Stress can manifest itself in so many strange ways that seem completely unrelated. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, and even chest pain can all be signs of stress. Of course, these should all be evaluated by a physician, but when no other cause is found, stress may be to blame.
Its no surprise either, given our hectic lives. In 2014, the Washington Post reported that only 40% of full time employees worked the standard 40 hour week. A full 50% of full time employees in the United States work between 41 and 60+ hours per week. Add to that family responsibilities, home maintenance, and financial woes, and you have a recipe for a health disaster.
We have to be better about giving our bodies a break, giving them time to heal in between the huge stressors we endure. Here are 4 ways you can invite healing and relaxation into your life now.
Meditation may be a way to minimize the damage that the day’s stress does to your body. Even just a few minutes spent in meditation can help reduce negative emotions and increase self-awareness. Guided or mantra meditations can be especially helpful in stressful situations or for beginners. Two of my favorite YouTube channels for guided meditations are Bex Life and Heather Waxman
While keeping a gratitude journal won’t keep away stressful situations, but it will give you something to all on in the midst of all that stress. When you are more easily able to remember how many good things you have in your life, it makes dealing with stress much easier, and if you make a habit of journaling every night, your thankfulness if more top-of-mind.
One of my very favorite ways to help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension is to roll on some essential oils to my wrist. This way I get the benefit of topical as well as aromatic use, since I can just bring my wrist up to my nose and take some nice deep breaths. My favorites for this are Young Living’s Stress Away, Lavender, and Peace and Calming.
Put Down the Phone and Tablet
I know, these are some of my favorite toys too, but being connected all the time makes sure we never get a breather from our work lives. A study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family linked increased cell phone use at home with added stress that spills over into our home life. It also indicated that for women, cell phone use causes home life worries spill over into work life as well. If you just can’t part with your phone at night, set one or two times to check it during the evening, and turn off push notifications so your attention isn’t always waiting for that next buzz from your phone.
For more info about the body's response to stress and how you can help avoid it, listen to Episode 16 of the Revolution Oils Podcast!
What other actionable ways to reduce stress in our daily lives can you think of to share?