The Benefits of Interacting with Animals

The Benefits of Interacting with Animals
Hey there!  

In today’s final post about natural stress 
relief, we’re going to encourage you to 
spend more time interacting with animals! 

I so miss having our dog and cats, however
our lifestyle right now is just not the best for
pets.  Don't worry, I get my fill with all the 
neighbors dogs when we are out walking.

Many studies have shown that interacting 
with animals greatly reduces our stress 
levels. And you don't even need to adopt 
one in order to benefit from it, although 
there are plenty of domesticated animals 
in dire need of a forever home.     

People around the world turn to animals 
for emotional support, and for a good 
reason. This type of interaction actually 
lowers cortisol, which is a steroid hormone 
that triggers a negative response to any 
type of stress.     

The less cortisol that you have in your 
system, the calmer you'll feel whenever 
you're in a stressed situation.    

Interacting with animals also increases 
oxytocin, which is a hormone that actually 
reduces stress. So the more you play with 
animals, the more oxytocin your body 
produces, and the happier you feel overall.    

If you don't consider yourself to be an 
animal person, then at least keep in mind 
that animals reduce stress without necessarily 
having hands on interactions. Oh yes, this 
is new to me too!

To use animals as a way to naturally reduce your 
stress, you can:

-Watch animal videos online- There are plenty of
funny dog, cat and farm animal videos found on
YouTube that are sure to make you smile.   

-Observe an animal slideshow- These are simply
pictures of cute animals in video format. 

-Visit a farm-Spend time with Bessie the cow, goats,
chicken, and more.

-Take a trip to your local zoo.

-Adopt one!

-And if you do have a pet, consider taking them 
to nursing homes that allow our furry friends to
visit.  You will be doing a double dip on your
anxiety and stress relief while greatly helping 
the residents!

The last suggestion is definitely a long-term 
commitment, so if you're thinking of going that 
route then consider interacting with a few 
animals at your local shelter. See what type 
of animal you're drawn to, spend some time with 
it and then see how you feel.      

The more you spend time doing any of these in 
your spare time, the calmer you'll feel. 

You may even find yourself thinking about dogs
whenever you're in a stressful situation, or going
for a horse ride when your workload keeps piling up.      

The most important thing is keep your stress 
levels down, so find the right type of animal 
for your personality type. When it comes to dogs, 
a high energy dog may not be the right one that 
you're looking for. So take your time and enjoy 
yourself.   

And consider watching short animal videos throughout 
your day, as a way to keep yourself calm and focused. 
  
We hope you've enjoyed this blog series about 
natural ways to alleviate stress. We wish you 
nothing but the best and pray for a healthy 
journey toward a happy, stress-free life!  

We're going to stay with the mind for the next
series and we'll be concentrating on the toxins
we're exposed to both inside and out!


Until then,

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

PS:  Tell me, which natural stress relief have you found the most helpful?  Remember, we had 6 we discussed!



Adrenal Support


As we discuss recharging our bodies, I have to tell you that using these two essential oils have been a lifesaver for my adrenals!!  I find nutmeg to irritate my skin on it's own, so I use a bit of coconut oil.  Apply 1-2 drops of NUTMEG over adrenals (found on mid back just about an inch on either side of your spine) first thing in the morning.  I then apply a drop of ENDOFLEX over my thyroid and a drop or two over my adrenals as well!  Check out the picture below. The adrenal glands are the yellow on top of the kidneys.   Need to get some of these oils?  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED





The Benefits of Herbal Teas

The Benefits of Herbal Teas
Hey there,

In today’s blog post about natural stress 
relief, we’re going to discuss the 
benefits of herbal tea. 

Herbal teas have been consumed by humans 
for thousands of years. While there are 
numerous benefits for your physical health, 
there are also many for your mental health as well. 

It all depends on what kind you drink.   

For example, you're probably aware of the 
fact that green tea is incredibly healthy 
for you. In addition to preventing cancer, 
this herbal tea also helps with your 
cognitive functioning.   

Studies have shown that consuming a few cups 
of green tea a day can help improve your 
memory. And when you have a strong memory, 
you're able to think more clearly and properly 
handle stress. 

For the optimal effect, it's recommended that 
you consume about 28 grams of green tea per day.   

Another herbal tea that can reduce your 
stress levels is jasmine tea.  

Jasmine tea is derived from Jasmine flowers. 

These flowers are highly nutritious, and 
packed with antioxidants that specifically 
help with your brain's functionality.  

The antioxidants found in jasmine tea specifically 
protect the cells in our brain that are associated 
with age-related damage.    

As we get older, these cells can weaken and cause 
us to react differently to stress. We're not able 
to handle it as well as we did when we were younger.    

But consuming a few cups of jasmine tea per 
day can actually prevent this from happening, 
meaning you can naturally reduce your stress.  

There are other types of herbal teas on the market 
that can naturally help your stress, so try a few 
different ones and see if you have a favorite. Or 
drink different ones throughout the day.    

