Did you know?  Today is National Stress Awareness Day.  How many of you have stress? {raising my hand as I type this}

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Some of the statistics that I found while researching stress are alarming to say the least!

  • 44% of Americans feel more stressed today than they did 5 years ago {again, me raising hand}
  • 1 in 5 Americans experience “Extreme Stress” ~ shaking; heart palpitations; depression
  • work stress causes 10% of strokes
  • a 60% increase in productivity over the past 20 years plus stagnant wages equals working harder for less $
  • 3 out of 4 doctor visits are for stress related symptoms
  • stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%; heart attacks by 25% and strokes by 50%
  • 44% of us are losing sleep because of stress

It’s CRAZY!!!  Stress is literally killing us!!  But, there are some things that we can all do to try and lessen our stress.

Tip #1: Figure out your stress triggers.  You may not be able to change the stress triggers in your life, but if you can identify them then you can work on ways to better handle them.

Tip #2: Change how you plan your time.  Make a daily schedule for yourself.  I am loving this planner because I can include so much more than even just my daily schedule in it.  I can write down my goals, and it even has a place for your vision board!!  I like to write my schedule, or to-do list for the day the night before so that as soon as I get up the next day I know exactly what I need to get done.  This automatically makes my day start better which in turn helps me to be less stressed.

Tip #3: Address some of the causes of your stress.  Like I mentioned in tip #1, you can’t always change the stress triggers, but if you can resolve or improve some of the things in your life you may be less stressed.

Tip #4: Try and accept the things you cannot change.  I’ve always said that everything happens for a reason.  Well, even the bad things or not so pleasant things in your life happen for a reason.  So, you are better off and will be way less stressed if you can approach life with the mind set that some things aren’t meant to be stressed about and then that way you can focus your time and energy on more positive things.

Tip #5: EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE!!  I’m telling ya, on the days that I do exercise I feel AMAZE-BALLS!!!  You would think that I would have my bootie in the gym every single day as good as I feel afterwards, but sadly I don’t.  I try, but some days are just a little too crazy, but on those crazy days that I can’t make it into the gym I still try to do something active, even if it’s just walking to the mailbox instead of stopping on the way in from my car, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

Tip #6: Drink LOTS of water!!!  I notice that on days where I don’t constantly have my water bottle with me drinking it all day then I feel worn down and stressed.  Water is amazing for our bodies and we should all drink tons of it!!!  One of my most fav ways to drink my water is by adding Young Living Essential Oils to it.  I especially love adding about 2 drops of Grapefruit essential oil to my water each day.  It tastes amazing and it also helps to curb my appetite, which means I’m not wanting to snack all day on my kiddos’ cookies!

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Tip #7: Use Young Living Essential Oils on a daily basis to help assist in lessening your stressful life!  I began on this oily life journey over a year ago primarily when I was searching for a healthy alternative to support my son’s seasonal symptoms.  I had no idea the impact they would end up having on my entire family.  We now all use them every single day.  I constantly have a diffuser running in our kitchen, which seems to always be the most popular place in our house.  In the diffuser I like to diffuse our oils that help support a happy, stress-free environment such as Lavender, Stress Away, Bergamot, Believe, Lemon, Tangerine, Joy. I try to keep at least one of those essential oils or blends in that diffuser running 24/7 to keep our home a positive environment as much as possible!  I also like to make rollerball blends with several different Young Living essential oils together to help support my daily life.  I love using these rollerball bottles.

A couple of my favorite rollerball blends that I’ve made and use DAILY include a “be calm” blend which I used lavender, patchouli, stress away and vetiver in it with our amazing V-6 Carrier oil in it.  The other blend I made is my “happy” blend which includes ylang ylang, orange, lavender, stress away and bergamot.  These 2 rollerball bottles stay with me at ALL times!!!!!!  I recently had some dental work done and I had both of them in my hands the whole time during the procedure applying and sniffing as needed!!! My dentist told me when it was over that I could just leave those with her….she LOVED the smell of them so much!!!!

So, I wanted to offer y’all a little something to help out with everyone’s stress on this National Stress Awareness Day.  For anyone that joins me on this wonderfully, amazing oily journey with the purchase of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit I am going to send you one of my special “Stress Free” blends that I mentioned above in one of my favorite rollerball bottles for FREE!  But, this is TODAY ONLY!!!!  Make sure that you head on over to my essential oils page and learn more about what these amazing essential oils and products can do for you and your family.  At that bottom of that page you will see what all I send to you to get your started on your oily life journey (including one of my special rollerball blends!!!!!!!)…and just know that I don’t just sign you up and then abandon you!  NO, I am always here for you and will be sending you emails, texts, connecting with you via our private facebook groups and we have the most amazing community of oily friends that you can always find the help you need!!!

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If you are interested in Young Living Essential Oils I would love to help you!  Young Living Essential Oils have done so much for our family and I would love for you to experience this blessing for your family as well!  Just click on this link which will take you to my essential oils page where you can learn more about Young Living and my family’s oily journey.  On that page you will also find a link to order your own Young Living Essential Oils and get started on your oily journey, but if you are ready now to begin this wonderful oily journey here’s my link to get you started:  my Young Living page

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