April 16, 2018

The Stress of Moving

*This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

In exactly one month, we get the keys to our brand new condo. Our very first home. And while excitement is at an all time high, so is the stress.

Since moving in together in 2010, Steve and I have bounced between eight different houses and apartments. At first, it was just a part of the hockey life. When the hockey season in Alaska was finished, we would find our own place for the summer, only to move back into team housing at the start of fall. 

When we moved back to Toronto in 2013, we knew we wanted to set some roots and buy a home. But, the factor of cost came into play. We were very fortunate to be able to spend time living with family as we saved to make what could be the biggest purchase of our lives. And now, almost five years since moving back, stress aside, that once messy construction site below is about to turn our dream into a reality.

Stress of Moving

Whether one moves frequently or almost never, moving is an intensely emotional experience. It can be filled with new beginnings, symbolism, disappointments, fear and anxiety. Simply put, it can be very stressful. 

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, I’m sharing the common signs of stress you may have never even knew existed.

It can affect your hair growth.
Many factors can impact healthy hair, including stress. If your hair could use some support, a nutritional supplement like Priorin® can help improve hair growth. It has been shown to provide fuller, thicker and stronger hair in as early as 12 weeks by stimulating hair growth and re-growth. 

It can cause bathroom trouble.
Both constipation and diarrhea are common signifiers of stress, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Drinking lots of water and eating high finer foods are good first steps. If you’re experiencing occasional constipation, a mild laxative can help get your body back to its normal rhythm. RestoraLAX® is a gluten- and sugar-free osmotic laxative that works with water to help soften stools and increase the frequency of bowel movements. It easily dissolves in eight ounces of water, fruit juice or any other beverage, with no taste or grit. (Visit their website for a trail offer.)

It can make you breakout.
Skin conditions like acne, itchy skin or rashes can be related to an inflammatory response caused by stress. Your skin is an immediate stress perceiver, which basically means it’s on the front lines of your battle with stress. Take time to pamper and care for your skin when you’re going through a tough period. Try a DIY face mask for some low-cost luxurious pampering you can do at home.

It can cause a body imbalance.
Many women are prone to yeast infections when they’re experiencing stress or major life changes. Around 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives. Luckily, treatment is readily available. Some treatments, like CanesOral Combi-Pak® are single-dose oral treatments that can be taken anytime and anywhere. 

It can literally make you sick.
If you often get colds and flus, your stress levels may be to blame. Your brain and immune system are in constant communication, which means that a psychological change can cause physical symptoms. Diet is an important factor in bolstering your immune system, so take extra care to get the vitamins and nutrients you need.

Stress of Moving

Whether you are moving, switching jobs or something in between, the bottom line is that stress is a normal part of life. But, given the effect that stress can have on your body and overall health, making an effort to reduce the stress wherever possible is definitely worth your effort and time. Talk to your doctor about ways that you can manage your stress, like a change in diet, increased exercise and relaxation techniques.

Stay tuned for the big reveal of our new home in the coming weeks!

Do you ever feel like stress is taking over your life? Tell me some of the ways you cope. I’d love to hear!

*This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
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