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Manage your Stress. Naturally!

Manage your Stress. Naturally!

By Angela Mitchell

{3 minute read}

Can you recall a time when you didn’t feel stress? The point here is, we do need stress in our lives. It goes way back to prehistoric times when we had the fight or flight mechanism. We had to decide: do we run away from fear, or face it?

Positive stress is the stress that gets us up in the mornings. We need this type of stress, or adrenaline. It gets us going, spurs us on to do things, to achieve our goals. It’s when it turns into negative stress, that the problems begin. Negative stress places extra burdens on us, we start to feel anxious, tired, drained. Long-term it can have detrimental effects on our bodies.So, with this in mind, how can we even start to think of reducing this negative stress?

Firstly, what are the factors in your life that are possibly causing the stress, things like a demanding job, family issues, health issues? Sometimes it can be easier said than done, you cannot remove these factors just like that. However, when it comes to how you behave in certain situations, it may come as a surprise to learn that you can indeed change how you perceive and respond to these factors.

Small changes can have significant improvements on your perception and then consequently have a positive outcome for you.

When we look at ways to achieve this reduced negative stress, there are several methods you can try out.

Gentle Exercise:

First, exercise. Yes, you can do this! It doesn’t have to be full on interval training either. Gentle yoga or pilates, a refreshing walk in the park, or stretches, can influence the production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones, to be released into the body. This allows you to feel and become more settled and promotes calmness, something we all need more of these days.

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Then try meditation. Of course, it’s easy to think you couldn’t manage to do this. At first glance it appears that you have to try and erase all thoughts from your mind. However, it is not as it seems. The purpose of mediation is to promote a slower, calmer, more peaceful state of mind.

If you can take even ten minutes out of your day to do this, it will be beneficial. The very act of stopping for a few moments has positive effects on the mind and body.

We are always on the go, living in a society which seems to promote a busy lifestyle as being the only way to live. Not so, in my opinion. Meditation is one way to better deal with this modern way of life.

Bach Flower Remedies:

Another method is the renowned Bach Flower Remedies. There are 37 in total, and they were first established by Dr Edward Bach. It is said that these floral remedies each have the potential to remedy a given emotion, such as that ‘Monday morning’ feeling, jealousy, guilt and various anxiety states. If you keep a diary for a week or so, writing down how you feel at certain times of the day, you may notice a pattern of the most common emotions occurring.

This would then help you to choose the particular remedy to suit you. Once you have your remedy, it is very easy to use. Just a few drops under the tongue when you feel these emotions arise, or dilute a few drops into a glass of water, and sip throughout the day.

Some Bach flower Remedies which come to mind are larch for confidence issues, hornbeam, for that early morning blues feeling, holly for jealousy and coveting others lifestyles and white chestnut for those who lie awake during the night with niggling worries.

The beauty of using these remedies is there are no known ill-effects however if you are still in doubt about buying your own, you can always seek advice from a qualified Bach Flower Remedies practitioner.

Aromatherapy:

Using aromatherapy can also be of great benefit. Of course, receiving massage can be very helpful in relaxing the mind and body in harmony. However, you can also use essential oils to create scent which will penetrate through the nasal passages into the part of the brain which controls the emotions.

The first essential oils which come to mind are lavender, chamomile and bergamot. Bergamot is said to be a great uplifting oil, which is perfect for those experiencing mild depression, anxieties and general low mood. Combining these essential oils in an aromatherapy burner can provide a calming atmosphere around you, as well as scenting your environment with the most delicious of scents.

For an uplifting blend, use 4 drops of bergamot, 3 drops of tangerine and 5 drops of lavender. In an aromatherapy burner, mix with 10mls of water.

Another burner blend is to mix 5 drops of chamomile, 4 drops of basil and 5 drops of lemon. Providing a clean, fresh, happy scent, basil is also great for concentration too, which can sometimes be compromised when you are suffering from anxiety states.

Just add your tea light, and there you are, instant relaxation and stress management for the soul!

CONTACTS + CREDITS

This article was contributed by Angela Mitchell, the founder of Top Note Therapies. You can find out more about Angela in our article A Day in the life of.. or visit her website at www.topnotetherapies.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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