Over 90 percent of the people I work with talk about the strain of trying to keep up with demands. They’re working hard to stay thin, move up the corporate ladder, maintain growth in their entrepreneurial endeavours, keep a perfect home, stick within their strict budget or arrange the ideal birthday party for their 3-year-old.The strain from overachieving and perfectionism is real. We carry this intense amount of pressure in our bodies at all times, leading us to constant state of panic, sabotaging the confidence we need to show up as our best selves.
Here are simple stress and anxiety remedies you can do today and incorporate into your daily routine. Consistency is key!
(And for an ultimate list of mental health resources: check out this article. )
Supplemental support Getting enough Vitamin B6, either through food or supplements will help boost serotonin levels, which will help to reduce anxiety naturally. If you’d like to take supplements, start with 100mg of B6 daily.
Or skip the pill, and make sure you’re eating organic, clean, grass-fed, pasture-raised animal protein. It’s a great source of vitamin B6 that you can add very easily to your shopping list.
Lay off the caffeine (we’re sorry) Have you ever considered that caffeine could be contributing to your anxiety?
If you have the genetic mutation called CYP1A2, your liver metabolizes caffeine and eliminates it from your body slowly. If this is the case, you likely struggle with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or sleep disturbances, which are all estrogen-dominant conditions. Talk to your doctor about testing for this genetic mutation.
If eliminating coffee is a challenge, be sure to consume coffee after breakfast (with fat, fiber and protein). My go-to? Eggs and avocado with sweet potatoes.
Take care of your body. Engaging your feminine energy is about creating and enjoying the experience of attaining your goals. It’s not about grinding it’s about aligning. For every 52 minutes of work, take a 17-minute break. It helps you retain the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday (work smarter, not harder). Make sure to stretch, go for a walk and get some fresh air.
Create boundaries with ease. If you’re feeling overworked and victimized by all you have to accomplish, trust me when I tell you working harder is not the answer. Instant gratification often leads us to say “yes” to projects that don’t serve us.
Protect your energy by saying no to people or projects that distract you from your greater purpose. I invite you to let go of your need to control everything around you. Let go of the thought, “if I’m not the person doing it, things will never get done.”
Stretch Daily. Take 10 mins every day to stretch. The benefits? It increases blood circulation, reduces stress (cortisol), and nourishes the nervous system.
Practicing yoga daily can help train your system to live mostly in your parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest). Focus on stretching your neck first and your spine second, so that fluid can flow easier to repair your nerves. To flush out cortisol, aim for 10 minutes of yoga in the morning, and 10 minutes before bed.
To calm anxiety we need to begin with a new paradigm of modeling healthy boundaries, strength, and compassion for ourselves. Otherwise, we are simply modeling stress, work addiction, scarcity, and self-neglect. Prioritize your self-care and remember your worth is not equal to your achievements. A life well lived is no longer determined by a pile of achievements but the rich experiences we choose to create on our way to success.
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To help clear up internal clutter:
Stop the obsession.
What things do I obsess over that are out of my control?
What could I stop doing that would allow me to reclaim my power and my energy to invest in things that are actually in my control?
Let go of what doesn’t serve you.
What would it feel like to surrender control in the areas that don’t serve me?
Take control of your finances! (There’s an app for that.)
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