Stress is like the battle we all race through. We all strive for balance and stress free living yet I don't know anyone that has achieved that. Its more like we are needing to find a way to manage stress. Stress is known to cause inflammation inside our bodies. Inflammation and a rise in fight or flight hormones can be one of the leading causes of major health issues. Yet we tend to ignore the health risks because we can't ignore the stress.
We need to battle or counteract the effects of stress on our bodies. That is what deep inhales and exhales can do for us using our hormones. A great night's sleep can do be our best defense against stress. Sleepless nights or restless sleep can have the opposite effect. Read some excellent strategies to counter a bad night's sleep.
There are other ways to battle the effects of inflammation:
- twenty minutes on a heating pad
- time with the lacrosse ball and/or foam roller
- adding ice to our sore bodies
- a walk with a friend
- making a list of gratitude
- taking fish oil
- AND soaking in a detox bath can help in a lot of ways.
That last one is the Hidden Remedy for Stress that so many of us do not take advantage of.
A detox bath will relax those muscles aching muscles but also just put your whole body at ease. Allowing your muscles to relax before you even hit the pillow gives you a jump start on those 7-8 hours of restful sleep. Detox baths will also help to release toxins from our bodies that stress and food can cause. The heat does wonders and then knowing you are taking time for yourself helps to ease the stress levels. Its a win/win/ win/win.
Here is how I make my own Detox Bath Powder.
1 cup Baking Soda
2 cups Epsom Salts
a few drops of lavender oil
Mix all of this together and pour into hot water (as hot as you can stand). Enjoy your bath.
To Your Best Health,