It comes down to communicating the message to yourself that you are worthy of healing. You are worthy of peace. You are worthy of energy. You are worthy of positivity.
Here are some ways to make that shift each and every day:
#1 – Have Daily Rituals and Set Boundaries
Having things you do every single day is a good way to set yourself up for stress-free success. Start your morning and end your day with gratitude, journaling, self-love, affirmations…whatever it is that fuels your peace.
A big part of having rituals is setting boundaries. It’s okay to say no to something that interferes with your self-care. It’s okay to say no to toxic people who drain you. You are worth more than that relationship, status, obligation, etc.
If you’re at a loss as to where to start with daily self-care rituals, The Essential Oils Hormone Solution is a great tool to help you get started!
#2 – Get Enough Sleep
It’s no secret that you feel burned out, fatigued, stressed, and irritable when you don’t get enough restful sleep. Allow your body to recharge every night so your brain cells have the capacity to handle whatever chaos awaits you!
Having a bedtime ritual using essential oils (especially Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Vetiver) is my favorite way to make sure I get the sleep I need!
If you feel like this is an area that you need some extra help, check out this post.
#3 – Use Essential Oils
Adding essential oils to your self-care rituals is a great way to give them more power. Essential oils are fantastic stress-interrupters. They have direct access to your limbic brain which governs your emotions and stress response. Simply inhaling their aroma is enough to cut through the frustration, burnout, and stress in a matter of seconds!
My favorite stress-reducing essential oils are citrus oils (especially Wild Orange, Bergamot, and Lemon), Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Frankincense and Jasmine.
While each of these oils is powerful in and of itself, here’s one of my favorite stress-killing blends I keep nearby at all times: the Stress Relief essential oil blend:
Whenever you feel the stress rising, put your favorite blend of oils on your palms, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and take deep belly breaths until you feel the stress melt away. You can also diffuse these oils to harness their stress-reducing power all day long!
#4 – Meditation, Prayer, Journaling, Deep Breathing, and/or Exercising
I know, that’s a lot of variety! Basically, you need to find that “thing” that is all for you. Some people thrive while exercising. If that’s you, go for it. For some of us, it’s daily meditation that grounds us and allows us to regain control.
Self-care is highly individual. Each of these things focuses on you as an individual and your connection with your inner self. However you are best able to do that is the way you will be in tune with what your body and emotions are trying to tell you. Love yourself the way you deserve!
#5 – Use Calming Supplements
This is where all the pieces come together. You can do all the self-care and use all the oils, but stress is unavoidable in our world. In order to set yourself up for true healing miracles, one of my favorite tools is supplements.
Since stress is a chemical response to perceived threats in your brain, using supplements to combat that is the most direct way to solve your chronic stress problem.
Let me introduce you to Stress Reset. This life-changing supplement is packed full of compounds that alter your brain chemistry in a way that will help you deal with stressful situations with grace.
What’s in Stress Reset?
The blend of ingredients in Stress Reset are perfectly formulated to help you get a handle on your stress response. Here are the key players:
- GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is the main calming neurotransmitter in your brain. The bioavailable form of GABA in Stress Reset will combat racing thoughts and help you keep your calm.
- Glycine is an amino acid that contributes to the health benefits of bone broth. Found primarily in animal skins, joints, and bones, glycine is well recognized for its emotionally soothing properties. Now you can access that same comfort you get from a steaming bowl of soup each and every day!
- Vitamins B3 and B6 play a crucial role in your brain’s balance. They stabilize your neurotransmitters and brain chemicals to allow you to rest, relax, and handle stress appropriately.
- Pantothenic acid (B5) supports your adrenal glands to allow for a healthy response to stress. When you face a trigger, your adrenal glands are stimulated to release cortisol, your stress hormone. This is what drives you into sympathetic dominance and causes chaos in your body when it goes unchecked. Making sure your adrenal glands are healthy will allow them to respond appropriately to the situations you face every day!
Isn’t Stress Just a Normal Part of Life?
You may be hesitant to take a supplement for stress…. it’s so much a part of our culture that we don’t even recognize it for the problem it is! But just because it’s common, that doesn’t mean it’s normal.
- If you ever feel muscle tension as a result of nervousness or stress…
- If your thoughts never seem to stop, leading to anxiety and heightened nerves…
- If you respond irrationally or become irritable easily…
- If you’re frustrated, burnt out, fatigued, and unsure where to turn…
Stress Reset is a fantastic start to regaining control of your mind and emotions.
While a pill cannot take these stresses away, when you use it as part of your daily self-care regimen, you will begin to feel the peace, rest, and energy come back into your life!
Are You Ready to Put An End To Your Stress?
If you’re ready to take back control of your life and stop letting stress be the driver, go here to get Stress Reset for yourself!
I can’t even tell you how powerful this supplement is…it’s amazing how one simple change can make a world of difference.
You deserve to take this step towards healing!