Hi Ladies! Stress is everywhere and affects everyone. So that means that we all need to be willing to deal with it in a healthy way. I love breathing exercises to help calm me down and relieve stress. It is definitely one of my go to skills. There are tutorials online such as youtube that will guide you through some breathing exercises, apps, books and more. Besides breathing exercises there are guided mediations that are also one of my faves. It takes me out of myself and present stuff that’s bothering me and transplants me into some calming and soothing place. Yoga is also a great option because it combines both breathing and small body movements that helps to relax muscles. Which I find is best done alone, not in a group since then it can be increasingly distracting and defeats the purpose of doing the exercises in the first place.
I know another skill that works well for a lot of people is something called mindfulness. Which is simply being totally present in the moment even with distractions. But bringing your mind back each time it wanders. Since we all get distracted then we all can use this skill in our daily lives. But again the key is to bring your mind back to what you're focusing on. It’s just like anything else in life. The more we practice it the better we will get at it. I will say I have tried this skill and haven’t really gotten the hang of it yet. But I know I definitely will since when I put my mind to something I totally accomplish it all the way. So an example of mindfulness is taking a walk outside, observing everything and everyone around you. Plus noticing how it feels outside. This is just one of hundreds of ways to use this skill in our daily lives.
In addition to the above skills there also is aroma therapy skills with essential oils. One of my go to oils for this is peppermint and spearmint essential oil. Now although those 2 oils purpose aren’t specifically for the above benefits. Since each oil has a specific purpose. But for me, those oils have the same benefit as lavender which is the “relaxation” oil. So just experiment with some oils if you choose and see what works for you. We all have to start somewhere and actually I’d say I’m a novice as well. Nevertheless I’m very interested in learning more.
Besides the previous skills, music therapy can also be quite effective in resting and steadying the mind. For the most part I basically live on music. I connect and relate to it like no other. Furthermore I like many different kinds of music. But I know that when I need something to calm me down it will usually be something very soft, lite and uplifting. Nothing to drag me down. So we all just need to know ourselves since there is no manual for each person. We are all very unique and different in our own ways.
Lastly I would like to say that their is nothing more therapeutic than reaching out to a good friend for support. We all need it. Whether it’s to talk and process something, need a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen and validate our feelings. Take Care Everyone