Whether you’re social distancing or just looking for some help techniques to reduce anxiety and boost your health and well being. Here are some tips that might help.
The adrenal glands, which are directly affected by stress, are responsible for the ‘fight-or -flight‘ response we feel when under pressure. Although designed to be short lived, if this response is prolonged or happens on a regular basis, it can lead to overworked adrenal glands.
In reflexology, the adrenal reflex point is found just below the ball of each foot as well as the fleshy area below the thumb on the palmar side of hand. Gently pressing the adrenal reflex points for a few minutes can help calm adrenal glands and reduce tension.
Smelling soothing plant oils can help to ease stress and anxiety. Lavender is one of the most studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects. It has been shown to calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature, as well as change brain waves to a more relaxed state. Neroli (orange blossom ), is often referred to as the ‘rescue remedy‘ of essential oils, and is useful for helping to ease anxiety and stress, while Bergamot is traditionally used in italian folk medicine to relieve tension and anxiety. Some essential oils have anti-viral properties, although there is no evidence that they work against COVID-19. Eucalyptus, Tea-tree or Rosemary can help support the respiratory system. You can add a couple of drops to hot water for a steam inhalation or simply add one or two drops of your chosen oil a tissue and gently inhale when required. If ordering on line, use a reputable supplier to ensure buying high quality oils. For example Absolute Aromas, Base Formula, Neals yard or Purple Flame.
Yoga and meditation can help slow down a racing mind, making it easier to manage stress and anxiety. There is a wide range of styles to choose from and some forms of yoga include both elements.
We tend to hold emotional stress in our faces, particularly in the jaw and temples. So gently massaging these areas with upward and outward circles helps to promote relaxation and reduce stress, while increasing muscle tone and revitalising skin. Make it a daily routine using your favourite cream or oil after cleansing your face, to look and feel your best.
It is natural to be feeling stressed with the self-isolation measures in place, making it much easier to make poor nutritional and lifestyle choices that can actually increase stress levels and cause other problems.
Try and eat the colours of the rainbow each day to get your full range of vitamins and minerals. If you’re finding it hard to get fresh produce, try switching to frozen. It is often just as good for you and can be stored for longer.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful.
When we are past the worst of this dreadful virus and it is safe to be in close contact again, look forward to seeing you.
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