March 26, 2015

She Health:: 5 Ways to Eliminate Mood Swings

Hello Ladies! Blessing here with another She Health post..

We’ve all had (or know someone) who has mood swings. One moment you’re happy and the next you are furious and you don’t know why. Mood swings can be linked to uncontrolled, unmanaged stress, too much sugar, a sedentary lifestyle and sleep deprivation. All these things trigger the release of cortisol which affects the function mood hormones, serotonin and dopamine.
 
  1. Get enough sleep.
Everyone is different and you may only need 6 hours of sleep while someone else needs 8 hours. Find out how much sleep you need to feel refreshed, alert and ready to face your day. Not getting enough sleep and sleep deprivation can lead to increased stress levels and increased levels of cortisol; which raises your risk of mood disorders and chronic diseases like high blood sugar, diabetes and stroke.
High levels of cortisol can interfere with the way neurotransmitters and hormones control mood. People who are sleep deprived are more moody, irritable, unable to focus and anxious when compared to people who are not sleep deprived.
Have you noticed how strong your cravings are for processed foods rich in simple carbohydrates like cookies, cake and ice cream after a stressful day?
Your body burns through serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affect mood. Serotonin gives you a feeling of wellbeing and when you are chronically stressed, the body depletes serotonin stores. The body will then trigger carbohydrates cravings to help replace the serotonin that was used.
  1. Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol before bed
You should avoid drinking alcohol and stimulants like caffeine at least 4-5 hours before bed because these drinks will trigger the release of cortisol. Cortisol makes you more alert and when cortisol levels are high, melatonin (sleep and relaxation hormone) levels are low and it is harder for you to get to sleep. Alcohol and stimulants, like caffeine interrupt REM sleep. REM sleep is a phase of deep restorative sleep that you need to recharge after a long day.
  1. Exercise
The most cost effective, yet most overlooked mood booster and stress reliever is exercise. We have all heard about the benefits of exercise: it reduces the risk of chronic disease, increases your quality of sleep and releases endorphins that boost mood. Regular exercise is not just good for your mood it improves heart health and reduces your risk of depression and dementia. You can pick the type of exercise you want to do (make sure you enjoy it) and work out 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes.
  1. Avoid Processed Sugars
Have you experienced the afternoon, after lunch slump? You feel sluggish and find it difficult to focus on work. Then you try to boost your energy with a candy bar or cookies from the nearest vending machine. It works for an hour or two and then you crash again. Did you know that you feeling or sluggishness and your inability to focus are linked to low blood sugar levels?
Eating processed sugars as an energy pick-me-up is a short term solution that will increase your risk of chronic disease and may even add to your mood swings. Instead of eating sugary processed foods eat protein or fruit. Protein slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood; giving you energy over a period of time. Fruits have natural sugars that are paired with fiber which also slow down the absorption of sugar.
  1. Be Grateful
Being content and practicing gratitude reduces any stress and anxiety that you may feel after comparing yourself to someone else. Being grateful allows you to embrace and experience what you have instead of stressing out and worrying about what you don’t have. It lowers cortisol levels in the body which leads to lower blood pressure, improves your quality of sleep and reduced stress.
In order to eliminate mood swings you need to incorporate stress management, gratitude, exercise and avoid alcohol and stimulants before bed. In order to eliminate mood swings for good you have to be intentional; especially when it comes to exercise, diet and self care.
What is your go to when you’re in a bad mood?



Photo: Via Pinterest: by Marco Barchesi

March 25, 2015

She Inspires Experience Part 2


 I am excited to share the second part of She Inspires Experience. Saturday's event was phenomenal, the speakers, the worship, the stations! We kicked off Saturday with donuts, coffee, mingling, shopping and visiting the creative stations.. We ended up getting started a little bit later due to the weather, but once we got started, it was amazing. What an event full of God's presence!
 
 
The d├ęcor was fabulous! Thanks to Birch & Brass Vintage Rentals for the amazing seating design for our lovely speakers and the farm tables for attendees. And the lovely flowers by Simply Love Floral were gorgeous throughout the sanctuary.
 
 The makeup station was a hit! Lindy with Birdey's Place was busy adding her touch to one of the beautiful attendees..
 
 
The sweet Cindy Davis shared her story to kick on the speakers.
 
Kelly Rucker & Jenn Sprinkle, shared a piece of there story on togetherness. The lovely ladies behind The Well Studio
 

 
The Levites rocked the house... I didn't want worship to end.
 
 Heather Lindsey + her baby bump,  joined us all the way from Atlanta, and when I tell you she is anointed. That woman tells it like it is and God is doing some amazing through her and around her.. 
 
 
 
 
 The cakes by  Beth Rubio, were so pretty & yummy, and so were the cookies, by Midnight Cookie Baker..
 
 
We ended the day with ladies tying their fears to balloons and letting them go as they left the church. It was truly fulfilling to see women letting go of there balloons and being free from fear in that moment..
 
I can't wait until the next She Inspires Experience!! New dates coming soon!

March 23, 2015

Monday Motivation

 
 

March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring

I hope you are dreaming of bright and colorful things, on this first day of  Spring!

March 18, 2015

She Inspires Experience Part 1




I've been holding off on this post for to long. I am so overjoyed with content and happiness, to be sharing this post with you, and the timing couldn't be any more perfect, since I am relaxing with my little family for Spring break. There's nothing like a little down time, to just relax and be still and embrace those precious moments of life., and for me I have truly been reflecting on what's next for She Inspires Experience.

A couple of weeks back, I had the chance to experience the first She Inspires Experience. The vision that God put in my heart a few short months ago came to life and it was more then I ever imagined. God's presence filled the The Bridge Community Church and I soaked it all up, and it was amazing. Although the weather was icy and cold, God allowed something amazing to happen on Feb. 27th & 28th. Seeing that obedience and faith walk come to life through a 100+ women, filled my heart with so much joy.  The speakers, the worship, the amazing sponsors and all the lovely women that attended, even with the crazy weather. I was blown away and I am still replaying it all in my head. GOD IS SO GOOD!!

"Being obedient to God doesn't mean you don't have doubt, it just means you walk in faith knowing he is in control."


The Show was kicked off on Friday night by Shametra McGregor and the worship and the runway show, were amazing!!    Runway was hosted by The Created Woman Foundation, founded by the lovely Heather Frierson, which made for the perfect kickoff party. Thanks to Aysa Province for styling & coordinating the Runway.

The Bridge Community Church Worship team brought on the worship, and I didn't want it to end. We also had the talented Crestal Williamson Photography capturing smiles at the photo booth,  and the  smores station was a hit!








Photos: Crestal Williamson Photography
Florals: Simply Love Floral
Styling & Coordinating: Inspired Events & Designs
Location: The Bridge Community Church



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