Nearly 90% of my patients deal with high levels of stress in their lives, and eventually it stores in their body. One of the main factors I work in a lot of depth with my patients is STRESS! Beginning as a fight-or-flight response, stress manifests in your body in many ways, originating from the adrenals, the stress hormones produced essentially go on over-drive, causing a response in your body that not only disrupts your balance, but when put on re-play, it causes upheaval in all of your internal systems including your muscular-skeletal system!
When the first thing my patient says is: “I’m not sleeping well”, “I feel overwhelmed” or “I don’t know where to begin” alongside the moment I place my hands on an incredibly tight upper back, neck, scalp or diaphragm; I know my patients are in need of support, relaxation and personalized advice– all of which contributes to the ultimate magical treatment.
So here are my top 4 stress-relieving tips: The first 3 provide a basic rule to apply and number 4 is full of wonderful goodness!
1. The love-hate relationship most people have is with breathing exercises! Nice, slow deep breaths in the morning and throughout the day is an easy stress reliever that not only relaxes you but will allow you to inhale more oxygen so your body including muscles will feel better! So with patience, calmly count to 3 before inhaling through your nose down from your diaphragm and slowly exhaling from your mouth. Try this every morning and evening for a week and you’ll notice a difference.
2. In an age of zero-patience and noise everywhere it’s difficult to find that alone time to truly zone out of the check-list constantly being edited in your mind and hone in on your mind’s silence. That’s why I go through specific guided meditation sessions with my lovely patients, promoting healthy benefits! But fear not, here’s a good tip to try self-meditation in your life. Trying to think of nothing is easier said than done so a simple basic tip is to sit quietly in a comfortable position, wearing loose clothing and close your eyes. Allow your thoughts to float through your mind, but don’t focus on them, let them pass by not engaging…then…let them go. Remember, magic is created from your thoughts.
3. Your physical condition is vital to the way stress is produced and manifests in your body. A massive stress-reliever is physical exercise! A simple stroll or jog outside can not only distract you from the check-list of worries, it acts as an outlet and a “pick-me-up” releasing a burst of happy hormones such as endorphins! Psychologists also confirm that taking a walk acts as a form of self-therapy, mimicking some forms of therapy, as it activates both sides of the brain, relaxing and rationalizing thoughts. So indulge yourself in a magical brisk walk in the open air, inhaling deep breaths and exhaling so-long to your stress.
4. The magical and ultimate combined self-stress-relieving treatment: start by to lighting a calming scented candle or spritz your favourite perfume. Smell trigger memories, so pick your favourite scent! Continue with a good piece of dark chocolate, this has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety. I always recommend Green & Black’s 70% dark chocolate and go onto having a nice warm bath with relaxing music, scented bath oil or epsom salts to increase lymphatic drainage for relaxing tired, tight and achy muscles. Whilst indulging in the bubbles, let your mind drift away from the thoughts crowding your mind. Progressing past this, pop on the kettle and make a nice hot brew of herbal tea, chamomile and lavender is my favourite and follow through by the much researched cuddle therapy! That’s right, snuggle up to a cosy cuddle with your partner, child or even a friend! Not only does this measurably reduce stress, but it sends calming messages throughout your body. Most importantly, switch off all electronic goods (yes that means your phone, ipad or laptop), calm your mind with some gentle deep breathing to prepare your body for an early & good night’s sleep…ZZzzz
And there you have it! My top 4 magical methods and tips to start the de-stressing and creating time to become more mindful of your thoughts, habits, actions and life to lead you towards a calmer you! Try them out and post below to let me know how you got on with them 🙂