I like to be pretty open about my health struggles on the blog but I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t easy at first. I’ve spent the majority of my life hiding my struggles from most of my friends. But I feel like I’m at a place where maybe sharing my struggles and journeys might be beneficial to those going through similar struggles. So first off, stress.
Stress is huge trigger for those with IBS. And completely out of our hands. Most of the time I don’t even recognize that I am stressed until it’s too late. Because keeping my stress levels down is so important, today I’m going to be sharing a few of the things I try to do daily to keep it at bay.
1. First thing I do when I wake up is drink a glass of water. This helps to wake all of your organs up and water is just overall a good idea. You can’t go wrong.
2. While still in bed I like to sit up, and twist from the waist left and right. This is like an internal stretch, waking up your organs even more. This is super important for someone like me whose main health concerns stems from my organs.
3. I try (and I mean, really try) to workout everyday. Most of my work is done on my computer at home and it can drive you a little crazy sometimes. So this gets me moving and gives me something else to focus on besides the stresses of everyday life. Working out isn’t for everyone but it’s a good idea to find something physical that you can channel your energy into, especially when there’s lots going on.
4. “Meditation”. I use this term loosely because I’m not sure what I do qualifies as traditional meditation.
When I’m feeling a bit extra stressed or when I have a big event or something coming up I like to lie flat on the floor and focus on my breathing. I usually do this for the duration of the song “oceans” by hilsong. It’s an encouraging and peaceful song for me and the live version is about 9 minutes which is long enough to relax my whole body.
5. Detox bath. This is must must must for me. Every night I take a detox bath with 1 cup of epsom salt and about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil. This is perfect for relaxing your whole body from the outside in and essential (haha) for me to keep my stress down.
6. Peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is amazing for your tummy but tea as a whole is amazing for your body. There’s something about tea that is just so relaxing. I like to drink it just before bed to help me wind down.
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