According to the American Institute of Stress
- Heart disease by 40%
- Heart attack by 25%
- Stroke by 50%
I made the decision to prioritize my health
5 Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress
Get adequate rest – our bodies need rest to recover, replenish, and heal. This is one area I struggle with doing consistently but I make it my priority every day. I shoot for seven hours a night. Some people may need more.
Eat fruits and veggies and cut out the processed foods – help your body by feeding it good nutrients and cutting out the junk. It is amazing how good you can feel when you fuel your body with antioxidants and fiber-rich foods.
Exercise 5 days a week – exercise reduces stress levels and improves self-esteem. My daily workouts include some combination of interval cardio walk, Pilates, ballet HIIT, strength training, and stretching (more to come on this topic as part of my Freedom 20/20 series).
Change your mindset – quit the negative self-talk and start speaking truth into your life. (I love using scripture verses). A healthy mindset is where it all begins.
Take time to breathe – getting oxygen to the brain in deep breaths helps release tension. Inhale deeply for 5 seconds, hold for 2 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat.
Essential Oil Spotlight
So, what is my choice of essential oil for chronic stress relief? To be honest, it was very hard to pick just one. For me, it depends on the day. I will confess, that you will find me in my bathroom closet grabbing whatever oil I can get my hands on and practicing prayer, deep breathing, and a visit to the beach.
My client favorite: Young Living Stress Away blend. Stress Away is a popular blend that helps release the stress in the body, reduces muscle tension, reduces mental rigidity, and it has an inviting aroma that takes you to a beach where you can hear the waves crashing against the shore. Stress Away includes essential oils of Cedarwood, Lavender, Copaiba, Lime, and more with a hint of vanilla.
What are some ways you can use Stress Away essential oil daily?
- Add Stress Away to bath salts with an emulsifier for a stress-relieving bath soak
- Diffuse 4 drops of Stress Away, 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Copaiba (family and client favorite).
- Add two drops of Stress Away to 2 drops of carrier oil and massage into neck and shoulders to relieve muscle tension and relax the mind.
- Add 1-2 drops into the palm of your hand, cup over your nose and mouth, and breathe deeply and exhale. Repeat 5 times.
Let’s work on intercepting that cortisol release in the body! It only takes minutes a day to make a BIG difference. Reduce chronic stress by implementing a few simple changes in your life to protect your body from the long-term negative effects of sickness and disease.
Don’t wait. Start now and STOMP OUT CHRONIC STRESS!
Letticia, referred to as Dr. Joy by her clients, focuses on a joy-filled approach to healing by targeting the root cause of the issue within the context of the whole person. Her positive psychology techniques, compassionate communication skills, and empathetic nature serve as an avenue for building trust, accountability, and success with her clients. She is a certified clinical aromatherapist and positive psychology specialist, who is passionate about promoting the natural healing capabilities of the body integrating spiritual growth, essential oils, and positive lifestyle changes as a means to achieving abundant health and wellness. She is NAHA certified, French Method certified, and is a certified facilitator for the Nedley Depression and Anxiety program. She has a doctorate of ministry in Christian counseling psychology and a master’s in communication. She is known for saying “Choose JOY” because when life gets hard, a JOY mindset has been her saving grace and it has served as a means of inspiration and encouragement for her clients, family, and friends. Her goal is to empower you so you can enJOY a healthier life.