Natural Stress Relief Tip: Count The Small Blessings That Others Take For Granted!

Our blessings make us happier than all the wealth in the world.


SmallBlessingsI don’t know if you realize it, but blessings come in many forms. it took me some time to realize it, but now I am convinced that all the small ones add up enormously. They combine to help me live a truly privileged life.  I have learned to count all the small blessings that others may easily ( and unknowingly) take for granted. That’s the natural stress relief tip I want to share with you today.

Each day I wake up is a chance to make a difference in the world, and specially, in my little corner of the world. That, alone, is something to be truly thankful and grateful for. I look for opportunities to encourage positivity all around. Seeing someone smile because of my actions is a wonderful blessing that I have learned to appreciate.

My friends are treasured miracles in my life. I don’t have many friends, because I pick my friends very carefully, but for my few close and intimate friends, I enjoy being there for them in the same way they are there for me.  When I recently got sick and needed medical evacuation my good friend immediately made herself available to fly out with me for emergency medical treatment.  She immediately adjusted her busy work schedule to accommodate my medical emergency.  That may seem like a small thing for some, but for me, it as a huge gesture of true friendship.  I am truly thankful for the blessing of having such a friend in my life and I strive to me the same true and loyal friend to her.

Having the use of my hands gives me the chance to extend them to someone in need. Each time I look at my hands, I see vessels for a better quality of life. I use them to give, lift, and hold up anyone who needs that help.  It’s all to easy to take our hands for granted, until we see someone who has lost their hand, or until we lose full use of our hand in some way, like getting a cut in the kitchen.

My words remind me that I have the fortune of being able to promote change. I feel blessed with influence because I know I am able to use powerful words that can lighten someone’s load, or lift someone up from feelings of despair.  Being able to offer that positive contribution to someone is an invaluable gift, a blessing which I do not take for granted.

Today, I take a moment to evaluate all my built-in strengths and abilities that if I am not careful, can be easily taken for granted.  My inner-strength and abilities are small blessings that I appreciate every day! These small blessings make me feel wealthier than having financial success or luxurious material possessions. 

The gift of friendship ( TRUE friendship) is a priceless blessing that everyone should appreciate.  The gift of a breathtaking sunset or a beautiful sunrise is a priceless blessing that each of us get each day…for FREE!  I have learned the value and benefit of counting all these small blessings that others take for granted.  They all add up to enrich my life!

How About YOU?  Tell us:

  1. At what times are you most aware of your ability to use your blessings to help others?
  2. How easy is it for you to identify the small blessings in your life when they occur?
  3. In what areas of your life can you make changes to encourage more blessings?

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Natural Stress Relief Tip: Use Your Smile To Brighten Someone’s Day, Today!

A smile is worth a thousand words.


SmileIf you believe in the power if your smile, then that should be a motivation to use it as often as possible to brighten someone’s day.  This is a simple and practical natural stress relief tip that ANYONE and EVERYONE can implement everyday!

 I definitely believe in the magical benefits of a smile, my own smile included. Each day, I see smiles change the lives of others. I like to use my smile to make someone’s situation better.  It costs me nothing to give it, and it does so much benefit for others.

If you take the train to work, take a moment to  smile at strangers while on the train to work. On the early morning ride, I know people’s minds are on life’s difficulties, and a simple smile may be all that is necessary to turn someone’s day around. I believe my smile and kind greeting helps them to forget about all the things that are going unfavorably. That’s the power of a smile!

When someone smiles at me, I am sure to return the smile. I know that sometimes it means they are reaching out for comfort or reaching out for friendship.  It feels empowering to be able to give and share comfort with someone simply by means of a smile.

Today, I firmly believe that a smile ( like a picture) is worth a thousand words. It’s my goal to try to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I use my smile to open the door to positive relationships. I commit to allowing my smile to be a source of comfort and enrichment for others!

What About You?  Tell us:

  1. Does your smile help you connect with others? If so, how?
  2. What can you do to teach your children the importance of smiling at others?

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30 Ways to De-Stress During National Stress Awareness Month!

