When Stress Takes Over

When Stress Takes Over

We’ve all been there. Perhaps it was a difficult divorce, an illness or death in the family, financial struggle, or simply our hectic day-to-day schedules. At one point or another, we have felt overwhelmed and burdened by our preoccupation with a stressful condition and unable to sail through it easily and effortlessly.

So how do we move forward while in the midst of a pressuring situation? While there are no hard and fast rules, from a wellness approach, I suggest taking action both physically and spiritually. The physical deals with any practical steps that are required to help us move forward and the spiritual helps to alleviate any undo stress and heavy emotions that we’re dealing with from the inside out.

Physical
Physical activity is all about taking action towards solving a problem. If for example, you’re dealing with financial pressure, these steps may involve investigating a group such as debtors anonymous or a debt consolidation program. If it was a recent death, organizing the practical details around the funeral, settling of the estate, and any other pertinent planning are vital. If our stress is due to a job that we detest, then taking small steps each day to apply for new positions or to find a qualified recruiter is key.

When we take proactive measures, even when we don’t want to, it helps us to move out of our funk and into action. Such action brings us a sense of accomplishment even if those steps are small in comparison to where we want to go. Inactivity on the other hand, keeps us paralyzed.

Exercise is also important to help you get out of a rut. Even taking a short walk will get the blood flowing and the feel-good endorphins rushing to your brain. Some type of movement is better than none at all.

Spiritual
The spiritual work is what we do inwardly in order to reduce stress and move forward. Meditation, prayer, and journaling for example, are great ways to lower the pressure and help us to get centered. These are great practices to get our agonizing thoughts out of our head. Finding a therapist or good friend who you trust also brings in the spiritual and emotional support we need.

Stressful times can make us feel alone but we don’t need to go through these periods in isolation. Although reaching out is often the last thing that we feel like doing, it is important to our healing process.

Total recovery from any life-changing event requires a combination of going inward while also working from outside in. It is a fine balancing act ensuring that you are not neglecting key areas of the body, mind, and spirit that call for your attention.

You WILL move through your difficulties. It may seem as if the pain, stress, or obsessive patterns will never dissolve but change is inevitable and time does heal. Be gentle on yourself and remember during this period to go inward while also taking small steps towards shifting into an inevitable place of positive growth and evolution. Better days are ahead, this much I know for sure.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.jaybradleylifestyle.com

He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!

Is Your Scent Making You Sick?

Is Your Scent Making You Sick?

Why is it that I am always the one to sit next to the person who has poured on cologne and perfume just before heading out to the movie, theatre, or restaurant? And why is it that when I am exposed to such excess scents, I feel awful?

You may be able to relate. In fact, many people have similar experiences. A number of my friends and family get migraines, allergies, and tired spells when in the vicinity of a well-meaning perfume-wearing individual who may be clueless as to their negative effect on others.

More and more, chemicals and toxins are bombarding our environment. Many of these invaders we have no control over while others we do. Our bodies are often overloaded which is why they begin speaking to us with negative reactions as a way to say, “I can’t take this much longer, I am overburdened.”

Perfumes, body sprays, colognes, and even shampoos, and body gels are filled with so-called natural fragrance. What exactly does that mean? Well, that special designer blend that you wear may contain trace amounts of natural essences, but it is most likely concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients!

In fact, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances which don’t need to be listed on the bottle. As a consumer, we are left in the dark as to exactly what is in our products. While the American Cancer Society makes no conclusive claims that such chemicals cause cancer, many other studies do in fact reveal a connection.

As a wellness advocate, I speak regularly about detoxing our body and home from harmful chemicals in order to lighten the load from overexposure and to help our bodies to heal and rebalance. Aggravating reactions such as headache, sinus issues, skin rashes, allergies, and asthma for example, are signs that something is wrong. It is up to each of us to pay attention and listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us.

Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs everything that we put onto it and rather quickly. With perfumes and colognes, we are hitting our body from two sides both topically and inhaling the potentially hazardous ingredients too.

If you’re committed to wearing your favorite scent then do yourself and others a favor and use it sparingly or better yet, look for a new favorite made from only pure essential oils. The goal with any scent is to offer a personal expression of our personality to the world but applied just light enough so that somebody next to us in an intimate setting can smell it. We shouldn’t wear it so that we are immediately noticed when walking into a room as if leaving the perfume counter at Bloomingdales.

It is time for us to not only think about ourselves but also others. Be considerate when going out and especially if you’ll be in an enclosed setting with others sitting near you. Just because you aren’t bothered by your scent, doesn’t mean that others wont be.

For more information go to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website http://www.ewg.org and research a list of what chemicals to avoid in order to improve your health.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com

He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!

Aloe Vera – Sunburns & Wounds are ONLY the Beginning!

Aloe Vera – Sunburns & Wounds are ONLY the Beginning!

When I was growing up in Canada my mom would snip our Aloe Vera plant and place the gel onto my cuts and burns. I felt an immediate cooling sensation and we had great results with a speedy wound recovery.

Since that time we now see Aloe everywhere. Supermarkets carry pure Aloe Vera juice and Aloe skin care is very popular too. The world is beginning to see it as the amazing healing plant that it is.

Aloe Vera In Latin means “the bitter truth.” Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, referred to Aloe as the “Potted Physician.” I’d say this was a very accurate description indeed because of its myriad of healing properties.

