Stress & You

Posted on April 18, 2013

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As I was talking to many of my friends and family members this week, stress seems to never go away and may get the best of us. We begin to not feel like ourselves and even hold things in and blow up at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Stress can affect many areas of our life-home, work, social and family. Not only can it affect your day-to-day routine and activities, it can also take a toll on your hair, skin, and overall mental well-being. Stress can catapult you into premature aging, hair loss, brittle nails, and dull, dry skin.

There are so many products and gadgets on the market today, but most of the time you don’t know what the ingredients are, can only read half of them, or don’t want to go through the trouble of having any procedures or outrageous practices that may be pricey or cost you or your body.

Here are some easy tips and tricks you can do at home that can help with stress-relief and help you regain your balance:

1. Yoga it up!

Yoga is such an excellent form of exercise to help heal mind and body. It has a multitude of stress relieving properties along with helping your body remain balanced and lean. “One of the best stress busters around is yoga. It directly counteracts both the physiological and psychological components of stress, simultaneously helping you take better care of yourself and change your attitude. The stretching you do in yoga relieves muscle tension. Upside-down poses and reclining poses slow the heart, relax the blood vessels, inhibit production of norepinephrine, and calm the brain. pPranayama (yoga’s classic breathwork) slows respiration. As you practice being more aware and mindful, you gain a sense of self-control, equanimity, and peace. Perhaps most important of all, meditation and the teachings of yoga philosophy can help you realize that most of the things that upset you just aren’t worth getting stressed about,” (Yoga Journal)

2. Change

Whether it’s your environment, job, toxic relationships, eating habits, drinking habits, anything in your life that is not benefiting you or those around you change it! Even the simplest thing as taking up a new course, or language can help relieve stress and take your mind off of the everyday stresses of life.

3. Listen to YOUR body

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I cannot say this enough. To listen to your body and be in tune with what it is telling you is essential to your overall health. When you are tired, rest. When you feel sick, take extra special care of yourself. Take a day off from work. I know many of you are saying easier said than done, but in most countries people work to live they don’t live to work. They have siesta time, they shut down for an hour or two, they enjoy their little moments of peace and quiet and it does wonders for their bones, body, and health. Try and follow that philosophy and see if it helps.

4. Connect to NATURE

Take your shoes off and feel the grass beneath your feet. Mother Nature sometimes is the best therapist. Go to the park and close your eyes. Listen to birds, smell the fresh air, take in the atmosphere.

5. Green your beauty routine

Vegans and Vegetarians are not entirely “crazy” for living the life of a herbivore. They’re on to something…animals that are killed sustain those feelings of fear, hopelessness, stress, anxiety and more up until the moment they die. Those feelings are then harbored in the meats that you consume. This is explained more in Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life book. Not only is this evident in the foods you consume, but also in your beauty products. Think about it, if you’re using a product that isn’t listed as a cruelty-free product, the animal that was used to test the product on may have endured a terrible and painful process, many resulting in death. That negativity that was used to produce that same product can also be affecting and manipulating your natural skin and well-being. I have started to green up my beauty routine and since I’ve started I am loving it. My skin has cleared up and is getting that glow back, my hair is slowly becoming more shiny, and since I’ve been using essential oils my body has never felt smoother or smelled lovelier. It’s also helped de-stress certain areas of my life where I felt so bogged down about myself and now I feel a part of something that’s bigger than myself and hoping to continue for the greater good.

If you’re wondering where to start, The Green Beauty Guide is a great resource for anything and everything about beauty and going green. They have tons of natural recipes for different skin conditions, aging skin, and acne prone skin. There is also a list of 100 ingredients you don’t want in your cosmetics.

Here are some ways I have gone green with my skincare:

  • Cleanser & Soft Exfoliator: Angels on Bare Skin-this product has literally transformed my skin and you can purchase it by weight so it works for your budget.
  • Toner: Witch Hazel – a gentle toner that you can find anywhere (even the dollar store) that can be used to clarify and tone skin without fragrance, can also be used to clean your pets ears 🙂
  • Essential Oils: Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil- in my previous post I discussed how essential body oils can help soothe, tighten, relax, or brighten skin. This oil is my favorite, I have already gone through half of the bottle (yikes!) and now I think it’s time for more! It’s a great skin conditioner and helps me relax in the AM or PM.
  • Masks: I purchased Nuance by Salma Hayek and since then I don’t think I’ll purchase another mask! With Calendula extracts and a special ingredient Hayek attributes her stellar skin to courtesy of her grandmother, called Tepezcohuite, this mask is not tested on animals, is paraben free, and helps cool and calm redness and dull skin.

All of these stress-relieving tips are free or budgeted for your “rainy day” fund.

Love & Be Light,

Jessica xo

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