Healthy Tips : How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety in a World Full of Chaos! Annie Kotich(Contributor)

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Anxiety and stress happen to be all to common now a days with the hustle and bustle of life. I have suffered from anxiety for years and it is not an easy thing to manage.  My friends, managing stress can be easy with some simple and healthy life changes.

First of all you need to find out the root of what is causing your stress or anxiety.  Is it genetic or is it brought upon by environmental issues such as work, finances, social pressure, or family issues?  When you find the root of the cause of your stress or anxiety it will become easier to figure out how to manage it.

Remember,  I am not a medical professional, just a midwest girl who has suffered from anxiety most of my life. If your anxiety is disrupting your daily life, it’s time to seek help from a therapist or doctor.

Here are some tips I have learned over the years and most recently to reduce my stress and anxiety. Tip #1 purchase a journal or notebook of some kind to organize your tasks for the day.  I tend to get overwhelmed easily with work, bills, and even planning out when to do my blog posts. You can get a cute journal most everywhere, like the one shown above.  I purchased these two at Target for $6.99 each. One for organizing your tasks for the day as well as finances. Tip #2 find  a gratitude journal or jar. Sometimes its easy for us to forget the positive things in our life when there is negativity or stress we deal with on a daily basis.  The purpose of the gratitude journal is to write down a few things each day that you are grateful for.  Some things I’m grateful for are: I had a good night sleep or my day at work went well.  This will allow you to focus on the positive things in your life instead of dwelling on the negative. Plus it’s always fun to get a cute pen to write with!!

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Tip #3  Purchase essential oils to relieve stress and anxiety.  I am a big fan of these,  lavender oils are known to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and brain function. You can use lavender oils in a variety of different ways. Use it with a diffuser and put by your bed or family room.  You can sprinkle some on your pillow as well for a good nights sleep.  I’m a big fan of soaking my worries away in a tub. I love sprinkling some in my bath water for a calming effect.  You can also apply lavender oil topically behind your ears for the same benefits. Another great essential oil for anxiety and stress is peppermint. Peppermint oil is known to help with headaches, nausea and opening nasal passages, allergies and more. I use it to help me breath a little better when my anxiety is acting up.  Just add a few dabs under your nose to help open nasal passages.  You can also add to a diffuser as well or dab on your temples to help relieve a tension headache.  I purchased the lavender and peppermint essential oils at Walmart for about $5.33 each. Tip #4 use therapy dough or a stress ball to relieve some of your daily stress.  I purchased “Pinch Me” therapy dough at Barnes and Noble for about $14.95.  This stuff is amazing, just roll it between your fingers when you feel stress coming on.  “Pinch Me” therapy dough is a soft, pliable dough infused with calming aromatherapy. You can even use it while your watching television, reading or in a meeting, anywhere you need to unwind.  Now go live a stress and anxiety free life!!!

Note: If you do find that your stress and anxiety is getting hard to handle on your own, it may be time to seek professional help. You may also confide in a friend or family member for support. There are many free resources available to lend a caring ear.

The Compassionate Ear phone line is a resource for talk support in non-emergency situations (1-866-WARMEAR).

In the event of a safety concern or suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255(TALK). Crisis Text Hotline (text 741741).

-“Breathe, Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

 

“Gray Matters!”

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“Gray Matters” indeed especially to me and my family. My sister, mom and myself are headed to Washington D.C. in a few days to advocate for more funding and research for brain tumor survivors with the National Brain Tumor Society and honor my late father AJ Kotich who died of a brain tumor in 2015.  We are “heading to the hill” to meet with representatives from our state of Kansas to tell my Dad’s story and how there is a need for more funding for research and treatment for brain tumor patients.

I wanted to get ready and “gray up” so I had my nail tech and friend Jade Brown at Stem Hair and Body Salon do my nails in two shades of gray. Jade used CND Shellac Color in “Silver Chrome” and CND Shellac Color in “Asphalt.”  She created the gray ribbon with the “Silver Chrome” color.  The colors are pictured below.  So friends remember “Gray Matters!”

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CND Shellac in “Silver Chrome’ and “Asphalt”

 

“I Wear Gray For Someone Special; Brain Cancer Awareness” – Unknown

You are “not like ordinary!”

One of my late father’s many quotes that he used and a favorite of mine is “not like ordinary!”  What does this mean? Well it can  be interpreted in many different ways. To me it means that we are all unique and different in our own ways, you my friends are “not like ordinary!” I use this quote in my blog because I want to empower women and men everyday to be yourself and accentuate what makes you different.

We all may have our insecurities and flaws but we need to learn to be proud of how unique and different we all are. For instance, I used to hate the beauty mark on my face. People would always ask me about it and I became so annoyed with having to address the issue.  Later in life, I realized its what makes me unique and hey if Cindy Crawford can make millions from hers then it can’t be too bad right?

So friends, if you have great hair, nice lips, or pretty eyes accentuate those things. Wear your hair down with some great rose gold highlights or wear a bold shade of red on your perfect pout. Consider sweeping on a bright jewel toned shadow to bring out the gold specks in your eyes.  Remember, friends we are “not like ordinary!”

“Not Like Ordinary!” – A.J. Kotich

 

Thoughtful Thursdays

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This weeks “Thoughtful Thursday” tip is about being grateful for the things we have. In life we all have battles we are fighting whether big or small. These battles make us stronger and build character, right? These battles allow us to appreciate the smallest things in our lives. You may not live in a mansion or wear the latest high end brands or drive the latest luxury car but is that what life is all about? Life is about pursuit of dreams and loving each other.

When you’re down think of the true treasures in your life. Your family, the roof over your head, your job, and your health.  There are people I come across everyday in my career that do not have these things that we may so often take for granted. So next time you see a homeless person standing on a corner remember you are blessed.  Why not offer to buy them a meal or just a few kind words? Next time you cross paths with a stranger why not open a door for them or just say hello? There are millions of souls that have no one and one small gesture of kindness could mean the world to them. Remember to be grateful for what you have no matter how big or small you may think it is…because you are truly blessed!

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”- Aesop

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursdays

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I wanted to start a blog for many reasons, my love for makeup, skin care products, accessories and fashion but also to make a difference in people’s lives. I thought I would try to write a short post every Thursday called “Thoughtful Thursday’s.” I feel like our society is becoming to fast paced and very judgmental. Is it due to social media we now have where you can judge people from a far without them knowing?  Maybe, who knows! I am here to make a change, it may be a small change but still one change can make all the difference in the world if we all did it!

I work in Marketing for a healthcare company full-time and come across a lot of different people throughout the day. Sometimes it’s rough when you come across people who are not always cordial and take it out on me. We do not always know what other people are going through in their lives so we shouldn’t try to judge. One situation I experienced a few years ago had me come to this conclusion about being more thoughtful.

My father passed away suddenly of brain cancer in 2015. This was of course devastating to my whole family and I. I was always daddy’s little girl.  A few months after he passed I was in the drive thru at McDonald’s getting my daily diet coke…I know not great for me!  Anyway the person in front of me paid it forward and bought my drink. So I did the same for the person behind me.  Well this kept happening to me for the next few weeks. I would be at a Starbucks drive thru and the person in front of me would pay for my coffee. Was this a coincidence or was my Dad giving me a sign?  Who knows,  but that small act of kindness meant a lot to me! So that’s where my idea of being more thoughtful came about.  So next time you’re in line buying your daily coffee or soda think about paying it forward and treating a stranger for the day.  You never know what they are going through!  That one act of kindness can mean the world to them.  It did for me!

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Unknown