5 Ways To De-Stress
I have never been spiritual. No religious affiliation, no dogma, no God. I attended the local Unitarian Fellowship growing up. I was given free-reign to seek my own path, studied other religious organizations endlessly, and never found any sense of spirit or greater power for myself. The fascination with the historical and societal implications of organized religion continued through college where I took as many religion classes as I could fit in my schedule. I attended various church services with friends and always felt intrigued but like a sore thumb.
It wasn't until I began to delve deeper in to nutrition and wellness that I found a glimmer of what my religious friends held so dearly.
Plant Based Pregnancy
Stress: The Silent Killer
It was the title of a documentary I watched last week and clearly it struck a chord because I'm all fired up about stress these days.
Here's the thing - there have been studies that show stress leads to more susceptibility to disease and, yes, death. Let's not freak out though, because you're actually much more well off than you think! For starters, you have the internet and are conscious about your health or you wouldn't be here reading this blog. So there's a start. But let's kick that up a notch! Here are 5 simple (PROVEN) ways to diminish stress and start healing your body and mind:
Reset your Mindset
Let's start here: There is no "best way" to eat for a healthy pregnancy.
There are great ways, and there are not so great ways but if you're reading this you're probably not eating just red meat, black coffee and candy, right? It's safe to assume you fall somewhere in the middle: Trying to nourish your and your growing baby with the best foods possible...
Freedom to Play
Are you already freaking out about what you'll be eating at your holiday meals? How you're going to stay on your healthy eating train, your morning routine, your nightly golden milk ritual? Not to mention your workouts and vitamins?
Believe me when I tell you that you can stop worrying so much.
Those special moments, the miraculous ones where the stars align and everything goes right, those are what I live for. Those are the moments that make all the others worth it. And while part of me listens to their free play anxious about what learning they're missing out on by skipping our history lesson or a science project (we do a lot of baking), or the next chapter in Narnia, I always let them play...