<![CDATA[Stress Less SOS]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/blogRSS for NodeTue, 11 May 2021 08:26:17 GMT<![CDATA[Dwell on it or D.E.A.L with it]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/dwell-on-it-or-d-e-a-l-with-it609137c869ef7e00151e78feTue, 04 May 2021 15:41:26 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSWellness Wednesday- Emotional Health

I have had a very stressful life- starting in childhood. Chronic stress and traumatic events can set someone up for negative thinking. It's a challenging cycle to break. Retreating into one's mind and rehearsing past painful situations or creating new scenarios can help one feel in control when everything around feels out of control.

However, those negative thoughts are harmful to our health.

I used to be a negative thinker. I dwelt on #allthethings that had happened, might have happened, and what I should have done about it. By the time I got to work or home, I was fussy and difficult to be around. Complaining Connie, Negative Nancy, and Whiney Wendy all came from my stinkin' thinkin'.

In fact, dwelling on negative thoughts was instrumental in my health crisis. I came to a point when I KNEW I had to stop that detrimental-to-my-health habit. It took diligence and time.

Now, I'm finally free. Unless triggered. LOL, but seriously- the triggers are getting less and less. AND! I use the tool I'll share below to ease my way through the healing/ handling process for when something triggers me.

I have an ongoing situation that I had to choose to either make peace with or stay stuck frustrated, upset and so on. This and that wasn't changing- so I had to change. (I'm not sharing all the deets here. Obviously, there ARE times to walk away, move on, change jobs, etc. This wasn't one of those times).

Anyway, I remember a time when another thing happened, and I found myself slipping down that slippery slope of negative thinking. "If they would just... If this and that... this always happens..." then I became aware of what was happening.

My heart had started racing. The peace I usually felt was gone, and the familiar bitterness, resentment, and other yuck was present.

In my frustration, I wanted a way to reconcile the reality of my situation. I knew I needed to feel the hurt and disappointment (appropriately) and continue moving through the healing process.

I felt -what I'm about to share with you below- drop into my spirit.

"You can dwell on it or deal with it."

I'm a Believer. I knew that was Holy Spirit. So I sat with that profound statement as I acknowledged what had happened to bring about the hurt. As I thought about the action steps needed to "get over" what had just happened, I came up with how to D.E.A.L. with stressful, painful situations.

D.E.A.L. is an acronym I now use with my clients and me to help with move through the healing process.

D- Decide

E- Evaluate

A- Apply

L- Let go

1) The first step is to decide. Decide to do what needs to be done at the moment to feel the emotions appropriately so that we can continue through the healing process.

Mental, physical, and emotional health promoting actions like ...

  • Choosing to come under a positive umbrella regarding thoughts, words, and actions
  • Feel emotions appropriately
  • Guard your heart- as needed

2) Then, we evaluate the situation.

  • What really happened?
  • Did we play a part?
  • Were there boundary violations? Did we have clear boundaries in place and in force? (Next week's blog will be on boundaries).

Things like that. We look at it from all sides- including the other party's point of view. I'm not talking about abusive situations. Always get help for that.

3) Next, we apply the tools, tips, and techniques we know we need to do in stressful situations. Stress relieving techniques like …

  • Practice a simple deep breathing technique to calm us down and give us time to think.
  • Pray and ask for wisdom on how to handle the situation.
  • Memorize one or two Scriptures or affirmations that will help ground you in the moment so you calmly can do what needs to be done.

4) Finally, once we've moved through the process. Did what needed to be done. For our healing and health's sake, we need to …

  • Forgive
  • Let go
  • and move on

I have the entire D.E.A.L. process I came up with on my phone. I 'pinned' a note so that I see the reminder of what to do as I use my phone.

Sometimes we just want the destination (healed, peace, joy).

Well, to 'get' to the destination, there is a 'through' point in the journey.

Survival techniques and unhealthy habits have to be unlearned and replaced with healthier habits and ways of handling difficult or stressful situations.

Emotional healing and wellness are possible. Don't stay stuck. Climb out of the pit of despair & discouragement and take action.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Practice the steps in the D.E.A.L. process above when something stressful or painful happens.
  2. Conquer negative thinking.
  3. Reach out for help as needed.

To help you get started…

I created a super simple 7-day email course that will walk you through the powerfully effective fundamentals for taking your life back from what's stressing you.

You CAN take back your life from the negative effects of stress, anxiety, or emotional pain. ​

  • From the dis-ease
  • From the racing heart
  • From the inability to fall or stay asleep
  • From the mind that is constantly replaying the past
  • and other symptoms of chronic stress.

The healing journey starts with one step.

Take that first step of your healing journey by signing up.

“It is not what we do occasionally that brings victory in our lives,

but what we do consistently and diligently. A little obedience [healthy habits] mixed with a lot of disobedience [unhealthy habits] still equals an unpleasant life.”

– Joyce Meyer

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

How to Start Healing Painful Emotions

Surviving Temporary Interruptions

How Resilience Can Help Manage Stress and Relieve Anxiety

Resources

7-Day Stress Less SOS Email Course

,Stress Less SOS Action Guide (available on Kindle or paperback)

Healing the Soul of a Woman Part 1 | Enjoying Everyday Life | Joyce Meyer

It is my goal to teach, encourage, and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can reclaim your life and health from stress or emotional pain.

Click here > ,Work with Me to start or continue your healing journey.

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

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Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

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<![CDATA[Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit. Well, not exactly.]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/quitters-never-win-and-winners-never-quit-well-not-exactly608710e77188b70016741e29Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:48:28 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSQuitting the wrong thing won't produce a win- but quitting the right thing will.

What possibly could be a 'right' thing to quit? You may ask.

  • Unhealthy habits
  • Continually putting others before your needs
  • Staying with something or someone when it's over

If you follow my blog, you may have read my blog, ,Surviving Temporary Interruptions. A family member needed my help, and I was there for them- full time.

A few weeks ago, I was sensing that my time for helping this person was coming to an end.

,Usually, no one is happy when you do what's best for you. Prepare for that if this blog/article resonates with you and you know you need to 'quit' something.

During the time I had been helping this person, I focused on and taught "how to" do… plus valuable organizational skills. I spent time helping them to "level up" in areas they needed help. Now, I am stepping down from that position, and I have found specialized support for their specific needs.

WHEN HELPING HURTS

Sometimes we think we're helping someone, but we can actually end up doing so much for them that they expect us to continue the constant help.

Sometimes we go from helping and supporting to enabling them. Enabling means supporting someone's behavior. It's usually used in terms of enabling someone's addictive behaviors- but it doesn't have to be something as serious as addictions to drugs, gambling, overeating, and other destructive behaviors.

It can be as simple as doing something (usually over and over and over and over), so the other person doesn't have to struggle. Or rescuing someone from a painful consequence. Even "breaking the fall," so to speak, to prevent a friend or loved one from fully experiencing the outcome of their choice(s).

When we step into a role or continue the role- beyond reasonable limits- of savior, helper, rescuer … we end up robbing them of their potential to grow from adversity or learn from their mistakes.

KNOWING WHEN TO QUIT

This is a hard one. When we've stepped up to help someone- there may come a time when we stop and let them live their own life.

Obviously, there are situations where we will need to continue as I did when I took care of my disabled mom. This blog/article isn't about being a full-time caregiver. That's a whole other thing.

This is about when it's time to do what we need to do for ourselves. It's time to live our lives and let others live theirs.

We all make choices. And we all should live out the consequences of our choice- good or bad. Anger, resentment, and boundary violations happen when someone else's poor choice affect us.

Recently, when I knew I couldn't keep on helping full-time, I wrestled with guilt, and 'shoulds', and the 'what ifs' that saying no and setting needed healthy boundaries can bring. I prayed and sought direction. And the beautiful thing is that I found encouragement and confirmation in my network of people I spend time with every day.

CONNECTIONS & CONFIRMATIONS

Before we continue, who do you listen to daily or weekly? Who (or what) feeds your soul, mind, and emotions? What direction is your life headed? Are you happy and content with your answer?

I decided a long time ago to limit what I call 'mindless TV.' Instead, I listen to or watch productive, positive, educational, and usually faith-filled podcasts or tv. I have a few shows that I watch for entertainment, but not many. Instead, I fill my mind and feed my spirit with what will help me grow as a person and continue my physical, mental, and emotional healing.

I want and need all the help I can get. I love how I feel when I listen to a message on faith or learn a new skill or 'level-up' (< my word for 2020 and I did).

My posse or network includes but isn't limited to… Terri Savelle Foy and Mama Joyce Meyer.

I focus on them, especially for this blog, because those two women helped me through the emotional roller coaster of making the tough decision to step down from full-time help with my family member.

Here are the confirmations I received during the week before making my final decision.

First, I signed up for Joyce Meyer's Girl's Night In, not knowing the topic. While watching, I was [insert mind-blown and praise emoji] surprised and delighted that it was about-> self-care, saying no as needed, and putting ourselves first (in a balanced and healthy way).

Then came a devotional from Terri Savelle Foy's Live Your Dreams 90-day devotional. Day 58 was about letting go of old ways for something new. Check out the quote for that day below.

"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."

-Lao Tzu

Next, I received an email from Terri Foy titled "Are You Supposed to Quit?"

WHAT!!?

She's the "cheerleader of dreams"! She's all about not quitting. Yet, here she was, sending a timely email- straight to my inbox. Here are some snips from her email.

However, there is a PLUS SIDE of QUITTING you need to know about.

Again I'm not talking about quitting when something gets difficult – that's not what this is about. You don't quit due to hardship, but you should quit when you realize you're doing the wrong thing.

There is a good fight of faith. And we must stand and keep standing for what we're believing for. That's part of the journey and the process of receiving God's promises.

I firmly believe that NOT QUITTING is an admirable trait.

I'm the "Cheerleader of Dreams" who teaches discipline and determination. However, there are some things that you may need to QUIT or STOP DOING because God has something different for you.

I admire people for stepping out in faith. But I also admire when people admit it's the wrong thing and they get out!

Her April Special is a CD teaching on Quitting! LOL Yep, I ordered it.

Finally, on Joyce Meyer's tv show, How to Stay Hopeful | Joyce Meyer | Enjoying Everyday Life in her Candid Conversations section (starts at minute 13:51), she talked about getting to the point where we've done all we can do and the time of helping has come to an end.

After spending some time with God with my prayer journal, I made the difficult choice to end my full-time help. I did appropriate preparations and what-nots to ease the transition. And let the person know of the changes.

COMFORT & CONFIDENCE

At first, the person defaulted into "I can't" I'm unable to..." Yet, a situation happened that clarified that they could and are able to... I smiled at their revelation as they realized they were going to be okay.

I'm still in their life- just not in a capacity that I don't have a good fit for. I've done all I can. Helped them with what I know and stepped aside to let someone else with that skillset step in.

Sometimes we can block what someone needs by standing in the way.

And oh, the peace I felt when I made the decision, took appropriate steps to ease the transition, and let go.

The 20/20 hindsight gives me the confidence to step out into areas that I believe I'm called into. I'm ready and excited to start living my dreams and watch this precious loved one become all they can be… of course, depending on the choices they make.

Stress Less SOS

Staying in a situation -when it's time to leave- is miserable and stressful. I talk a lot about stress because it's the chronic ongoing stress that can lead to ,health issues, anxiety and keep us stuck- not living a life we love and enjoy.

So now to you.

  • Who do you surround yourself with? Who are you listening to? Are you growing, learning, and stretching out of your comfort zone?
  • Do you know some situations that need to be changed?
  • Are you making hard choices so that you are becoming all you can be?

I'd love to hear from you. I use Wix. Leaving comments on this website blog is a little wonky. So click here to leave a comment on this blog's Facebook post.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

1. Examine your life. Is there anything you need to quit?

2. Is what you are listening to and watching for the majority of your time uplifting, encouraging, funny, educational, and thought-provoking?

3. Are you ready to make some changes?

Keep in mind, you don't have to change everything all at once.

Slow and steady wins the race.

To help you get started, sign up to take the newly revised Stress Less SOS 7-day FREE email course.

In this easy-to-follow 7-day email course, you'll learn simple strategies that help you feel peace, hope, and determination so you can begin taking control of what's stressing you so you can enjoy your life- again.

Is this you?

For whatever reason...

  • it could be from a painful past
  • a painful memory that lingers
  • an ongoing stressful situation
  • your hormones are out of whack

- You are tired of thinking about it, talking about it, and trying to deal with it. -

​Yet, you can't figure out a different way. You're stuck in a destructive (or fearful) pattern that sabotages one or more areas in your life.

It's TIME to CHANGE all that!

I'm here to share with you- there's a better way.

You CAN move from the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and emotional pain. ​

  • From the dis-ease
  • From the racing heart
  • From the inability to fall or stay asleep
  • From the mind that is constantly replaying the past
  • and other symptoms of chronic stress.

The healing journey starts with one step.

Take that first step by signing up for this super simple 7-day email course.

This email course will walk you through the powerfully effective fundamentals needed to help you deal with stress. It also will help relieve the anxiety that can come with being stressed out.

,Learn More.

“It is not what we do occasionally that brings victory in our lives, but what we do consistently and diligently. A little obedience mixed with a lot of disobedience still equals an unpleasant life.”

– Joyce Meyer

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

Surviving Temporary Interruptions

A Simple Way to Set and Meet Goals that Helps to Reduce Stress and Relieves Anxiety

How to Start Healing Painful Emotions

Resources

Stress Less SOS Action Guide

How to Stay Hopeful | Joyce Meyer | Enjoying Everyday Life

Stress Less SOS 7-Day FREE Email Course

It is my goal to teach, encourage, and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can reclaim your life and health from stress or emotional pain.

Click here ,Work with Me to start or continue your healing journey.

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

Science-Based: I write blogs based on science and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.


The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as sharing of information only. ,Legal Policies

This post may include affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,here.

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<![CDATA[How to Lose Weight- Simple Action Steps]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/how-to-lose-weight-simple-action-steps6079872825a75e00579c7eb6Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:03:26 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience based

“Quarantine 15”

“In less than 40 years, the prevalence of ,obesity in the U.S. has increased by over 50%, so that two of every three ,American adults are now overweight or obese.” - ,Harvard Men's Health Watch

American’s are getting heavier. Do you agree?

For many of us, we know we need to do something about the increasing number on the scale or the tightness in our clothes. But we don't.

With so much confusing information on different diets and weight loss tips and tricks we can get paralyzed by information overload.

Or we wait about making healthy changes thinking we still have time to do something about it.

Until we don't. For many, weight loss isn't easy. And for others, there comes the point when what used to work- no longer does.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Meaning it's easier to take simple action steps or make healthy choices now than it is to reclaim your health later- like I had to in my story below.

I want to strongly and nicely encourage you to do what you need to do now to get the results you want. Whether it's losing weight, improving energy, reducing stress- take action now- while you still can.

Before I share the basics of weight loss …

… I'm pulling back the curtain and revealing one of my greatest struggles at the moment.

Difficulty losing weight. It will make sense in a little bit- please keep reading.

Since this blog is all about stress, why am I writing a blog on weight loss basics? What does difficulty losing weight have to do with stress? A lot! Especially the stress and frustration of not being able to lose weight- consistently.

Unresolved chronic stress played a huge role with me gaining weight fast and then not losing it (like I could in the past).

STRESS AND WEIGHT CONNECTION

Since this blog and my coaching practice are about stress-related health problems, let me tie stress and weight issues together.

Chronic stress can lead to something called Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance. (Click on the link above to read more about chronic stress, cortisol, and elevated insulin.)

Plus, eating processed or simple carbs (carbohydrates) increases insulin. Many people eat too many simple carbs every day with little to no exercise, so their insulin stays high.

Do you see the issue?

Eating too many simple carbs + chronic stress keeps our insulin at consistently high levels. After long periods of high insulin, our cells stop responding, and we can become Insulin Resistant.

Insulin Resistance can lead to prediabetes then to Diabetes II if left unchecked... and difficulties with losing weight.

Chronic stress can also lead to thyroid issues like hypothyroidism.