April is National Stress Awareness Month and that makes it the perfect time get serious about kicking stress out of your life. Here are thirty ways you can de-stress your life in the next thirty days.

national stress awareness monthDay One: Pop a piece of dark chocolate. Antioxidants and deliciousness! For more de-stressing power add as many as possible of these 12 super foods to your diet!

Day Two: Give someone a compliment. Making others feel good can help you feel good, too. There’s nothing like the good vibes you’ll feel when you make someone else smile.

Day Three: Swap soda or coffee for decaffeinated green tea with lemon ( or any other herbal tea). It cleanses your body and energizes you naturally.  It’s like getting stress relief in a cup!

Day Four: Meditate. Just close your eyes and spend two minutes clearing your mind.

Day Five: Do some yoga. There are lots of yoga videos for free online. Pick an easy one and just try it! You’ll be amazed by how quickly physical stress washes away.

Day Six: Get to bed earlier. Adjust your nightly routine so you get a few more hours of sleep.

Day Seven: Relax with some hot towels, soaked in hot water and maybe even some essential oils.  Just one day of pampering yourself could be exactly what you need to destress.

Day Eight: Stop trying to multitask. No matter how good you are at it, give your brain a rest by picking and focusing on one task.

Day Nine: Relax your face. Give your face muscles extra attention today. If you feel yourself frowning or wrinkling your brow, let your expression go slack. Fewer headaches!

Day Ten: Write it down. Write down what’s stressing you out today. Your family? Your work? Start journaling your stress away, one word at a time!

Day Eleven: Switch up your lunch. Instead of a stale sandwich out of the vending machine, try making a salad with lots of colorful vegetables!  After all, you are what you eat!  Click here to find out how to make it matter!

Day Twelve: Take a lengthy aromatherapy bath. Light your favorite candles, add your favorite essential oil, and just soak in the warm water.

Day Thirteen: Find a scenic vista. Take the long way home and give yourself a moment to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings, whether they be city or country.

Day Fourteen: If you’re going to be stuck at your desk all day, do some desk exercises. Stretch your arms, legs, and neck so you don’t get sore and fatigued. Don’t forget to get up and walk around at least once an hour!

Day Fifteen: Do meal prep. Meal prep isn’t just for fitness junkies. Taking some time tonight to prepare a few freezer meals and stashing them for the rest of the week can help de-stress the cooking process.

Day Sixteen: Organize the business of your home. Whether or not you realize it, your home is a business just as much as your actual business is. Make a home binder that contains not just your important documents, but also your weekly meal plans, cleaning schedule and budget.  Click here for more cleaning and home organization tips!

Day Seventeen: Adopt a plant. Getting something green into your space is never a bad idea. Find a plant you love and make it part of your family. Better yet, if you have a backyard, transform it into your center for nutrition, exercise and stress relief!

Day Eighteen: Outsource your errands. If trying to get to the grocery store is an overwhelming thought, hire someone else to do it, or your laundry, or cleaning and de-cluttering the house or cleaning out your garage.

Day Nineteen: Hug the people you love and spend quality time with your family and loved ones! Just do it, it’ll make you feel good.

Day Twenty: Soak your feet. When you get home from a long day, fill your bathtub ( or this footbath)  with some warm (or cool, if the day has been hot) water and soak those aching, overworked feet.  This Johnson’s foot soap will help soak away all your foot misery!

Day Twenty-One: Reminisce. Pull out your photo albums and look at pictures of your favorite people and memories.

Day Twenty-Two: Schedule yourself some time off today. Make a schedule for today and make sure to give yourself some breaks. Finding “Me-Time” is easier than you think!

Day Twenty-Three: Make tomorrow’s to-do list. If you’ve got things on your mind that you know you want to get done tomorrow, make yourself a to-do list today so nothing falls through the cracks and you can stop worrying about it. If you always feel stressed and pressed for time, check out this great resource!

Day Twenty-Four: Work it out and take a daily dose of exercise. Don’t let tiredness or busy-ness get in the way of having your daily workout.  A walk a day could keep the doctor away!  Still not convinced, take a look at this video on the health benefits of walking!

