Raise your hand if you’ve felt stressed recently?
Just what I thought.
All hands up.
Stress is one of those inevitable things in our lives that we can’t seem to ever completely remove.
But you know they say?
If you can’t beat ‘em, lay down and sleep.
Hmm, that might not be what they say.
But let’s just go with it, shall we?
Unfortunately, we all don’t have time in our schedules to randomly nap.
Although, I highly encourage it, if you can!
Naps are the best.
I swear, I’m like a toddler when in a car…
If the temperature is right and I’m not driving, I’m sleeping.
Terrible passenger on a roadtrip…
But a great driver with the A/C up high and some tunes.
But back to stress.
And how to get your rest.
I truly can’t stress enough…
Oh, LOL, see what I did there?
I’m back on track.
Since your stress doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon...
You’re gonna need to hear about these 5 lesser-known rest hacks.
It’s different from the stuff everyone else spouts.
And I promise they legit work.
5 Rest Hacks You Haven’t Heard A Million Times
Hack #1: Get you some vitamin C
Are you familiar with vitamin C?
And I don’t mean the singer…
I do love “The Graduation Song” though…
But vitamin C!
The actual vitamin. Commonly found in fruits and veggies.
Vitamin C has been directly linked to lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity, and reducing stress.
Even with a SUPER healthy diet, it can be hard to always get the proper doses every day, so I highly recommend getting yourself on the vitamin C supplement train.
It can be part of your daily routine!
And luckily, vitamin C supplements come in a lot of forms.
But one I REALLY DON’T recommend are the gummies. They aren’t vegan-friendly and sneak in some extra sugars. Plus, they aren’t regulated by the FDA.
So no gummies!
I recommend using the liquid form… AKA liposomal. You can get it from Amazon or most health stores.
I’ll tell ya right now it doesn’t taste great, but it absorbs the best into your body.
Another option is an IV injection, but a lot of people have resistance to this, so liposomal is the ideal way to go.
And during any majorly stressful times, you can increase your intake.
While personally I don’t recommend the chewable route… sometimes it’s the only way you’re gonna get it into your kids’ diet, right?
Or maybe you’re not willing to “go pro” with your Vitamin C just yet… LOL
So I’ll say this with a little resistance… but if you absolutely friggin HAVE to… chewables do the job.
And if you’re having a really stressful week, you can double your dosage
But be aware, you can actually take TOO MUCH vitamin C… which means you may experience vitamin toxicity.
Normal daily intake should be around 65-90 milligrams and the upper limit is 2000.
Having too much vitamin C could lead to longer, unpleasant hangouts in the bathroom… 💩💩💩
(PS: you can also get some quality TP in bulk from Costco… they don’t sponsor me, but I’m ready when they are… LOL).
Anyway… remember to only up your dose during those stressful AF moments.
Otherwise, stick to your normal daily doses, and load up on that vitamin C!
Hack #2: Eat slowly and mindfully – it’s not a race
Don’t you just love food?
Food is so good. And it literally fuels us to keep going.
But do you actually remember the last time you just sat down and enjoyed your meal?
Instead of just powering it down, LOL.
I bet you’ve skipped at least one meal in the past week.
Or while running errands all day, it dawns on you that you haven’t eaten anything since the protein bar you grabbed on your way out the door.
Life can be hectic.
But come one now, you gotta eat!
And I don’t mean going through the Panera drive-thru and eating in your car.
You need to have a sit down meal where you can eat slowly and turn it into its own event.
It’s time for you to enjoy your food (and meal time) again.
Eating slowly is proven to help with digestion.
And better digestion means less heartburn.
And stomach aches.
Learning to eat slowly and savor your food can be a moment for you to embrace mindfulness.
Reflect on your day.
Laugh about the funny thing your neighbor said.
Finally remember the reason you walked into your closet this morning.
Or you can chat and share your day with your fam.
It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just take your time.
Eating quickly takes the joy out of it.
And it is time to put the enjoyment back into meal time!
Eating slow is the way to go.
Hack #3: Cry your little heart out
On the count of three, let’s all say when the last time we cried was.
Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy?
Shonda just, like, knows how to really get you in the feels.
