Occasional stress happens. It’s your body’s natural response to the whirlwind of life events. Rewire your brain to take charge, combat occasional stress and bring your body, mind and mood back into balance. Start with these five simple strategies.
1. Eat in color––lots of it
Occasional stress can impact your overall health and wellness. The best defense is a good offense. Fuel your body with well-balanced meals that include fresh, colorful fruits and veggies. Fill your nutritional gaps with superstar supplements like Nutrilite™ Daily, Double X, and help support your immunity with supplements like Nutrilite™ Echinacea, Balance Within Probiotic, Vitamins C Extended Release, Vitamin D, and Chewable E.
2. Fit in fitness
Exercise is a natural stress reliever, even in short spurts. More than physical, working out is key mental fitness too, as it jumpstarts endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. In just 20 minutes of cardio, you’ll feel stress start to melt away and experience a burst of energy and well-being that can last up to three hours. So get your heart pumping and get happy.
3. Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is vital to your overall health and wellness. Stress takes its toll on your ability to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest, which ultimately leads to more stress and less Zzzzs. Break this vicious cycle with a healthy nighttime routine. We are creatures of habit, so create a bedtime ritual centered on relaxation and stress relief, such as a warm bath followed by a little pampering with Artistry Studio™ Essential Oil On-the-Go Scented Balms or Body Mist.
4. Soothe with self-care
Stress thrives in chaos––and ages your skin something fierce. By increasing cortisol production, stress slowly breaks down youthful collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles, inflammation, dark circles, under-eye bags, rashes and breakouts. Bring the calm with a daily self-care regimen that renews your skin from the outside in like anti-aging Artistry™ skincare. And while you’re at it, treat your body and hair to gentle yet powerful formulas that nourish and refresh your whole family, such as G&H Body Care and Satinique™ Hair Care.
5. Track your triggers
Stress is rooted in emotions. Keep a journal to note which behaviors and situations spark anxiety and tension, then turn your attention to coping strategies that use your mind to relax your body. Start with your breath. When it becomes erratic, rapid or shallow, change the pace with intentionally slow, deep inhales and exhales. If you feel your heart or mind start to race, stop what you’re doing and pause, close your eyes and put the power of visualization to work. If the day ahead looks stressful, set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier and practice yoga or a walking meditation. Repeat a mantra like the word “one” to center yourself, clear your mind and enhance relaxation.
Above all, be gentle with yourself. We’re all works in progress. With a little intention, you can shift your mindset to manage your stress, instead of it managing you.