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This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Traditional Medicinals, an amazing brand of teas that can support your health. All opinions are my own.
Let’s face it, being a mom can be stressful. If you’re like me, it can be more stressful than you ever imagined motherhood would be. You have a whole new level of responsibility lopped onto your plate that just simply can’t be understood until you experience it yourself. (Of course this doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids dearly.)
As much as we love our kids, too much stress can contribute to poor health. That is something that everyone needs to avoid – especially since moms don’t get sick days!
So if you’re feeling overly stressed out, what do you do? How do you calm yourself down and get yourself focused again? Do you have a routine that works for you?
Over the last (nearly) 7 years of parenting young children, I have discovered a few things that work for me when I’m feeling burdened with stress. All of these remedies are safe and natural.
Ensure You’re Getting Proper Nutrients
Many people aren’t aware that a lack of proper nutrition can contribute to feelings of stress. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet and avoid foods that can trigger stress for you. Gluten, dairy and sugar as well as other foods can trigger stress in many people. You also need to be taking a high-quality multi-vitamin and omega-3 supplement along with eating a healthful diet.
Participate in Vigorous Exercise
When you exercise vigorously, your body releases endorphins that help alleviate feelings of stress. Be sure to exercise on a regular basis, but take it up a notch during times of high stress.
Get Enough Sleep
Many moms don’t get enough sleep. I don’t know about you, but even when my kids started sleeping through the night, I didn’t. Whenever my sleep is more broken, I’m more irritable and stressed out. As hard as it may be to leave those dirty dishes in the sink, sometimes a good night’s sleep is more important than a clean kitchen.
Take “Me” Time Regularly
Another thing many moms are guilty of (me included) is not taking enough time for themselves. I have a really hard time setting time aside for myself, but when I do I feel so much better. Do something you love, start a new hobby or find a local class that interests you and make time for it on a regular basis.
Start Practicing Meditation
I am slowly learning to integrate meditation into my day. It usually feels like it’s hard to find the time for something so simple, but it really does help to calm the mind and relax the body once you get into it. I have found it helpful to use a meditation app that guides me through the practice to keep me on track.
Enjoy the Aroma of Essential Oils
When I need immediate relief to stressful feelings, I grab my essential oils. Aromas are a great way to promote feelings of calmness and lift moods. Adding them to the diffuser is my favorite way to use them, but I also apply some of them topically to induce more relaxed feelings. Check out my “Mama’s Stress Buster” blend to see what blend I use to calm the crazies.
Relax with a Cup of Tea
Another ritual for me when I’m feeling stressed out is to make myself a cup of Traditional Medicinals tea. There is just something so calming about having a warm cup of tea in my hands. Having the right herbs in that tea helps too!
The reason I choose Traditional Medicinals tea is because the herbs they use in their tea are pharmacopoeial grade. This means they are more potent and effective than the food grade herbs used in many other teas. This is really important when you’re wanting to use them for more than the flavor!
One of my longtime favorite teas from Traditional Medicinals is the Chamomile with Lavender. It’s such a nice combination, and a nice changeup from plain chamomile. It’s very soothing, so I like to sip on a cup after a very long day, and I even give it to the girls to help them relax.
Another blend I tried recently was Cup of Calm. I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered this blend sooner! It’s a combination of relaxing herbs called “nervines” including chamomile, passionflower, lavender and catnip so it has a nice, calming effect. “Nervines” can have a beneficial effect on your nervous system.* As for the taste, it’s a bit minty with floral and apple flavors – very nice!
Another tea I use when I just can’t quiet my mind and I know I need some rest is their Nighty Night tea. I always have a box of this blend in my cabinet. It’s designed for promoting a good night’s sleep and contains passionflower, chamomile, linden flower and hops.* It has a very mild flavor and I find that it really does help me to rest easy when I need it.
If you haven’t tried Traditional Medicinals teas yet, I highly recommend you pick up a few boxes the next time you’re at the store! Their quality and flavor is truly unsurpassed. Learn more about Traditional Medicinals on their website and be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.