Day Twenty-Five: Get your Omega-3s. Plan a meal with salmon, sprinkle some flax over your salad, or put a few walnuts in your pocket for a snack.

Day Twenty-Six: Massage your hands with some natural lotion. Work out any tension and moisturize your skin.

Day Twenty-Seven: Pump the tunes. Play your favorite album and dance in your living room. Play, dance and sing your way to less stress this month, or just relax on your couch to some soothing music.  This music CD is the perfect antidote for our daily stressful lives.

Day Twenty-Eight: Laugh it up. Watch a funny television show, a comedy routine, or just silly internet videos that make you smile.  Laughter is GOOD for stress relief!

Day Twenty-Nine: Go for a walk. This doesn’t have to be your workout, but do get outside for a while today. Click here to find out if you walk enough!

Day Thirty: Accept your imperfections and the imperfections of others! You aren’t perfect and life isn’t perfect. Instead of fighting your imperfections, accept them and learn to live a happy, stress-resilient lifestyle anyway!

There you go: thirty ways to de-stress during the next thirty days!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What de-stress tips can you add to the list?
2. What chronic stressor would really want to de-stress from this month?

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How to Cultivate a “Relaxation Response” During Stressful Life Events

TensionHeadacheWhen you are experiencing stressful life events, you may feel that there is nothing you can do to combat the stress and anxiety that you are feeling on a regular basis.

You see others living their happy lives, motoring along without a care in the world, while you might feel weighted under the stress of your everyday life or shackled by major stressful life events.

Whether it is the stress of a divorce,  a job loss, debt, or the death of a loved one, there are many situations which can seem to swallow your life whole and become a vortex of stress and anxiety, tainting even the positive and happy things in your life.

This is when cultivating a relaxation response to overpower your stress response, can be extremely beneficial.

Stress occurs when our bodies or minds feel threatened or overtaxed. Some stress ensures that our body is working properly and that we can actively avoid real dangers in our everyday lives. When you want to feel stress is when that car drifts into your lane—you need that stress response in order to be able to swerve out of the way before it hits you. This is an appropriate time to feel stress—during your normal life, on an everyday basis is not a normal time to feel stress, though many people experience this.

You might think that there is nothing you can do about this constant, everyday anxiety and stress, because the situation causing it is not going to just go away. There are ways to help deal with that stress, however, that can lower your overall level of stress and help you create a less anxious and more fulfilling life. Here’s how to cultivate a relaxation response to combat your stress response caused by a stressful life situation.

  1. Invest in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be seriously helpful for women who are experiencing consistent stress. This injects a soothing scent into your life, which can help to calm the body every time you smell it. Oil diffusers make it easy to have powerful essential oil scents filling your home at any given time. All you have to do is make sure that the diffuser is on and filled with your favorite oil and you can instantly feel less stressed. How does aromatherapy work? There are certain scents that elicit calm in the body—these may vary from person to person, but most people respond well to lavender, vanilla, sandalwood, and chamomile.
  1. Listen to calming music. You already know the effect that music has on your body. Loud, boisterous music can make you feel amped up and excited. Raucous music can make you feel more stressed out. Calming music or even guided meditation can help you block out stressors and feel calm and serene. When you feel a wave of stress coming on, putting on your favorite CD of calming music or a guided meditation, can help ensure that the stress does not overwhelm you.
  1. Try a sleep machine and a wakeup light. One of the biggest complaints of those who have too much stress in their lives is that they find it difficult to sleep. Luckily, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem that doesn’t necessarily include taking a sleep aid. A sleep machine is a sound therapy system that provides soothing sounds and tones to help lull the body to sleep. Most machines allow you to pick from a variety of different sound tracks, so you can find the one that makes your sleeping space as soothing as possible. On the other end of sleep, a wakeup light can combat that stress of being ripped from sleep by a loud alarm clock.
  1. Find ways to eliminate the physical side effects of stress. Stress has very real physical side effects, from beck and back pain, to aches and even physical sickness. If you can find a neck massager the wear throughout the day to fight neck pain, do it. If you can take a few minutes to use an acupressure set to relieve back pain, do it. A shiatsu massage pillow can go just about anywhere and provide instant back pain relief, as can a massage cushion.