"The impact of stress on the thyroid occurs by slowing your body's metabolism. This is another way that stress and weight gain are linked. When thyroid function slows during stress, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormone levels fall. Also, the conversion of T4 hormone to T3 may not occur, leading to higher level of reverse T3.
Insulin resistance and issues balancing blood sugar often occur alongside hypothyroidism. Increased levels of glucocorticoids lower the levels of TSH in the blood. A delicate balance between stress hormones and cortisol must exist for proper thyroid function. If this delicate balance changes, your thyroid symptoms may increase.
Lab tests cannot always depict the right picture of how you're feeling, and medications cannot always keep up with the changes that stress causes. Chronic stress can cause problems in your body for years before lab tests show a problem." - Jill Eisnaugle

When my thyroid went on strike, or in other words, at the first signs of hypothyroidism (low thyroid), I started gaining weight fast, sometimes several pounds in a couple of weeks-fast. I had many other symptoms of hypothyroid like ...

  • Hair loss
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Anxiety
  • Digestion issues
  • Nonstop itching
  • And more

The doctor I was seeing (and trusting) at the time let me go for many years with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. He only looked at my blood test, which was on the low side of the normal range.

He didn't seem to pay much attention to my numerous symptoms that were classic hypothyroid symptoms. Nor did he seem to understand that there is an optimal range for blood tests.

My low/normal might be perfect for someone else. But it wasn't for me. I was symptomatic (showing symptoms) at a low/normal range.

At the beginning of my health crisis, I weighed 140 and wore a size 8. At my highest, I weighed 197, and a size 16 was getting too tight. At that point, I marched into his office and demanded he do something about my thyroid. I knew something was wrong.

At my insistence that he do something, he referred me to a nurse who specialized in hormones. Later she referred me to a Nurse Practitioner specializing in the endocrine system. After feeling my enlarged thyroid during a routine exam, she ordered specific thyroid tests and an ultrasound of my thyroid. I had nodules on my thyroid- thankfully, they were not cancerous.

After finally getting the necessary help for my thyroid and making food and lifestyle changes, I'm happy to report that my thyroid is no longer enlarged and that I have been able to improve and/or reverse almost all of my symptoms- the lingering weight is still an issue.

Thankfully I'm no longer 197. I'm getting closer to cracking the code so that I can keep losing the excess weight consistently.

FACTS ABOUT OVERWEIGHT & OBESITY

Carrying excess weight can promote serious health issues and increase wear and tear on hip and knee joints and play a role in painful foot problems. Pastor Steven Furtick mentioned how when his mother lost 80 pounds, her back and knee pain went away. It wasn't her back or knees that were the problem. It was the excess weight she carried.

Carrying excess weight- whether physical, emotional, or mental-

can cause us problems.

Did you know ...

Nearly 40% of American adults aged 20 and over are obese. 71.6% of adults aged 20 and over are overweight, including obesity. (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2017-2018; Harvard School of Public Health, 2020)

COVID was especially challenging for overweight or obese people.

"According to the CDC and based on evidence from recent studies, obesity and severe obesity are also conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 at any age." -Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh.

Let's take a quick look at the differences between "overweight" and "obesity."

The following categories are from Calculate Your Body Mass Index.

BMI Categories:

Underweight = <18.5

Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

Overweight = 25–29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

After reading this post, click this link to enter your height and weight to determine your BMI (body mass index) if you know you need to do something about your weight.

I remember sitting on the exam table at my doctor's office and seeing the BMI chart on the wall while waiting for the doctor to come into the room. I got off the exam table and walked closer to the chart so I could see the numbers. Using my height and weight with the BMI Chart, I was shocked to learn I wasn't overweight; I was, in fact, in the obese category.

The rapid weight gain was mainly from the impaired function of my thyroid left untreated, however, it was also partially because I was an emotional eater. I ate to soothe my emotions.

If I was angry, sad, frustrated, and so on, I found comfort in sweets. In the past, when I could lose weight anytime I wanted, that wasn't a big deal or an issue (or so I thought). However, once my thyroid's function was impaired- losing weight became a battle I couldn't win.

This isn't a post about body shaming. It's to shine the light on the negative health effects of unresolved chronic stress. Plus the health issues from carrying excess weight and what to do about it.

By the way, "unresolved" chronic stress is the day in and day out, ongoing stress that we are not relieving, managing, and, when possible- preventing.

WEIGHT LOSS BASICS (aka Essentials)

Back to weight loss… let's look at some simple, doable basics of losing weight.

There are some universal basics or essentials of weight loss- when everything is working correctly in our body.

  • Eat mostly healthy food
  • Treat foods on occasion
  • Move or exercise regularly

Essential Steps for Healthy (,and lasting,) Weight Loss

1) Use more calories than you eat. Food is our energy source. If we consume more 'energy' than we use, the excess gets stored as fat. Plain and simple. We need to tap into the stored energy to 'burn' the excess fat to lose weight.

2) Choose primarily healthy foods.

  • Fruits & veggies
  • Lean high quality proteins
  • Small amount of healthy fats
  • Whole grains in moderation

Not all calories are equal. A 100 calorie donut isn't the same thing as 100 calories of carrots. In fact, one original glazed Krispy Kreme donut is 190 calories. Four medium-size carrots roughly equal 100 calories.

I know the donut would tickle our taste buds more than the carrots- but the donut would spike our sugar, which would increase our insulin. And besides... most of the time, we don't eat just one donut- we eat two or three.

Choosing a yummy snack like hummus, celery and carrots would be a filling and satisfying choice. There are even 'smart swaps' for when we need a little soothing sweet.

3) Exercise. Exercise relieves stress, helps us think clearer, aids in digestion, moves lymph, and, yes, burns calories.

Exercise can be walking, biking, swimming, dancing, anything that gets our bodies moving.

4) Track your food and exercise.

Weight Watchers worked well for me- before my health crisis of low thyroid, chronic fatigue, and more- but not after.

MyFitnessPal is my favorite tracking app. It may take a few minutes, in the beginning, to set up any new food or exercise. However, MyFitnessPal saves the information for quick tracking later. Usually, we're surprised to see how many calories we're consuming every day.

There are other essentials like getting restorative sleep, staying hydrated and more. I'll share more about those later in the post.

Fad Diets, Fasting, and Peer Pressure

I'm not a fan of limiting or extreme diets like keto. Maybe for a short time but not for long periods. The Mediterranean Diet is a more well-rounded, highly studied, sustainable, and easy food plan. My favorite food plan and the one that works best for me is the Blood Type Diet.

Also, intermittent fasting doesn't work for me. I do better with smaller frequent meals.

Resist the pressure of sticking with a 'diet' or weight loss plan that worked for your co-worker, sister, or best friend but not for you. Discover what works for you. Tweak as needed. I'm now on the Missy Food Plan. I've tweaked the Mediterranean, AIP Diet, and Blood Type diet to suit my needs.

WHAT TO DO WHEN WEIGHT LOSS ISN'T HAPPENING

I know I'm not the only one who says, "I've tried keto, paleo, low carb, Atkins, etc., and still the weight fluctuates!"

And if you're a medical professional, you may be silently judged, like me, for carrying extra weight. I have had many looks of "you don't look like a health coach."

When I sold my house, I was chatting with one of the people at the title company. She mentioned how tired she was and how stressed she was. I slid my business card across the table and mentioned that I was a health coach and could help with what she was sharing. She looked me up and down and wouldn't even glance at my business card. Her face had kind of a smirk on it.

No problem. I'm used to that reaction. I shared with her my quick 'from bedridden to back to work' story. Her eyes widened as she grabbed my card. She studied the front and flipped it over to read the back as well. After reading my business card, she said, "then I could definitely use your help."

I shared my story because sometimes chronic stress and other health issues need to be addressed and improved before tackling stubborn weight issues.

Start with the basics outlined above. After 4-5 weeks of consistently following the basics- and you still aren't losing weight- it may be time to seek help. Have your thyroid, hormones, and glucose levels tested. Maybe try an elimination diet. Those are great places to start.

I won't overload you with my specifics. What I need and needed to do may not be what you need to do. I will encourage you to take action by focusing on the basics or essentials of healthy habits before tackling the specifics.

Why? Well, it's like this… would you paint a run-down house first? No. You would fix the windows, the falling gutters, the missing shingles first. Right?

Once you've mastered or are regularly practicing essential healthy habits, it's time to move on to optimizing the specific areas that may be out of balance.

Start with the basics and grow from there.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. If you eat fast food more than three times a week- cut back to once or twice a week at the most. A salad with grilled chicken is a great choice. Have the dressing on the side and dip your fork into the dressing instead of pouring it over the salad.
  2. Substitute grilled or roasted for fried foods. Try smaller portions. Stay hydrated.
  3. Track what you eat and how much you exercise. You might be surprised how much food you're consuming. Again, my favorite tracking app is MyFitnessPal.

I have the advantage of being a health coach. I went to an accredited school for my training and have 1000s of research hours and additional training in my specialty-- stress and related health issues. I first studied health and nutrition for my sake. I wasn't finding the help I needed to get back to living, so I went back to school to learn more.

Once I started feeling better and improving my health, I knew I wanted to help others.

I've shared some of the basics or essential health-promoting habits here that not only help with weight loss, but also help to relieve stress. There's even more covered in my action guide.

In fact, that's what my first book, Stress Less SOS Action Guide is all about.

Essentials Things like

  1. How to Set Boundaries
  2. How to Get Restorative Sleep
  3. Best Food Plan plus easy meal planning guide
  4. Quick ways to relieve stress and tips for preventing it too.
  5. And lots more

The action guide started as my workbook to remind me what to do. In my coaching practice, I noticed that many of my clients weren't practicing the essentials or basics of managing, relieving, and preventing stress. So I created this simple yet powerful book (available for Kindle or paperback).

Here’s what other are saying

"A must-have book. It's a practical guide that is enjoyable, usable, and easy to read." Susan C.

"It so, so beautifully written. I greatly enjoyed it. I could relate to so many points that you [Missy] were making." - C.K.

"When you are in a difficult place in your life, it is very hard to take on anything else, but sometimes it is what you need to do to get better. The simplicity of this guide with the action steps at the end has been very helpful, and Missy's gentle encouragement throughout the guide is very comforting." JCB

To help you get started on your weight loss journey & managing, relieving, and in many cases preventing stress ...

Get your ,Stress Less SOS Action Guide today! Available on Kindle and paperback.

Start reclaiming your life and health from stress and its damaging effects.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, look forward to the future."

- Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Related Posts

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress Eating

Master The Skills Of Healthy Eating And Be Successful!

Knowing About Stress Can Be So Beneficial!

Resources

No More Distractions | How To Get Your Focus Back by Terri Savelle Foy

Talking To Jesus | Elevation Worship & Maverick City

Gentle Pilates - 15 Minute Pilates for Beginners Workout!

Works Cited

,Obesity in America: What's driving the epidemic?

,Stress and Weight Gain: Understanding the Connection

,Stress and Your Thyroid: What’s the Connection?

,New Study Shows Overweight, Obesity Associated with Severe COVID-19 Complications

,The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity

,How to Maintain Normal Blood Sugar

,Obesity, foot pain and foot disorders in older men and women

It is my goal to teach, ,encourage,, and ,empower, you to make health-promoting decisions so you can reclaim your life and health from stress and emotional pain.

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Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

,MissyRankin.com

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<![CDATA[The Stress-Metabolic Syndrome Connection]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/the-stress-connection-and-metabolic-syndrome6059f5b815e0120015c115a4Wed, 24 Mar 2021 13:52:53 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSDuring my health crisis, I had what’s known as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.

It takes a multi-faceted approach to reverse Metabolic Syndrome. One of the ways is to eat lower amounts of carbs (carbohydrates) to help reduce blood sugar (glucose).

My Nurse Practitioner, said I needed to lower my blood sugar. She wanted me to eat only 90 grams of sugar a day. Ok, no big deal. I thought, “I can do this.” Until something stressful happened. I turned to sweets- not drugs. Not overspending. Not excessive exercising- yes, it’s a thing.

My ‘drug of choice’ was food. Specifically sweets. It took me a while to figure out why I couldn’t stay at 90 grams of carbs a day. Every day I would make it my goal. And every day, something stressful would happen, and I turned to food- a candy bar, donut, etc.

Before my health crisis, my body was able to burn off those extra calories. But after I started having thyroid issues- it couldn’t, and the weight packed on adding to the problem.

It wasn’t until I started taking healthy action steps that I could let go of the need for sweets to soothe my soul. Healthy action steps like...

  • Stopping, preventing, and relieving daily stressors
  • Looking at and resolving my emotional triggers
  • Doing what I needed to do for myself (self-care, setting boundaries, forgiving & letting go, etc.)

Making these healthy habits- consistently- lowered my carb intake. Over time, I was able to reverse the Metabolic Syndrome.

WHAT IS METABOLIC SYNDROME

Stress (past or present) plays a significant role in the set-up of Metabolic Syndrome. During periods of stress, the body releases cortisol. This hormone switches off certain body functions like the digestive system, reproductive system, and more during the ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic stress response.

During periods of stress, one of the functions of cortisol is to increase blood pressure.

Cortisol also increases the glucose (sugar) in our blood. The purpose is to provide fuel our muscles for the ‘fight or flight.’ However, our body doesn’t know whether our stress is from a situation at work, lack of funds or if we’re being chased.

Most of our stressors don’t require us to have a physical response. Instead, our stressors are internal. The blood sugar circulating in our blood doesn’t get used and then is stored as fat. We don’t need to run away from something- extra blood pumping to our muscles- instead, we’re stressed at work, at home, and the constant stress keeps the blood pressure raised.

The problem is from chronic or ongoing stress. The cycle mentioned above repeats over and over- until we stop it by making consistent healthy choices. Taking healthy action steps.

Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

  1. Prehypertension or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  2. Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or diabetes II
  3. Obesity
  4. Difficulty losing weight

Relieving or preventing stress helps to reverse Metabolic Syndrome.

Stress-related health conditions develop when we are in a constant state of stress. The sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) response is continually activated (switched on). In other words, when there is excess cortisol flooding our body and switching off or suppressing normal- and needed- daily functions.

I could spend a lot of time sharing about how detrimental chronic stress is to our health. Check out some of the links in the post (below) for more information if you aren’t convinced yet.

I like to keep my posts short so let’s move on to the healthy action part.

Did any of this resonate with you? Take action.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Check out this information from WebMD.com ,Metabolic Syndrome Health Center
  2. Read my related blog posts below.
  3. Seek help with the process if you get stuck.

To help you get started…

Get your copy of my newly revised book, ,Stress Less SOS Action Guide on Amazon. The Kindle version is live. The paperback is almost ready. And I'll be starting on a workbook soon.

If you’re not sure where to start taking your life and health back from stress, grab your copy of my easy-to-read action guide. I teach 14 quick and powerfully effective lessons to not only relieve stress but also to prevent it.

Each lesson has easy to follow actions steps.

It's on sale for $4.99. (Free on Kindle Unlimited).

Stress management and prevention lessons covered:

Lesson 1- Deep Breathing

Lesson 2- Prayer and Meditation

Lesson 3- Conquer Negative Thoughts

Lesson 4- Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Lesson 5- Wait Well

Lesson 6- Time Management

Lesson 7- Stop Reliving the Drama

Lesson 8- Acceptance

Lesson 9- Set Boundaries

Lesson 10- How to Forgive

Lesson 11- Restorative Self-Care

Lesson 12- Healthy Eating

Lesson 13- Movement

Lesson 14- Restful Sleep

Two checklists and a bonus meditation sheet are included as well.

I really need your help spreading the word. I teach women that we can do something about our health- our lives. We can take back our lives and health from stress and its damaging effects.

After reading the book, if you found it helpful, please leave a comment.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future." - Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

,MissyRankin.com

Related Posts

,What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress Eating

,Master The Skills Of Healthy Eating And Be Successful!

,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

Works Cited (or reviewed)

,What Is Cortisol?

,Stressful Life Events and the Metabolic Syndrome: The Prevalence, Prediction, and Prevention of Diabetes (PPP)-Botnia Study

,What is the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the US?

