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Everything in the world right now is a cause for stress. In fact, 70% of adults suffer from stress and anxiety daily. You can’t always control your surroundings or circumstances, but you can control how you respond to the triggers. Let’s dive into stress and her tips to prevent it with Tia while sharing with her a cup of soothing chamomile tea. 

What is stress?

Stress is our hardwired survival response system. It is normal and it happens to everyone. It’s triggered when we perceive a threat. This triggers physical, emotional, and intellectual responses in us without a second thought. So how does the body respond to stress? 

Stress responses help your body adjust to new situations. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. It can be negative also. When our body perceives a threat, adrenaline and cortisol increase which stimulates the body to send all the blood away from the internal organs. The digestion starts to slow down. It affects our skin, nails, and hair. Long-term or chronic stress can really wear and tear the body.

What causes stress?

Unfortunately, the world we live in right now is full of stress triggers. Sometimes stress can come from an obvious source, but sometimes even small daily stresses from work, school, family, and friends can take a toll on your mind and body. Remember also that stress is subjective. If a certain situation causes you anxiety but does not to someone else, it does not mean that this situation is not stressful. Only the person experiencing it can determine whether is it present and how severe it feels. A healthcare provider may use questionnaires to understand your stress and how it affects your life.

What are some stress relief strategies?

The purpose of these three tips is to go from a place of fight or flight to a place of peace. Here’s how to do it.

Top Tip #1 Breathe

First things first, let’s learn how to breathe. The way that we breathe controls our emotional state. When you’re in a peaceful and quiet environment, your breathing is slow, not erratic and fast. Breathing exercises trick your body into thinking that it is relaxed and safe.

Now, there are tons of exercises for breathing, but today we’re working on a basic belly breathing exercise. So while being seated on a sofa or a chair, bring both feet down to the ground. Sit up nice and tall. Bring one hand to the belly and one hand to the heart. Close your eyes. When you inhale, you’re going to puff the belly out. When you exhale, the navel is going to draw in towards the spine. Tia advises to work through a 4 to 8 ratio. You inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. You can build up slowly starting with inhaling for 4 and exhaling for 5, then inhaling for 4 and exhaling for 6, and so on.

Remember to focus on bringing the navel out when inhaling, and back in when exhaling.

Top Tip #2 Drink Tea & Use Essential Oils

Drink tea! Caffeine increases the cortisol amounts in our body which takes us into a stress state. However, teas like lavender, chamomile, and sage de-stress the body and calm down the nervous system.

Introduce essential oils into your daily routine. Tia’s favorite essential oils are lavender and eucalyptus. You can pop them into a diffuser or in a bath, and they really calm down the system while smelling divine.

Top Tip #3 Sleep

The final tip Tia has for you is to sleep. “We can literally sleep ourselves well,” says Tia. Did you know that between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM is when the body repairs itself? It is crucial to be asleep between those hours because not only does your body repair itself, but it also regulates cortisol and adrenaline levels in the body so we don’t get as stressed in our day-to-day lives. This time regulates the hormones that stimulate digestion so it allows us to make better food choices and avoid those cheeky cravings. So how to get good sleep? You need to set a sleep routine. Give yourself a place to wind down by including breath exercises, tea, and essential oils. It is very hard for us to switch from staring at Netflix or our phones to suddenly switching off. We need some time to wind down exactly like a computer. We are a bio-computer, we need to press the off switch and wind down.

These are Tia’s top three tips to de-stress! 

If you have any questions or tips from your personal experiences for de-stressing, feel free to reach out to the Mint Basil Market team or comment below.

June 18, 2021 — Mint Basil Market

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