Nutrition, Exercise and Stress Relief in your Backyard

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Sometimes the best things for stress relief can be found right at home.

So last time for Wellness Wednesday , we took a stroll in nature on a camping trip and looked at the therapeutic effects of camping out in Nature. While camping can be a planned weekend or vacation event that really does us well to recharge our spirits to face a world filled with stressors, there are days when a dose of nature cannot wait for a weekend trip at a campsite.

This is where the hobby of gardening comes into play. Some people have gardens of flowers, vegetables or fruits trees. Others have more elaborate gardens, containing it all; complete with lush foliage and fish ponds, bird baths and garden benches. Your back yard garden can be your place of reconnecting with nature, of finding solitude or sharing time with loved ones. Hey, you might even be able to pitch a tent and camp in your backyard! Click here to see how that’s done.

Gardening, as explained in my book Gardening for Stress Relief, reveals the benefits of exercise, stress relief through the sights, sounds and smells of nature. This book references recommendations of doctors and physical therapists on the benefits of gardening. It talks about its physical benefits on the body, to the feeling of personal satisfaction and creativity when your garden produces beautiful flowers, vegetables or fruits that can be of good nutrition for yourself or even be shared with others.

Discover how easy it is to take up gardening as a hobby. Learn the ins and outs of just what you need to create a backyard garden that brings you happiness and stress relief at the end of the day.

My book covers the different types of gardens, horticultural programs, even how to treat the soil before planting. It also focuses on the healing effects of gardening for children, the elderly, the physically or mentally challenged, and the highly stressed woman who needs that relief.

Whether your thing is planting your own fruits and vegetables, herbs or flowers, watching fish jump in the garden pond as birds bathe in the bird bath, this book covers it all.

Click here  for  some quick links to help you find guidelines on having a better garden experience.

You will walk away educated, with a new hobby and a great way to get exercise, have fun, be creative and experience nature while creating something beautiful that can be shared.

If you are just learning about gardening, Click this link on how to start a garden.

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Do you garden?
2. Do you like a flower garden, a vegetable garden, or both?

Fitness For Women: 5 Ways to Stay Fit and Beat Stress All Year Long

Walking As ExerciseThere is a strong tie between our bodies and minds. If the mind is stressed, the body is stressed too. How do you relieve stress? It turns out that exercise and a regular program of fitness for women is one of the best ways to beat stress and make sure that your body is in peak physical condition.

Every year, lots of women make the New Year’s resolution to exercise more and get or stay fit. This can be a double-whammy, also helping you achieve your goal of reducing stress and living a less anxious life.

Exercise, even just walking around town or any plan of fitness for women, helps your body become better able to process stress and it can even release endorphins, which can seriously improve your mood and your ability to deal with tough situations. Plus, if you exercise outside, you’ll get the mood and immune system-boosting benefits of sunlight. All in all, there’s not really anything better than exercise for a stressed-out, over-worked woman. Here are five ways to fit it into your busy schedule in the next year.

  1. Go for an early morning walk. Did you know that walking is actually one of the best stress-reducing exercises out there? Not only is great for reducing stress, it can help kick start your metabolism and help give you energy throughout the day. If you opt for an early morning walk, you’ll get your daily dose of Vitamin D and the release of serotonin that will help improve your mood, your productivity, and your ability to combat stress throughout the day. There really isn’t anything better than a morning walk for stress-fighting.

     

  2. Put the kid in a stroller and go for an afternoon stroll. Want to get out and exercise but have a young kid in the home? Walks are great for kids, too. They get the sunlight they need and the stimulation of being outside in the fresh air, on the move. If your morning is spent making sure lunches are made for work and school-goers, doing laundry, and otherwise getting the house in order, take a break in the afternoon, put the kid in a stroller, and go for a quick walk.

