Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a full-time student, or employed full-time, stress can get the best of any of us at some point throughout our journeys. Our hormones actually play a key role in how we feel. Many people don’t see the point in getting them tested or they use the simple excuse of I’m too young for hormonal changes. However, through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, your system prompts your adrenal glands, which are located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and boosts energy supplies. Elevated cortisol, over the long term, produces glucose, which can lead to increased blood sugar levels. So, getting a simple blood test can let you know where your levels are at during the most stressful times. If you are not brave enough to see your numbers via a blood test, there are other solutions to cope when you feel stressed. I’m sharing with you my own personal secrets for simple ways to relieve any stressful situation.
Listen to music
Playing soothing music has a great effect on our brains and bodies. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and support cortisol levels which is a hormone linked to stress.
Talk to yourself
Believe it or not, talking yourself through it has helped many! Don’t worry about seeming crazy. Explain to yourself why you are stressed, what can be done to complete the task at hand, and remind yourself that everything is going to be OK.
Laugh it off
Grab a friend and attend a comedy show. Laughing can improve mood and reduce stress levels. It tricks your nervous system into being happy! Give it a try the next time you are stressed – I promise you it will work.
Drink something warm
Green tea and chamomile tea both have a natural calming effect on the body. They also contain antioxidants as well as theanine, which is an amino acid that works great with the nervous system to give the body the calming effect it needs.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Whether it’s a walk around the office, running outside on a nice day, or even getting your full yoga-on, exercising releases endorphins and can improve your mood instantly. Find a physical activity that makes you feel good and get working!
I always keep a diffuser in my office at the hospital and at home. It is set to turn on at exactly 5:30 am every day. Inside, I place a couple drops of tea tree, chamomile, and lavender oils. These three essential oils bring about a calming effect, not only to me but the rest of the staff in the office, as well as my roommates. It works great and oils can last up to two years, so you really are getting your money’s worth!
The next time you need a break from your busy schedule, the kids, or even the boyfriend or husband, give these simple steps a try. I’m hoping they will work as well for you as they have for me. Namaste!