,Metabolic syndrome

Cardiovascular Consequences of Cortisol Excess

,Stress Hormone Cortisol Associated With Increased Blood Sugar in T2D Population

,The relationship between serum cortisol, adrenaline, blood glucose and lipid profile...

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<![CDATA[Taming Inner Dragons Promotes Greater Peace, Calmness, and Self-Control]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/taming-inner-dragons-promotes-greater-peace-calmness-and-self-control604cd448bf51b300154cf9cfSat, 13 Mar 2021 17:07:14 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSEvidence and Science Based*

I recently came across this ,quiz. Ok, it was last night. I did the quiz last night. After taking the quiz, I skimmed my results. I waited to read the results this morning because I didn’t want to take a chance of being triggered right before going to sleep last night.

After reading my results this morning, I ordered the book, and read the first part of the book (on the free download) all within an hour. I’m amazed at the insightfulness that the little quiz brought. I read the reviews for the book and jumped right in. My book should be here tomorrow! I can’t wait. I've been wanting a new book.

When I sat down to work on a blog I have almost written on Metabolic Syndrome, I just couldn’t get the book- and its promises to help with ‘taming inner dragons” out of my mind. So I decided to do this post now because there’s a live Zoom with Dr. Daniel Amen on March 17 that I want to share with you- more on that in a moment.

STRESS LESS SOS

I have a love-hate relationship with stress. I love learning about the effects of stress on health- so I can do something about it. I love learning new healthy promoting habits, undoing the adverse effects of stress from my past, and creating a new life- a new me where stress (trauma, negative memories) and its damaging effects no longer hold me down- nor back any more.

I hate the pandemic of unresolved, chronic, ongoing, and damaging effects of stress. I hate that so many people stay trapped, stuck, or act out a place from their stressful past or current circumstances.

All that is to say, I’m excited about Dr. Amen’s book because it teaches what else we can do to triumph over stress. Let me share a bit about Dr. Daniel Amen’s newest book, “,Your Brain is Always Listening.

The title might not be that appealing, but it’s true. Issues with the brain- the way we think, mental effects from past trauma, neurotransmitter imbalances, etc.- are sometimes some of the missing pieces of our health puzzle.

I haven’t shared about brain retraining in any blogs yet, but it’s a subject that I’m studying not only for myself but also to share with my clients.

Because ... many of us know that we ‘should’ be eating healthily, focusing on positive thoughts, doing healthy habits, and exercising. But how many of us find ourselves tripped up or self-sabotaging our efforts?

[insert pointing upward hand emoji here] ^ That is what Dr. Amen’s book promises to help us with. Let me share some insightful words from the ,quiz’s landing page.

"Did you know the influences of your past are stealing your happiness?

Your past can also play havoc with your relationships, your health and causing you tons of unnecessary stress.

Once you identify and can recognize these dragons, you can break bad habits, shut down self-defeating thoughts, shore up your capacity to cope with uncertainty, reduce your vulnerability to schemers, and heal addictions.

In fact, taming your dragons is essential for good mental health because when they control your brain, your entire life suffers." -,www.knowyourdragons."

By the way, this is not an affiliate post. I don’t have an affiliate relationship with Dr. Amen’s company. I do, however, love his work and have found help from many of his books and teachings- especially on killing A.N.T.s (automatic negative thoughts).

Take the quiz for yourself. Read the results. If it resonates, buy the book and receive the bonus gifts- one of which is the free Zoom call on March 17, where he’ll answer questions from people who bought his book. I’m not sure what I’ll ask yet- but I’ll have something ready.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Take Dr. Daniel Amen's "Know Your Dragons" quiz. See if you have any “inner dragons” that need taming.
  2. Grab the book, "Your Brain is Always Listening" by Dr. Daniel Amen now to get the bonuses. A link will be emailed to you with your results from the quiz to order the book AND to receive the bonuses. I have no control over nor knowledge of when the bonuses will end.
  3. Make the decision to restore your health.

To help you get started…

Here is a shameless plug for my newly revised book, Stress Less SOS Action Guide on Amazon. If you’re not sure where to start taking your life and health back from stress, grab your copy of my easy-to-read action guide with 14 quick and powerfully effective ways to not only relieve stress but also to prevent it. It's on sale for $4.99.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future." - Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

,MissyRankin.com

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<![CDATA[Surviving Temporary Interruptions]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/surviving-temporary-interruptions603a4f03817dee0017fd0e6bSat, 27 Feb 2021 15:32:26 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSEvidence and Faith based

You made your plans. Your life was going just fine- then bam! Something happened that took you off your course. Off your path toward your dreams and goals.

The interruption may be from an illness, a lost job, a breakup, and of course a worldwide pandemic.

Have you ever thought that the temporary interruptions could actually be an assignment?

That's what I'm living right now. A temporary interruption of my plan for my business. My "calling." My purpose. But really, it's a new temporary assignment.

You see, I'm a wife, mother, Mimi, and businesswoman. But first, above all those precious titles of who I am- I'm a Believer and follower of Jesus. I've dedicated my life to God. I want to be His hands extended to the 'world.'

Sometimes, "the world" ends up being my family or a friend.

As the year began, I had my vision board, plans, affirmations, morning routine, and business plan all working just fine… until an interruption came.

The interruption involved a close family member. All of my available time and energy was no longer devoted to my plans, business, blog, newsletter, and book. Since mid-January, it has been dedicated to this family member.

The same time and energy I spent planning, writing, editing, and creating now go to this precious person. I make sure I have time and energy for my clients. However, it was the 'extra' time I devoted to other areas of my business that I've had to reprioritize.

“A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.” - Proverbs 16:9

If you've read much of my writing or visited my website, you know that Lyme, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue are challenging for me. However!!! I'm not bedridden anymore. I'm not stuck in a bed or on the couch for hours, feeling as if my very life were draining from me.

I have (limited-but improving) energy to do the things I love and need to do. I am careful with how I 'spend' my energy. And I'm continually digging for answers that are improving my health. < That's how my business was born. I didn't accept the "you'll never feel better, have energy, or improve" life sentence the nurse practitioner pronounced over me as she prescribed a nature thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism.

Now, I help others. First, I help them to not go down the path I did by ignoring symptoms and not doing anything about it while they still can.

And second, by helping those who ignored the warnings signs until it was almost too late (like I did)-- restore their health.

MY TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION. MY ASSIGNMENT For about 6 months, I had been writing a monthly newsletter and a weekly blog.

When the family member needed me- I had to choose. I couldn't do both - healthily. I had to prioritize. The obvious choice was my family member. But I had a bunch of emotions to process. (Have you ever had to sacrifice for someone else's greater good? It's not fun. It's not always easy). This sacrifice revealed a deeper work that still needed to be done in me.

"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a [dark] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely."

-1 Corinthians 13:12

Just to be clear. I teach boundaries and self-care. This situation wasn't a boundary violation. It was a mission. Someone genuinely needed my help. It involves Monday - Friday, almost full-time support.

So if you were wondering where I was- I've been on a mission—another assignment. Yes, I was concerned about what people were thinking. I had to process that too. I tried in the beginning to do all the things- but it wasn't possible and maintain the level of health and healing I was experiencing.

So this post is to say, I have a special assignment right now that has slowed down or temporarily pressed pause on my blogging and monthly newsletter.

DON'T STOP. KEEP MOVING THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENS Looking back, I can see how working through another disappointment has helped me to come up higher in my relationship with God and grow as a person.

One of the most helpful resources I came across (through God's hand on my YouTube recommendations) was an interview with Tyler Perry and Joel Osteen.

Tyler Perry is the writer of many plays and movies and the creator of the character Madea. (Oh, how I wish Madea was a real person. I'll miss her! I love the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman.)

Mr. Perry shares how he had a dream to write plays and have his plays performed on stage. However, for seven years- nothing. He'd book a play, and no one would show up. Or, at least no one that Tyler didn't bring with him. At one point he lived in his car. He was broke.

He'd get a job to pay his bills, then God would have him book another play. He'd have to quit his job to do the play only to an empty audience over and over.

Seven years this cycle went on. Until one day everything changed. One day there was a sold out show that launched him into his dream.

Give the interview I mentioned above a listen (click on the blue link above). It's powerful. Especially if you are struggling with fulfilling a calling on your life and-- nothing. is. happening. Or at least- not the way you envisioned it down deep in your heart.

By the way, the movie Diary of a Mad Black Women, as of 2015, has grossed over 50.7 million. I know Tyler Perry is glad he didn't give up on his dream!

I haven't given up on my dream. I'll create space around my priorities and readjust my time.

I hope you won't give up on your dreams either. I hope you won't stop moving forward toward the life and health you desire.

Can you relate?

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

1. Let go of what you can’t control.

2. Write your plans but recognize God will direct your steps.

3. Make the most of your time. Don’t waste it.

To help you on your journey of letting go of daily stressors, I’ll share with you my favorite, go-to, will never-be-without-it supplements for stress. Check out my ,Stress Less SOS Favorites on my Fullscript store and receive a 10% discount. These two products were game-changers with my body’s and mind’s ability to deal with daily stressors.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

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<![CDATA[The Number One Thing You Must Do to Fight Fatigue and Reduce Stress]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/the-number-one-thing-you-must-do-to-fight-fatigue-and-reduce-stress60004ae362d2790018051678Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:01:49 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSEvidence Based

Tired all the time? Check your stress levels.

Stress- from either external situations or internal thoughts or issues with the thyroid, hormones, or adrenals - can play a significant role in fatigue.

There's a whole sciencey part (I love the sciencey stuff) about how we have a reserve or storehouse of nutrients (hopefully) from what we eat and the high-quality supplements we take.

If you're not eating enough veggies, fruit, healthy sources of protein, and healthy fats, my blog, Master The Skills Of Healthy Eating And Be Successful!, can help you to get started.

Nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) like DHEA, vitamins E, C, Bs, & D, and magnesium are building blocks our body uses to create our hormones, perform regular bodily functions, and so much more.

Physical, mental, and emotional stress- in excess and not relieved appropriately - depletes our storehouse or bank account of nutrients.

Overall, the bulk of evidence suggests stress can affect micronutrient concentrations, often leading to micronutrient depletion. -Adrian Lopresti

Here's the good news! We can do something about it. We can take simple steps that promote more energy.

Let me share something that's often overlooked.

Besides eating healthy foods and talking therapeutic supplements as needed, we also need to "feed" our soul and spirits.

I'll clarify. We are made up of three parts. We live in a body, have a spirit, and a soul.

Of course, the body is what we see. But it is also the bodily systems like the endocrine system (heavily hit by chronic unresolved stress) and all the way down to our mitochondria— the creators of energy.

Our spirits are the part of us that commune with God and experience peace, joy, and love in the deepest part of us.

The soul is our mind, will, and emotions.

We can't focus on just one area. Giving each what it needs is vital to the healing process. We need a holistic (body, spirit, soul) approach.

HOW TO RELIEVE FATIGUE NATURALLY

Let's take a quick look at ways to relieve fatigue naturally.

What I share below are foundational - essential - necessary - steps for relieving fatigue naturally. These steps are general guidelines.

  1. Eat healthily, manage stress, take therapeutic-type supplements, as needed. ->BODY
  2. Address emotional issues, enjoy life, focus on what's right. -> SOUL
  3. Cultivate a positive hope-filled attitude, spend quality time with God, grow spiritually -> SPIRIT

There's no need to get overwhelmed by that list. Take baby steps. Focus on one area or thing at a time. Start small and pick something doable.

Small healthy habits over time produce big results.

You may be thinking- that's a lot! Yes and no. Maybe all of those don't relate to you. They did to me. I didn't change everything overnight. I took one area and 'leveled up' (my word for 2020) and made changes. I created and started healthy habits that, over time, really did add up.

Was I 100% perfect? Not at all. In fact, unfortunately, I was a perfect example of what not to do. Because I wasn't consistent (my word for 2021) or wouldn't push through when I hit a barrier then I'd default back to old comfortable habits.

As my health continued to deteriorate, I realized I couldn't keep doing the same things over and over, thinking I'd eventually get better.

I made the decision to change.

And that leads me to the number one thing that will reduce fatigue and boost energy.

NUMBER ONE THING TO FIGHT FATIGUE AND REDUCE STRESS

The number one thing you must do to fight fatigue and reduce stress is to … decide.

Make a decision to change.

Decide to change what you've been doing that got you to this point. And start doing what's going to get you the results you so desperately desire.

I know. Many of you don't want to read that. It's like when a baby spits out the good-for-her foods and only wants all the yummy squash, apples, and sweet foods.

However, everything we do -- starts with a decision.

Right now, why not decide that you will make some changes.

Just 1- 3 small changes. Eat more veggies. Walk more. Forgive. Take a social media break*.

Could you do that?

At first, I didn't think I could. For example, I never, ever, ever (insert 100s of "evers" here) thought I could give up caffeine. Never. But I did.

I noticed that caffeine made my fatigue worse. I knew that it was time to reduce the caffeine and see if it made a difference. And it did—a huge difference.

I started slow. At first, I did ½ cup of regular black tea with a ½ cup of naturally decaf tea. (I do tea instead of coffee. My coffee ends up being a dessert).

I noticed a slight improvement. After some time, I went down to ¼ cup and experienced a little more improvement, then I went down to ⅛ cup until finally, I let it go completely. Now, I'm careful with how much naturally decaffeinated tea I drink. Each 8oz cup has 5 mg of caffeine. So far, so good.

What's your next step? Can you think of something you need to change?

Will you decide to let go of old habits that aren't helping?

Let's Review

  1. Chronic unresolved stress depletes our storehouse of nutrients.
  2. Taking a holistic (body, spirit, and soul) approach promotes better health.
  3. Making a decision to change what you've been doing is the #1 thing (first step) to fight fatigue and reduce stress.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Let go of old habits and create new healthy habits.
  2. Start small. Pick something doable.
  3. Work with a holistic medical professional(s) as needed.

To help you get started…

I'm offering a 60-minute complimentary "Getting to Know You" Discovery Call for a limited time. Typically my discovery calls are 30-minutes. However, I wanted to do something extra special this month.

For the rest of January 2021, book your 60-minute complimentary "Getting to Know You" Discovery Call.

You'll share your most pressing health concerns and goal(s). As your guide, I'll map out which programs and services would best fit your needs.

Click here to learn more about coaching programs and services designed to help you follow through on your decision to make necessary changes so you can improve your health and enjoy your life.

To schedule a "Getting to Know You" Discovery call, go here.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

My mission is to educate, encourage, and empower you to

make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.


Related Posts

,Master The Skills Of Healthy Eating And Be Successful

,What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress Eating

,A Simple Way to Set and Meet Goals that Helps to Reduce Stress and Relieves Anxiety

Resources

Body-> Life Extension's Two-per-Day Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement (on sale through 2/1/21)

Spirit-> Joyce Meyer: The Process of Change

Soul-> Jim Rohn: It All Starts With A Decision To Make A Change In Your Life

This post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,here.

Works Cited

,The Effects of Psychological and Environmental Stress on Micronutrient Concentrations in the Body: A Review of the Evidence

Sometimes we know what to do and can make healthy promoting choices by ourselves. Sometimes we need guidance, support and accountability.

Click here-> ,Work with Me to learn more on how I can help.

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future."

- Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

,Science and/or Fact Based,: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,Legal Policies

*Guess what I did! I cleaned up my Facebook feed! I "unfollowed" people I didn't know and/or were negative and fussy. I left groups or "unfollowed" groups that aren't helping me to move forward or were just noise in my feed.

Going on Facebook is now enjoyable. What I see in my feed is uplifting, educational, and motivational.

#NaturalHealing #holistichealth #naturalsupplement #naturalstressreliever #holisitc #healing #wellness #NaturalRemedies #believe #decide #faith #motivation #functionalfaith

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<![CDATA[A Simple Way to Set and Meet Goals that Helps to Reduce Stress and Relieves Anxiety]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/a-simple-way-to-set-and-meet-goals-that-helps-to-reduce-stress-and-relieves-anxiety5ff71791086905001765d833Fri, 08 Jan 2021 14:55:56 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSTerri Savelle Foy, in her 90-day devotional, Live Your Dreams, tells the story of the Hospice nurse, Bronnie Ware.