You may also find that you only want to consume 
herbal tea when you're stressed out.   

As always, check your labels and know the 
ingredients.  Look for non-bleached tea bags
if using bags and organic leaf teas.  


Stay tuned for the next in this series on stress, 
when we'll discuss how interacting with animals 
can help you alleviate stress.

Blessings,

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator


Adrenal Support


As we discuss recharging our bodies, I have to tell you that using these two essential oils have been a lifesaver for my adrenals!!  I find nutmeg to irritate my skin on it's own, so I use a bit of coconut oil.  Apply 1-2 drops of NUTMEG over adrenals (found on mid back just about an inch on either side of your spine) first thing in the morning.  I then apply a drop of ENDOFLEX over my thyroid and a drop or two over my adrenals as well!  Check out the picture below. The adrenal glands are the yellow on top of the kidneys.   Need to get some of these oils?  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED





The Benefits of CBD

The Benefits of CBD
In today’s blog post about natural stress 
relief, we’re going to discuss the benefits 
of cannabidiol oil.

If you're one of the millions of people 
in the world who suffer from social anxiety, 
then you may find some relief with cannabidiol 
oil. 

More commonly referred to as CBD, cannabidiol 
oil has been gaining popularity for its 
calming effects. But don't confuse it with 
marijuana.  

Even though CBD is derived from the cannabis 
plant, as is marijuana, it's not the same thing. 
Once it's extracted and separated, you can take 
it without any psychological side effects. 

Unlike marijuana, which has psychoactive properties, 
CBD simply relaxes you and helps you to think more 
clearly. 

Some have even described it as a fog being lifted 
from their minds. Because when we're stressed, it 
can be hard to make sense of everything going on at once.  

These amazing side effects is why so many sufferers of 
social anxiety rely on CBD.  

With regular use, CBD can help you enjoy your life more by 
increasing the prevention of panic attacks. 

Consider it a preventative, natural, medication to keep
you focused and allow you to tackle problems head on. 

There are numerous ways to consume it, too.   

A popular method of consumption is supplement ingestion. 

I have a link on the side bar to the CBD I personally use 
for calm as well as reducing inflammation in my body.
 

There's also an option to apply it directly underneath your 
tongue. Simply take ingestible CBD oil and place a few drops 
under the tongue, holding your tongue down to allow it to soak in. 
This is the way I use it, and with several different flavors, you
can pick what works best for you.  I love the cinnamon!

If you find that you do prefer the concentrated oil 
but don't want to taste it, there are other ways to 
get it in your system.  You can apply topically as with
our muscle rub or try it in a roll-on like our calm!

Take some of the oil and mix it into your favorite drink, 
or add it to something that you're going to eat. 
   
Whichever way you choose to take CBD, it's sure to help you 
naturally relieve stress.  

Here's a quick file to answer the most common
questions about CBD:

Stay tuned for the next in this series of these blogs, when we'll 
discuss how herbal teas can help you alleviate stress. 

Blessings,
Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator




Adrenal Support


As we discuss recharging our bodies, I have to tell you that using these two essential oils have been a lifesaver for my adrenals!!  I find nutmeg to irritate my skin on it's own, so I use a bit of coconut oil.  Apply 1-2 drops of NUTMEG over adrenals (found on mid back just about an inch on either side of your spine) first thing in the morning.  I then apply a drop of ENDOFLEX over my thyroid and a drop or two over my adrenals as well!  Check out the picture below. The adrenal glands are the yellow on top of the kidneys.   Need to get some of these oils?  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED





The Benefits Of Meditation

The Benefits Of Meditation
Hey there,

In today’s blog post concerning natural stress relief, 
we’re going to discuss how daily meditation can 
help with your stress levels. 

This ancient practice is used by people all over 
the world everyday because it gives them time to 
clear their minds and focus on being present. 

Perhaps now more than ever it's important to simply 
live in the moment instead of constantly being 
glued to our technology. We'll be covering 5G, EMF's 
their effects in a later post!  When I was at the 
Bio-Hacking Conference last September, EMF's
were touted as one of the biggest threats to our
health.  And I'll be showing you why!

When you meditate, you close your eyes and focus 
only on your breathing. It's normal for thoughts to 
pop up in your mind as you do this, but don't let 
it frustrate you. Simply acknowledge the thought and 
then let it float away. Sometimes, this is all I am doing
during my meditation!  If you are a type A +++ like me,
I promise, you can do this too!

As you incorporate meditation into your daily life, 
you'll find that those thoughts pop up less and less. 
And don't be alarmed if they don't.  I've been meditating
off and on for several years, and still have a difficult
time quieting my brain.

To set the mood for your meditation session,  
find a place and time where distractions are avoidable. 

Perhaps it's early in the morning before 
everyone in your house wakes up, or on your lunch 
break sitting in your car. 

While long meditation sessions are beneficial, 
you really only need 10 minutes a day to see 
long-term results. 

