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Day 7: Effective Ways To Manage Stress For Better Hormonal Balance

Day 7: Effective Ways To Manage Stress For Better Hormonal Balance

So, have you looked for some ways to reduce your stress? O just tried deep breath to relax? Anything is better than nothing at all!

I’m here to accompany you through this challenging journey!

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Today let’s look at some effective ways to de-stress together to help make your journey easier!

How Your Stress Affects Your Hormones

When you feel stressed, various hormones change in response. A number of them includes glucocorticoids, catecholamines, growth hormone and prolactin. These can lead to a wide range of health problems like irregular menstrual cycles, suppressed immune system, weakened digestive system, etc. To have our hormones functioning properly and maintain our good health, it’s important to manage our stress well.

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3 Ways to Effectively Manage Stress

1. Chew Some Gums.

You never saw this coming, but it sure does work. Although is often not listed as one of the relaxing techniques, it does help in relieving stress, supported by empirical findings. The Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, showed that gum chewing reduces tension and a feeling of anxiety by 12%. They suspect that chewing gum increases one’s blood flow and neural activities in the brain.

2. Take A Nap

Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein were creative minds who took multiple breaks from work to take a nap [1]. A recent example is Arianna Huffington, the publisher of The Huffington Post who recently wrote a book on the importance of sleep, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. The book is about how having enough sleep can help us perform better. When we sleep, we gain back lost energies.

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3. Meditation.

Until now meditation was only popular in the east, the rest of the world – particularly the west – is just beginning to catch up on the power of meditation and what it does to the body and mind.

But in case you’re wondering if you would benefit from sitting still with your eyes closed, here is one amongst many reasons to meditate: regular meditation helps to calm one’s mind, shift your focus away from the problems which sometimes only exist in your head, and lower your blood pressure level. Regular meditation also prevents or cures you of anxiety disorder and sleep issues.

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According to a study conducted by Maharishi University, participants who meditated for four months were reported to have experienced a 20% decrease of the stress-causing hormone, known as cortisol, while on the other hand, participants who didn’t meditate for the same period of time were reported to have an increase of cortisol. [2]

Demonstration

A 10-minute guided meditation video to help ease anxiety, worry and the sense of urgency.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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