Natural Ways To Deal With Stress

Stress is something I’m sure all of us deal with either on a daily, weekly, monthly or rare basis. If you’re like me and stress about nearly everything…these tips are for you! It’s not good to always feel worrisome and overwhelmed – try something down below and see if it helps!

Eucalyptus

Trader Joe’s sells Eucalyptus in bundles for very inexpensive. I’d say I spent under $5 for mine! I love to tie it up in a hot shower to clear my sinuses + makes me feel super calm.

Essential Oils

So many people have found a remedy for their stress by using essential oils. Personally, I haven’t explored them enough to be an expert but I have tried a few like lavender that have definitely helped me feel less-annoyed and concentrated on my day.

Honey & Bananas

Bananas are known to have something called tryptophan. This protein gets converted in the body to serotonin which helps you relax and feel overall more content. I eat a banana in the morning almost every day just to keep my mood going in the right direction.

Honey mixed with chamomile tea before bed has also helped aid my stress. A teaspoon is just enough to get myself in a calm state. Not entirely sure if honey is scientifically proven to have anti-anxiety/stress-free benefits but it sure works for me.

Running

Cardio is hardio, we all know this. But there’s something about running a mile or two that just makes me feel 10x better about whatever is going on in my life. When you exercise, your moving your body and focusing on that, nothing else. It’s calming when you’ve only got one thing to focus on!

Breathing Techniques & Meditation

Taking a few deep breaths or spending some time alone can help you sort out your thoughts on a personal level. I like taking a couple of minutes to unplug from my surroundings and just be.

Indulge

There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little bit of something good when you’re overwhelmed. Find a healthy snack that you love and can go-to when you need to calm down.

Listening To Soothing Sounds

Take a walk outside or use a sound machine and listen to soothing chirps, waves, or rain. There are even a few apps out there that can bring the outdoors to you!

Declutter

I’ve found a lot of comfort in decluttering my home lately. Removing items that I have no use for anymore and reorganizing really helps clear my mind. This is perfect to do on a cold winter day too!

Taking A Bath

Find the time to treat yourself by taking a long, hot, bath. I’ll light a few candles and prep my tub with some of my favorite bubble bath – always makes me feel less stressed and relaxed.

reading a book in a bubble bath

Himalayan Salt Lamps

I’m sure most of you have heard of these beauties before. The negative salt ions that are produced under heat from the lamp can boost blood flow, calm allergies, and improve sleep. I keep one right next to my bed and turn it on when I start my night routine.

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Easy Smoothie Recipe For The Busy Body

Say hello to your new breakfast on the go-go! Smoothies can be packed with vital nutrients and vitamins that can jump-start your day. I don’t necessarily like having smoothies every single morning – due to the high sugar content most of them tend to contain. But the sweetness of blended fruit in the AM can really put my mood in the right direction.

Today, I wanted to share with you all the smoothie that made an appearance on my Instagram last week (@imnataliegg shameless self promo). It probably took less than 5 minutes to prepare and tasted AMAZING! The best part…I made this on accident and ended up enjoying the final result!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 whole banana

1 scoop of your favorite vanilla yogurt

1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

Blend all of those ingredients in a food processor or blender and get a delicious antioxidant infused drink! This is guaranteed to fill you up like a meal would but if you’re like me and like to eat a carb in the morning, go for a slice or two of toast!

This year is the year of change for me. Not just for what I’m consuming in my body but also physically and mentally. So many things are in the works for these next few months and I cannot wait to see what’s in store. Stay tuned and subscribe to the blog for more content coming up – recipes, lifestyle stuff, travels + so much more!

Leave a comment below with your favorite breakfast recipe so I can try for myself!

See you in my next post!

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5 Ways To Slay 2018

Over the weekend I came to the realization that I’ve just got, for lack of a better term, a lot of crap going on. And not in the good type of way where I’m doing a million things I love, more like there are so many things still in the way from last year that I need to get rid of. Bad habits, procrastination, and so many other things have got to go!

Below are a few easy ways you can make changes this January without spending too much time or effort! Read on for more!

Clear The Email

The holidays have got me slacking and slacking hard. Today I looked at my email and saw the number…753. Like what?! Take a few minutes everyday to purge unwanted memos or subscriptions from your inbox. You could even go as far as categorizing the important emails into folders but that’s up to you! You’ll feel 10x better after that mail icon has no numbers next to it.

Yoga

I’ve been totally on edge lately and extremely stressed out. But working my body and staying active has helped balance out those crazy days.

Pick up some cheap yoga equipment at Target or Amazon and get going. The focus on breathing and controlled movements will take your mind off of whatever else is happening in your life. It’s helped me loads!

Give Up Your Addiction

Okay, addiction can mean a lot of things to many people but for me, my “addiction” was coffee. Now I’m not saying I gave up coffee all together but I’ve definitely cut down since beginning the 1st day of the year.

Instead, find a healthier, wiser, or more productive alternative to whatever your go-to may be. It doesn’t have to be a permanent switch, just an experiment to see if your quality of life changes!

Go To The Doctor

I recently had to get over my fear of hospitals and doctors when I went in for strep last week. It sucked but I learned a lot about myself from the experience. Sounds silly, but most of us don’t go to the doctor until something is wrong. I encourage all of you to visit your family doctor on a regular basis! You’ll feel better afterwards and may find out things you were oblivious to!

Change Things You Don’t Like

This year, I have no patience for negativity and unnecessary drama. If someone or something is causing you stress and anxiety…drop it from your life!

I hope these tips help you in some way! They’re already part of my daily routine! If you have an idea to add to this list, leave it in a comment down below – I’d love to hear how your New Year is going!

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