Take control of your stress levels in 5 easy steps!
Stress and Anxiety effect over 17% of Australians every year that is equivalent to 3.2 million people today. We tend to underestimate the dangers of prolonged stress and its effect on our families, our ability to earn an income and our bodies wellbeing.
Stress is not just a psychological condition it is also related to imbalance in one or more systems in our bodies. There are neuro-chemical processes that can both exaggerate stress and also minimise the bodies experience of stress.
Heres what you can do:
A. reduce stressors in our environments.
B. minimise our response to these triggers.
1. Breathing (6-6-6) .
When you find yourself in a state of stress or high emotion practice mindful breathing. Sit or stand with your shoulders back and chin slightly raised…Take one deep…slow breath into your diaphragm for 6 seconds…hold for 6 sec and then breathe out for 6. – repeat until your heart rate and nervous system returns to normal.
This is a mindfulness and visualisation technique.
Find an outdoor space that feels safe for you, it could be in a park, in your back garden, on a nature strip or at the beach ( anywhere that you can touch the earth). Remove your shoes and press your feet into the ground, feeling the coolness, texture and consistency of the earth.
Close your eyes and using the breathing technique above, imagine there are roots coming out of the soles of your feet and delving into the soil or sand beneath you.
Picture these roots descending into the cool earth going deeper and deeper, connecting you to nature, to the Earth.
Feel the energy of the planet rising up through your feet filling you with love and vitality, your body absorbing whatever it needs to be in balance, your mind filling with appreciation and awareness. Do this for as long as it feels good to do.
3. Drink water.
Proper hydration is essential for our bodies to be in balance. We should consume at least 3 litres of water per day. Set an intention before you drink! It could be something like “ this water is cleansing my mind of thoughts that don’t serve me” or “this water is recharging my body with the energy it needs.” Another easy one is just saying “Thank you”.
Have you heard of the saying “ you are what you eat”? of course you have!
Yet we still fill our bodies with processed, artificial substances and chemicals that in many cases don’t even resemble actual food. High sugar, high carb diets can cause huge peaks and troughs in our energy levels and provoke erratic emotional states. Think clean eating. I’m not talking about the myriad of health kicks” out there I’m just talking about choosing food that nourishes us. Like fresh fruit and vegetables.
If like many of us our diets are somewhat lacking in certain essential omegas, proteins and vitamins it may be a good idea to supplement your diet with natural, organically produced dietary supplements.
Hemp or (phyto cannabinoid products) can be extremely effective in the regulation of emotional responses and reduction of anxiety through the endocannabinoid system. Combining Coconut oil, flaxseed oil and echinacea with Cannabidiol increases our bodies ability to utilise the terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in Hemp. It also makes them more bio-available.