Taking care of your health is not limited to just eating well.
If you aren't taking care of your mental health, you may also find yourself slowly slipping away.
With all that's unfolding in these times of uncertainty its not uncommon for your mind to be racing & for those sickening feelings of anxiety to come creeping in.
Anxiety isn't such a bad thing though. We actually need it in our life, to help determine if we need to run from danger or if we are safe.
Being in a constant state of "fight or flight mode" though is extremely unhelpful & achieves nothing except more stress. It also plays a role in weakening the immune system. ( you would have seen this unnecessary fight or flight mode recently when people did all that "panic buying".)
When is anxiety or stress a problem?
If you find you are unable to cope daily with your day to day life, then this is a sign you may need to make a few tweaks in order to re -create balance and harmony.
There was a time in my life where anxiety started affecting my life. I was unable to think clearly or function properly. I reached out to my holistic practitioner & went on a very short/ low dose of anti anxiety medication to help bring back balance, and I did so under the supervision of an integrated Dr & also in conjunction with talk therapy.
This enabled me to work closely with them whilst I was managing my stress levels, making life style changes and was able to easily come of them whilst under their care.
I tell you this not because I want you to run out and grab a script, but because I believe in transparency & I am not ashamed of that chapter in my life. Its made me who I am today. There is such a stigma behind mental health ,that I don't want you to feel ashamed or embarrassed if you suffer from anxiety or if you have needed to go on medication for a while. (you did what you felt was best for you in that moment)
Do I believe it to be a long term solution or even the only solution, absolutely not. Making small changes, incorporating daily habits and having tools in your wellness belt truly is a blessing to have during times of stress and or anxiety.
Its not in our natural DNA to know how to manage stress, nor is this something we have been taught in schools or maybe not even in our own homes growing up.
Life does happen. You may miss a few days of practicing your daily wellness rituals during this time, and that's when those feelings of stress and or anxiety may creep back in. But you'll know exactly where to go to, in order to help re ground yourself.
So what daily rituals can you do to help manage stress and anxiety?
MOVE YOUR BODY
When we exercise this increases our blood flow (in short gets those happy hormones running (endorphins). It takes us from a space of feeling angst or stress, to space of feeling energized and happy. Find a pace that feels right for you and an exercise that you enjoy. Going for a walk, yoga or a run. What ever it is, make sure you are feeling your heart rate rise a little
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Take your shoes off and feel the grass or sand underneath your feet. Connecting your body to the natural minerals available in nature has proven to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety. Sit out in the sunshine for 10-30 minutes and read a book.
USE ESSENTIAL OILS
I love the powerful effect essential oils have not only on our physical but mental health. ( I can delve more into the science of this later with you)
They truly are natures medicine & have been used for centuries.
Lavender, wild orange and frankincense are some of my favorites.
How do I like to use them:
Diffuse , topically (on wrists or neck) or soaking in a bath
Make sure you dilute or don't apply citrus oils to areas of your body exposed to direct sunlight as you may get a little sun burnt)
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Our body builds and repairs when we are sleeping. This is called the rest & digest stage. Our liver goes into over drive (even when we sleep) as does many of our other organs in order for us to wake up and have a body filled with energy. If we aren't getting adequate sleep our bodies and mind are truly not rested or able to function properly.
You cannot be in both a stressed /anxiety & a state of peace at the same time. Gratitude has been shown to reduce stress & anxiety.
Journal or write down what you are grateful for, and reflect upon them if those feelings arise.
These are just a few little tips to hopefully help you along the way.
A problem shared is a problem halved, so please know that you are not alone.
Please reach out or contact life line (ph:13 11 14) if you are feeling symptoms of anxiety or depression