During my pediatric residency, I was physically mentally stressed, but I had youth on my side. Around that time my friend, an orthopedic surgeon, shared that raising children is more stressful than residency because you’re “on call” 24/7! I wanted children, yes, but more stress? Heck no! Of course, I said yes to children. No surprise there 🙂


My hardest parenting “season” was when the youngest was in preschool and the older two were in K-3 elementary school. The stress was overwhelming and I felt like I was failing as a mother. I grabbed my “crutches” – caffeine, sugar, and wine – and limped along for months.


Every morning I dumped whatever was on my mind onto three pages in my journal. I’d write my to-do’s, my grievances. I’d rag on myself. I’d rag on people who annoyed me. I’d get it ALL out. I realized the more I dumped out onto the page, the lighter I felt. A brilliant idea or a new perspective would surface and my attitude would shift. Life began to feel more peaceful and less stressful.


In time, I incorporated other stress reducers in addition to journaling. You can read more about these natural stress reducers in Step 5. After you read them, teach them to your children. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death and more than 75 percent of all physician office visits. None of us can get rid of stress, but all of us can create a natural stress-relief toolbox.


My Natural Stress-Relief Toolbox:

  1. Adaptogen Tea
  2. Breath: Yoga & Meditation
  3. Journaling
  4. Prayer
  5. Play


The one tool in my natural stress-relief toolbox that I never miss is my adaptogen tea. Every morning while my coffee is brewing, I take 1-2 oz. If my energy slumps in the afternoon, I take another 1-2 oz. If I’m stressed out in the evening, I take another 1-2 oz along with my nightly Sleep Support & Renewal spray before climbing into bed.


As one mama says: “This adaptogen tea has been a game changer! It allows me to feel calm and see the good in the day rather than feel the stress that points me to the negative!”


Create your own natural stress-relief toolbox or copy mine, but don’t just let it sit there. Dig in and put these tools to use daily so you can feel the difference!

P.S. If you need help creating your stress-relief toolbox, schedule a free call with me. #WeAreInThisTogether

P.P.S. Have friends, family or colleagues who’d like to reduce stress naturally? Share this post. Maybe one of the tools in this stress-relief toolbox is their best next step for health!

About the Author: Dr. Sue McCreadie

Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue) is a board-certified pediatric physician and mom of three, with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health naturally. In her pediatric practice, she helps children achieve health naturally by adapting their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics. Since transforming her health through a science-backed nutritional system, she helps moms enjoy vibrant health by customizing the nutritional system to fit their needs and busy lifestyle. www.DrSueMcCreadie.com 


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