The first Wednesday of every November has been set aside for us to recognize National Stress Awareness Day. #NationalStressAwarenessDay is a day for us to become aware of why we experience stress, what causes us to stress, and what we can do to lower the effects that stress has on our bodies. At Grund, we want to take this day to highlight how to destress both naturally and effectively.
First, we need to be aware of what causes stress. Stress can be caused by chronically elevated levels of cortisol, otherwise known as the “stress hormone”. Many people believe that stress is only caused by negative pressures, but anything that demands us to use high levels of energy can be a stressor.
One thing to be mindful of when trying to fight stress is what we consume. Stress can result in high blood sugar and other health risks. One way to destress is through detoxing. We want to emphasis the importance of detoxing naturally and organically because what your body comes into contact with impacts your overall health. To detox naturally you must eat fresh and clean. Try making a smoothie that contains green, leafy veggies and consuming organic products that contain omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Eat real food that has a known source. It’s also important to drink plenty of water; experts recommend that we consume 4-5 liters of water per day.
We know that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. Another easy way to reduce stress is to be mindful of what touches our skin. Limiting the amount of toxic chemicals that we come in contact with is key. The use of organic cotton products is a great way to cut out the thousands of toxic chemicals that our bodies come into contact with every day.
Another way to lower stress levels is through exercise and physical activity. Exercising can help us sweat out toxins that cause stress. Practices such as yoga and tai chi are also great for reducing stress. Deep breathing is important, as well as getting enough sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential. This is why even the smallest thing, like your bed sheets, can make a big difference.
The things that we put around our bodies are important too. Some things that we can surround ourselves with to reduce stress include candles. Candles can reduce stress by providing us with a sense of stillness and solitude. When we think about candles to lower our stress levels, we need to remember that some candles can contain toxic chemicals. The use of soy or beeswax candles is preferable to the use of traditional candles that are petroleum or paraffin wax based. Soy and beeswax candles burn longer, are more sustainable, better for your health, and offer other benefits. Check out WJ Home's soy candles, they even have one that is Organic Cotton scented! Burn candles in the morning or the evening as part of a daily routine.
Lastly, essential oils can help to reduce stress and cortisol levels as well. The most proven method for the safe, effective, and natural consumption of essential oils is diffusion for the purpose of inhalation. Studies have proven that the inhalation of essential oils also improves blood pressure. Here is a list of the most effective essential oils for reducing stress: Lavender, orange, rosemary, lemongrass, and frankincense.
As you can see, there are many proven, natural ways for you to reduce stress. The first step is to become aware of your stress and the second step is to naturally combat it in ways that are healthy and effective. Grund wants to help you do that by reminding you that what our bodies come in contact with is a big factor when it comes to our mental, physical, and emotional health.