As Bronnie cared for her dying patients, she notice a common theme- regret.

Terri goes on to give a powerful quote by Myles Monroe, "The wealthiest place in all the world is the graveyard." He explains that graveyards are where books and songs were never written, business never started.

I'll add to the above restored health was never achieved.

HEALTH RESTORED

When the nurse practitioner gave me my thyroid prescription she said, "I gotta let you know. All this (referring to my symptoms I had described to her) may never get any better." I looked at her and acknowledged I heard her- but on the inside I refused to let that sink into my spirit.

I knew the human body was designed to heal. I knew God was a healer.

Over time, I realized the old way of doing things (unhealthily habits) weren't working.

I kept studying, learning, and improving. Creating new healthily habits.

My healing journey is what evidently led me to go back to school and become a certified health coach so I could learn more for my healing but also so I could help others.

You can read more about my health crisis here. I'm still walking out my healing journey. I am getting better and better. I look forward, with hope, to greater healing to come.

Don't settle for "you may not get any better." Do all you need to do. Don't come to the end of your life regretting that you didn't pursue the dream or vision in your heart.

Regret over what we should or shouldn't have done is avoidable.

DREAMS, VISIONS, GOALS

Have you ever had a dream (vision or desire) and you just didn't know where to begin to make it a reality?

Or maybe you've tried and failed.

I think we all have.

I used to get tripped up, trying to plan out my goals. I would get confused with all the ways to set goals and break them down into practical, do-able tasks. So I'd give up and just make a daily to-do list that went on forever.

Or when I made a goal, I'd pick something that I didn't fully realize the work involved and would try to meet it (using old habits and unhealthy patterns)- only to end up frustrated that 'it' wasn't happening. And give up.

Sound familiar? If yes, keep reading - I'll share a simple way to set - and meet - goals this year.

First, let's talk about why goals are important. Goals are like road maps. They help guide you on a path to where you WANT to go.

Have you ever set out for a job interview and weren't sure of the office's location? Instead of looking it up on Google Maps, you say, "I'll wing it." You sort of have an idea of where the office is located. So, you get in your car, and off you go- driving around and around, passing the same buildings.

You don't make the interview. Don't get the job.

It's the same way with goals, dreams, and visions you have for your life. Goals help you fulfill the dreams in your heart for your health, finances, relationships, and more.

Now, let's take a brief look at what is involved with meeting goals.

  1. Positive Hopeful Attitude
  2. Consistency
  3. Discipline

Those are pretty self-explanatory.

However, I think many people get tripped up believing that what they dream will ever come true. There's goes #1. Positive hopeful attitude

Strike one.

Or they start off with a desire and dedication for doing what's necessary to get what they want. Yet, over time, they forget new habits and go back to old ones. Mark through #2. Consistency

Strike two.

Finally, after making a few changes like- eating more veggies or carving out time to have fun - they end up thinking, "It too hard! I want to eat what I want to eat. Or, I have too much to do." And go back to old habits.

Strike three. Discipline

Another year, decade, or a lifetime of dreams and goals… not fulfilled.

Enter regret and stress and anxiety over knowing we should be doing something but are stuck.

But here's the good news! It doesn't have to be that way.

Small steps over time, produce big results.

Did you know that when we get a 'win,' it motivates us to keep going? To keep doing what's necessary to get what we truly want.

  • Goals can help keep a person on track toward consistent* weight loss.
  • Dreams turned into goals open doors that lead to emotional health and wellness.
  • Simple small goals move us forward. More peace. Less anxiety. Enjoying our life.

A SIMPLE WAY TO SET AND MEET GOALS

So if setting and meeting goals have been a struggle for you, how about going for a quick win. Pick a small doable goal. Something realistic that you know you can do.

Succeeding at one simple goal will motivate you to pick another, then another, and then you're off and probably loving or at least willing to set more goals and ,Dream Big!

How does having a vision for your life, setting and reaching goals tie into less stress? Simple.

Having a vision for what you want promotes hope.

Goals give you something to focus on. Strive toward. Purpose. A sense of accomplishment once you meet a goal.

A positive, hopeful attitude moves our focus off of what's wrong in our lives and onto what could be.

Consistency and discipline promote a sense of self-worth. You'll be proud of yourself for sticking with something and seeing it through.

Start small.

Let's Review

  • A quick win can motivate us to keep going.
  • Pick a small doable goal and go for it.
  • Chose something you think you'll be able to do.

Remember, a positive hope-filled attitude is essential for completing goals.

Consistency & discipline are keys for success.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. What do you want to accomplish today or this week?
  2. What small action step can you see yourself committing to and staying with to make the above happen?
  3. What preparations do you need to make before starting?

To help you get started, sign up for the 7-Day Stress Less SOS ecourse.

The ecourse contains simple, practical, proven steps you can start doing TODAY to help get your stress under control and meet your health goals.

Honestly, though, I know some of my readers may be too overwhelmed or discouraged even to sign up for the course -- much less go through the simple action steps each day.

How do I know this?

Because, at the height of my own health crisis (caused by years of stress and poor nutrition habits), I knew I needed to take steps to manage my stress and get my life back…

But I was just so discouraged and overwhelmed, that I couldn’t even face getting up off the couch to try to get help.

So I really do understand if stress is crippling you right now…

But promise me something, ok?

Promise me you’ll at least try to take the first step and sign up for the ,Stress Less SOS eCourse.

The Stress Less SOS ecourse has seven mini-lessons to help you get started reducing stress, relieving anxiety, and jumpstarting you on your way to meeting your health goals.

Here’s a glimpse at the topics covered.

Day 1- Rest & Breath

Day 2- Thoughts & Words

Day 3- Goals & Motivation

Day 4- The Fuel That Keeps Us Going

Day 5- Move

Day 6- Power of Nutrition

Day 7- Support & Guidance

Ready? Let’s get started.

Click here to sign up for the 7-Day Stress Less SOS ecourse.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

It is my goal to teach, encourage, and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress and emotional pain.

Related Posts

,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

,What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress Eating

Resources

,Live Your Dreams

,Big Faith Big Dreams

Sometimes my very best is only my weakest yes. You see strength in every movement. Baby steps and short breaths. Anything is progress.

- ,,Oxygen by Steffany Gretzinger

*If everything is working correctly in a person's body, then the simple rule of less food plus more movement (eat less than you use) should, over time, produce weight loss.

But it doesn't always. Thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, chronic stress, and past traumas that lead to emotional eating (to name a few) can all play a part in sabotaging weight loss efforts.

For help identifying health issues and triggers preventing your weight loss success, reach out to me. I can help. A current client has lost over 30 pounds. She's 82!

Click here ,,Work with Me to learn more.

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future."

- Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC


Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,StressLessSOS.com

Science and/or Fact Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

#stressmanagement #stress #anxiety #goals #stressrelief #emotionalhealing #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #holisitc #healing #wellness #NaturalRemedies

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<![CDATA[How I Treated COVID-19 at Home]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/how-i-treated-covid-19-at-home5fea00c2f9158900340b05f9Tue, 29 Dec 2020 16:21:26 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSLast Friday, December 25, started the 5th week of our fight with COVID-19. I'm still counting (and being diligent) because I have a little bit of a lingering cough and sinus issues, although thankfully not as severe as before. Thank God!

As terrible and scary as it was, we (my family and I) are so much better. I'll share what we did to treat COVID at home later in the post. But for now, I want to share the clarity and 'good' that came out of this time.

I almost titled this post COVID, Chronic Conditions, and Calling since I was MIA for a long time, either fighting, recovering, or resuming everyday life after COVID. For three weeks, my life came to a screeching halt, and I thought of nothing except getting better.

During the 4th week- when I started to recover from COVID, I thought of blogging and the December issue of the Stress Less SOS newsletter, but at that point, thinking was all I could do as I went into the Christmas holidays missing family, being thankful for what we did have, and making it merrier- different but still wonderful.

My fight with COVID lasted longer than the rest of the family members who had it. As I've mentioned before, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and Lyme are chronic conditions that are challenging for me. Before COVID hit, I was up to working five days a week and had a half-day of energy on Saturdays for light cleaning!

When COVID hit, I was back to the crippling fatigue I remembered from years ago.

Now, I'm slowly getting back to my regular routine- which brings me to the calling part. I had a lot of time to think, pray, and get really clear on what I believe God wants me to do in this season of my life. I came out of COVID with such clarity, a closer walk with God, and more grit and determination to keep the faith.

For the last couple of years, I feel I have been spreading myself too thin, trying to find where my gifts fit best. I'm breathing a sigh of relief as I am confident of the direction to go for the New Year.

Thank you for allowing me to be reflective. My appreciation for life, God, my family, and my calling are at an all-time high right now. Now onto ...

WHAT I DID TO TREAT COVID-19 AT HOME

First, I'm humbled and so very grateful that we were able to treat COVID at home. I ended up having three COVID-related telemedicine visits. One when I was sick and had a tele-visit for another reason. The doctor wanted to see me specifically for being sick. Another tele-visit was after my COVID test was positive, and the third explained below.

What I'm sharing is NOT intended as medical advice.

It is for informational purposes only. Please seek medical attention as needed.

Click ,here for my full disclaimer.

By the way, I know who our 'patient zero' was. I know the who, when, and where of how COVID was introduced (unintentionally) to us. That's another story full of anger (there's a lot more to the story), frustration, and finally, forgiveness. Beautiful, life-giving forgiveness. Healing and health-promoting forgiveness.

We could tell we weren't feeling well during the first three days after our exposure, kind of like a cold coming on. I started herbal teas and brought out my natural medicine chest. I'll give one of my herbal recipes and some of what I keep in my natural medicine chest below in the RESOURCE section below.

By the way, COVID reminds me of LYME and Chronic Fatigue with the addition of sinus stuff.

Here's what we did.

  • Herbal tea (recipe below)
  • Vitamin D
  • Immune support that contained vitamin c, zinc, and elderberry
  • We already take high-quality multivitamins and Lysine every day.
  • I gave my husband our oil of oregano. (We didn't have that much at home.) I took Pau d' Arco and my ISBart (from CellCore) that I use for Lyme.
  • Diffused 'thieves' blend essential oils in every room.
  • Applied Thieves blend to our chests and covered with a washcloth.
  • Rested
  • Prayer & Communion
  • Forgiveness, letting go, and moving on (I had to because of the whole story.)
  • Z-pack (my husband also started amoxicillin)
  • Probiotics
  • specific US Enzymes
  • ViRadChem Binder (CellCore)
  • Neti pot with neti-saline and neti-wash+ (a neti-pot booster)

During the first week, my husband wouldn't stop working and got worse than I was. Thankfully he stopped working the second week and toward the end of the second week he went to a doctor and started taking a Z-pack (Azithromycin). He started improving almost immediately.

My regular doctor during my second tele-visit, recommended only Tylenol. [Insert face palm emoji here]. Tylenol!?! We don’t even have Tylenol in the house.

When I saw how fast my husband’s condition changed after taking the Z-pack, I made the third appointment for the tele-visit to ask for a Z-pack. (I had sinus issues including fever and 'colored' mucus or signs of infection).

Thankfully, I was ‘seen’ by another doctor who gave me the Z-pack prescription and suggested using a Neti-Pot as well.

The Z-pack made a significant difference in my recovery too.

I had done some research on different pharmaceuticals that were working on COVID. I had come across Z-pack numerous times. Some by itself and some research with Z-pack and other drugs together.

While I was in the virtual waiting room for the last visit, I had study after study pulled up on my laptop ready to do battle to get the Z-pack, if needed.

We both took probiotics during the Z-pack use too.

And lastly we took communion. I have a CD series and a mini-book on teachings about communion from ,Joseph Prince. In that teaching he breaks down the scriptures surrounding communion that took my understanding to a deeper level. Regular communion is also a part of my healing practice.

Whether it's COVID, Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, or emotional pain I believe in a holistic approach to healing.

We are made up of a spirit, soul, and body. I use nutrition, high-quality supplements (as needed), herbs, essential oils, other natural remedies, and pharmaceuticals (when necessary) to give my body what it needs for health and wholeness.

I pray, quote scripture, worship, listen to Christ-centered teachings, take communion, and anoint with oil for the spiritual side of healing.

I process through emotional hurts, set and maintain boundaries when possible, forgive, let go, and move on in addition to anything and everything else I need to do to soothe my emotions, bring them under control, and live from a place of feeling and expressing my emotions appropriately without being controlled by them and reacting from a wounded place.

Let's Review

Knowing that healing is multi-faceted (spirit, soul, and body) ...

... we ate nutrient rich foods, stay hydrated, and rested. And ...

Being a believer in using natural medicines whenever possible, I used what had worked in the past for me and my family with fighting colds, flus, etc. And...

I worked through the negative emotions of the who, when, and consequences of being exposed to COVID (that prevented me from seeing my son and daughter, etc. etc.) And ...

We prayed, asked everyone and anyone for ,prayers, took communion, and ,anointed with oil.

I didn't start all that I mentioned above because of COVID. I continued to do what I knew to do. However, I became more diligent in areas where I had allowed more 'wiggle' room.

I realize that some of the information I shared may overwhelm for some readers.

Start small. Start with one area. Improve. Get consistent. Then improve in other areas.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Maybe you need to reduce sugar. (Sugar ,lowers the immune system).
  2. Start or improve your ,prayer life.
  3. Grab my ,Stress Less SOS Action Guide ($9.98) for simple lessons on areas like how to set boundaries, how to forgive, healthy eating, how to reduce stress, and more.

It is many things, working together, that make life-changing differences. Addressing just part of the body and/or mind isn’t enough for restoring one’s health, managing stress, and healing a wounded heart.

It is finding balance with all of it. Things like appropriately handling stress, eating high-quality nutrition, exercising, having a vision for a better future, etc.

I know it can be overwhelming.

But don’t worry, this ,,action guide is short and simple. Powerfully Effective.

The basics or essentials of stress management. Baby steps.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress and emotional pain.

"Heal the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future." - Missy Rankin, CTNC

Click here > ,,Work with Me to learn more.

Related Posts

,How to Start Healing Painful Emotions

,Why Learning About Forgiveness Is Important and Can Actually Improve Your Health

,Top 3 Things You Should Do to Cope with Stress During COVID-19

Resources

Herbal tea recipe: sliced lemon, ginger, and ,nettle. Sweetened with raw local honey.

My Natural Medicine Chest: Oil of Oregano, Quantum Health Super Immune, Nature's Way Sambucus, Robitussin Naturals Cough Relief with Honey and Ivy or Nature's Way Bronchial Soothe, to name a few.

Thieves Essential Oil Blend: (I used what I had.) Rosemary, lemon, clove, cinnamon, thyme, and ,Ocotea. I used 1-2 drops of each in the diffusers. And blended with coconut oil for the chest rub.

This post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,,here.

Work Cited

,What is Holy Communion

,How to Pray Effectively

,Understanding the Significance of the Olive Tree and Anointing Oil

,Immune System Boosters and Busters

The Truth About Prayer: What it is and How It Works


Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

MissyRankin.com

*Science-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

#howtoforgive #emotionalwellness #NaturalRemedies #COVID-19 #functionalfaith #appliedfaith #stresslesssos

#healthepast #livethepresent #dreamthefuture

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<![CDATA[How to Start Healing Painful Emotions]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/how-to-start-healing-painful-emotions5fb6916ea08c2b00175fd5d5Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:19:09 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSEvidence-Based

Faith-Based

I’m doing a beta test for my emotional healing program. I love testing it in different stages of development because it lets me know what needs tweaked- added, deleted, and moved around.

This past week I saw a need to take a deep dive into healing. Physical, emotional, and spiritual healing from a faith-based perspective.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding healing. Part of the misunderstanding is that we forget that we are a tri-part being.

We are made of our spirit, soul, and body.

Our spirits live in a natural body. Jesus’ death on the cross saved our spirit-person.