     

  3. Get a home gym. Most people believe that a home gym is out of their reach, either because they do not have the funds for the machines or the space to house them. But that simply isn’t true! Just dedicate one corner of one room to a machine, and you can get fit and beat stress right in the comfort of your own home, while catching up on reading, the news, and even work. A treadmill is the ultimate option for most people, as it allows them to walk, jog, or run, and avoid punishing weather outside. Simple aerobics equipment is small, easy to store, and can be used whenever and wherever. There are even stair steppers that are extremely small and easy to use.

     

  4. Get a dog. If you don’t already have a dog, consider getting one—yes, pets are a huge commitment, but they also provide natural stress relief in the home and can actually encourage you to workout. Even the lowest-energy dogs (the ones that loll around the house all day and don’t bother to get up, even if you try to entice them with a game of fetch), love getting out of the house and going for a walk, which can encourage you to do the same thing. Plus, studies have shown that petting a dog lowers blood pressure and improves the mood.

     

  5. Stretch to stay limber. If you’re not employing a regular stretching routine, now is the time to start. Stretching doesn’t just help you stay limber, it actually improves your body’s stress response and combats the physical symptoms of stress. Anxiety can actually collect in your muscles, making them tense and achy, especially if you pile exercise on top of that. Make sure you are stretching to ensure your body is a calm as possible.

12 Fail-Proof Strategies To Keep Your Resolution To Eat Healthy on a Budget

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You can eat healthy on a budget and enjoy an abundance of health benefits! Make healthy eating a new habit in the new year with these tips.

Are you struggling to keep your resolution to eat healthy, nutritious foods? Once you’ve set a goal to maintain healthy eating habits, how do you go about actually achieving that goal?

The good news is that once you do something consistently for only a few weeks, it becomes a habit. 

Here are some simple techniques to help you avoid those tempting junk foods so you can make wise and healthy decisions in your daily routine.

Strategies to Avoid Temptation:

  1. Am I hungry? Ask yourself if you’re really hungry or if you’re eating out of convenience or emotion. Many times you probably aren’t as hungry as you think, so try to get involved in a different activity instead of snacking.
  1. Water, water, and more water. Drink a lot of water each day. Not only is this good for your whole body (both inside and out), it can actually make you feel full. Also, oftentimes when you think you’re hungry, your body is actually thirsty, so keep yourself well hydrated.
  1. Try chewing gum. Putting something in your mouth like gum or hard, sugar-free candy can help convince your brain that you’re eating!
  1. Divert your energy. Instead of putting all your energy into making two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon, try taking a walk or doing something that requires you to use your hands, like knitting, gardening, or woodworking. It’s pretty hard to do these and eat at the same time.
  1. Allow yourself snack time. Choose healthy snacks instead of chips and salsa or chocolate bars. For snack time, try eating celery, popcorn without butter, fruits, or a make-your-own trail mix with raisins, nuts, and dried fruits.

A good hint for snacking is to have healthy snacks readily available in your home, and unhealthy snacks completely out of the house; that way, the healthy stuff is easy to grab.

How to Choose Healthy Foods:

The next time you’re off to the grocery store, use these tips to help you choose the right foods and avoid the unhealthy stuff.

  1. Stay away from preservatives. You don’t need that Twinkie that can outlast any environmental disaster! When you learn to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, you’ll find that there are many snacks that are full of preservatives. You probably shouldn’t buy the food when the ingredient list contains more than a handful of items. Plus, if the expiry date isn’t until two years from now, it’s being heavily preserved.
  1. Use the food pyramid. The recommended food pyramid from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gears you toward whole foods and minimal sweets. Get a copy from the FDA and make your grocery list by following their guidelines.
  1. Buy lots of fresh vegetables that you can use to make up a quick and healthy stir-fry with chicken, brown rice, or even soy products. Buy easy to make salads where the lettuce and other veggies are already washed. These are easy, quick, healthy, and they taste good. The key is to choose vegetables that are dark green or orange in color.
  1. Buy fresh fruits and do some research on how to tell when fruits are at their freshest and when they’re in season. Try some of those exotic fruits you’ve always looked at but never purchased. Make your own fruit drinks and smoothies for a healthy, delicious treat.

