Our Current Healthy Obsessions: Stress Reducing Tools
As we continue through summer and approach the upcoming school year schedules are more packed than ever. Vacations are in full swing and the stress of planning and coordinating everything can start to creep in. Who knew having fun took so much effort! But just because you are busy doesn’t mean you have to let stress effect you. Since stress has been shown to trigger health problems such as autoimmune conditions it’s important to keep it to a minimum. Here are our favorite stress reducing functional medicine tools we use to help stay calm every day regardless of what life tries to throw at us!
Andrea Cogley – Yogi Stress Relief Tea
We know everyone deals with stress and we also know that it can wreak havoc on your immune system and your body in general. I think it’s important to take time to decompress, do something that makes you happy and let your body relax! It can be hard to make time to relax and unwind with a busy schedule but a simple way I de-stress is to have a cup of tea in the morning and/or evening on my porch or just at our kitchen table. One of my favorite teas I use is Yogi Stress Relief Tea with honey and lavender. Just add hot water, steep, sit, sip and relax!
Emily Miller – Essential Oils
Stress is something we all have to cope with on a weekly, if not daily, basis. My go to tool for this is essential oils. I find that lavender, frankincense, and ylang ylang are my perfect blend to diffuse when I need to destress. Using pure oils aromatically or topically is something that we utilize on the daily so that I am surrounding myself and my family in an environment that is calming and enjoyable. DoTerra is the brand that I choose because they are pure, high quality oils and provide a lot of education on how to use them safely and efficiently.
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Yvette Johnstone – Adult Coloring Book
Coloring books aimed specifically at adults have been all the rage the last couple of years to reduce stress and lower anxiety. I love to be creative and coloring books are a great way to take a time out and focus solely on the pages in front of me and nothing else! My particular favorite is this Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book. If I could do one thing for the rest of my life it would be to travel the world and learn about new cultures. Not only do I get to take a time out and let my mind relax I get to boost my soul with a little globetrotting inspiration.
Ashley Lees – Mindfulness Walking
My absolute favorite way that I relieve stress is by walking. As simple as it is, walking is a great way to get you out of a stressful situation and force you to meditate on yourself. Whether it’s around your neighborhood, at a park, or outside of work you can find a way to do this wherever you are at. Stress is a huge deal when it comes to health and although there are times where I don’t want to get out because it’s simply just easier to be grumpy or lazy, I realize my health is more important and once I get myself to do it I feel refreshed and have a better attitude before I know it. When I’m walking I like to listen to relaxing sounds and music and this Relax: Melodies app is perfect for providing sounds directly aimed at reducing stress. So get your shoes on and go take that walk! You won’t regret it.
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Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.
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