The soul is our emotions, thoughts, and our will.

Our bodies are made up of organs as well as chemical messengers that impact our emotions.

There are three areas of healing.

1. Spiritual

2. Physical

3. Emotional

God can use any number of ways to bring about the healing we need.

1. Supernatural- Jesus’ stripes before the cross, a touch from God, Communion, Anointing oil, the Word (Bible), and so on.

2. Natural- Healthy foods, herbs, supplements, obedience to what God is saying to us, etc.

3. Medical -Pharmaceutical, surgery, rehabilitation, and more.

Healing starts with the redemptive work that came from the beatings (stripes) Jesus bore and His death on the cross. He paid the price for sin (supernatural/spiritual) that we couldn’t. We can’t add to what he did for us.

With that said, there are times when our soul (mind, will, and emotions) or body needs healing too. Physical and emotional healing may require us to start making healthy choices and stop making unhealthy choices.

Our physical or emotional healing may also require outside sources of help like medications, supplements, professional medical assistance, or nutrition foods, etc.

Keep in mind some traumas will require a multifaceted approach. Helpful tools like ,,Limbic System retraining and neurotransmitter support are often needed to get us to a level where we can make proactive healthy choices.

Always seek medical attention as needed.

Let’s look at a simple way to start your emotional healing journey.

How to Start Healing Painful Emotions

God has a plan for every area of our lives.

We start healing painful emotions by praying and seeking Him for wisdom, guidance, and direction for our healing, then obeying by following what He shows us to do.

“You can be pitiful or powerful, but you can’t be both. You have to choose one.”

-Joyce Meyer

Physical healing involves rest. Emotional healing requires action.

In many cases, we stop doing old destructive ways of coping and reliving the past.

And we start with the decision that we are going to live differently.

Healing is not one-size-fits-all. It takes time and allowing Him to do a work in us and our commitment to do what we need to do (or don’t do).

We put our faith, hope, and trust in His plan for our life.

We are changed from glory to glory.

God has a part, and we have our role too. He won’t do our part, and we can’t add anything to what Jesus did for us.

If you are struggling in an area that you disparately want to heal, keep reading.

It could be with anxiety, fear, doubt, worry, anger, or anything else that keeps you from feeling peaceful, content, and happy. Looking forward to another day.

Where do you start healing emotional wounds ... pain?

With prayer.

Ask God for wisdom (,,James 1:5). Ask what you need to start doing or stop doing. What do you need to ‘let go’ of? Stop fixating on and spending all your energy on?

Emotional Healing Game Changer

Do you want to know what the single most effective thing (besides accepting Jesus as my Savior and cultivating my Spiritual life) I did that started improving ,,my health?

I got serious about my thought life. I made the decision to stop thinking about every negative thing that popped into my head. I stopped dwelling on my past. I stopped fixating on who did what to me and how I was going to get them back.

The second most important thing I did was I started eating healthy foods. I gave my body the nutrition it needed to build a healthy mind and body.

The third important thing I did was take targeted supplements.

What’s yours? What has been the most critical thing you changed that made a vital difference in your life?

If you haven’t discovered it yet- I encourage you to pray and ask God for wisdom. Ask Him to reveal to you what you need to do.

Chances are He’s already been impressing upon you what to do. Sometimes we can’t hear His still small voice through the noise.

Take time to set boundaries, take care of yourself, seek God, and do the hard stuff you need to do to move forward in your healing process.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Pray for wisdom for where you need to start.
  2. Decide to do the work necessary.
  3. Stop looking back to the past and instead live in the present with hope for a better future.

To help you get started…

When I was first starting on my healing journey, I would forget all that I needed to do. I started writing down what I was learning that evidently turned into my workbook.

Later when I became a Certified Transformation Coach, I realized most of my clients weren't doing the basics. Basics for reducing stress, relieving anxiety, and starting their emotional healing journey.

I turned my workbook into a action guide my clients could use to learn and do the basics.

My ,,Stress Less SOS Action Guide - is a great place to start you on your emotional healing journey. It has 14 essential lessons that teach foundational principles for reducing stress, relieving anxiety, and healing emotional pain. It's only $9.98 and comes with two bonus checklists.

My ,,Stress Less SOS Emotional Transformation Program (scroll down to the bottom of the page)- is what I’m currently beta testing. This program teaches more advanced lessons and tools for healing a painful past, breaking free of soul ties, retraining the brain that stops the negative feedback loop, and so much more. Sign up to be notified when this is released.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

,,Why Learning About Forgiveness Is Important and Can Actually Improve Your Health!

,,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

,,3 Easy Tips for Setting Boundaries During the Holidays

Resources

,,Focus on the Positive Things in Life

,,When Anxiety Attacks

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

MissyRankin.com

*Science-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress, emotional pain, and health issues caused by both.

Click ,,here to go to my ,,Work with Me page to learn more.

#howtoforgive #emotionalwellness #healabrokenheart #healsbrokenhearted

#hehealsbrokenhearted #emotionalhealing #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #mindfulness #anxiousfornothing

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<![CDATA[3 Easy Tips for Setting Boundaries During the Holidays]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/3-easy-tips-for-setting-boundaries-at-during-the-holidays5fad5825d8b2c60017fb304fThu, 12 Nov 2020 16:24:44 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSWe're headed into the holiday season.

Setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries can help make the holidays more enjoyable.

What Are Boundaries?

Boundaries are physical, mental, and/or emotional limits- the dividing line- we create to protect ourselves from being controlled, used, or mistreated. Boundary violators could be family, friends, co-workers, or anyone that seeks to meet their needs at our expense.

According to Marvin Kittnel in his article "Why It Is Important to Have Boundaries?" he lists three types of boundaries: healthy, rigid, and porous.

Healthy boundaries are not compromising your values for others, appropriately sharing personal information, valuing your own opinion, and accepting other's rights to have boundaries too.

Rigid boundary examples- avoiding close relationships, not asking for help, detaching, and distancing yourself to prevent rejection.

Porous boundaries are oversharing too much personal information, difficulty saying 'no,' and tolerating disrespect, misuse, or abuse.

Here are three easy tips for setting boundaries during the holidays.

  1. K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple, Sweetie. This year, of course, we're dealing with a pandemic. Limit travel. Google's Meet is a free way to have real-time meetings. Start new traditions.
  2. Say no. I know this is hard or challenging. But there's also an epidemic of stress and stress-related diseases. Saying no in an appropriate peaceful way is a first step in setting boundaries and limiting stress in our lives.
  3. Be kind and empathic when possible. However, some people have been used to getting their own way- usually through manipulation for so long they just won't "get it" when we set boundaries for our health. And they probably never will.

Remember: setting boundaries isn't about 'getting back at someone.' Or teaching them a lesson. It's about doing for ourselves what we need to do.

Also seek appropriate help as needed.

Are Boundaries Biblical?

Did you know, the Old Testament is full of verses on boundaries. God was very clear that no one should move boundary markers. (Proverbs 22:28 & 23:10 are just a few).

Jesus even set boundaries. He set limits with the crowd following Him (Luke 5:15-16). He rested as needed (John 4:6). Took naps (Mark 4:38). Ate when he was hungry (Matthew 9:10-13).

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. When you share what you need or when you say 'no,' you can be kind, firm, and calm.
  2. Setting and maintaining boundaries takes practice and repetition.
  3. Always pray first and meditate on the scriptures below.
"A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger." - Proverbs 15:1 (AMP)
"Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message. Choose your words carefully and be ready to give answers to anyone who asks questions." - Colossians 4:6 (CEV)

To help you get started…

You can do this. It may be challenging but it will be worth it.

If you'd like my help, ,,reach out. I'm here for you. For a limited time*, I'm offering four weekly 45-minute 1:1 private coaching sessions for only $25 each session.

Click ,,here to make an appointment for a complementary Discovery Session to get started.

*This offer is good for only the first 10 people who sign up and does not include any course material or other programs that I offer. Offer to signup expires November 30, 2020 at midnight ET.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

Boundaries and Acceptance Can Relieve Stress

5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

Resources

,7-Day Stress Less email Course - for finding hope and motivation for meeting dreams and goals.

,,Positive Power Proclamations! Sometimes we need a faith booster, a confidence booster that things will change. Our lives don't have to remain the same. Take action! Follow your dreams!

Works Cited

,,https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/how-help-friend/201711/why-is-it-important-have-personal-boundaries

,,https://www.soulshepherding.org/jesus-set-boundaries/

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#hehealsbrokenhearted #emotionalhealing #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #mindfulness #anxiousfornothing #stresslesssos #stress #anxiety #holidaystressduringcovid19 #holidaystresstips #boundariesholidays

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<![CDATA[Simple Guidance for Achieving Work Life Balance]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/simple-guidance-for-achieving-work-life-balance5f8dd52628b1880017801efcMon, 19 Oct 2020 19:19:30 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSThis is a short and sweet blog post with a special offer at the end.

Here's why.

In addition to being a Certified Health Coach, I’m licensed in 13 states in Life & Health insurance. It’s the 4th quarter of the year, and this is the busiest time for Annual Enrollments.

So... this is an excellent opportunity to talk about balancing work obligations and our personal life.

I’m an entrepreneur. I have a small insurance broker company and my health coaching business. I started in Human Resources and loved the benefits side. When that company was bought out I stayed with benefits and got my insurance license.

When my health deteriorated, I went back to school to learn more about health and nutrition to help myself and eventually so I could help others as well.

As much as I love health and wellness, I also enjoy helping people understand their benefits and finding the right plans for them.

The reason for this particular blog right now is that I will be taking a break from blogging for the next few weeks. I’ll be back once this enrollment has ended in early November.

As much as I would love to continue to blog about health & stress… it would be too much for me since I also battle Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and low thyroid.

This week's blog's focus is work-life balance.

It’s ok to ask for what you need, set boundaries, and do what you need to do-- for you.

Sometimes we try to please all the people in our lives. We have obligations and expectations to meet yet we take on more than we can healthily handle mainly because we want the people in our lives to be happy with us. (People Pleasing will be a blog topic for another week. Can I get an amen! I need that?!)

Usually, when we are overcommitted- we really aren’t making people happy because we are frustrated and it shows in what we are doing.

However, have you ever took the time to take a good look at #allthethings that you have committed to? Is there anything you can say no to for a season and pick it back up later?

One thing I love to do with my time and guide my clients with is to create a “Non-Negotiable" versus "Not-Right-Now" list.

That’s where we look at each commitment and see if it is something that absolutely has to be done or is it something that can been done at another time- if at all.

Obviously, family and work are at the top of our lists. I’m a Believer so God is at the very top of my list. I find that prioritizing my day after spending time with God seems to give me more time than if I had rushed right into my day.

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. - Psalm 5:3

As much as I love sharing what I’ve learned on my health restoration journey through blogging, I also have to be careful with not overcommitting.

So I will pick back up in a few weeks with topics related to stress and health and everything in between.

In the meantime, I have an easy to read and very helpful action guide to help you get started taking your life back from stress, relieve anxiety, and start the process of healing a painful past.

,Stress Less SOS Action Guide: Tools to Triumph over Stress

The above link is to my book on Amazon. It's only $7.98. I'm making a special offer for the readers of my blog!

For anyone who leaves a positive review or emails me constructive feedback to H,ello@StressLessSOS.com, you’ll receive 25% off a supplement of your choice through my Fullscript supplement site or $10 off a 4-week 1:1 coaching package of your choice.

In order to qualify, take a picture of your "purchase verified" review and email me at Hello@StressLessSOS.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Make your own "Non-Negational" and "Not-Right-Now" List
  2. Ask for what you need.
  3. Set & maintain boundaries (covered in the action guide).

To help you get started, grab the ,Stress Less SOS Action Guide, leave a positive review and get your discount mentioned above.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

,Boundaries and Acceptance Can Relieve Stress

,5 Quick Tips For Easy Ways To Relax

,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

Resources

,Stress Less SOS Action Guide: Tools to Triumph over Stress- only $7.98

,7-Day Stress Less SOS email course- FREE! This easy ,7-day email course walks you

through how to get motivated (and how to tap into a powerful and often overlooked tool) to do what you need to do so you can stress less and live a more full and peaceful life.

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

MissyRankin.com

*Science-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.

Click ,,here to go to my ,,Work with Me page to learn more.

#stressrelief #stressmanagement #anxietyrelief #stresslesslivemore #stresslesssos #worklifebalance #timemanagement #priorities

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<![CDATA[5 Quick Tips For Easy Ways To Relax]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/5-quick-tips-for-easy-ways-to-relax5f761e839e366100171b50f1Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:45:09 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSThis post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,,here.

This week’s blog will be short. My son is getting married in a couple of days! I’m so excited and love my future daughter-in-love.

Even though I’m helping out, I have some downtime right now and wanted to share a topic that fits in great with this busy week. Rest & Relax.

It’s so important to carve out time- daily- to have some downtime to rest and relax.

During stressful times our bodies need a break from being in ‘fight or flight’. Check out ,,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health to learn more about how chronic stress has a negative impact on health.

Resting and relaxing activates the parasympathetic system which promotes ,,health. It also helps to clear the mind and improves mood. You don’t have to take hours to rest during the day. Even a 5-minute break will help.

Here are 5 ideas for a quick break to help reset your mood and energy.

  1. Take a short walk and listen to an uplifting favorite song.
  2. If possible, lie down for a quick cat nap. You don’t have to go to sleep. Just quieten your mind. Practice deep breathing. Enjoy being still.
  3. Go outside or look out a window and drink in the relaxing effect of nature.
  4. Read your list of ,,Positive Power Proclamations
  5. Try a blend of high quality ,,essential oils that promote relaxation. ,Build Your Own Fall Set! Choose 3 Blends and Save 10% at Plant Therapy with Code: MY3SET My favorite relaxing essential oils are lavender, roman chamomile, and geranium.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Set aside some time daily to unwind and reset.
  2. Do something that energizes you and helps you relax- even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day.
  3. Create your own ,,Positive Power Proclamations to keep your mind in a positive state.

To help you get started grab your ,,Positive Power Proclamations template to help you create your own proclamations that promote peace and hope.

Positive proclamations help us to focus our thoughts, words, and eventually our feelings & emotions on our desired dreams and goals.

They also help us re-write old learned habits and unhealthy behavior that keeps us stuck in self-defeating patterns.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

,,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

,,Stress and Its Damaging Health Effects

Resources

,,Positive Power Proclamations

Work Cited

,,Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

,,MissyRankin.com

*Evidence-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.

Click ,,here to go to my ,,Work with Me page to learn more.

#stressrelief #stressmanagement #anxietyrelief #stresslesslivemore #stresslesssos

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<![CDATA[How Resilience Can Help Manage Stress and Relieve Anxiety.]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/how-resilience-can-help-manage-stress-and-relieve-anxiety5f6b75ab6479bf00179ea05dWed, 23 Sep 2020 20:05:52 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSEvidence Based

What is Resilience?

A simple definition of resilience is- the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.

The American Psychology Association defines mental resilience as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences."

Have you ever wondered why a person who had a traumatic or negative upbringing turns out seemingly well adjusted? Yet another person in that same family may be on drugs, have issues coping, and fitting in? They may also have trouble in school or with relationships. Either they never get it together or after going down some challenging roads- finally, turn out, ok?

I'm the one in my family that seemed to have it all together. But I didn't. I had problems focusing at school, emotional breakdowns (at all the wrong times). And had addictive tendencies- using spending and food as my drugs of choice.

If you follow Joyce Meyer, you know she and her brother had different lives.

I know other siblings where one has come out of their tragedy "still standing" and the other one not so much.

Why is that?

It's resilience.

Some personality types have it more than others. Some people can tap into resilience and use it to overcome setbacks in life. For others, resilience is something that can be learned.

Why it's essential to develop more resilience in our lives.

According to Joshua Miles, ",Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues."

",Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is the mental reservoir of strength that people can call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart. Psychologists believe that resilient individuals are better able to handle such adversity and rebuild their lives after a catastrophe." - ,Amy Morin

Usually, when I'm teaching or writing on a subject, I get tested in it. At the time of this writing, Coronavirus is still with us, and many children are attending school from home. I've been helping my grandkids with their schoolwork.

