Managing your stress well can also help keep hormones in balanceI hope last week’s post on physical activity encouraged you to be more active! I’ve been getting out for walks and light jogs on the beach now that summer’s on the way here in Australia. If you did get more exercise, I’d love to know what effect it had on your symptoms and wellbeing.

This week’s tips are around managing stress. Chronic stress adversely affects our physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health – and stress (and anxiety) often worsen for women during perimenopause/menopause so it’s vital we do everything we can to address it. Along with eating well and getting enough exercise you can try the following:

Top tips for less stress

  1. Essential oils work, and Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Lemongrass are some of the best oils to balance hormones. Try this effective blend or if you prefer pre-blended products DoTERRA’s Clary Calm is wonderful. Lavender Peace and Balance are two other blends I use a lot myself*.
  2. Take a hot bath before bed: throw in some Epsom salts (the magnesium in the salts is incredibly effective at relaxing both mind and body) and a few drops of one of the essential oils above.
  3. Meditation, mindfulness & deep breathing: meditation and mindfulness have been scientifically proven to reduce stress but do take practice. There are local organisations running courses, and lots of great resources online (many are free).
  4. Meditation and mindfulness don’t have to mean sitting still; any activity you enjoy that gets you in flow can be meditative and mindful. It could be yoga, gardening, having sex, or doing something creative like painting or knitting: the possibilities are endless!
  5. Tapping (or Emotional Freedom Technique) is something I’ve just started practicing for myself and is said to be a very effective tool for releasing stress and other negative thoughts and behaviours.
  6. Massage is a heavenly stress-reliever. If you can’t afford regular massages, ask your partner or friend to give you one and then return the favour: look for short massage courses, watch YouTube videos or just do what feels good! Add a few drops of essential oil to a base oil (e.g. coconut, almond, apricot, even olive oil).
  7. If you feel you just don’t have time to “take time out”, start small. Begin with just two minutes at a time, even one minute if that seems more manageable initially. Find somewhere quiet to sit and just breathe slowly and deeply.
  8. Sometimes the only way to deal with stress, trauma and unresolved issues is to see a counsellor, or therapist, so if you need it please seek professional help.

Would you like help with managing your stress and making more time for relaxation and self-care? Wellness coaching can help! 

*For information on essential oils you can contact me via my DoTERRA page or karen@vibrantliveswellbeing.com