But you know what, even though she has put me through a lot over the years… 17 years to be exact… I’m grateful for her heartbreaking writing.
Because crying is a good thing! Dare I say, a healthy thing.
We all need that release sometimes because there are moments that we choose to hold it in.
Maybe you’re at work.
Or in your car with the kids.
Or in line at the DMV… (although TBH this one is valid LOL).
But anyway, when you feel it coming on… you decide that now is not the right time to cry, so you bury it down and hope it passes.
Well ya know what? It’s actually pretty bad for you to hold in those emotions.
It could cause anxiety.
(Explains why Carol at the DMV told me to go wait in yet another line with her dead eyes, LOL)
Listen up, Carol... (and you too).
Releasing those emotions and crying makes things better. It lowers stress and boosts your mood.
Crying can legit be therapeutic.
If those feelings have passed but you know you could benefit from a good cry…
...Might I recommend keeping a queue on your streaming services that are just movies proven to make you bawl like a baby?
The ones that can be watched back to back for the perfect cryfest when alone.
Some guaranteed sobbers…
And obviously, my longest relationship in life… Grey’s Anatomy.
Any and all season finale episodes are sure to getcha. Ugh, the plane crash…
If you know, you know.
The point is… get your cry on, girlfriend.
I promise you’ll feel a million times better after you let it out.
Hack #4: Learn to say no
“No” is such an easy word to spell. Just two little letters. N-O.
So why is it such a hard word to say?
Toddlers say it ALL the time.
So why can’t you?
It’s time for you to learn the art of saying no to people, events, favors, and baking last minute cupcakes.
You need to realize that when you’re already at your limit and ready to crack, you cannot keep adding to your plate.
If the thought of this gives you the stress sweats, maybe just ease your way into saying no.
Rather than just automatically agreeing to something… play it coy and give yourself time to think.
Say that you’ll consider it. This’ll allow you to properly assess if you can add any more to your already-busy schedule.
Or you can just rip the bandaid off and say no from the start.
It gets easier over time. I promise.
But I’m not telling you to say no to everything. Just the stuff that overwhelms you. Or that you feel obligated to do.
You have free will to share your time with others in whatever way you want to.
So stop saying yes to parties you know you will be miserable at.
Or volunteering for something when you haven’t even had a chance to wash your hair this week.
Take care of yourself and your own needs. Say yes to yourself!
To kombucha… in a bubble bath.
To putting on your jammies at 4pm and reading a book. No judgment here!
Say no to the extra things causing you stress and anxiety. That will create healthy boundaries for yourself.
That’s something we all need in our lives. And that’ll benefit you.
So just do it. Say no!
Hack #5: Watch that comfort show
I know a lot of us are trying to cut down on our screen time and be more present in our lives.
But sometimes, cuddling up on the couch in your PJs with your favorite beverage and snack to watch that movie or TV show you’ve already seen 100 times…
Well, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
(It’s me… I’m the doctor in this situation.)
But actually, studies have shown that when people are feeling anxious, it can be extremely calming to watch something familiar.
When you already know what happens to a character or how a movie ends, it can actually be very comforting to you.
You know the quotes, you know the moment the hot guy looks back with his sexy side smile, you know the song they sing for the big contest, and you know that he isn’t the real father.
You already know it. And you enjoy it.
You know that watching Joey try to learn French on Friends will be hilarious.
You cannot wait to watch Heath Ledger sing that he “can’t take his eyes off of you” in 10 Things I Hate About You.
And you love to say “Big Mistake. Huge.” along with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
So stop thinking you always need to be watching the show everyone’s buzzing about or the movie that got all the Oscar noms.
Just add everyone’s suggestions to your non-existent “watch list,” and then go watch whatever shiz sounds good to you.
If it’s watching Parks and Rec for the 50th time, then so be it!
Sometimes you just need to enjoy something you know you like and that won’t give you any suspense or surprises.
And that’s okay!
I do it! And you can too.
Now, I am excited AF for you to implement these lesser-known hacks into your life!
And you should definitely check out my De-stress checklist.
I hope you find it as helpful as I do...
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I’ll see ya online!