If there’s one phrase that most of my clients told me in 2016 it is this: I feel so overwhelmed and stressed out by this year!
Juggling between jobs, health issues, relationship drama, financial downs and everything in-between… Sleepless nights and feeling knocked down from life has been an issue for many. This year presented us with a few tests for sure. Can you relate?
I can for 100 %. There were moments when I tried to just find a way to go on and stay hopeful, especially concerning my Mums diagnose with cancer. While life has its own way of presenting you what you are invited to learn, there are some things you can do in order to take care of yourself in stressful times.
Stress and anxiety will always be coming at you in life. They show you when you’re about to grow and step up for yourself. However, there’s a big difference between staying on tip of the game or getting dragged under. Instead of going for sleeping pills there are some natural stress relievers that might work for you.
Here’re three easy tools I love to share with you today on how you can manage stress and anxiety naturally:
Take time to breath
Every caught yourself holding your breath during stressful times? Well, what seems to be a natural instinct is actually stopping your energy from flowing. Taking slow, deep breaths is one of the most simple tools you can use to calm your nervous system. Plus: It’s totally free and you can do it anywhere, anytime. In fact, let’s take a try right now. Close your eyes and take a few deep, flowing, easy breaths. See? You instantly feel more connected to your body and you can even measure the effectiveness of breathing through your anxiety.
Aroma Happy Hour
Looking to relax in an instant? Choose herbs! Lavender is known for promoting both a healthy mood and a healthy circulation. While its native to the Mediterranean its use actually goes way back to the Egyptians where Lavender was already used during the process of mummification. Smelling Lavender flowers has an immediate positive effect on your mood while it helps to alleviate feelings of stress. Keep some fresh or dried Lavender flowers next to your bed and smell them before you are about to go to sleep. You can also have a small bottle of Lavender Oil with you as a quick remedy on the go.
Use the energy of food
As an IIN student I strongly believe in the energy of foods and using them to cure imbalances in the body and mind. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes food by its quality rather than how much protein, fat or calories they contain. Meaning that all foods have an individual energy and characteristic which can make you nourish your body efficiently. The more you know about these energetics, the stronger sense you build of using it for your best needs. In order to help you in phases of high stress and anxiety choose root veggies, beans and sweet veggies such as carrots or sweet potatoes over sugar or alcohol. These foods will ground you and give you a feeling of connection to Mother Earth rather than letting you ride the nervous sugar shock train. Also, keep in mind a well functioning body is less likely to get dragged down by stress.
Also, try to connect to your heart when you feel stressed out. You can put one of both hands on your heart chakra and take some deep breaths into the center of your heart. Focus on what is going on inside you and what you need right now rather than what is asked of you in the outside. This moment of simple connection with your heart helps you to stay more focused and rooted in yourself.
By the way, all of these help you through a stressful holiday season, too.