If you find yourself dancing the all too familiar dance with everyday stress and anxiety, rest assured you are not alone.
Life moves so fast these days. And even worse, we want everything to move faster. The train to work, the browser loading our emails, and the barista making our coffee. Ironically, we aren’t getting anything done much faster, in fact, we are just making ourselves more stressed.
So with every day being so frantic and busy, how do we take a few moments to ourselves?
With the following small holistic tips and tricks, you can reinforce a sense of calm in your life that not only alleviate stress but also grounds yourself again to take on anything that may come your way.
Breath in love and breath out stress.
Breathing is something we do automatically, therefore, it is us who can govern and regulate it. We just need to take the control in to our own hands. While most of the time it’s done mindlessly, when you pay attention and breathe purposefully it becomes a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind.
Start by completely exhaling through your mouth, breathing out all of the stress.
With a closed mouth, inhale and count to 4 in your mind.
Hold your breath and count to 7 in your mind.
Exhale slowly and fully counting to 8 in your mind.
By doing this exercise you are bringing clean fresh air and light into your body, and expelling stress and darkness. Bringing you peace and calm.
Grounding yourself will connect you with the earth. The wonderful thing about the subsequent technique is it allows you to be in the present moment and makes you focus on the definite things Not the ‘what-ifs’ in life that can cause you stress.
Start with the aforementioned breathing technique. Once you find yourself feeling relaxed use your senses in the following ways.
Name 5 things you can see
Name 4 things you can touch
Name 3 things you can feel
Name 2 things you can smell
Name 1 thing you can taste
Binaural beats are naturally occurring sounds that have been around for centuries. Luckily, we are now able to recreate the sounds using technology. The right and left ear are exposed to two slightly different tones and frequencies.
Depending on the Binaural Beat you choose you can enter the 4 different patterns, such as Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta.
Going into these states will allow you to relax to the full extent your body is capable of.
If you are unsure where to start, there are many wonderful videos to check out on youtube.
Who doesn’t love dancing? Take a moment to yourself, pop in some earphones and dance around your house. Let your inner child out. When your body starts feeling good your mind starts feeling good too.
We don’t always have the want or time to complete a full exercise, however, using a burst of energy to dance around is just as effective.
You’ve heard it a million times, laughter is the best medicine. Well, it definitely is! Wholehearted laughter will release endorphins in your body which enable you to combat stress.
You can watch a funny movie, subscribe to a comedy podcast, or read the comic section in your daily newspaper. Whatever it may be, try and laugh a couple times a day.
A good bubble bath is one of the best ways to find some relaxation time. Light some candles, add some essential oils, put on some Binaural beats or some stand up comedy for some extra laughs today, and just relax.
Not only is this a great way to ease the tension in your mind, but it is also a great way to relieve the tension in your body.
Candles can help us in two different ways. First, and most prominent, is scent. Using strong scented candles such as rose, mandarin, peppermint, lemon, lavender, and sage.
But you can choose whatever scent is most appealing to you. So if gingerbread cookies are what makes you reach a state of calm, use that.
Secondly, watching a flame is hypnotic. The hypnosis of a flame will allow you to reach a much deeper state of calm and relaxation. Making candles a double whammy for stress relieving.
If you don’t feel like having a candle, especially if it is bedtime and you are worried about the open flame, you can use an incense. This will give you all the benefits of smell, without the light or worry when you are sleeping.
Popular incense to use for anxiety are sandalwood, jasmine, pine, lavender, chamomile, and lemongrass. However, much like candles, you can choose the smells which work best for you.
Oils are amazing because they give you the ability to take the smells that calm you, with you. There is a plethora of jewelry, such as infusing bracelets and necklaces, that you can add your favorite smells too and carry with you everywhere you go.
For men, there is even cufflink infusers.
Magnesium is naturally calming mineral. It acts as a muscle and nervous system relaxer which can reduce anxiety immensely. It is best taken right before bed as it can make you very relaxed and fall asleep.