You’re stressed, I’m stressed, your dog is stressed, your kids are stressed. Am I right? LOL.
If you’re a mama I’m sure you’re worried about school, how it’s going to unfold with homeschooling without losing your mind or how your child will stay safe from the virus at school.
If you’re not a mama, I’m sure you’re still stressed. You can’t hit the gym, you can’t hang with your friends at local restaurants and you can’t go out on blind dates.
I feel you AND I want to help you with some awesome tips to take the edge off your current stress load. Because let’s be honest, stress isn’t enjoyable, it makes you fat and miserable.
In today’s post I’m going to share some tips I use for all my clients to help them reduce stress, feel amazing, reduce inflammation and have great energy.
But first, I had to share a photo of my fur baby, Stella because who doesn’t love dog kisses and their furry friends?
#1: You gotta look at what you’re shoving in your mouth. I know, this is such a common answer but I’d say above anything else, this is the easiest and quickest way to help your stress levels.
An influx of your blood sugar levels will throw off your mood, energy and body, period. So no more sugary cereal first thing or grabbing a donut on your way out the door. Be smart. Be strategic. If you’re in a huge hurry in the mornings, take 2-5 minutes the night before to have something ready to go on hand.
Some effortless examples include:
- Egg beaters, throw some tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms and snag an apple.
- Protein smoothie. Get a scoop of protein powder, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, frozen berries, 1 tbsp of nut butter, chia seeds for fiber and ice. Boom.
- Overnight oats work great too. You’ll need a small bowl, add 1/2 cup of dry oats, 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds. Soak overnight and add berries and nuts in the am.
With adequate protein, fat and fiber with a little carb (My PACF Protocol), to start your day, you’re already making moves. Not only will meals like this help regulate your blood sugar but it’ll keep your energy revving throughout the morning without the mid-am crash.
#2: Get good shut eye. Sleep is essential. Enough said so you gotta sleep, and get good quality sleep for that matter. No more scrolling on IG or FB to the Wei hours of the night, shut it down, get snuggly in bed and relaxxxxx.
What’s your current bed time routine? If you’re on your electronics right before you go to sleep, you’re kinda screwed. Your brain still thinks it’s light outside due to the blue light. If you have to work, grab some blue light blockers like these.
Swannick’s are my favorite ever. Super comfy, sleek and sexy. I love em’.
Another hack I use for most of my clients is Cortisol Manger. This all natural supplement helps put your body in a relaxed state and sets you up for a good night’s sleep. I take them daily (20 minutes before bed) and I sleep like a baby.
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#3: Get your groove on. Sex is amazing for your stress levels. As I’ve said before sex is like going to the gym, “At first you dread it, you’re not feeling it but you go and you do it and you realize it wasn’t so bad. When you’re done you question, why don’t I do this more often?”
I think the issue with sex, especially for women is the unfortunate truth many do not have an orgasm so sex isn’t really that special. It feels more like a chore so it’s often easier to balance your checkbook or clean your toilet than hit the sack for a romp session.
If you’re struggling to achieve the BIG O, I’d definitely take a peak at your hormone levels. One of the best things you can do is a FULL hormone panel like this one.
So many women are truly dealing with major hormone imbalances (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen) due to stress, age and other lifestyle factors. And lack of a healthy sex drive is often correlated with this.
Another reason you might not be achieving an orgasm is the relationship with your partner. Especially for women, we crave emotional connection during intercourse so if that’s absent or your current relationship isn’t healthy emotionally, you could easily be neglecting true intimacy with your partner.
#4: Implement some specific supplements and adaptogens. Sometimes you just need a little support to reduce your stress levels and help your adrenal function.
A few of my favorite include:
- Holy Basil
- High Quality Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Gaia, Pure Encapsulations, Designs by Health and Orthomolecular are my favorite brands.
Take note though, if you have LOW cortisol some of these supplements might make you even more fatigued. I would recommend ingredients and herbs like Licorice Root, Bovine, B6, B12 and Pantothenic Acid which help boost energy levels.
#5: Movement is key. Not too much but not too little. The middle is just right, especially if you’re under a lot of stress, too much exercise can push your body’s limits over the edge because exercise in of itself is a stressor on the body.
Doing activity like walks in nature, yoga, light cardio or weights is the best way to go when you’re under chronic stress. HIIT and super heavy weights might be best to avoid at this time.
I tell my clients, if you’ve had a super stressful day, the last thing your body wants is another stressor thrown on it like a hard workout. Get outside, take some nice deep breaths and find other ways to soothe your system.
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