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Dealing with Stress

In my article, Alleviating Stress, we discussed a few ways to reduce your stress. This article will tell you why it’s so important and what else may help.

Stress: Your response to an event or situation that calls for a change, threatens the order or safety of your life, or otherwise places an unusual demand on your physical, mental and emotional resources.

What does stress feel like in the moment?

• Adrenaline starts pumping

• Breathing quickens

• Heart starts pounding

• Blood pressure increases

• Blood vessels constrict

• Blood rushes to the muscles

Physical Symptoms of Stress

• Insomnia

• Chronic fatigue

• Headache

• Grinding teeth

• Muscle tics

• Stomach aches

• Constipation or diarrhea

• Back aches

• Neck pain

• Shortness of breath

• Skin problems such as hives

• High blood pressure

• Reduced sexual pleasure

Emotional & Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

• Alcohol or drug abuse

• Over eating

• Not eating

• Gaining or losing weight

• Difficulty concentrating

• Impaired short-term memory

• Decrease in productivity

• Frequent mood swings

• Short temper or anger

• Sadness, anxiety, or depression

• Isolation from positive relationships

• Unproductive worry

Stress and Wellness

To protect your health, stress should be kept to a minimum and other precautions should also be taken. Mind and body affect and feed on one another, and stress strongly affects your overall physical wellness. Long-term stress can bring about significant changes in your body, and even extreme, short-term stress can temporarily decrease overall health. To increase your odds of wellness, especially during flu season, here are some important steps you can take:

Practice Stress Management Techniques. Certain techniques, like journaling, yoga and even laughter have all been found to increase immunity. Practicing stress-reducing activities, can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode, maintaining increased health and wellness.

Take Care of Your Body. Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to keep your body running smoothly. Taking better care of your body will keep it functioning properly and increase your ability to fight off the latest bug that’s being passed around.

Maintain a Supportive Network. Social support boosts immunity and helps you manage stress in your life, both of which will keep you healthier. By keeping several healthy relationships in your life, you’ll have friends to help you through the difficult times and increase your enjoyment of the good times, helping everyone stay healthy and enjoy life more.

Stay Organized and Maintain Balance in Your Life. Keep your home uncluttered. Become proficient at saying no to requests that aren’t in line with your priorities. Staying organized and balanced will help you keep from overtaxing yourself, and can help reduce the level of stress you experience in your life, helping you stay healthier in the long run.

Reducing and Relieving Stress

Each of us can live healthier- if we make a concentrated effort to invest in our health by learning to identify bad stress and choosing healthy strategies to overcome a lot of the negative side effects. Stress management can really promote better health.

What are some of the benefits of stress reduction?

• Better immune function

• Less illnesses and physical complaints

• More energy

• More focused, more positive

• Sleeping better

• Better digestion

• Calmer mood

• Feeling more relaxed

Stress Reduction Techniques....



Recipe of the Week

Simple Salad Dressing

What a delicious way to add flavor to your salad! And a great way to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet.


1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar, raw and unfiltered is best

1/2 cup Vegetable oil (canola, sunflower, sweet almond, or olive)

1 tsp Zesty Salt Free Seasoning

1 tsp Italian Seasoning Blend

OR - garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, savory, dill, black pepper, red pepper and celery seed mixed together to equal 2 tsp.

OR - 2 tsp of any blend of dried herbs and spices you enjoy.


Whisk ingredients together in a glass bowl and pour into a jar for storage in the fridge.

OR - Mix together in a dressing carafe and store in the fridge.

Always shake well.

Make your salad and dribble on your dressing.



Product of the Week

Mother Gaia's Chamomile Infused Honey

A wonderfully calming, soothing, pain relieving, and anti-inflammatory remedy made of only Chamomile flowers, Colorado Honey, and ZERO water. Gently heated, blended, and strained. A few droppers before bed will help calm the mind and body for sleep. Safe for ages 1 and up.

Find yours here.


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Upcoming Events


Dancing Gaia: Nature of Movement & Meditation

Every Saturday @ 8am, Aspen Lodge in Anthem Ranch

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.


Gaia's Wellness Experience

During this amazing full-day event you will experience Dancing Gaia, Wellness Education, Aromacraft, & Herbalcraft all the the beautiful Shadowcliff Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Join us August 6th, 2017 for a wellness experience you'll never forget!

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.


Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything?

Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space.