An essential piece of living a healthy lifestyle is taking time to de-stress and relax.
For many of us, that equates to indulging in alcohol, but alcohol can sabotage your health goals and is one of the worst things for general well-being.
Here's some healthy ways to blow off steam, improve your mood, lower inhibitions, and relax naturally without the toxic empty calories of alcohol...
5 Ways to De-Stress Without Drinking Alcohol
Originally from the South Pacific, KAVA (or Kava-Kava) root can be purchased in a variety of forms including teas, supplements, powders, wellness shots, and extracts. Kava-Kava works as a mild sedative and has a rich history of social, ceremonial, and medicinal uses. Like alcohol, Kava eases anxiety, elevates mood, releases inhibitions, and promotes relaxation, but UNLIKE alcohol, it saves you the empty calories. If you’re looking to see how this superfood works for your body, our Sleep Shots contain the perfect dosage of Kava extract so that you can unwind before bed.
If alcohol is your go-to social lubricant or post-work relaxant, Kava may be an alternative way to reduce social anxiety and/or chill out. Kava exerts its calming effects without diminishing mental alertness or transforming you into...THAT person (you know, the one who texts their ex and loses their keys). It is non-addictive and won’t leave you with a nasty hangover.
2. Essential Oils
ESSENTIAL OILS are a great way to boost your sense of relaxation naturally. You can rub essential oils on the bottoms of your feet or your temples, inhale, or use a diffuser.
Lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and ylang-ylang are just a few of the powerful oils that absorb rapidly into the bloodstream, quickly affect brain chemistry, and help to dissipate stressful and negative emotions.
Essential oils smell awesome, especially when blended, so they can also double as your new favorite chemical-free perfume. Because they are extremely concentrated, just one drop goes a long way. You may want to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond to avoid skin irritation.
3. Raw Cacao
Get on the RAW CACAO craze! In Europe, some club-goers are replacing booze (and other toxic mood-altering substances) with raw cacao. In high doses, raw cacao can induce mild feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and reduced social inhibitions. We boarded the Raw Cacao train a while back with our Cacao Hemp Smoothie, a fan favorite that is featured in our Protein Variety Pack and Protein Cleanse.
Whereas sedative alcohol can turn you into a drowsy, bumbling idiot, energizing cacao actually has been shown to improve cognitive function and memory (PLUS there is growing evidence of a correlation between regular cacao consumption and increased weight loss!)
Skip the bar and get high on endorphins instead: GO EXERCISE! Running, swimming, and spinning are great ways to get your blood flowing, reduce nervous tension, and boost your mood.
In general, keeping a regular exercise routine is one of the most powerful ways to promote a positive mental state and manage the stressful emotions that trigger cocktail cravings in the first place.
5. Drink Cold-Pressed Juice!
COLD-PRESSED JUICE can have a powerful influence on your mood. That's because it provides a highly concentrated dose of essential nutrients.
It might surprise you just how much the nutrition you take in affects your state of mind. Although a person's mood is complicated and affected by many variables, the food you eat actually does directly impact your mental clarity, and your day-to-day energy levels. Thus, if your body is deprived of adequate nutrition, it can be a serious struggle to "think positively".
...And if you can't resist the urge to have a cocktail, try using cold-pressed juice as a mixer. We have some amazing cocktail creations with juices from our Skinny Cleanse. It will help to prevent hangover symptoms and save you from empty calories!