Feel Like Life's Too Much to Handle?

Oct 31, 2020

Dear sisters,

Every fall, I watch the leaves give up their green cloaks as I prepare myself and my family to bundle up against the increasingly colder days. I lament the longer stretches of darkness and feel greedy about wanting the sunlight to last a few more hours.

There’s also the beginning of the new school year to manage, and this year it brings additional challenges for many people in view of the pandemic. Combined with less opportunities to get out in nature and experience her wonders as much as I’d like, my anxiety has a lot to fuel it.

I know I’m not alone in my anxiety, as I hear from many of you. Even the bravest among us can feel varying degrees of sadness and uncertainty that come with the long cold days ahead.

Because I keep a journal, I know that I go through this initial slump every year, so this feeling is not new. But while I used to think the anxiety would not end, that I would be doomed to suffer with it throughout the long cold nights of winter, I don’t any longer. As I’m prone to do, I went looking for answers, for myself and other women. So what can you and I do to help us get through these times?

Here I share a few of my most powerful secrets to keep me feeling calm and positive during these months.

 

Use food as medicine

Those of you who follow me know how much I talk about the importance of micronutrients. To make this as simple as possible, just remember to focus on eating whole foods, and organic when possible: healthy fats, a moderate amount of clean protein, and lots and lots of vegetables. If you follow this plan, you can eliminate the chances of experiencing inflammation, which is at the root of many diseases, mood swings, and other life-altering symptoms. Inflammatory foods are generally processed foods and those that have high levels of sugar, dairy, and unhealthy fat, as well as alcohol and caffeine.

Vegetables are a super source of vitamins and minerals, and they also can alkalize your body and keep it in a healthy balance. When you eat unprocessed vegetables, you are blessing your body with high vibration nutrients that fight inflammation and provide a great source of energy. Eat three to four cups of vegetables daily.

Healthy fats are found in nuts, seeds (chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower), coconut oil, avocado, and oils from these sources. These contain essentially fatty acids that have been shown to minimize anxiety, aches, and pains. It’s also been shown that stress can negate the benefits of healthy fats, so be sure to practice stress management (see my tip on self-care!).

Choose clean, growth-hormone-free, organic protein sources whenever possible. Nuts and seeds have protein, as do chicken, turkey, fish, and many plant-based beverages.

Drink lots of pure water. Pure water is critical for good digestion, helping rid the body of toxins, and overall balance. Consume half your weight in liters of water daily.

Enjoy bone broth daily. This food isn’t called liquid gold for nothing! Bone broth is rich in nutrients, especially antioxidants, that help support the immune system and detoxify the liver. These are important benefits to get you through the winter months! This delicious broth also supports digestive health, balances hormones, boosts energy, strengthens bones, and helps aging skin by providing collagen.


Manage stress with self-care

It’s not possible to eliminate all of the stress in your life, but you can manage it successfully by choosing one or more (I definitely encourage more!) self-care moments during the day. Self-care can help balance your stress hormones and reduce anxiety. Did you know that something as simple as calling a close friend on the phone can release oxytocin, a calming hormone? It’s also been shown that doing one self-care activity daily can help alkalize your body and release feel-good hormones.

What are some self-care things you can do? A few I suggest are saying affirmations in the mirror in the morning and at night, meditating, writing in your journal, dry brushing your skin after a warm shower, taking a walk in nature, spending time alone with a cup of hot herbal tea, or treating yourself to a delicious smoothie every morning.

Here’s a self-care activity I strongly recommend. It’s great for engaging your parasympathetic nervous system and infusing your body with a send of calm. Inhale through your nose to a count of five, hold that breath for a count of five, then exhale through your mouth for a count of five. Repeat several times.


Try herbs and supplements

Mother Nature provides for us year round, and that’s so true for warding off anxiety during these trying times. Vitamin B12 is essential for optimal functioning of your nervous system and the production of genetic material like DNA and RNA, which are the building blocks of your cells.

For a super energy boost and anxiety fighter, consider taking a multiple B supplement, which can have a tremendous impact on mood, stress, and depression. I also recommend you include lots of delicious foods rich in B vitamins, such as butter squash, sweet potatoes, avocados, seeds, nuts, and clean protein.

And of course, don’t forget TEA, TEA, TEA! This is my favorite way to enjoy the amazing health benefits of herbs. Chamomile ashwaganda, lavender, passion flower, peppermint, lemon balm, and many others are a blessing in a cup! Sip on them all day long. They will not only help keep your warm from the inside but calm as well.

Anxiety doesn’t have to have a place in your life. You can sail through the season by introducing these tips into your life. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me. Let me know! Share your experiences with me.


Blessings,

 

Myriam Llano