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On-The-Go De-Stress Kit: Natural Stress Relief Techniques

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Stress. It’s good for us. Stress can push us to get things done and focus on what really matters. Overwhelming stress is what we try to avoid. This stress is debilitating and leaves us mentally and psychically drained. We can get stressed anywhere and, as good as it sound, sitting in a bath tub with a glass of wine to reduce stress just isn’t always possible with our modern day schedules. With places to be, responsibilities and obligations, it can be hard to properly reduce stress when you’re out and about.

The On-The-Go De-Stress kit has you covered.

We filled this kit with recommended items and natural stress relief techniques so you can reduce stress anywhere, anytime. When you’re stressing out at your office desk at 3pm, this kit will do the trick!

BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST…

As much as we like to think stress relief techniques can reduce our stress, they can. But only temporarily. You can exercise as much as you’d like but until you solve or come to terms with the roots of your stress, it will come back to you.

To permanently reduce stress, identify the stressor. Ask yourself: What am I stressed about? Once you identify the stressor, find a solution. If you are stressed about a deadline, make plans to start now. If it’s general lifestyle stress, what can you take out or add into your life to reduce  it?

On-the-go De-Stress Kit:

  • Calm Meditation app Many studies have shown that mindful meditation can reduce psychological stress. Calm is an app (available on Android and iOS) that provides guided meditation in categories like breathing to help you slow down the heart rate and blood pressure, kicking in your relaxation mode. You can meditate anywhere; during lunch breaks, while you’re walking or in your car. It only takes 10 minutes!
  • Black Tea According to a study done by University College London, “drinking black tea may speed up our recovery from the daily stresses in life.” Lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) were detected in those who drank black tea after a stressful event as opposed to those who drank a placebo tea. Bring a couple of organic tea bags with you to brew at work or prepare a bottle of tea before going out.
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  • Office Yoga Yoga is a great stress relief technique. We might not have the time to roll out the mat and spend 30 minutes in practice. Office yoga is the perfect solution to reap the stress alleviating benefits of yoga while on a time crunch. On your next break, try some of these beginning poses.

  • Chewing Gum Chewing gum has been linked to reducing stress as well as increasing productivity. It is an inexpensive stress relief technique. Generic chewing gum contains synthetic ingredients like polyisobutylene (a rubber used to make tire parts). A sustainable alternative is organic Chicza gum.

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  • Take a walk Walking reduces stress and puts our brain in a calmer state. It doesn’t have to be far or long. Don’t check your phone while you’re walking. Put it on Airplane mode and engage with the present moment. 

  • A Healthy Snack In order for our brains to think properly, we need to make sure it has the proper nourishment. A brain that lacks fuel will only heighten stress levels. Pack nutritious and filling snacks like carrot sticks with vegan peanut butter. You can’t go wrong with fruits, veggies and nuts.

  • Turn off the Phone Read this, watch that, answer me! There is no doubt our phones can overwhelm us with information. This doesn’t mean you have to drop off the face of the internet for hours. Some of us rely on our phones for important work. Turning off your phone for half an hour is still effective.

Glow from Inside Out! Vegan Foods for Beauty + Recipes

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich

Along with using vegan and organic beauty products to bring out our best selves, we must not forget that beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. The foods we choose to eat everyday lay the foundation to the health of our bodies. Although, the key to beauty from within is by fueling our bodies with a variety of whole foods. We can pick and choose to eat foods that are rich in certain micronutrients that can help the growth, repair and nourishment of our skin, hair and nails. Consider incorporating some of these vegan foods into your everyday diet. With LOVE GOODLY and good food, your beauty will radiate from inside and out!

SKIN

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SWEET POTATOES + GARLIC
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that are vital to protecting the skin from cell damage caused by free radicals. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene which contributes to a healthy skin tone and skin cell development. They are also high in vitamin C which is needed to heal blemishes and maintain radiant skin. Garlic contains a good amount of zinc which is needed for repairing damaged skin and keeping skin soft. 

Fries can actually be good for you! Here is a vegan oil- free sweet potato fries recipe.

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AVOCADOS + BRAZILIAN NUTS

Don’t shy away from fats! They are essential for beauty. Avocados contain fatty acids which helps the skin stay plump and moisturized. Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamin E. This vitamin plays a role in minimizing cell damage and promoting skin growth. Brazilian Nuts are high in selenium. Selenium, along with vitamin C and E, can prevent age spots, skin cancer and sun damage. Try this vegan Avocado Ranch dressing
to drizzle on top of salads or this vegan guacamole dip.

HAIR

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LEGUMES + LEAFY GREENS
Hair is made out of protein. To keep strong, healthy, shining hair, make sure to include enough protein in your diet. Legumes are one of the highest sources of plant protein. A lack of protein in the diet may cause thinning of the hair, hair loss and dryness.  Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli are also high in protein.

Make a quick and easy vegan lentil soup to get your protein in or a simple green smoothie to-go.

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DARK CHOCOLATE + FRUIT

Iron is a vital mineral for the hair. A lack of iron in the diet may cause hair loss. Dark chocolate (70-90% Cacao) is a healthy treat high in iron. 

Tip: Consume foods high in vitamin C (such as fruits or try a mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray) with iron because vitamin C helps the body absorb your iron intake.

Create your own vegan dark chocolate treats with this fun and easy recipe.

NAILS

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OATS + B-12
Oats contain an abundance of nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, zinc, and copper. These micronutrients are important for maintaining healthy nails. You can use oats to make these gluten- free banana oat muffins for breakfast.

Vitamin B-12 is also crucial to nail health. A deficiency in B-12 may cause dry and dark nails. There are many ways to get cruelty-free B-12 including the mykind Organics Organic B12  spray.

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FLAX + SUN FLOWER SEEDS

Flax seeds are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which keep nails strong. Sunflower seeds provide a great source of biotin which reduces splitting of the nails and aids to finger nail thickness.

Here is a vegan pancake recipe using flax seeds.

Sources:

Lewin, J. (n.d.). What to eat for healthy hair. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair

Lewin, J. (n.d.). How to eat for great skin – Digestion. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-eat-great-skin-digestion

Goldschmidt, V. (n.d.). 6 Foods For Amazingly Strong Nails — Are You Eating Them? Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://saveourbones.com/6-foods-for-amazingly-strong-nails-are-you-eating-them/