It’s funny, in this modern world we are fighting with stress and stress related illnesses but too busy to deal with it!
Whilst we can sometimes work better under stress and it can sometimes be motivating, it can also start to take its toll.
Good stress helps us seize the moment and invigorates us to achieve a tangible goal.
On the flip side, ‘’distress’’, can be harmful to our health in the long run. When we are faced with stress our bodies respond by secreting a hormone called cortisol. It is helpful for temporary stress, like a deadline. But too much can cause weight gain, negative emotions, joint discomfort, digestive issues, and more.
Anxious feeling and stressful conditions often do not simply disappear. So this is where you need to make dealing with stresses a priority. A few simple and quick solutions are listed below. Whilst not comprehensive it is a helpful guide to help identify ways for self-help. Choose the easiest solutions that suit you, then practise them daily or as the need arises.
1. Take 2 minutes to breathe. Breathe in to the count of 3, breathe out to the count of 5. In through your nose as you inhale deeply right down past your belly button, out through your mouth as you exhale. Repeat the cycle 8 times. This helps your body focus on breathing and when practised regularly will become a normal thing for your body without having to concentrate on a deep breathing cycle.
2. Herbal tea. It’s a good time to try it if you never have before! Teas like peppermint, chamomile, lemon balm and passion flower are helpful. The simple act of drinking a warm tea can be relaxing and soothing itself and may be the boost you need for the day.
3. Fresh air. It’s a great idea to get at least 10 minutes of fresh air each day and get your body moving. Reconnecting with the earth and nature helps you focus and feel better.
4. Reach for the Vetiver. Vetiver has a calming and grounding effect on emotions. It is lovely diffused, or place on your palms and cup around you nose for a few breaths.
5. Exercise. About 30 minutes 5 days a week will help pump up the endorphin production, improve your mood and help you move past daily irritations.
6. Meditation. Just 10 minutes will help you ground yourself physically and mentally and improve awareness. Choose a time and place. If your mind starts to wonder, just refocus back to your breathing. Increase the effects of meditation by diffusing a calming oil like Frankincense.
7. Indulge in a self-hand massage. Just 5 minutes focused on massaging your hands can lower stress levels. Add a drop of Ylang Ylang or Aromatouch and some fractionated coconut oil into your palms and massage slowly.
8. If you struggle to fall asleep after a stressful day, essential oils like Roman Chamomile and Lavender will help you doze off. Apply about 30 minutes before bed time.
9. Have a support system. Sometimes it can be really difficult to reach out when you are overwhelmed. Don’t try to do it alone. Just having someone to listen to or give you a hug can help you more than you may realise.
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