We all get stressed. Whether it is because of our job, school or because of personal problems, we will all go through a stressful period at some point in our lives.
Today I want to share with you my top two tips to decrease your stress levels and turn them into something positive for your mind… and your body! You will need to:
– Re-learn how to breathe
– Incorporate hormone balancing infusions into your diet.
Re-learn how to breathe
Here is one breathing exercise that I would like you to incorporate into your everyday evening routine, 15 mins before going to bed.
Sitting cross legged on a hard surface, place your hand onto your knees, palms facing the ceiling. Make sure your back is straight and the crown of your head is extending towards the sky.
Close your eyes. Take a big inhale through your nose. Feel your lungs filling up with air until they’ve reached maximum capacity. Hold the air in and slowly count to two. Gently release the air through your mouth until you feel your lungs “collapsing” inward.
Repeat the steps 5 to 10 times and go to bed shortly after.
Incorporate Hormone Balancing Infusions into Your Diet
There are plenty of infusions available on the market, but I found that the one that works best for me is Rooibos.
Rooibos means “red bush”. It is mainly produced in South Africa and is caffeine free. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. It also contains antioxidants.
Rooibos tea functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation. Rooibos tea has been shown to be an easy way to begin to slow down the conversion and depletion of many stress-inducing hormones.
I suggest you try incorporating two cups of Rooibos into your daily routine – one upon waking up and one before bed – for at least a month and see how you feel.
If you find Rooibos to be too strong, try adding a slice of lemon or half a teaspoon of honey to it.