Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Green & Healthy Living: Natural ways to relieve stress & anxiety for the stay at home mom


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As salaamu alaykunna,

So being a stay at home mom IS A FULL TIME JOB. You don't get days off (you know what I a job outside the home), you don't get sick leave, at times you don't get maternity leave lol......every morning you wake up knowing you have to meet at least 5+ people demands...

It can cause so much anxiety that it can make you sick!

It's not so easy for some stay at home moms to get the relief they need to keep going.

I know plenty of parents that deal with stress and anxiety for such a big work load. And yes it is a "work load"

It's a job that I am happy to have! But it's one of the most giving jobs ever........and sometimes us mom's have to rebuild, fill our cup back up, in order to keep giving without breaking down.

For our Green and Healthy Living theme today I am going to share natural ways you can reduce stress and anxiety for the stay at home mom...........(well anyone can do it!)

1. Aromatherapy

"The sense of smell bypasses the cognitive brain (the bit that does the worrying). Light some incense e.g. nag champa or sandalwood.  Burn some aromatherapy oils such as lavender or rose. Or just wear your favourite perfume or cologne."

Trust me it does wonders to smell your fav scent .....right now I have in front of me a candle that's not lit that smells like vanilla. So peaceful and calming ---especially since I have two  kids that don't want to listen as we speak and I'm putting them both in time out *smiles*

2. Cocooning

In the moment you feel totally overwhelmed, gently place both palms side by side on your face, fingers gently resting on your closed eyelids. This cocoons and quietens the mind, until you feel more centered and ready to face the world again.

3. Drink some black tea

12 Minutes: Brew Some Black Tea

People who drank four servings of black tea a day for six weeks were able to de-stress faster and had lower levels of cortisol after a stressful event, according to a study from University College London. Chemical compounds in the antioxidant-packed beverage may relax us through their effect on neurotransmitters in the brain.

4. DIY Massage

15 Minutes: Try a DIY Massage

The International Journal of Neuroscience reported that a 15-minute chair massage twice weekly can lower stress, likely by calming the sympathetic nervous system. The at-home approach is an effective alternative. "Simply rolling a tennis ball over muscles with the palm of your hand can trigger a similar response," says Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

and lastly 5. Write it out!

20 Minutes: Put Pen to Paper

A 2010 study in Anxiety, Stress & Coping found that writing about a stressful event for just 20 minutes on two different days lowered levels of perceived stress. Putting feelings on paper appears to organize thoughts, helping us process unpleasant experiences and release negative emotions.

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