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Stress Reduction and Self-Care

Stress reduction and self-care are two of my favorite topics to discuss with clients. They are both truly vital when it comes to maintaining balance and achieving optimal health and wellbeing; however, they are often overlooked and underemphasized in our daily lives. We tend to put ourselves last on our long list of things to do, not realizing the impact that has on our physical health and emotional wellbeing. We live in a society that promotes stress, and we often don't make the time for stress reduction practices. The cumulative effects of unmanaged stress are massive, and typically lead to multiple health issues and/or diseases.

That's why it's important to be proactive, and take control of your health. Stress reduction is one of the five ingredients I include in my book for the foundation of health, and I highly recommend incorporating some type of stress reduction practice into your daily routine. Just as we are all unique and different in so many ways, our preferred way of reducing stress may differ as well. It's important to find the technique that works best for you. Here are just a few of the many options that I recommend to clients:
  • Exercise
  • Breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Aromatherapy

Honoring your body, mind, and spirit with acts of self-care is also a fantastic way to reduce stress. A few of my recommendations for self-care include:
  • Eating real, whole foods
  • Sleeping 7 - 8 hours each night
  • Getting a massage
  • Incorporating essential oils into your life
  • Pampering yourself in any way that brings you joy