Nobody can deny that 2020 was a stressful year. With a worldwide-pandemic threatening lives and livelihoods, you aren’t to blame for your stress levels going up and up. It’s a brand new year, and I am excited to introduce you to some stress-busting techniques. You may be an old hat at some of them, but keep reading to see how you could set yourself up for a happier, healthier, and more nourishing 2021.
The joy and importance of breath have taken on a new meaning as of late. Breathing is one of the most natural things in the world to us humans, and yet times of stress and anxiety cause our breath patterns to change and maladapt. Deep breathing mimics what our bodies feel like when we are at our most relaxed and can trick us into feeling calmer when we are feeling stressed.
Try it: Belly Breathing
Put your hands on your chest and belly. Take a deep breath in through your nose and push your belly out. Breathe out and use your hand on your belly to expel that extra air out. Repeat 3-10 times.
Be aware that this exercise may not be for you if you are prone to dissociation and breath related anxiety.
2. Walks in Nature
Is there anything better for reminding us of what’s important in life than getting out into the green, breathing in that forest air, and feeling our bare feet on dew-covered grass? I don’t think so, and research agrees that spending 90 minutes of walking in nature lowers blood pressure as well as the stress hormone cortisol.
Meditation can be really hard at first, especially if you are already feeling stressed and have a million thoughts buzzing around your head. However, regular meditation promotes a feeling of calm and balance for our minds. If a particular style is not working for you, explore others. For example, meditation does not necessarily mean sitting still. You can couple a nature walk with a lovely guided walking meditation.
4. EFT Tapping
1) Recall what you are struggling with. In this case, stress.
2) Say a set-up statement. “Even though I feel stressed, I accept myself and how I feel.”
3) Say how you feel while you tap on different pressure points. Acknowledge your feelings with kindness and understanding.
5. Nervines and Adaptogenic Herbs
Adaptogenic herbs are herbal pharmaceuticals. Stress causes harm to our bodies, and thankfully, mother nature has provided us with some herbs to help us cope. Some of these are:
- Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and extra stressed by the above list, why not get in touch with me for help? My name is Erin Saunders, and helping you achieve your most healthy, empowered life is my dream. I offer 1-on-1 coaching, hypnotherapy, and energy healing. I can’t wait to hear from you and work on your own special journey.