Here is a short list of the benefits of Aloe Vera. Consider buying a real Aloe plant or look for pure and concentrated Aloe gel or juice that hasn’t been heated, processed, or diluted with other ingredients.

  • Digestion – Aloe has shown amazing benefits to reduce acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. It gently detoxes the digestive track and colon while taking with it toxins, chemicals, and even parasites and worms. It also helps with diarrhea and constipation for those struggling with either. A study in the Journal of Alternative Medicine found that Aloe Vera juice could be effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease as well.
  • Alkalinity – The typical North American diet is highly acidic from overconsumption of alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, and sugar. Consuming aloe juice regularly helps to offset this acidity and provide a more alkaline environment. Too much acidity has been linked to cancer, inflammation, and other disease.
  • Oxygen – Aloe consumption provides oxygen to our blood and may help regulate cholesterol levels and blood pressure and possibly reduce the risk of heart disease. Aloe Vera can increase circulation by 700%.
  • Antibacterial – Aloe Vera has strong medicinal qualities and is shown to be anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial and therefore may support the immune system and fight fungus and bacteria both in the body and on the skin when used topically.
  • Vitamins – Aloe is packed with vitamins and minerals making it a well rounded “multivitamin” from nature. A small amount goes a long way to support your immune system and correct deficiencies within the body.
  • Healing – As mentioned from my experience as a child and from a recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, it has been discovered that Aloe preparations speed wound healing.
  • Energy – Most Aloe Vera users notice a surge in energy levels. This is mainly due to the increased oxygen and rich levels of vitamins and minerals.
  • Blood Sugar – Clinical studies show that oral supplements of Aloe improve blood glucose levels in Type II Diabetes patients.
  • Arthritis– According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Aloe can help prevent Arthritis and reduce the inflammation in joints already affected by arthritis.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com

He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

When Life Gives You Lemons…

I can’t say for sure if the Law of Attraction works 100% of the time. I have certainly read a lot about Quantum Physics along with numerous books outlining the powerful art of allowing things into our life. Sometimes I believe in it more than others.

One thing I know for sure, is that when I feel good, all things in my life seem to improve. When I feel optimistic, positive, and awake, my business picks up almost immediately, I feel more joy, and I seem to attract more wonderful people into my daily experience.

On the other hand, when I am tired, in a negative state, or just bored, clients drop off the face of the earth, my passion dissipates, and I become complacent.

Is this the Law of Attraction at play? Maybe. Whatever we want to call it, if we pay close attention, our emotions seem to navigate us into either a better or worse feeling experience.

That being said, does bad stuff happen to positive and happy people? Of course it does but it is my belief that we may be able to reduce much of this so-called negativity by first, changing our state of mind.

Have you ever noticed that those who complain the most seem to have more challenges? It’s as if life shows them more reasons to back their deep belief that things are hard or that they somehow have bad luck. The same seems true for those with a positive attitude. Life often gives them joyful experiences and when bad things do happen, they seem to find a deeper meaning in it and they gently flow through it without feeling victimized.

Life can be challenging that is certain. And sometimes we get what we don’t want. So isn’t it time that we learn to find true and lasting joy in ALL the moments of our journey and not just the good stuff? What if we could make a decision right now that we will begin seeing life as fair, loving, and protective and that when life gives us lemons, we WILL make lemonade.

Our mindset is directly connected to our emotions and vice versa. Therefore having a fearful thought makes us feel bad. We certainly can’t feel on top of the world every moment of every day but we CAN make a conscious effort to choose our thoughts more carefully, believe that the Universe is a friendly place, and trust that our future will in fact, be bright.

At the end of the day, we really only have two choices. We can choose lemons or we can choose lemonade. We can choose love or we can choose fear. Why not choose love more often? Love for our self, for others, for life, and for the world around us. Use today as an experiment to shift your mindset and watch how quickly your days begin to improve. Summer is here so you may as well enjoy that lemonade.

 

Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com

He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

This is one of my FAVORITE recipes! It’s simple, delicious, and so nutritious. While squash is normally served in the fall and winter, why not enjoy this comfort food all year round and reap the amazing health benefits including high levels of Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Minerals, Anti-Inflammatory Properties, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Phytonutrients.

INGREDIENTS
(Organic Whenever Possible)
1 Whole Sweet Onion
1 Medium Sized Butternut Squash
6 Cups of Vegetarian or Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tsp Sea Salt
2 Tsp Coarse Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup
2 Tsp Turmeric
1/4 Cup of Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup of Coconut Cream
– Additional Spices if Desired Including Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Curry, Ginger & Garlic Powder.

DIRECTIONS
– Peel squash, remove seeds, and cut into chunks.
– Peel onion and cut into small pieces
– Sauté onions on medium heat with butter and olive oil until transparent (approx. 5 minutes)
– Lower heat and add 6 cups of broth along with the squash.
– Add spices of your choice
– Bring to a boil and then simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the squash is tender
– Mix in Maple Syrup
– Toast pumpkin or sunflower seeds in a non-oiled frying pan over medium heat until golden brown
– Put soup ingredients into a blender or Vitamix and blend until it becomes a smooth puree
– Pour into bowls, top with a dollop of coconut cream, toasted seeds, and a sprinkle of your choice of spices