Completely relax your mind and body and focus only 
on your breathing. Think about how good it feels to 
breathe in, and then breathe out. Continue doing this 
and try not to focus on anything other than your 
breathing.  

I love to use essential oils during meditation.  Some
of my favorites are frankincense, cedarwood, stress
away and sacred mountain.  I apply 3-4 drops in the 
palm of my hands rubbing clockwise three times.  
Then I cup over my nose and mouth breathing in deeply.
I do this several times during my meditation time.


As you go about your day, practice mindfulness in 
everything that you do. This means ignoring cell 
phone notifications, thinking about other tasks 
that have to get done, or taking on more work than 
you can handle.  

Remember that quality trumps quantity. 

You can also practice yoga, which is often referred 
to as meditation in motion. 

Just like mindful meditation, you don't need a lot 
of time to do yoga. 

In fact, your mind and body can see immediate results
with just 10 to 20 minutes a day. 

And thanks to the internet, there are plenty of 
free videos and articles demonstrating basic yoga moves. 

Be sure to invest in a thick yoga mat before trying 
any moves, so as to cushion your body. And just as with 
mindful meditation, be sure to do it when and where you 
won't be interrupted. 

With regular meditation, both mindful and yoga, you'll 
soon be on the way to living a more relaxing life!

Stay tuned for the next in this series of blog posts, when we'll 
discuss how cannabidiol oil can help you alleviate stress. 




Blessings, 

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator



Adrenal Support


As we discuss recharging our bodies, I have to tell you that using these two essential oils have been a lifesaver for my adrenals!!  I find nutmeg to irritate my skin on it's own, so I use a bit of coconut oil.  Apply 1-2 drops of NUTMEG over adrenals (found on mid back just about an inch on either side of your spine) first thing in the morning.  I then apply a drop of ENDOFLEX over my thyroid and a drop or two over my adrenals as well!  Check out the picture below. The adrenal glands are the yellow on top of the kidneys.   Need to get some of these oils?  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED





The Benefits of Writing

The Benefits of Writing

Hey there, are you like me?  I was under so much stress 
for the better part of my adult life, 
that I didn't even recognize stress in my body.  

In today's world, stress is inevitable.  That's why
I'm spending time with this first series of my blog
giving you many natural ways we can reduce
stress in our lives and how we can best 
support our bodies!  If you missed my first 
episode Eating Your Stress Goodbye~ 
you can check it out right here:




In today’s blog about natural stress relief, 
we’re going to discuss how something as simple 
as writing can help you stay focused and calm.  

When we become stressed or anxious, it's hard to 
think clearly and work out solutions to our 
problems. When we take the time to sit 
down and write it all out, our attitude and focus
becomes significantly more positive and productive. 

Turn your problem solving into a writing exercise. 

Writing enables you to visualize the situation or problem 
on paper. The act of writing alone is therapeutic, 
and therefore an added stress release. 

After you have written everything down, you're then 
able to read it over and think about your problems 
critically and with a clear mind.  

It's also a good idea to write it out and then come 
back to it later. Give yourself some time in between 
jotting it down and then reading it over, trying to 
find a solution. 

There may even be times when you can't think of a 
solution. Writing it out allows you to put it aside 
as you move forward with your life. It's perfectly 
normal to need some time between cooling down and 
finding a solution. 

To use writing as a stress-reliever, start by dedicating 
just a few minutes every day to writing in a journal. 

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Use a notebook or
notepad, and find a quiet place to write. 

It's also a good idea to keep a small notebook and pen 
with you at all times, if possible. Something portable that 
you can fit into your pocket or a bag can be very helpful. 

If you find yourself in a stressful situation away from home, 
you can take a moment to relieve that stress.

Focus on the situation you're dealing with at that moment, 
how it's making you feel, and anything else that comes to mind. 

If you have ideas for dealing with the issue, write those 
out too. And if you don't, that's perfectly fine too.  

The more you practice writing as a way to naturally reduce 
stress, the more you'll find yourself reaching for a notebook 
to write whenever something is bothering you. 

Over time, it will become second nature, and a prominent
tool in your problem solving routine.

It's also a good idea to look back on your old writings. See 
what your problems used to be and how you came up with a 
solution. 

This can help you to see how you've grown when it comes to
problem-solving, and remind you that everything has a
solution.  

With regular writing, you'll find that you approach problems 
with a much clearer mindset. 

Stay tuned for the next in this series in the blog, when we'll 
discuss how meditation can help you alleviate stress. 

Yours In Health,
Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator





Adrenal Support


As we discuss recharging our bodies, I have to tell you that using these two essential oils have been a lifesaver for my adrenals!!  I find nutmeg to irritate my skin on it's own, so I use a bit of coconut oil.  Apply 1-2 drops of NUTMEG over adrenals (found on mid back just about an inch on either side of your spine) first thing in the morning.  I then apply a drop of ENDOFLEX over my thyroid and a drop or two over my adrenals as well!  Check out the picture below. The adrenal glands are the yellow on top of the kidneys.   Need to get some of these oils?  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED





 
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