Dr. Ray (Revée Barbour), ND MS
Serving the world as a doctor, educator, owner/CEO of a medical practice, and taking care of my family is rewarding, but also often challenging and full of daily stressors. Through each day, I leverage natural strategies to remain calm, grounded, and rational.
Years ago, I realized that I was trying to control of situations that I wasn’t meant to control. Today, I tell myself “Let go and trust God,” to avoid pride or insecurity leading me into an unwanted outcome or new problems. It has taken decades to understand this concept, but I’m calmer when I accept that It is what it is.
Nourish the brain + adrenals
Nutrition is a huge aspect of keeping my nervous system regulated and programmed for calmness. Foods such as green tea, nuts/seeds, eggs, fresh vegetables, and whole grains boost brain hormones like serotonin and GABA; which, help our body feel more calm and relaxed. Additionally, I take daily supplements like Rae Destress and Multivitamin capsules that also promote calmness and well-being.
Mindfulness helps me to recognize when I’m stressed and to determine what I need. Sometimes I need a good workout, and other times I feel better when I simply do yin-yoga or breath-work exercises. At times I need a big hug and a friend to talk to, and other times I need to be alone to reflect. With mindfulness, it’s not about having a set routine or action you always do, but rather, tuning in to what you need most at that moment.
Retreat to nature
I love nature and retreating to green spaces calms my mind immediately. I often take weekend trips to go hiking in the forest or listen to waves on the beach for calmness and health. I also keep different plants in my office and home to enhance indoor spaces.
As a woman who wants it all, I often have days where I’m more stressed than others. It’s important to recognize that cultivating daily calmness will always be a work in progress. Remember to always give yourself compassion and grace, coupled with faith that everything will be better in time.