General, Health

Lets talk stress…

Gut health is all the rage these days… maybe it’s just me being completely bombarded with conflicting strategies to ‘solve’ or ‘heal’ my gut. Let’s be honest – one size doesn’t fit all.

I have been dealing with gut issues for over 15 years, specifically Crohn’s disease. It has been years of trial and error, years of ups and downs – and what I know for sure is this:

Stress can make or break how my gut / body feels and reacts to everything.

Read that last line again.

Knowing that stress has such a massive impact on my well being I am conscious to take preventative action in keeping it at bay. I have daily rituals that help and I have little rules for myself that all help!

Using my Yoga Tune Up Fitness Balls to roll out my back – self care is part of my stress release…

Here are a few other simple things I do that help me (and can maybe help you too!):

  • Plan ahead (this helps to account for any issues that may arise – for me or now with kids its a whole new ballgame)!
  • Have a schedule and stick to it – knowing what I am doing or what the girls are doing on a daily basis makes for easier days (*we do veer from our schedule for special occasions, suppers, birthdays etc).
  • Get a workout in everyday. I make sure to either get a good sweat / Pilates session (*Pilates is where I disconnect and think only in the present moment).
  • Stop and take a deep breath. It sounds simple but often when the day turns crazy (girls or other!) I stop, close my eyes and take a breath – this always helps.
  • Take a day for me time (this can be anything from spa, coffee with a good friend or a good book) – I usually try to get these in during the week when the girls are at daycare, it helps that I don’t have the added thought over getting a babysitter. It’s worth it to move clients around – I always feel better in the end. Bonus, it doesn’t take away from family time on the weekends (these are priceless and I wouldn’t trade them for anything)!
  • Sleep. I am a stickler on bedtimes – for the girls and me! I make sure to get my 7+ hours every night, and with a 5am wake up (have you checked out my Morning Routine blog) that means in bed, lights out by 10pm.
  • Sitting down and going over my goals for business, family and life in general helps keep things in perspective – the more planned out or clear my path is the less daily stress I feel. I try to do this at least once a month if not weekly.
  • If I didn’t include people in this list I would be lying. I try to surround myself with the people who lift me up – the people who make me feel good about who I am and want to know me as me. Being my authentic self is the best stress reliever of all!
  • Finally – gratitude. Take time each and every day to be grateful. Show some love for the people and the life you’ve built. Take notice of everything that surrounds you.

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see”

– Mary Davis

I can honestly say all of these things have contributed to my overall (gut) health and well being – I feel such a difference in my life, mainly my health when I stick to it!! It’s a short list of simple things that can make the world of difference.

I love hearing from you guys – send any tips my way, I am always looking for new ways to keep my life as stress free as possible!

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