I love my mornings. I spend time with the Lord and plan my day. Today, I rearranged my morning routine to start on what I needed to do before they came over.

However, my husband just informed me there is a Zoom meeting this morning for one of the children, and they won't be here until later- if at all.

I'm a planner. Plus, I don't like surprises. At first, I got frustrated that I rearranged my morning so I could help out. (I love my relaxing mornings).

Then all the things I have learned and teach surfaced in my mind to help me 'get over' and 'let go' of the frustration.

I took a deep breath, set some boundaries for going forward, and decided to 'drop it, leave it, and let it go'.

The old me, would fuss and fuss. Carry on and on. And make a big deal out of this situation. The inappropriate emotional response I describe above, was partly due to not making peace with my painful past. I carried hurts with me into my present- which put a hefty strain on my relationships.

That's one of the reasons I do what I do. I share what I've learned- and finally applied.

Practicing these simple techniques and doing what you need to do for you helps to keep you from going through the pain and poor health I went through because of not letting go, forgiving, etc.

Ok- back to our topic- resilience- which I just used to bounce back from that minor upset.

If you are lacking in your fair share of resilience, good news- it can be learned.

Developing resilience is a personal journey.

Everyone reacts differently to traumatic and stressful life events. What works for one person may or may not work for another. Resilient people try different strategies and stick to what works for them.

Resilience is built by taking a holistic (mind, body, and emotions) approach.

It's making tweaks and adjustments in the areas you struggle with the most- areas like nutrition, sleep, gratefulness, living in the moment, and setting boundaries … soon they'll become a new healthy habit.

Ready to Bounce Back?

Three Steps for Developing Resilience

1) Decide

Building resilience takes making a decision to do so. There are no quick fixes. No magic formulas. It starts with a thought—a decision.

A decision to do the "next right thing" consistently.

Instead of detaching from stressful situations and problems, we can decide (or choose) to do healthier actions (as I did in my story above).

Building resilience is making healthy choices every day.

Things like:

  • Eating healthy
  • Resting as needed
  • Being thankful for what we do have/for what's right in our life
  • Thinking on what is good and not the bad
  • Having fun as much as possible
  • Dreaming of (and planning for) a better future.

2) Hope

It's not the "I hope I get a pony for Christmas." Or "I hope the Tennessee Titans win the Super Bowl."

It's a God-kind of hope. "HOPE is the confident expectation that something GOOD is going to happen. It's closely related to our faith and what we believe. When we dare to HOPE, it floods our life with joy and peace." - Joyce Meyer

When I was at my lowest level with my health... I remember thinking that one day I was going to be better. I just knew it!

Even though my health didn't reflect it. I had this deep 'knowing'... I had HOPE that FUELED my healthy choices. Helped me do the 'next right thing', I needed to do to restore my health.

A HOPE that helped me say

  • No! To fast or processed foods.
  • No! To drinking a liter of Diet Mountain Dew a day.
  • No! To other poor choices that were affecting my health.

And YES❣️ to …

•Reducing caffeine

•Drinking more filtered water

•Eating lots of organic veggies

•Finding Smart Swaps for the unhealthy foods I wanted.

•Diligently maintaining healthy sleep habits

Changing my negative...' woe is me, I'm a victim' mindset, to an "I can and I will" positive one.

And I did.

HOPE is what kept me going. HOPE for a better future.

And it has been a better future. I love my life. I wouldn't change the lessons I've learned through this process.

Again, that's why I share what I share in this blog, the free resources, products, and 1:1 coaching. I hope to share with you the what and why- the essentials regarding how to take your life back from stress.

3) Stay flexible

Resilience involves maintaining flexibility and balance in your life as you deal with stressful circumstances and traumatic events. This happens in several ways, including:

  • Letting yourself experience strong emotions appropriately.
  • Stepping forward and taking action to deal with situations to meet the demands of daily living.
  • Carving out time to rest and reenergize.
  • Spending time with loved ones to gain support and encouragement
  • Nurturing yourself and doing things you love.
  • Relying on others as needed
  • Relying on yourself.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now to help (sos) you stress less.

  1. Decide to learn and use simple techniques for handling stress and relieving anxiety.
  2. Make peace with your past (or present) stressors. Forgive, let 'it' go, and move on with living your life.
  3. Grow in hope for a better future.

Check out this free resource to help you get started.

,,7-Day Email Stress Less SOS eCourse

,Here's to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

Boundaries and Acceptance Can Relieve Stress

Why Learning About Forgiveness Is Important and Can Improve Your Health!

Resources

Sometimes we need support to help us take our life & health back from stress.

My top two essential oils for reducing stress and relieving anxiety are lavendar and chamomile. Place a few drops in a carrier oil like grapeseed oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil and rub on your wrists, temples, or top of the chest.

Check out what's on sale at Plant Therapy (100% pure essential oils) by clicking on the picture below.


My favorite supplement duo is Pure Encapsulation's Pure Tranquility and Relora. You can order them here and receive an automatic 5% discount. Shipping is free for both products.

This post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,,here.

Works Cited

Building Your Resilience

The Importance of Building Resilience

What Is Resilience?

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

MissyRankin.com

Click, here to go to my, Work with Me page to learn more.


*Science and/or Evidence-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my mission to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.

,#emotionalwellness ,#emotionalhealing ,#emotionalhealth ,#emotionalwellness ,#mindfulness ,#anxiousfornothing ,#stressrelief ,#stressmanagement ,#anxietyrelief ,#stresslesslivemore ,#stresslesssos

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<![CDATA[Why Learning About Forgiveness Is Important and Can Actually Improve Your Health!]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/why-learning-forgiveness-is-important-can-actually-improve-your-health-condition5f620b604c671800173895f2Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:01:31 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSThis post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my digital products and coaching services affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,,here.

Evidence Backed

Faith Based

Forgiveness.

Why is it so hard?

According to the Oxford Languages dictionary, the word 'forgive' means to

  • stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
  • cancel (a debt).
  • used in polite expressions as a request to excuse or regard indulgently one's foibles, ignorance, or impoliteness.

I’m OK with the last definition but man oh man has it been quite hard/tough/a big struggle to do the first two definitions.

Can you relate?

Has something happened and you’re having a hard time forgiving, letting go, and going on with your life?

Have you noticed how miserable you feel when the person or memory comes back in your life?

Did you know it’s possible to make peace with the situation? To really and truly forgive and ‘let it go’? To be able to see the person or remember (not dwell) on the memory without the overwhelming feelings rushing in?

It’s possible. I’ve done with it painful memories from my past, my ex-husband, and even friends who betrayed me.

I know some reading this may be saying things like, "but Missy, you don’t understand what they did/ said to me.”

And you’re right I don’t know.

But I do know that I’ve had to forgive people who range an 8-10 (with 10 being the worse) on the People-Who-Did-Me-Wrong Scale.

Stay with me and let's continue.

In order to begin the process of forgiving, letting go, and moving on with life- first, we need to truly understand how toxic unforgiveness is.

Let’s look at WHY forgiveness is so important.

You may have heard that unforgiveness is like drinking poison expecting the other person to be hurt. Yeah, it’s kinda like that.

Let’s briefly look at the physical health effects of unforgiveness. According to the article ,Forgiveness: Your Health Depends Upon It,

“There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says ,Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and ,immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and diabetes, among other conditions.
Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.

And in the article ,,Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness we can see the emotional effects …

"What are the effects of holding a grudge?

If you're unforgiving, you might:

  • Bring anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience
  • Become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can't enjoy the present
  • Become depressed or anxious
  • Feel that your life lacks meaning or purpose, or that you're at odds with your spiritual beliefs
  • Lose valuable and enriching connectedness with others"

And lastly, what does God have to say about forgiveness?

"For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses." - ,,Matthew 6:14-15

I remember when I was in high school and the guy I had a HUGE crush on hooked up with my “friend” while I was on vacation.

Oh! That hurt. I was so angry with her and filled with bitterness and hate.

Until one day my Methodist pastor preached on forgiveness and the scripture above.

Ouch. I could feel Holy Spirit tugging at my heart- wanting me to forgive her.

I knew that if I didn’t forgive her then … well, you read the rest of the scripture above.

I’d like to say that unforgiveness was never an issue for me after that incident. But, unfortunately, it was - usually in another form. Things like bitterness and resentment are close cousins to unforgiveness.

After years of constant negative thinking (on past or present things that upset me) and not resolving the reasons for the bitterness and resentment- my health suffered tremendously.

My health crisis is another story. You can read more it ,,here.

My health started improving not only because I made changes to my diet and lifestyle, but just as importantly I made the decision (followed by action) to forgive, let go of bitterness and resentment, and make the most of some difficult situations.

By the way, forgiveness is NOT the same as ACCEPTANCE. It’s also not allowing abusive or toxic behavior. (Check out this ,,post on Boundaries and Acceptance.)

So how can learning about forgiveness improve your health condition?

Because it empowers and motivates us to make tough decisions so that our health isn’t affected by unforgiveness.

Knowing that unforgiveness creates issues with our physical, emotional, and spiritual health gives us fuel to start the process of forgiving, letting go, and moving on.

PRO TIP: I’ve actually prayed, “Lord help me to be willing to forgive.” Meaning I wasn’t ready and willing to forgive. But I was willing (ready, eager, and prepared) to start the process. Baby steps.

The first place to start is knowing that it’s important for us to forgive and pray for help to do it.

If the situation is too painful for you to do this alone, be sure to reach out to a trusted friend, pastor, counselor or ,,me. Be sure to checkout the resource below that can help you get started on your way to forgiving, letting go, and moving on with your life.

By the way, sometimes we’ve been stressed so long, our bodies are depleted of the nutrients it needs to perform basic functions- like having balanced mental health.

A healthy mental state of being is part of the forgiveness process.

My favorite supplement for supporting a healthy brain is ,,Neurolink by Designs for Health.

“The fast pace of the modern world presents us with sensory inputs that can overstimulate the brain, making it difficult to maintain balanced moods, emotional stability, and proper focus and attention. The myriad of psychological stressors we face can be challenging to process in a calm and collected manner.
The neurotransmitters that facilitate psychological health—including positive mental outlook, balanced perspective, and the ability to cope with everyday stress—depend on the availability of the nutrients they’re made from.
Neurolink™ is a blend of these nutrients, designed to support balanced moods, mental focus, and healthy responses to emotional stress. These nutrients are present in food, but during periods of heightened stress, additional supplementation can be helpful to ensure that the body has adequate amounts to meet its needs.”

-Neurolink Patient Education, Designs for Health

You can purchase it from my ,,estore. Receive 5% off your order.


Let’s Review

  • Forgiving is important to our mental, emotional, and physical health. Many dis-eases can develop from a constant state of “fight or flight” (stressed out mode).
  • We can pray and ask for help to be willing to forgive.
  • ,,Supplements can support our bodies when we’ve been stressed for long periods of time.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Meditate on ,,Matthew 6:14-15, ,,Psalms 86:5, & ,,Psalms 32
  2. Pray and ask God to help you. ,,Jeremiah 29:13
  3. Forgiveness starts with a decision. A choice. You may not feel like forgiving- and that’s OK. Feelings follow actions.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

,5 Facts of How Stress Effects Your Health

,Boundaries and Acceptance Can Relieve Stress

Resources

,,Neurolink Supplement, use FIRST25 promo code to receive 25% off

,Stress Less Action Guide: Tools to Help You Triumph Over Stress (There’s a lesson on how to forgive. It’s only $9.98).

Works Cited

,,Forgiveness: Your Health Depends Upon It

,,Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness

The information shared in the post on and on the website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

StressLessSOS.com

MissyRankin.com

*Science-Based: I write blogs based on science-backed and/or evidence-based information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

*Faith-Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.

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<![CDATA[Boundaries and Acceptance Can Relieve Stress]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/boundaries-and-acceptance-can-relieve-stress5f34049197ee7300179b6c17Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:13:29 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience-Based

Have you ever known what to do yet you just aren't doing it? Or maybe you know something needs to change but you're ignoring it- hoping things will change?

Maybe your health is suffering and looking back you can trace it to a stressful event or ongoing- chronic stress. Maybe you might not know where to start or be overwhelmed.

That's OK. There's no judgment here. No right or wrong answers. I get it. We're passionate about something. We want to help others. We want to serve, teach, support, or lead others- yet we don't practice the very things that got us to where we are or that we know to do.

Or maybe we were so laser-focused on fulfilling the call on our live/ living our dream that we neglected to take care of ourselves in the process.

It's so very important to be proactive with practicing stress relief. Try these and let me know what you think (or really how you felt) in the comments below.

Let's explore three simple essentials of relieving stress-- restorative self-care (bonus), acceptance, and boundaries.

RESTORATIVE SELF-CARE

First up is restorative self-care. What is “restorative" self-care you may be asking?

Well, you probably know what self-care is. It’s where you bathe, brush your teeth, eat food, and get some sleep. The basics.

Restorative self-care takes basic self-care to another level.

,RESTORATIVE: adjective- having the ability to restore health, strength, or a feeling of well-being. "the restorative power of long walks"
noun- something, especially a medicine or drink, that restores health, strength, or well-being.

Practicing restorative self-care is what you do for yourself to create a sense of calm, peace, happiness, joy, strength, and well being.

Examples of restorative self-care are taking a relaxing candlelit bath in ,Epsom salt and essential oils (be sure to drink plenty of water before an Epsom salt bath. Also, be care with essential oils in the bath. Read ,,this article first), or drinking a cup of herbal tea while relaxing in your favorite chair, or even sitting in a quiet place and dreaming a future that is full of hope.

It's also letting go of the "shoulds" and the guilt that usually comes with taking care of ourselves.

How about taking a few minutes and think about what you can do today that will make you happy. Bring a smile to your face. Give you a much-needed break and rest.

Then do it.

ACCEPTANCE

Now onto acceptance.

If we've gone too long in a stressful state, sometimes the reality of our situation is that we'll experience challenges in our health that will limit us.

We can remember the good 'ole days when we could do all that we wanted and needed to do. We ‘forget’ that we have or are experiencing health challenges when we're focused on completing a task or goal.

Strange how disconnected we can become from our own bodies, right?

Our minds are on the task at hand until the body has to send out ,louder signals (pain, fatigue, weakness, etc) to get us to stop and take a break or make changes.

The reality of my situation is that … Lyme Disease (specifically Bartonella), Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia are challenges for me. I have pain from my head to my feet on most days and at various degrees. Yet I would still push myself to do more than I should. Blocking out the fact that I have limits.

The 'blocking' was actually denial of the fact that I had limitations.

Limitations that I needed to stop running from. Turn around and face. Even embrace them to the point that I stop subjecting my body, my mind, and my emotions to the fast-paced roller coaster ride of trying to do #allthethings.

In my spirit, I kept hearing, "acceptance of the things I can't change and the wisdom to know the difference".

I returned to that beautifully simple prayer, The Serenity Prayer, and started giving myself grace. Grace and compassion for my limitations.

I cut back on many ‘extra’ things. And I focused on me, my health, and what I needed.

BOUNDARIES

Which leads me to boundaries.

When I ‘cut back’ on the extra things- I got some push back from those I was ‘serving’ or had been ‘going the extra mile’ for.

Almost no one will support those of us who look fine (have you heard, “you don’t look sick”) when we set boundaries with them.

Why should they? We’ve been there for them doing whatever whenever-- why are we stopping now? Because we’re doing it for us. Whether they understand or not.

Setting boundaries is about setting limits. Setting limits with others or ourselves.

When I created my boundaries, first I had to get really clear on what I needed. I took some time to think about what I needed and didn’t need/want that would improve my health.

Once I knew what I needed with others, I politely yet firmly shared with them - at the appropriate time the new way things were going to be (insert laughing emoji here- but it’s true).

Things like I didn’t want to hear about the news right before bedtime (stress right before bed keeps me awake), I couldn’t play as long as I use to with my grandchildren (my husband would go in another room and leave me to play- so now I get him involved too), and I take a break in the afternoon as needed and don’t allow guilt to creep into my mind.

