I am working on my insomnia issues, because I know that my lack of sleep definitely heightens the stress levels. I also know there are several more factors that I need to be focusing on as well.
For instance, just yesterday I started taking my vitamins again. I don't know about you all, but taking these little happy pills on a daily basis is never a priority. Why? Because I am lazy! Yep. No other good reason than that one. Studies have shown that an amino acid called L-tyrosine (1,000 mg per day) is a building block for pleasure-promoting and energizing hormones. Check to see if this amino is a part of your multi-vitamin routine, and take it on an empty stomach for best results.
I am also learning how to eat small snacks throughout the day to help keep my blood-sugar levels steady. I recently read in a magazine that a fall time snack that helps tame tension is pumpkin seeds. They store up magnesium which helps muscles relax. Chocolate also releases your serotonin and dopamine hormones (the ones that make you happy), and Hershey's Syrup has been filling my cravings lately (in small doses, of course).
Outside of supplements and diet, there are some awesome and simple ways I unwind and de-stress. Hot showers, going for a walk, taking a solo shopping trip (to Target, of course), or sneaking off to read a book are all ways I love to get-away and breathe. I always try to remind myself to keep positive. When stress is winning the sanity battle, I like to journal or talk to my hubby. It always feels great to release some of the tension, and my man always seems to know how to say the right things to calm me down and make me smile.
And when all else fails ... cocktail hour ALWAYS does the trick! Ha ha!
How do you girls keep the stress levels down and keep the positive vibes up? Please share!!