1. Trina - lillypadsExercise! Exercise! Exercise! Yes, exercise and melt that stress away with a few laps in the pool or a few laps around the block. Walk. Run. Jump rope. Skip. Lift weights. Do yoga. Pilates. Golf. Just do what you love and get your blood pumping.
  2. Breathe. Take some slow, deep breaths. Big belly breaths. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Learn how to alternate nostril breathe. It works for me every time. Check it out here.
  3. Learn to say NO! Establish your boundaries and stick to them. If you don’t feel right about adding more to your plate, just say no. The world won’t come to an end and your stress levels will thank you.
  4. Biofeedback. I know, I know. Being a biofeedback therapist, I’m a little partial to this type of therapy, but I have to say it really works as a stress busting tool. It literally saved my life when I was completely stressed out from Lyme, so imagine what it can do for you too.
  5. Eat your Adaptogen and B’s. These two Premier Research Labs products are my two “go to” products when it comes to busting stress. I take three adaptogen in the morning and a teaspoon of Max Stress B in my water throughout the day to help me manage the stress of a busy schedule. You can get them here.
  6. Take a break and get outside for some fresh air. Even a five minute break on the balcony can reset your stress levels. Better yet, do some deep breathing or stretches outside.
  7. Take a bath. I love taking a nice hot bubble bath with Miracle II soap, Epsom salts and baking soda. Mix a few drops of Young Living lavender essential oil to your bath salts too for a super relaxing time. Light some candles and play some soft music to top it all off.
  8. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy snacks. Hunger and dehydration can sneak up on you quickly and can provoke feelings of anxiety and stress. Keep your water bottle nearby and a handful of almonds or some fruit to stabilize your blood sugar.
  9. Speak more slowly. Have you ever noticed how quickly stressed out people speak? If you practice speaking more slowly, you’ll find that you think more clearly and respond more reasonably in stressful situations.
  10. Practice letting go. Be aware of the next instance when you find yourself becoming annoyed or angry at something unimportant or trivial. Then practice letting go and make a conscious effort not to become stressed or upset. I have this mantra that I say to mayself whenever I am becoming annoyed with someone, I say “Bless you. Wake up.” It works for me.