This last year was full of bumps in the road.  These weren’t little bitty bumps – they were major and it was a focus on keeping healthy through good food and a lot of self care that got me through it all!

First, there were three major restructures at my company. A lot of people lost their jobs!  Fortunately, I wasn’t affected, but the stress of wondering and then of saying goodbye to co-workers was a lot to bear.  Next, someone very close to me was sick from breast implant toxicity (yes, that’s a real illness) and had an explant so she could try to stop the toxic effect and try to heal. It’s a long process. I spent 10 days away from home as a 24/7 caregiver.

Just when I thought things were settling down, more disruptions. We had our third pipe leak in our home and this time we knew there were two leaks – so we called in the re-pipe specialists only to discover there were three leaks. Re-piping the house is not just a huge hit to the budget of several thousand dollars, it has a snowball effect since there were 37 holes in walls and ceilings throughout the house and garage. That means a specialist who can repair wallboard without any seams. (If you’re local to me, I have the best referral). Well, that means walls need to get painted, baseboards get painted, valences come down and get dry cleaned…and more!

When our normal routine gets pulled in so many directions, our sleep is disrupted, and our emotions and mental acuity stretched, we end up fatigued and feeling depleted. And, going through one life event after another is stressful!

Nourishing your body and soul is important on a regular basis, but even more important under stress and duress.  When we are spending too much time in the “fight” and “flight” mode, the body creates toxins within the body. The body counteracts anxiety with a cascade of hormonal, neurotransmitter and other biological responses. And, when we’re dealing with constant stress, a negative emotional state can be just as toxic as the worst manmade chemicals and processed foods.

While work is going well, the house projects haven’t stopped. Two weeks ago, another shoe dropped!  The 18-year-old wooden fence between our house and our neighbor literally fell!  So, we’ve again adjusted the household budget for another unexpected expense, slowed down the inside of the house projects, and have focused on what we need to do get a new fence built, such as clearing gardens and leveling the ground between our two yards, and targeting a weekend to paint.

The only way to get through the extra work, mental strain, and emotional roller coaster and not feel or get sick physically or emotionally- is to stay balanced.  Here are tips that are valuable on an everyday basis, but especially critical during stressful times.

 

  1. Practice daily affirmations

Our thoughts translate into our behaviors and by simply thinking in a positive, strong and hopeful way, we can direct our patterns and behaviors towards our goals.  Positive thoughts and affirmations that are repeated several times a day are a simple, yet powerful way to help us stay calm and focused – they also help remove toxic emotions and thoughts.  Here are a couple that may work for you:

“I am strong, confident and smart. I am healthier and happier every day.”

“My life is full of abundance. I am full of Inner strength, power and peace”

 

  1. Practice heart-centered Love

No matter how busy we are, we can take a moment to find gratitude for everything that we have been given. Remember, we are our thoughts. So, when we think negatively, our cortisol rises and we deplete our energy. When we get heart-centered, we restore our energy.

Every day, write down in your journal at least three things you are grateful for in your life. You will see that this practice of noting the positive in your life will make you feel appreciative and happier.

 

  1. Destress body, mind and soul through self care

Self care is an important part of nourishing ourselves.  It’s an art I teach my clients through my cleanse and private coaching programs.  Be sure you’re hydrating – it may be the most important self care technique ever!

Incorporating simple and enjoyable activities on daily basis helps us deal better with stress and better supports our body’s detoxification processes. They will also improve digestion and sleep, reduce food cravings, support glowing skin and a feeling of lightness and sustained increased energy.

Here are three of my favorites:

Sweating

Yes, sweating is self-care!  Commit at least 15 minutes a day to exercising to the point of breaking a sweat. You can try brisk walking, jogging, rebounding, cycling, or swimming. You can also work up a sweat in a sauna, steam room, or a hot bath. And, let me tell you, gardening is another great way to sweat!

Sweating releases toxins from the body, and regular exercise gets the blood moving and is essential for a healthy metabolism. Exercise is important for keeping the blood and lymphatic system flowing and it also stimulates the nervous system and releases endorphins into the body, improves muscle tone and strength and circulates oxygen throughout the blood.

Ultimate Detox Bath

The ultimate detox bath combines

  • 2 cups Epsom salts – the magnesium helps muscles relax which means better sleep
  • ½ cup baking soda – is alkalizing
  • several drops of pure Lavender essential oil – helps with cortisol and is stress-reducing aromatherapy

An Ultimate Detox bath creates a profound relaxation and detoxification experience.  Add 2 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup of baking soda, and a few drops of lavender oil to a hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Epsom salt relaxes the body, detoxifies the liver, and provides you with the essential mineral magnesium, which is necessary for optimal digestion, detox, and relaxation. Epsom Salts can even reduce stress by raising your serotonin levels. These baths are by far one of the best ways to end a long busy day and you will love this relaxing ritual.

Moisturizing Coconut Oil Rub Down

Use unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil as an overnight moisturizer-for acne treatment, dry skin or for the relief of skin irritation. It is wonderful to apply after any face scrub and mask, as it has healing, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Every night before bed, apply extra virgin organic coconut oil topically by massaging onto your face and body with a circular motion. I love to mix a few drops of pure essential lavender oil in coconut oil and rub it from head to toe! The lavender will induce a restful night’s sleep.  Other essential oil favorites to apply with coconut oil or to use in my diffuser at bedtime are Young Living’s Peace and Calming, Joy, Release, Stress Away, Believe, and Grounding.  The effects of essential oils can be profound. To learn more, click HERE>

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