More Great Grocery Store Tips:

  1. Shop in a circle. Many nutritionists will tell you to shop the perimeter of the store. Grocery stores are usually set up with their fresh foods, fruits, vegetables, fish, and breads all around the perimeter. Preservative-laced foods are in the center and at the ends of each aisle.
  1. Go alone. Leave your children in good hands and go alone to the grocery store. This way you can concentrate on getting only the healthy foods you desire without being pressured into buying junk. Alternatively, if you do bring your children, be prepared to spend extra time teaching them how to spot healthy foods.
  1. Make a list! This technique is a tried and true method to avoid buying foods that aren’t healthy. Stick to your list and, for fun, seek out healthy foods you haven’t tried before to tempt your taste buds.

With some determination and strategies in place, you can achieve your goal to eat healthy! By incorporating healthy changes into your diet one by one, you’re slowly creating a new habit.

Before long, you’ll be choosing healthy foods without a second thought, and those unhealthy foods you used to eat will no longer tempt you. Once you discover the benefits and better taste of fresh and healthy foods, you’ll never want to go back!

Please Share Your Thoughts

In the comments below, share with us:
1. Have you made any new year’s resolutions yet?
2. If so, share one or two of them with us.

10 Easy Ways To Save Money AND Eat Healthy All Year Long!

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Healthy eating can be done on a budget, if you use these smart strategies.  There are easy ways to save money and eat healthy.

With the economic situation in the world being what it is, it’s important to find ways of eating healthy on a budget. It’s possible to purchase foods that are good for you and your budget; you merely have to plan ahead to get the best food you can for the money you have available.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help you get more food at less cost and allow you to prepare better, more healthy meals.

Here are some tips to help you succeed in eating healthy on a budget:

Grocery Shopping

  1. Set aside time to make your food plan. Find the sales ads for each of the grocery stores in your area and decide on your meals for the coming week ahead of time.
  1. Make a list. After you’ve planned your meals, write down everything you need for each meal. Check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see if you already have some of the items. Make your grocery list and determine to stick with it!
  • Include what you’ll need for drinks, snacks and desserts.
  • Remember your ingredients for preparation, such as butter, flour, sugar, and spices.
  • Replenish cleaning supplies.
  1. Clip coupons for items you know you’ll use. Leave the remainder of the coupons at home so you’re not tempted to “save” money on items you don’t need.
  1. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach because you’re more likely to buy items that look good rather than those on your list.

If you can’t go to the store right after a meal, take along a light snack to help you resist temptation while in the store.

  1. Buy items on the perimeter of the store first because these items are the healthiest choices. This will include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy items. The center items are processed or convenience foods. Not only are they more expensive, but they aren’t healthy.
  1. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season as these will often be cheaper than non-seasonal choices. While you’re looking at the fruits and vegetables, see if there are any sales on these healthy, nutrient rich foods.

Choose large bags rather than individual pieces of fruit. The larger bags are often cheaper by the pound.

  1. Buy store or generic brands. There usually isn’t much difference in the way the foods taste but you can definitely see a difference in the price.

Other Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

  1. Make your own snacks for your family’s time away from home rather than allowing them to purchase food from vending machines. Fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with dip are much healthier than the bags of chips or crackers that come from the machines.
  1. Eat at home. Whenever possible, make your food from scratch and eat it at home. Not only will this give you more control over what your family eats, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money.

Eating out also encourages overeating because portion sizes are massive.

  1. Drink healthy. Finally, when eating healthy on a budget, don’t forget to think about what you’re drinking. Expensive, sugar-laden drinks are the bane of your budget and counter-productive to healthy eating.
  • Look for 100% pure juices.
  • Drink low fat milk.
  • Drink more water.
  • Cut out soft drinks.

If you follow these tips, you’ll soon discover the joys of healthy eating and you’ll save money in the process. You may have to spend some extra time preparing food, but the benefits are astounding!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What are your tips for saving money on healthy food?
2. What is the go-to healthy food staple in your kitchen?

Aromatherapy For Beginners–What Does Smell Have to do with Stress Managment?

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Today I’m sending you a message all about aromatherapy and how it can relieve stress.  Consider it an introduction course on aromatherapy for beginners!