It took a consistent firm effort to say ‘no’ when I had so many people wanting my ‘yes’. In fact, the boundary setting and maintaining part took the most effort. Yet, I didn’t give up. I explained how this is what I needed to get better. I even shared information on fibro, Lyme, etc. with family members to help them understand.

And I even shared a short version of the Spoon Theory.

,,The Spoon Theory is a great story of what’s it’s like to have chronic health challenges that limit a person who looks fine. If you aren't familiar with it, please carve out the time to read it.

Setting boundaries is like putting up a fence around your yard. It marks where your property ends. It gives a clear definition of what's yours. You get to decide what you'll allow "in your yard" and what you won't.

I think boundaries can be hard to set because we just aren't sure what they are or how to do it. And besides, most of us women were raised to be 'good girls'. Play nice. Be quiet. "Be a dear and ___ (< do something for others).

I know that there are ,personality types who are ,genetically prone to serving and caring. And that's fine. I'm naturally a caregiver. Until I became the one needing care and I didn't have anyone there for me. (Part of that was because I didn't share what I needed. I kept on with the facade that I was fine- until I wasn't).

Now it's your turn. If we were sitting across from each other and I asked you, "what do you need?"

  • to feel happy?
  • to live your life?
  • to feel rested?
  • to improve your health?

What would your answers be?

What if I asked, "what do you not need?"

  • to feel less stressed?
  • to have less anxiety and a lasting sense of peace and calmness?
  • to feel helpless so you can be empowered?

How about sitting here for a moment and letting those questions stir something inside you.

Ride the wave of any emotions. Chose not to sink and drown in painful emotions. Just feel what comes up. You are the captain of your ship. You're in charge. Feel the emotions and release them.

When you're ready, think about what do you need and/or don't need.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now to help (SOS) you stress less.

Take care of yourself and ...

  1. Practice restorative self-care today.
  2. Accept what you can and can't change.
  3. Set boundaries as needed.

Stress Less SOS

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

Top 3 Things You Should Do to Cope with Stress During COVID-19

Stress and Its Damaging Health Effects

Resources

,Stress Less SOS 7 Day Email Course

,7 Steps to Stress Less ebooklet

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHS

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Specialist

,,StressLessSOS.com

*Science-Based: I write blogs based on science backed information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith-Based: I may add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to teach and empower you to make health-promoting decisions so you can take back your life and health from stress.

Click here to go to my ,About Page to learn more.

WORK CITED AND/OR OTHER SUPPORTING SOURCES

https://draxe.com/beauty/relaxing-bath-recipe-lavender-oil/

https://www.medicinenet.com/symptoms_of_serious_diseases_and_health_problems/article.htm

,,https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22516098/

,,https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2019/06/25/lyme-disease-bartonellosis-diagnosis/

,,https://www.lupus.org.uk/patient-stories/patients-stories/111-the-spoons-theory

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/personality#:~:text=Today%2C%20psychologists%20often%20describe%20personality,as%20a%20sixth%20key%20trait

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29152902/

#stressrelief #stressmanagement #anxietyrelief #nurseburnout #physicanburnout #nursepractitioner #healthcare #stresslessos

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<![CDATA[Stress and Its Damaging Health Effects]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/stress-and-its-damaging-health-affects5f2ad0f487693d00177dedc4Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:30:24 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience Based*

When I was thinking about what to write today, I remembered the stats from Pinterest and my website showing which blog/area had the most views.

Hands down it was how stress negatively impacts our health.

So that's what I'll share here but I will also share 3 easy techniques to relieve stress that promote health and wellness.

You see, we have a real problem today with unresolved/chronic stress and how it’s impacting our health, our family’s health, and those we care about.

Let me ask you this …

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Have difficulty saying 'no' and feel resentment for saying 'yes'?
  • Have emotional wounds from the past that affect your life today?
  • Anxiety?
  • A racing heart?
  • Sleeplessness?
  • High blood pressure, Diabetes 2, and/or high cholesterol?

The above is actually a shortlist of all the things unresolved/ chronic stress can cause.

If you answered yes to any of the above, are your overwhelmed- not knowing where to start taking your life and health back from stress?

I know I was and my clients were too.

So why am I here talking to you about stress? Because, I’m a textbook example of the negative side effects of stress.

Mine is a beautiful story of victim to victorious and tragedy to triumph ... things like that.

Go ,here to read more.

Back to today's topic...

The quote below is from the article “,,Stress. It’s Worse Than You Think" from Psychology Today.

“By responding to the stress of everyday life with the ,SAME surge of biochemicals released during major threats, the body is slowly killing itself. The biochemical onslaught chips away at the IMMUNE SYSTEM, opening the way to CANCER, infection, and DISEASE. ,Hormones unleashed by stress eat at the digestive tract and lungs, promoting ulcers and asthma. Or they may weaken the heart, leading to strokes and heart disease. "Chronic stress is like a slow poison."

"Chronic stress is like a slow poison." < that's powerful isn't it?

The good news is you can stop and even reverse the damaging effects of stress- on your mind, your body and even with your emotions.

You don’t have to change everything all at once. I love this quote about making changes…. Slow and steady wins the race. Try learning at least one of the techniques I'll share below.

Use it whenever something stressful happens. Then at your own pace, add in some of the other techniques we’ll cover.

Some may be wondering what the big deal is with stress. Or what is it exactly. I cover that in ,this blog. By the way, there is good and bad stress. Check ,it out if you missed it.

For now, let’s keep going.

The stress response is a protective mechanism. However, when the stress response does not turn off, negative effects can impact overall health.

Webmd.com in this article has a list of the symptoms and health issues associated with stress and some are listed below.

Mental health problems-such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

Cardiovascular disease- including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke

Obesity and other eating disorders

Skin and hair problems- such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss

Digestive problems- such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon

And that's not all. There are even links to reproductive issues and chronic stress. Learn more ,here.

Unfortunately, I could write a ton more about how stress negatively affects our health. But you might not have the time. And I'm polishing my webinar that goes deeper into the subject, so I'll keep this post short.

For now, let's switch gears and focus on something positive.

What we CAN do about stress.

SIMPLE RELIEVING TECHNIQUES

The are so many techniques that we could cover. But for the sake of time- I’ll pick three.

-Healthy Food

-Breathing

-Movement

-Having Fun

-Mindfulness

-Sleep Promoting Habits

You may be asking- what does breathing and sleep have to do with one another?

And what do they have to do with relieving stress and stopping the damage health effects?

Let me share a brief story that might help to answer that.

Years ago when I realized that stress was a major factor in my health issues, I used to think there was some elusive magical formula for handling stress. The more I researched, the more I came up with simple things I could do- like take a walk, eat more veggies, have fun, breath deeper.

But I ignored those because those were too simple. I had major stress! I needed something with muscle to knock out my level of stress.

But the more I researched and the more I studied, the more I realized- it really is the simple things- done consistently over time that would… in fact, allow me to stress less and reverse the negative side effects of stress on my mental, emotional, and physical health.

We can take small steps to improve these areas- one at a time.

Many small actions- taken over time- produce big results.

Let's continue.

DEEP BREATHING TECHNIQUE

One of the fastest ways of diffusing a negative emotional response to stress is to just breath.

Breathing is an automatic process. However, most of us rarely use our full lung capacity. When was the last time you took a purposeful deep breath?

Taking long deep controlled breaths resets the brain and triggers the relaxation response.

Deep breathing for a count of 5 or more allows us time to think. Time to think about what response should be given to the situation. Or time to talk ourselves out of making a bad choice. AND Time to calm our mind.

When a stressful event occurs, our bodies undergo numerous chemical and automatic responses. Our adrenals get us ready for ‘fight or flight.’ Our heart rate and blood pressure increase. Our muscles tense.

Deep breathing activates our body’s “Relaxation Response.” The “Relaxation Response” works to ‘turn off’ the fight or flight mode. Our heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Our mind can focus clearer.

There are many different breathing techniques. The beauty of controlled breathing is it can be done anywhere!

Practice this daily and use it the next time something stressful happens.

The one we’re going to do now is called equal breathing.

Equal Breathing This controlled technique involves equal lengths for both inhales and exhales. To start, try counting to 5 on each inhalation and exhalation. As you breath deeper you may be able to work your way to a count of 6 or even 8. Take several equal breaths and feel the relaxation throughout your entire body.


MOVEMENT

Next let’s look at Movement

Movement or exercise for even just 10 minutes at a time can help relieve pent up stress!

Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread. There are tons of options out there.

Any movement will help to relieve stress. Walking, Cycling, Pilates, yoga, old school Step Aerobics, Stretching, etc. Find what works for you and do it- often.

Not only will exercise help stop your stress in its tracks, it can help keep stress levels low the next time you encounter a stressful situation.

Seven out of 10 adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives.

-from ,,this article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

By the way, exercise or movement is the most recommended stress reduction method by health care professionals.

Exercise and other physical activity boost chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers called endorphins which improve the ability to sleep and reduces stress and anxiety.

Try different forms of exercise and find the ones you like and enjoy best keeping aware of your abilities.

Don’t push yourself beyond what your body says you can do. Be gentle and supportive of where you are and do what you can. We all have to start somewhere.

Also, please be kind to yourself if you think you don’t measure up to others around you. Don’t fall victim to comparing yourself to what the yoga instructor can do, or how many miles your co-worker or sister can walk. Focus on you. This is for your benefit.


Now let’s move onto Sleep.

SLEEP (Restful & Restorative)

Restorative sleep is so important to our health- both mentally and physically. While we’re asleep, our bodies are busy cleaning and repairing, actively trying to regulate our hormones, storing memories and dealing with emotions.

There is a huge difference between restful-restorative sleep and trying to “get some” sleep where dreams are turbulent, one has trouble going to sleep, staying asleep, and one wakes up numerous times throughout the night.

It really does matter what we do right before we go to sleep.

That’s why it’s so very important to establish a bedtime routine. This allows our bodies to be able to perform the functions needed at regular times in a 24-hour cycle. Pick a bedtime that works for you.

About an hour before lying down for sleep, start your routine.

Here are a few tips to try tonight.

  • Going to bed and waking at the same times will get your body into a regular circadian rhythm (24-hour period for performing important bodily processes).
  • Try going to bed about 8.5 - 9 hours before you need to get up. Most people need anywhere from 7 - 9 hours of sleep. You may need 9 hours if you are run-down and have health issues like Chronic Fatigue. Find what works for you and adjust the length, as you need.
  • Before going to bed… make out your ‘To Do’ list for the next day. This is a great way to take the burden of the things you need to do and address them by putting them on your To Do list. By putting everything on your To Do list, you won’t have to dwell on it once you lie down.

We’ve covered 3 areas that - if you’ll give attention to, make a few tweaks and changes to, you’ll be able to handle stress more calmly and with confidence.

Do you see how it’s all connected.

By choosing ,,HEALTHY FOODS (< click on link to learn more), practicing stress relieving techniques, and taking steps to get a restful night's sleep- these healthy habits work together to reduce the intensity of anxiety and stress the next time it strikes.

Now, I wouldn’t be the powerful coach that I am if I didn’t ask you to take action, so here’s what I’d love for you to do right now. Think about one of these action steps that you would like to take today. Don’t just let this be another article, seminar or workshop that you read or watch that you don’t do anything with.

Remember how I was, I thought that there was this elusive powerful way to handle stress that I just couldn’t find or grasp - but in reality it was as simple as … eating healthier, deep breathing, moving/exercise, and a bonus tip- is to look for the positives or what’s right in our lives- and to not focus on the negative or what's wrong in our lives.

So take a deep breath, focusing your attention here and now and decide…

-What’s the one thing you’ll do from today's article?

-Will you take time to get really clear on the things you can change that have been hindering you and causing you to stay in a state of stress?

-Will you try one or more of the action steps that really resonated with you today?

To help you get started, grab my ,,Stress Less SOS Action Guide for only $9.98!

When I was learning what to do so I could restore my health- my brain fog (fuzzy thinking) was so bad I had to write everything down. This action guide actually started out as my workbook for what to do.

In it, I teach 14 simple and effective techniques that are foundational for taking your life back from stress. Lessons like 'how to set boundaries', simple time management tips, 'how to forgive', Restorative Self-Care, and more. You can see each lesson listed here.

I've even included two bonus checklists to help you remember what to do.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

  1. Use the deep breathing technique above
  2. Move more
  3. Get the ,Stress Less SOS Action Guide

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

,5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

,,Master the Skills of Healthy Eating and Be Successful!

Resources

FREE- ,7 Simple Steps to Stress Less ebooklet

,,Stress Less SOS Action Guide- only $9.98

Works Cited

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/199601/stress-its-worse-you-think

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body#1

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHS

Certified Transformation Coach,

StressLessSOS.com

*Science Based: I write blogs based on science backed information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to inform and empower you to make health promoting decisions for yourself.

Click ,,here to go to my About Page to learn more.

#stressrelief #stressmanagement # #anxietyrelief #stresslesslivemore #stresslesssos

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<![CDATA[Top 3 Things You Should Do to Cope with Stress During COVID-19]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/top-3-things-you-should-do-to-cope-with-stress-during-covid-195f20640d42b1830017028a8dWed, 29 Jul 2020 14:39:39 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience Based*

You may already know about some of the basics of relieving stress like how taking several deep breaths will help you calm down when stressed.

And how meditation (focusing one’s thoughts on a particular object, scripture, word, or activity) is also beneficial in calming an anxious mind.

If you’re not actively doing the above, grab my FREE ,,7 Simple Steps to Stress Less booklet to get started.

For now, let’s look at some other easy things that can help you cope with stress during … (how ever you refer to this time >)... coronavirus, COVID-19, the pandemic, or just 2020 in general.

Pro tip: If the feeling of overwhelm comes on you, yet you want to try to finish what you are doing do the following simple breathing exercise.

Take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Repeat 3 times. Remember to focus your attention on what you are doing (not the intrusive thoughts that sabotage your efforts). Read one point at a time.

Ok. Let’s dive into this.

When it comes to stress, we need to be proactive (not reactive)- regardless of where it comes from. - Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHS

Here are the top 3 things you should do to help you cope with stress during COVID-19 (or Coronavirus, or 2020 in general).

1) Eat healthily. Avoid fast and processed food as much as possible.

Fill your plate with veggies, add in some lean protein, healthy fat, and some fruit as a dessert. Use onions, garlic, and herbs generously!

Think whole foods. Minimally processed. Few ingredients.

This way of eating is basically the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is one of the most ,,studied diets in the world. It’s also considered one of the healthiest and easiest to follow.

Check out ,,this article from Dr. Axe’s website for more information on the Mediterranean Diet that also includes a list of which foods to eat.

Here’s why: Many people are nutritionally depleted. Meaning the food they are eating isn’t chock full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that their bodies need to repair, build, and fight off infections.

Stress ,,depletes our body’s storehouse of

nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

If we are already deficient in healthy things our bodies need to do daily functions- then we’re going to be ill-equipped to handle stressors- big or small.

By the way, did you know, Americans are some of the most overfed ,,malnourished people in the world?

What?! Yes, sadly it’s ,,true.

The foods most of us chose to eat are burgers, fries, pizza, fast foods, and heavily processed “foods” with few vital nutrients that our bodies recognize and can use.

Be proactive. Try these simple meal ideas the next time you eat out or better yet- cook at home when possible.

  • Choose dark leafy greens and boiled eggs
  • Cobb salads (with dressing on the side)
  • Baked chicken with steamed veggies
  • Broiled or baked fish (salmon and trout are great choices), sauteed or steamed broccoli with mushrooms, and brown rice (but keep the serving of rice small).

The next one is a big one. It’s the first of a two-part process.

2) Remove Negative Sources of Stress

This one can be a hard habit to break.

It’s a good idea to ‘check’ the news but not to watch it. I have even turned to getting my weather on phone due to over-hyped negativity regarding the weather on one of our local channels.


Here's the backstory if you're interested ...

