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Why lavender oil? Well, it is known for calming anxiety, helping promote restful sleep and easing the body when used in a warm bath or massaged on places that tend to harbour stress (think temples, forehead and neck). Lavender is known to promote: calmness, wellness, positivity, comfort, act as a natural insect repellent, ease menstrual cramps, aid headaches, insomnia and fever, heal insect bites and treat both sunburn and acne. How’s that for multi-functional?
4. Nature & Meditation
Getting out in nature, grounding into the earth and connecting with your breath are powerful experiences when it comes to calming the mind and body. Something about getting out near the water, into the trees, or onto the grass that just helps you feel more aligned and at ease. After spending a long day in the office, try and place yourself in nature – even if it is for just a short period of time – and come into your breath.
Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean you sit with your legs in lotus position and close your eyes, maybe meditation for you is running the trails, or walking around a garden (or in my case in the north, the snow). Whatever it is you do, take some moments to come into yourself – breathe, take notice of the breath, and if you can do it out in nature, all the better.
After a crazy week I spent some time by the ocean and just felt myself ground into the earth. There is no better way to naturally recharge your batteries.
Nourishing your body is huge when it comes to combatting stress. Feeding it with sugars, caffeine and refined foots can wreck havoc on your wellbeing – both physically and mentally. You’re likely already living a healthy life, but do make a point of taking extra care of your body during stressful times.
In this juice, I added in the following stress-busting and immune boosting ingredients:
- Kale (green leafy veg contains folate, which produces dopamine, the pleasure-inducing brain chemical which helps you
- Swiss Chard (the magnesium helps balance the body’s stress hormone – cortisol)
- Grapefruit & lemon (packed with Vitamin C which has been shown in clinical studies to positively impact stress levels)
- Apple (helps reduce oxidative stress on the skin)
- Carrot (Root vegetables are a good source of fibre and carbohydrates, which can help to boost serotonin production)
- Turmeric & Ginger (protect and strengthen your immune system, making sure your stress doesn’t make you sick!)
Connection is so hugely important when it comes to stress. Yes, alone time is good, but hiding away from the world isn’t always beneficial. That being said connection doesn’t need to be with a person, heck it can be with your pet (my puppy back home has the most amazing way of taking away all the worry in the world), your parents, siblings, besties, or even yourself through journaling. What’s important is that you reconnect yourself with love and realign with what’s important. Often times what we are stressing over just needs a change of perspective and with that, we find less of a negative influence in our lives.