 When many people think about aromatherapy they often don’t realize that there are various forms of it and that it’s actually something that EVERYONE can take advantage of!

According to a 2011 edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” aromatherapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce stress. Studies show that some scents actually have the ability to change hormone levels and affect brain chemistry. Because they are most beneficial when used in conjunction with the sense of touch, these oils are frequently used in massage oils, soaps and lotions.

Why Aromatherapy Works for Stress

• Essential oils seep through sweat glands and hair follicles into the body’s circulation system where they strengthen the immune system and fight off germs.

• Some oils may also promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself by encouraging it to release toxins and build new cells.

• Tiny little particles of aromatic substances are absorbed through the nose, sending messages straight to the brain’s limbic region, the center for feelings, sexual arousal and memories.

• Aromatherapy’s ability to affect the emotions enables it to soothe frazzled nerves, lift depression and contribute to general well-being.

• Certain oils, like sandalwood or lavender, stimulate the production of feel-good hormones called serotonins, making these scents an antidote for insomnia and stress.

• Long illnesses or periods of stress create elevated levels of cortisol, the hormone produced during the fight or flight response, and contribute to illnesses like heart trouble or diabetes. Essential oils help to prevent this cycle by reducing stress before it affects the physical body or mental health.

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Blends of Essential Oils Work Best

• There are many aromatherapy oils, and each has its own special odor and healing qualities. Depending upon the kinds of oils used together, a wide variety of benefits are possible.

• Aromatherapy blends are often used with massage, providing a double whammy with a combination of smell and touch in addition to a mixture of oils.

• Basic oils fall into several broad categories: floral, citrus, woodsy, earthy, oriental, spicy, medicinal, herbal and minty. Scents within a given group usually go well together, but blends may consist of oils from more than one category.

Although there are many different oils and combinations that help to combat stress, the following are some of the most commonly used: peppermint, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, frankincense, basil, sandalwood, sweet marjoram and clary sage.

In spite of the successful use of aromatherapy in alternative and complementary therapies, some people question its curative effect. It is hard for anyone, however, to deny its preventive qualities. Scientists have long known that there is an interactive action between the body and the mind, and it only stands to reason that anything that calms the emotions and relieves fatigue will also help to fight off illnesses.

So, are you ready to try adding aromatherapy to your stress relief regimen? It’s a perfect, cheap and simple way of relieving stress that comes in many different forms so you’re certain to find an aromatherapy stress relief technique that works for you.

I’m a big fan of aromatherapy for stress relief and so you’re sure to find everything that you need in order to get started with aromatherapy in my AROMATHERAPY FOR STRESS RELIEF BOOK. It’s very beginner-friendly so you’re sure to find it useful!

To your stress relief success!

 

Easy Salmon Fillet Recipes–You’ve Never Had Salmon Like This…

SalmonGrilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Yield: 2 servings

 

Salmon is packed with omega 3s that can help keep you calm by managing adrenaline levels. Avocado is loaded with potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. Combining these two ingredients into easy salmon fillet recipes is a perfectly healthy and delicious way to help lower stress!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 salmon fillets (frozen is fine, just defrost in your refrigerator the day before)

1 lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon each:

-cumin powder

-garlic powder

-onion powder

-chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Avocado SalsaAvocado

 

2 avocados, peeled and diced into bite size pieces

¼ cup red onion, finely diced

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Jalapeño pepper, finely diced (to taste, suggested ½ a small pepper)

-Optional add ins: small diced tomato, ½ cup diced mango or pineapple

 

Directions:

 

1. Pre-heat your outdoor or indoor grill to med-high. (If baking, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Bake for approximately 12-15mins.)

 

2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning in a shallow baking dish. Add salmon fillets and turn to coat each side evenly. Refrigerate until ready to grill.

 

3. Prepare salsa and mix well. Allow to chill until needed.

 

4. Brush grill with a little oil to prevent sticking. You can also wrap your fillets in foil packets. Grill without flipping 10-12 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

 

4. Serve avocado salsa over salmon fillets.

*Would be great paired with rice, or grilled vegetables! salmon4stressrelief