24 Nov Coping with Stress the Natural Way
With holiday season just round the corner, it’s that time of year when life could be feeling a little like a roller coaster. What are some of the natural ways you can support yourself to handle the curves?
Firstly, this is where you need to stop, take a deep breath and give yourself a break. Releasing the pressure you put on yourself a little and balancing your perspective and priorities is important when it comes to handling stress.
Drink a Cuppa
Taking a break with a cuppa is something we all know makes us feel calmer, even better is a cup of tea that can also help your body regulate cortisol production – the stress hormone that can lead to chronic anxiety and depression when released all the time – try some Tulsi or Green tea to reset your stress button.
Acupressure & Massage
Tension builds up in our muscles and tissues and having those knots eased away can feel wonderful for a pick-me-up.
A quick stress release technique is to massage the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds. Add a drop of Lavender oil to this procedure – studies have found that acupressure with lavender oil can reduce stress by up to 39 percent.
26 Aug, 2015, By Tracy I bought this Acupuncture mat for my husband who sometimes struggles with back pain due to stress and being infront of a work-desk all day. We both use it daily and my husband has not had any back pain since. Best used before bedtime to help relax the muscles and ease away stress. Also great for tired feet: just sit down on a chair and put your feet up onto the mat for a few minutes, it works wonders!
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Laughter has that magical ability to make everything feel better. When you’re stressed you may not feel like laughing, but there are yogic practitioners who say, fake it ’til you make it! Start by forcing yourself to laugh until your really are, and then you may struggle to stop – great stress relief that will release plenty of endorphins. If that idea doesn’t appeal to you, how about watching some funny movies?
Loving touch is more essential to our wellbeing than we may realise – it raises our levels of oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone and makes us feel secure and supported. Take some time to snuggle that special someone or give someone you love a long hug.
Meditation is a classic way to balance chronic stress. It’s been found to slow down aging and nourish the nervous system. You don’t have to navel gaze for hours at a time, just a few minutes a day if you’re consistent. Even just using Yogic techniques such as centering yourself and breathing deeply through your nose when you feel overwhelmed is a great stress buster.
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Cocooning is the simple technique of placing your palms next to each other over your face with your fingers touching your eyelids, to create the impression of a cocoon for your mind. This reassuring posture quiets the mind and helps you compose yourself. A quick way to gather yourself in a moment of crisis. You can also use lavender oil here – a drop rubbed into your palms that you can breathe in as you cocoon.
Express Your Feelings
Taking some time to write in a personal diary every day gives you a release valve for your emotions – if you tend to bottle things up or need a safe place to express yourself, pouring out your heart by writing is one way to do it that may even result in some beautiful poems or creative writing you enjoy.
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