Yesterday. I didn't even want to share anything, even though I tend to burst at the seems with information I want to share, yesterday....was....just....not....that....day. THEN I got out of my head, into my body and realized what was on my heart to share. Stress.
No, no I do not want to share stress with you but rather what I tend to do when I'm feeling those seriously overwhelming feelings and just want to zone the f*ck out hardcore. Now let's not get carried away and pretend that I never zone out, whether that's with a glass of wine, turning on a romcom I've seen about 100 times (allllll about watching all the happiness🥰) or playing ridiculous phone games but I work to keep that to a minimum and take the time to think about why it is I'm feeling that way in the first place. Here are some helpful tips for when you might find yourself in this space. 👇
🎶Put on a playlist: I have different playlists saved on Spotify for my different moods, some to pump me up, some to relax me and get in that zone and others to bring me straight back to a particular time in my life where I might have felt things were easier (hindsight hehe)
🌳🌴Get outside: If someone told me to get outside and it was -50 like that year I lived in Chicago I'd have some choice words to say to them, but let's assume it's not that cold, getting outside can be really powerful for so many reasons. Nature heals.
Oil up: I put my oils on in the morning as my set of armor to protect my energy, calm my emotions and get ready to rock that day. However, when some of those stressful thoughts/feelings come into play I apply again; Believe oil (a mix of Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Bergamot, Coriander, Ylang Ylang and Geranium), Valor (a mix of Black spruce, blue tansy, Frankincense and Geranium), Lavender (calm in a bottle) or Frankincense. Honestly there are more but let's keep it simple.
🏃♀️🧘Get in movement: Researchers in Denmark found that people who exercise two hours a week—that's 17 minutes a day!—are 61 percent less likely to feel stressed out. "People who exercise prior to stressful encounters report lower spikes in blood pressure during the events because their blood vessels are relaxed," says Rod Dishman, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at the University of Georgia. And the talk around endorphin highs is a popular one for a reason!
💖Message a friend: I don't know about you but when I speak to some of my friends I feel uplifted and happier then before I called them. That's what friends are for! And in a study at the University of Tokyo, researchers found that rats given an electric shock had lower body temperatures and stress hormone levels when they were accompanied by another rat that didn't get zapped. The rats that were shocked in solitary went crazy. So, sign me up for some zapping with a friend🤣