Top Tips for Stress Bunnies
In today’s busy 24/7 world, it’s likely that nearly everyone of us at some point will suffer from stress. I’m not talking about that awesome adrenaline rush which you might get from a roller coaster ride or the short lived stress experienced when our fight or flight mechanism is triggered. I’m talking about the physically exhausting stuff that wears us down, affects our relationships, our children and creates illness.
So here are some holistic lifestyle tips to help all those stress bunnies out there manage their health when under stress.
- Learn to recognise the signs of stress in your physical self or future events that might send you into a spin and take action. For example if you have a big presentation at work, plan some personal time so that you can prepare calmly and unwind easily rather than overloading your schedule with activities that won’t give you time to relax and restore your energy.
- Flower Essences – One of my favourites is Dandelion, this wonderful flower essence is perfect for people who try to cram too much into life and exhaust themselves from taking on too much. Dandelion just makes you want to relax and take it easy! You could also try Elm – this one helps out when you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges and unable to cope.
- Herbal teas – Rather than reach for the caffeine or the booze to give you the rush you need to keep on going. Sit down and put your feet up with a hot cup of the good stuff. Chamomile, fresh Lemon Balm, Roses, Oatstraw, Skullcap, Hops, St John’s Wort and Passionflower are all perfect for helping calm our nerves and unwind.
- Nourish your body with wholesome food and stay hydrated.
- Support your adrenals with adaptogenic herbs like Licorice, Astragalus or Ginseng. Borage and supplements of Vitamin C and B are also great adrenal supports.
- Get your body moving; you can try relaxing exercise like yoga or something more invigorating like dancing around to your favourite music, whatever works for you.
- Connect with nature, breathe fresh air and if the weather allows go barefoot. Hug a tree or hang out with a plant, treat yourself to some flowers and admire their beauty. Stop and watch the sunset, star gaze, lose yourself in the beauty of Mother Earth.
- Stroke a pet or hug your kids.
- BREATHE!!! This is key, you remember that old saying “Count to 10”?, yes, do it next time a drama presents itself. Try relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, guided visualisation or yoga to help take your mind off things, help you become more self-aware and present.
- Aromatherapy; I love to use Lavender essential oil, not only does it smell heavenly it also helps nervous tension and promotes relaxation. Try rubbing onto your temples or adding a few drops to a bath at the end of the day. Even better – treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage. If Lavender is too old-ladyish for you, experiment with the essential oils of Bergamot, Clary Sage and Chamomile. If you have a diffuser, use these oils in times of stress to induce a calming atmosphere in your house.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Try taking Valerian tincture or capsules if you are having problems sleeping or other relaxing nervines like Hops, Passion flower or Californian Poppy. Make a herbal sleep pouch to place under your pillow with aromatic herbs like Hops, Lavender, Roses, Chamomile.
- Make time for play and fun with family or friends that love and support you and make you feel special. Watch a favourite movie that makes you laugh out loud.
- Maintain healthy boundaries and don’t be afraid to say “No”, don’t be a door mat. Be loving and generous and always honour your needs and your personal truth.
- Honour your spirit! Stay grounded, focused and balanced by honouring the real you. Remember what makes your heart sing and follow your dreams.
- And finally, if life really is getting to much don’t be afraid to talk about it. Share your issues, seek help within your community.
And just to make us all giggle: “When you are stressed you eat ice cream, chocolate and sweets.. you want to know why? Because STRESSED backwards spells DESSERTS.” unknown
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