In this time of uncertainty and stress, I want to share a few things you can do to reduce anxiety. It is okay to feel off-balance but it’s also important to have a self-care routine to utilize when things are getting tough.
Water & salt baths (or showers)
Water is cleansing, and if you add salt it helps in clearing you on an energetic level too. The combination of water and salt supports you on an emotional and spiritual level.
Salt and water clears our aura from stress and heavy emotions. A soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes is recommended and you can even add essential oils to the water. You can use Epsom salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt.
If you don’t have a bath, mix salt with you favourite shower gel or soap and enjoy a cleansing shower.
Drinking water helps to flush out toxins from our body, and hydrates us – we are 80% water so drinking water is essential for our wellbeing.
Essential oils are great for helping with our mood. You can use them in a diffuser, in a bit of water over a tea light candle, or in bath water. You can also use a few drops on your wrist and hands (if it’s an essential oil that can be used directly on the skin) and inhale deeply a few times.
A few suggestions:
- Lavender – relieves stress and anxiety, also provides restful sleep.
- Sandalwood – calms your nerves and helps with focus.
- Lemon – a mood booster.
- Peppermint – increases mental focus and alleviate fatigue. Also great for headaches.
- Rose – promotes calmness and reduces any tension that you may be feeling.
You don’t need to be an artist in any way to use art to reduce anxiety and stress levels. You can even just doodle on a piece of paper… Art dramatically improves your mood and stress levels.
Art is scientifically proven to enhance relaxation and stress-reducing hormones.
A few ideas:
- colouring – download and print mandalas to colour here: mandalas
- doodling – just draw whatever you want on a piece of paper… lines, shapes…
- do an art and craft activity with your family or kids
Movement and dance
It’s no secret that movement helps with relieving anxiety and stress. Movement enhances the production of natural feel-good hormones and chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) and is something that you can do right where you are now.
Choose a song you love and just move your body to the music wherever you are. To add some more fun to it, engage your family to dance with you! Or have a dance-off!
Meditation is an age old tool that allows us to focus on the present moment and strengthens our ability to detach from all thoughts and emotions.
Even just meditating for 5 minutes can help. What about starting and ending your day with a quick meditation? Starting and ending our day with a clear mind will greatly assist in reducing anxiety and stress.
Sit somewhere comfortable with your back supported, feet on the ground, palms facing upward on your lap. Close your eyes and take a few cleansing breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on your breathing and just let go of all thoughts as you let your whole body relax more and more with each breath.
If you would like to attend a meditation, I do free online meditations during this time, so please contact me to join.
The box breathing method is a method used to reduce anxiety, panic and stress.
This is how you do it:
- inhale for 4 seconds
- hold breath for 4 seconds
- exhale for 4 seconds
- pause for 4 seconds
- repeat a few times
Although going out into nature can be a challenge at this time, even just being surrounded by house plants can help. Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools have found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.
If you have a garden, spend time in it as much as you can. Sit in the sun (and enjoy some tea)… Walk barefoot on the grass.
Being in nature, or even just viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, stress and anxiety and increases feelings of wellbeing.