Hi Friends! Welcome back to the blog. Today we’re chatting about rest, self-care and teas that support the nervous system!
Personally, I know that I’m the type of person who gets anxious or worried easily. Over the years I’ve become more aware about this trait and have put in an effort to care for my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being to help reduce my occasional anxiety. Some stressors we can’t avoid, but we can build techniques that help us better handle stress so that it doesn’t affect our body, mind or emotions in such a negative way.
For today’s blog post we’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to chat about teas that support the nervous system. I drink at least 1 – 2 cups of tea everyday and many of you know who have followed Healthy Grocery Girl over the years, I’m a fan of a big fan of Traditional Medicinals! I’d love to share 3 of my daily habits to help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
These are teas that I’ve enjoyed prior to pregnancy and will start drinking again postpartum. You can learn more about my favorite pregnancy teas here.
TEAS FOR RELAXATION
Chamomile With Lavender helps settle your nervous system and relax your digestion system, especially when stressed or tense.* This tea is an herbal blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon balm. It has a floral and bittersweet flavor profile.
Nighty Night Valerian helps you mellow out and get a good night’s sleep.* This tea i blend features valerian root, passion flower and lemon balm. Valerian is an extremely popular herb in Western traditions and its use for occasional sleeplessness was first recorded by Greeks in the second century. This tea has a mild, bittersweet & minty flavor profile.
Stress Ease Cinnamon helps to relieve stress, irritability and promote relaxation.* This tea is a blend of skullcap, cinnamon bark and licorice root. Skullcap is part of the mint family!
I typically buy our tea from Sprouts Market however they are widely available at so many stores!
3 SELFCARE TIPS TO REDUCE STRESS & IMPROVE RELAXATION
There is something about being on our phone, computer and watching television that keeps the brain “going, going, going”. While social media is a wonderful tool to connect, be inspired and share, it also has a dark side. Some people may start to feel anxious, less-than and depressed the more time they spend on-line viewing other people’s highlight reels and “perfect” photos. I believe in moderation. You don’t need to delete your APPS or accounts. But try taking time-off from being online once in a while and see how you feel!
My favorite stress-fighting technique is deep, slow breaths which can help move the body towards a state of relaxation. Studies have also shown that breath work, known as Pranayama, and yoga can help reduce anxiety, pain, blood pressure as well support immune and digestive health.I practice deep breathing techniques throughout the day and right before I go to sleep. Sometimes I don’t feel particularly stressed, but I still practice deep breathing, and I notice how much I actually really needed it. Life can become routine and we often don’t even notice that we’re walking around in a state of fight or flight.
FRESH AIR & MOVE
There is an abundance amount of research that shows the positive correlation between fresh air and physical movement with overall health as well as mental health. I try and get outside at least once a day for a walk as well as practice yoga or get to the gym a few times a week. You’re only one workout away from a better mood “they” say!
Share with us your go-to healthy habits to reduce occasional anxiety and support a healthy nervous system below!
Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Traditional Medicinals.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.