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I scoured the Internet thinking I would find the holy grail of how to reduce stress only to come to the conclusion, I'm already doing the scientifically proven ways to reduce stress. So what gives? Turns out that even if you are doing all the right things, sometimes your body just needs to rest and you just need to give in to the fact that some days/weeks/months are more stressful. For a Type A like myself, it's hard for me to give in the fact that even though I'm taking care of myself, I still can only take so much. I will say that despite all the stress last week, I feel like I handled it better than I've handled stressful situations in the past. Here are the things I did to reduce my stress last week and I have to admit, they all helped, even if just a little bit:
- Meditate - simply slowing down your monkey mind can help you to be able to get through even the most difficult situations.
- Do some yoga - even if you can't get to a gym, you can do a few poses in your living room/bedroom/hallway - wherever you have space
- Get a massage - I have found an amazing massage therapist that only charges $30 an hour and yes, she is amazing. She believes if you charge less, people will be able to come more often. She's right. I've already booked my next massage in a couple of weeks and then one in May. Yeah!
- Chew gum - yep. Gum. The mere act of chewing releases more blood to the brain and helps you calm down.
- Exercise - I could go on and on about this but I firmly believe in exercise. On Friday I was super tired but I forced myself to go the gym. An hour later, I felt like a new person. I had a brighter outlook on life, felt more invigorated and able to take on anything!
- (Bonus) Eat well - I try to follow this but sometimes I don't do so well. The last few posts have focused on the theme that I am emotionally eating at times. I tend to crave sweets when I'm stressed and then get upset with myself for caving in. I just need to accept the fact that lately I haven't been as good with food as I should be and the consequences of that are I weigh a little bit more. The doc says I'm a great weight - even a little on the low end, so that's good but to make sure I don't get on the high end, I need to admit what I'm doing and then "gasp" do something about it (like eat less and not binge on sweets). I know I can do this and when I do, I feel a lot better. We all go through these cycles and guess what, we all have good and bad days/weeks/months. This last month has not been the best for me but I know I will recover and get back on track. Until then, I am confessing my faults in hope that will help me to get back to where I need to be.
And now what you all have been waiting for...the amazing almond butter smoothie
1 cup of Coconut Water
1 tbsp almond butter
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Vega Viva vanilla protein smoothie
1 tbsp Bob's Red Mill ground flax seed meal
1/3 tsp chia seeds
Mix everything together in a blender and enjoy! If you let the smoothie sit for about 10 minutes in the fridge it will not only get colder but also become thicker as the chia seeds start to soak up the liquids.