Tag Stress

Please Don’t Neglect The Brain

Do you ever feel like your brain decides to get up and walk right out the door, leaving you to fend lifelessly for yourself?  Yeah, me too. The worst part?  It’s my fault. Well, not for your brain throwing in the towel, but for mine. Shame on you for allowing yours to reach that point!  We run our brains into the ground with the work we put them through and the pressure we put on them on a daily basis. Can we stop that?  Probably not. However, there is something else we can do for them. Our brains need a vacation. And not the same one(s) we take with our bodies. Like, they need their own private getaway on a private island they probably own somewhere.. because brains work so hard that they have to make a lot of money, so surely they’ve purchased one somewhere at some point. The

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VLOG 6: Getting Out of a Constant State of Stress

I’m not totally sure I should share this video with you. I filmed it right after a recent breakdown. And not a justified breakdown about something life altering happening, but a medium sized breakdown after a series of small life annoyances – problems that aren’t even problems compared to what other people have to deal with. That’s exactly the problem with stress – especially living in a stressed out state all the time. It takes everyday issues, big and small, and amplifies them. It makes even the smallest shit feel like something unbearable. Even if that feeling only lasts a few moments, it still sucks. It’s not fun to feel that way. The worst part is towards the end when you feel like you’ve had a melt down and wasted energy over something that should have been nothing. There’s a guilt that comes with it. Like the weight of what

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VLOG 4: Can Stress and Joy Co-Exist?

They say that comparison is the thief of joy, but I’d like to argue that stress is. Have you ever tried to enjoy date night when rent was due 5 days ago, or live in the moment when you can’t stop thinking about everything that’s on your to-do list tomorrow? It’s not easy. Some days, we can go to yoga, write down what we’re grateful for, and do mindset work until the cows come home (not that I have any cows that need to come to my house, but you know, that’s what “they” say), and yet the stress still wins. Then, sometimes the stress starts to win day after day until we question what joy even feels like anymore. But, money and to-do lists are stresses that probably aren’t going to go away in the immediate future (not for me at least). So my question is, is it possible to

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5 Simple Yoga Poses to Boost Your Energy

The Look: Crystal tank from garbella (the tank isn’t listed anymore, but you can grab the t-shirt [$28.00] or pullover [$36.00]!) // Better Than Everything Legging in Navy ($92.00) from GRACEDBYGRIT // Gemstones Yoga Mat ($68.00) from Free Thirty Three Yoga Design Co. They (whoever “they” are) say that time is our most precious resource, but I’d like to make a case that it might be energy instead. I mean, we can schedule time. We can map it out and use it wisely. But energy? It’s a lot harder to plan our energy. It can be quite the guessing game to try to figure out when it’s going to show up. The other day, I had a 16 oz iced coffee and I waited FOREVERRRRR for it to kick in, only for my caffeine to stand me up (what a jerk!). And then we have naps… Naps are great. I love a mid afternoon

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Simple Tips to Significantly Reduce Stress

As someone who has suffered from anxiety and depression most of my life, I’m no stranger to stress, which used to be a major trigger for my anxiety. Learning to manage my anxiety and my triggers has forced my stress levels to plummet, which has been a boon for my mental health. This didn’t happen overnight; it took time and effort to learn how to navigate the stresses of life without letting them consume me. If you suffer from stress that feels insurmountable, it’s important to know that you can find ways to manage your stress and not let it manage you. How often have you, or even someone you know said, “I’m just so stressed”? Is it monthly? Weekly? Daily? According to a Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans deal with stress frequently, with 36 percent stating they only feel stress sometimes. Stress can result from a variety of things

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4 Ways to Make Traveling Less Stressful

I’ve had anxiety issues for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it’s manageable, sometimes it becomes so overwhelming I can hardly catch my breath. If there’s one thing that stresses me out the most, it’s traveling. And holiday travel? Yikes. Stress-o-rama. Traveling can be a huge, stressful ordeal, especially if you have children with you. And if you happen to be traveling for the holidays, you have the added pressures of cooking, cleaning, and shopping, not to mention the business and professional responsibilities you have on your plate to fulfill before the end of the year — it’s no wonder so many people battle anxiety during this time of year! The good news is that there are several things you can do to ease the stress of traveling. The key is to plan ahead as much as possible and, of course, try to stay patient. That’s easier said than

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No One Has Their Shit Together

When you first meet me, I’m pretty quiet. I might not have a ton to say. I may not have a ton of questions to ask you or answers for you, but that’s because I do a lot of listening. Not in a judgmental sense, but out of an intention to learn. To actually hear your story. To connect with your energy and not just the words coming out of your mouth. The more you listen, the more people tell you. I’ve had a lot of conversations. I’ve listened to a lot of stories. I’ve heard a lot about life. I’ve had a lot of wisdom, vulnerability, courage, and confession shared with me. And while I’d never disclose the words and revelations composing these exchanges, the one thing I am constantly reminded of is: nobody has their shit together. Is this you? Another day, another to-do list that wasn’t performed in its

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Combating Overwhelm: Why It’s Destroying Your Decision Making Process

Do you know what the one thing that ALWAYS comes up in every single conversation I have with another entrepreneur is? Overwhelm. The more I explore the mental cost of owning a business, the more conscious I’m becoming of all the internal elements that hinder progress, like how fatal the combination of overwhelm and anxiety can be. We make an average amount of 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day, and that’s just for the average adult. We probably partake in like triple that amount as business owners (maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still). As a business owner, you never know what complications the day is going to throw at you. How am I going to deliver on the insane task of my client? How am I going to get the products for this massive order together in time? How am I going to make enough to pay

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