I was watching one of my local news channels for the weather report. The weatherman kept talking about the chance of a “severe storm” and “right now it’s only a slight or moderate threat level but...” yet the weather map showed light green (slight) and green (moderate) in a only few spots on the map.

Yet, his voice and mannerisms left me feeling confused like a severe thunderstorm with hail, lightning, and maybe strong winds could start at any moment.

I watched the weather (on the same channel* the next day). Again, the same intensity with the same almost clear map with a few spotty light greens and greens showing on the map.

I tried one more day- this time armed with the opinion that drama sells ads and most people tune-in to news for doom and gloom, not rainbows and kittens.

Sure enough, he did it again. (By the way, the female weather person does it too on that same channel.) Not so much the other new channels but this channel comes in the clearest.

*We’ve cut the cable cord and have Roku plus an HD Antenna.

I decided watching this clear channel wasn't worth the energy and confusion of over-hyped weather. Now, I’m in the habit of checking my phone for the weather. No drama- unless a REAL storm is brewing.


Negative sources of COVID-19 information can be from news, weather, friends, family, and social media. The social media COVID-19 “to mask or not to mask” frenzy is sad and energy-draining all at the same time.

I have “unfollowed” many people on my social media platforms due to angry insensitive posts that keep the drama stirred up and criticize anyone with opposing opinions.

Now, I check on family and friends with quick scrolls to see if anything worthy of my time and energy is there. I spend about 5 - 15 minutes at the most, then I'm off.

Setting boundaries is also important during this time (or any time for that matter).

I have one family member who ‘tries’ to give me the latest coronavirus updates regarding infections, deaths, etc. (but never the total of recovereds).

I’ve politely asked him to stop and that I wasn’t available to be his news buddy. I shared a few of his friends that would likely want to hear his updates.

,,Here is where I go when I want to know the coronavirus / COVID-19 numbers.

I believe we need to be aware of what's going on in the world so we can make informed decisions for ourselves and our families, but not stressed when reading other’s opinions, conflicting “I have the answer and the other person doesn't” type of posts.

Is it just me but is 2020 also the year of irritability, anger, and intolerance on a whole ‘nother level?

3) Replace with Positive Information

Just because things are crazy and far from normal doesn’t mean we can't make the most of this time. (I realize some people may have been hit hard by the fall out of all things coronavirus. But stay with me, this can apply to you too.)

Below, I’ll list my favorite people and a video podcasts that I listen to - daily for some and most definitely weekly for the rest.

Of course, this list is based on my likes, personality, etc. There are so many people speaking life (not death (stress, negativity) into the world right now search out the ones who speak life to you.

I also hope you’ll check out my blogs that I’ll post on Wednesdays and my monthly newsletter (coming soon to an inbox near you).

I separated the list below into categories.

By the way, I’m an entrepreneur and so is my husband. I’ll list several ‘business/success’ choices here. I’m also a Believer in Jesus, God, and Holy Spirit. So there will be numerous faith-building ones here as well.

Missy’s List of Sources for Uplifting, Encouraging and/or Helpful Information

YouTube Video | Website

Encouragement / Direction

,,Pastor Steven Furtick | ,,Pastor at Elevation Church

,,Pastor Joel Osteen | ,,Pastor of Lakewood Church

,,Mama Joyce Meyer | ,,Founder and teacher at Joyce Meyer Ministries

Business / Success

,,John C. Maxwell | ,,International Well-Know Motivational Speaker for leaders

,,Marcus Lemonis | ,,CEO of Camping World, Investor of numerous multi-million dollar businesses, host of The Profit on CBNC

,,Terri Savelle Foy | ,,Motivational Speaker Cheerleader of Dreams

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

Remember to be proactive.

  1. Up-level your quality of food.
  2. Remove negative sources of stress
  3. Replace with encouraging, uplifting, and positive sources of information.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I know many of my readers struggle with anxiety, feel overwhelmed and may have brain fog too. I try to keep my posts to the point, relevant, and leave you with a feeling of empowerment- not helplessness.

Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

Powerful Supplement for Stress and More

Resources

,Stress Less SOS Action Guide

Meal Planning Made Easy

Works Cited

,,https://kresserinstitute.com/well-fed-but-undernourished-an-american-epidemic/

,,https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/nutrition-mediterranean-diet-willett-trichopoulos/

,,https://draxe.com/nutrition/mediterranean-diet/

,https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2016/03/31/spotting-trends-based-what-we-eat-america

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Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHS

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Specialist

StressLessSOS.com

*Science Based: I write blogs based on science backed information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to inform and empower you to make health promoting decisions for yourself.

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<![CDATA[Knowing About Stress Can Be So Beneficial!]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/knowing-about-stress-can-be-so-beneficial5e0f6317d1c47200174fa376Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:51:51 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience Based*

What? Just knowing about stress could be beneficial?!

Yes!

Because “knowledge is power”!

(Are you a child of the 70s like me? Did School House Rock just flash before your eyes?)

Here’s why. When we know about something we can then make a decision to do something about it.

According to Merriam-Webster stress is, “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.”

Stress can either be good stress or bad stress. Good stress is called “eustress”. Bad (or negative) stress is called “distressed”.

Good (eustress→ beneficial) stress examples:

  • Getting married
  • New job
  • New baby
  • New house
  • Vacation
  • Cold shower

Bad (distress→ bad or negative) stress examples:

  • A difficult marriage
  • A job that you dislike
  • Unfulfilled dreams/visions/goals
  • Unmet expectations

Most of us live with the bad or negative type of stress. The danger from this type of stress is when it is chronic or unresolved.

(Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Going and going and going- you get the idea- right?!).

Chronic or unresolved stress comes in many forms.

A difficult co-worker, traffic jams, living in a challenging marriage, shortage of funds, not enough time in the day, kids, school.

Stuff happens. People can be mean, unfair, and cause conflict. Cars break down. Unexpected expenses can occur.

It is how we handle the negative situations that will determine how our health will be impacted – either positively or negatively.

Some things we can change and some things we must go through. You do not have to change everything all at once. Baby steps.

Small changes over time produce big results.

You may be thinking, "Where do I start taking my life back from stress?!"

I’m glad you asked. Below are a few tips to get started right now.

Beneficial Actions Steps

1) Say 'no' more often. Many times we say yes when we really want to say 'no'. It may be because we're a people pleasure, don't want to other the other person's feelings, or don't want to hear the nagging that might happen when we say no.

2) Discover and go after what you want in life. Have you ever thought, when the kids are older, when I pay off the credit card, when I feel better, when ____ (this or that. You fill in the blank with your 'when'). Putting off our dreams, visions, and goals for our lives creates an stressful environment filled with regret, resentment, and frustration. Just do it.

3) Set personal boundaries. What are your values? What will you allow or not allow- in your life that requires your time and energy? Many of us are boundary-less and allow others to control or manipulate us. If that's you, it's time to discover who you are, what you want, and set (and maintain) personal boundaries that promote health and wholeness.

You get what you tolerate.

WHO AM I (and what can I do for you)

Hi. I’m Missy. I’m a Certified Transformation Coach. A Transformation Coach is a Life, Health, and Wellness Coach all rolled into one package. :)

I studied the science, psychology, and spirituality of what it means and takes to be healthy- mind, body, and soul. I created simple solutions to help you take your life back from stress and its damaging effects.

I suffered the devastating effects of chronic and unresolved stress that left me bedridden, weighing 197lbs (from 140lbs), with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

You can read about my story here. And catch my interview on The 700 Club, and other podcasts about stress -- and trauma.

Let’s Review

How you handle chronic ongoing stress will affect your health either positively or negatively.

Simple stress relieving techniques - done consistently- can help reduce stress' negative impact on your health.

With that in mind, I have a gift for you to help you get started.

FREE RESOURCE FOR YOU

I LOVE free! Do you? I have some free resources that I’ll share with you at the end of this blog (and other blogs as well).

Think of this free resource as basic tools you can use to get you on track (or started) on your journey to health and wholeness.

Basic? Is “basic” to ‘basic’ for you?

Well, I find many people KNOW what to do…

… but aren’t doing what they know to do.

OR, may think they are ready for advanced stress relieving and health-promoting techniques but truly haven’t mastered the basics.

I remember speaking to a woman one time over coffee (well she had coffee- I had hot chocolate with almond milk) -- anyway she was asking for my help with her disease management.

She explained she knew the basics of stress “management” but was ready to move on to more advanced techniques.

After talking with her a few more minutes and asking her some thought-provoking questions, she realized that she wasn’t even doing the basics.

Does that sound like you?

If so, I have something simple and easy you can do to get started practicing stress relieving techniques (and/or take your stress management to another level).

Join me for my 7-Day Stress Less SOS Email Course to get started taking your life back from stress.

In this easy course, you'll learn simple strategies that help promote peace, increase energy, and take control over stressors.

And- it's not the normal do yoga, take a walk, eat healthy. All those are good- but sometimes we are n'tMOTIVATED to do those things. We let life get in our way.

Or we've lost hope that anything will ever change.

Does that sound like you? If so, sign up now.

The 7-Day Stress Less SOS email course will help you target your motivation and set do-able goals for building in relaxing, rest, and stress relieving techniques into your daily life.

We also take a deep dive into the FUEL that propels us forward- and that's hope. It's OK if you've lost hope. This course will help you get it back.

Sign up now for the FREE ,7-Day Stress Less SOS Email Course. Start today taking your life and health back from stress and its damaging effects.

Click the link above or ,HERE to get started right now.

Here’s to your health!

Missy


Related Posts

5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress (Emotional) Eating

Resources

7 Simple Steps to Stress Less ebooklet

7-Day Stress Less SOS Email Course

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#takeyourlifeback #takebackyoumind #healthepast #livethepresent #dreamthefuture

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. Legal Policies

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Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Specialsit

,StressLessSOS.com

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*Science Based: I write blogs based on science backed information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to inform and empower you to make health promoting decisions for yourself.

Click here to go to my About Page to learn more.

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<![CDATA[What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress Eating]]>https://www.stresslesssos.com/post/what-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-stress-eating5e4e9923f2e8a8001766448dWed, 15 Jul 2020 13:56:37 GMTMissy Rankin, CTNC, CHSScience Based*

This post includes affiliate links to products I have personally used and/or recommend. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small percentage so that I can keep my coaching services and products affordable. You can read the full disclosure ,here.

This is something that is near and dear to my heart because I was an emotional/stress eater.

In fact, emotional eating and/or stress eating plus low thyroid is what led to me gaining weight very rapidly. I went from a size 8 (140 lbs) to weighting 197! You can read more about my story AND why I’m so passionate about helping others --> here.

Let’s look at what emotional eating (also known as stress eating) is...

Emotional eating or stress eating can be defined as eating to compensate for, as an alternative to, dealing with emotions.

There are various levels of emotional eating (stress eating) – from eating a whole quart of ice cream or binge eating a whole bag of chips to ... just wanting a little something to minister to your emotions to soothe you when you are in a rough patch.

Triggers of Emotional / Stress Eating

Emotional eating can come from a feeling of being deprived. Either physically or emotionally.

Or it can be from a feeling of being out of control or helpless in a situation.

Emotional Eating can also be from Past Emotional Traumas/ Events

When we have unexpressed or unresolved emotions from past painful or traumatic events they can affect our bodies in different ways. Things like digestion issues, mental and emotional issues, hormonal imbalance, thyroid, and adrenal issues, even pains and aches like neck and back pain or joint pain can come from unresolved emotional pain.

^ that was my comfort food

Steps for Success. How to Stop Emotional (Stress) Eating

Before I discuss how to stop emotional eating... let’s first look at some foundational tips that can set you up for success for when you need a little something to help you through a rough time. It’s OK to indulge with healthier options in small amounts occasionally.

Smart Swaps

Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? You eat healthily 80% of the time and 20% you can ‘splurge’.

Well… you may be doing 80% of the 'right' things but that 20% is hindering your progress.

First, providing yourself with Smart Swaps for the foods you crave will help to keep your food choices healthier.

Instead of a candy bar, cake, cookies, etc. Try some dark chocolate chips and nuts. Or some dark chocolate dipped in your favorite nut butter.

For something salty, veggie chips, baked chips or even rice cakes are good alternatives.

Next, keep a food journal and track what you eat throughout the day. Having a clear picture of the amount and types of food you consume can help you recognize any patterns.

There are many food tracking apps like, MyFitnessPal, that can make tracking easier.

Stopping Emotional (Stress) Eating ,before, It Starts

Stopping emotional or stress eating successfully- is done by stopping it before it starts.

Meaning …

Getting in tune with your emotions is one of the primary ways to stop emotional eating. Instead of plowing through a rough or stressful day, allow yourself to feel and express your emotions in an appropriate way.

Stuffing or hiding emotions-- is a surefire way for them to erupt at all the wrong times and in the wrong ways- and will likely trigger a bought of emotional eating.

Instead, acknowledge your emotions by validating what you are feeling.

Maybe your tired, upset, or sad (or other 'negative' emotion) about _____ (< fill in the blank with what resonates with you).

Maybe something reminded you of a painful event from your past that you haven’t completely dealt with or something that just simply makes you sad.

If you’ll learn to recognize the reason WHY you eat when stressed, sad, overwhelmed, etc. you will be able to make changes to your day to help minimize your triggers.

But let’s say something unexpected happens and triggers you. You automatically feel the rumbling almost overwhelming desire for a comfort food NOW!

When that happens, imagine talking to your two-year-old self. Maybe you’re tired, or not quite over a breakup and you feel a younger you demanding attention and comfort food NOW.

Speak or think gently and softly to and about yourself. Be your own best friend. Gain control of yourself. Maybe allow a small amount of the smart swap choices mentioned earlier or a small amount of a treat food.

Take some deep breathes- inhale slowly and exhale slowly when you first start to feel overwhelmed. Taking deep breaths is the easiest way to ,stop stress in its track and to give yourself time to think.

Commit to doing what’s necessary, as soon as you can, to release any emotions (crying, journaling etc.) from the negative situation.

Let’s Review

Having Smart Swaps or healthy food choices on hand will help in times of crisis mode.

Feel and express your emotions appropriately. Don’t suppress them. Ignoring or suppressing emotions will only make them erupt at all the wrong times and in inappropriate ways.

Carpe Diem (make the most of the present time)

Here are some steps you can do -- right now.

Smart Swap for sweet or chocolate fix.

Cocommune, pictured below, is my favorite protein bar. This dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free vegetarian bar tastes kinda like a Mounds candy bar- yet doesn’t make me crave more sweets.

In fact, it contains plenty of fiber and protein so I fill satisfied after eating it. It’s my “treat food” so I don’t feel deprived.

"Cocommune Bar™ is a delicious, nutrition-packed functional food bar. It is made up of a dark chocolate coating and a moist and creamy coconut filling. It is sweetened with allulose, as well as erythritol and stevia, all of which have minimal effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. Each bar has just 3 grams net carbs with 2 grams total sugars, making this product suitable for anyone watching their carbohydrate intake. It also features natural fats from coconut and cocoa butter along with 7 grams of fiber including prebiotic fiber from inulin and larch arabinogalactan."

- Designs for Health

Shop my Designs for Health secure estore.

You can get a box of 18 Cocommune bars for less than $3.25 a bar!

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Here’s to your health!

Missy

Related Posts

Master the Skills of How to Eat Healthy and Be Successful

5 Facts of How Stress Affects Your Health

Resources

Delicious low carb protein bar

Meal Planning Made Easy Guide

The information shared here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as the sharing of information only. ,,Legal Policies

Missy Rankin, CTNC, CHC

Certified Transformation Coach

Certified Hormone Coach

,,StressLessSOS.com

,,#,#stressrelief #stressmanagement # #anxietyrelief #stresslesslivemore #stresslesssos

#hehealsbrokenhearted #emotionalhealing #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #mindfulness #anxiousfornothing


*Science Based: I write blogs based on science backed information. I add my experience(s) and education where applicable.

Faith Based: I may also add scriptures and faith-based information as well.

It is my goal to inform and empower you to make health promoting decisions for yourself.

Click here to go to my About Page to learn more.

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