You’ll catch me speaking a lot on transitional phases in life. I want to share my experiences in order to provide a little insight for you all. I really only touch on topics of experience and lately, I’ve been going through many life transitions. It is very common for us to be highly stressed during times of transitions. Especially when we have our nose to the ground working tirelessly to achieve a huge goal. We are prone to stress for many reasons. Mainly because we fear the outcome of situations by living in expectancy of the wrong things or we’re simply lacking faith altogether.Whether we want to accept it or not, any level of stress we experience is often times self-created. Where others tend to cause us small levels of stress we maximize those levels by dwelling on what people say, do or think. I am not a fan of being overly stressed. I work endlessly to be sure I am not giving too much energy to things that I know are of very little importance. Aside from telling myself “this too shall pass,” I practice routines to help me lower or eliminate my stress levels altogether. Here’s a list of a few healthy, easy ways to combat high levels of stress in order to remain at peace and focused.
1. Drink Tea
It’s been said that tea is a sure remedy to decrease stress levels and to help lessen anxiety. According to studies, tea has been the go-to remedy for centuries in places all over the world. I suffer from anxiety. I was always apprehensive about taking doctor prescribed medications to curb my anxiety or stress. According to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. What exactly does that mean? It basically means choosing to use medications heightens your chances of death by 40% opposed to people who choose not to medicate themselves by using natural, holistic remedies. Natural home based remedies are important and a lot safer. Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea is my favorite go to when I am feeling anxious or stressed. Opt for tea and out of harmful medications. The scent of certain teas is also said to help with stress relief. You can also try:
- Burning aromatherapy oils/incense.
- Aroma scented/Spiritual baths.
- Take a walk to inhale fresh air.
Often times, when we’re feeling stressed and/or overwhelmed our first natural instinct, is to shelter ourselves. It’s actually more harmful to be alone during the times you’re feeling stressed because it increases your chances of constant overthinking. When you know life is throwing you a curveball or two, it really helps to get out of the house and socialize more with those close to you. Not only does it help to keep your mind off of things, but it gives you the opportunity to voice out loud your struggles, which heightens the possibility of finding a solution(s). Never underestimate the healing power of some good ol’ social fun. Other alternatives in line with socializing are:
- Breathing exercises
- Write and recite positive healing affirmations
The most surreal experience of my life ever was a live, in-person mediation session with Deepak Chopra and Oprah. I didn’t really start taking medication seriously until I got serious about my spiritual progression. I had never really tried meditation before the session with Deepak, but after the experience, I was never the same. Deepak encouraged us to take what he taught us home and practice daily/nightly meditation to help with stress, relaxation and the positive direction of our thoughts. Mediation is a great way to relax your muscles, body and limit your distractions. I’ve created a quiet, sacred space in my home where I can have that relaxation and alone time to meditate and release any unwanted energies. Other resourceful options are:
- Sitting outside and watching nature
- Listening to Jazz or meditation music
- Listen to water sounds. The sounds of waves are therapeutic.
4. Spa Day
I love a good spa day. When I am stressed or overwhelmed I live for the days I can visit the spa and get a massage and facial. If money is funny don’t fret. There are cheaper options other than the spa. You can always go out and get a manicure and pedicure and relax in the salon spa chairs. Run a nice warm bubble bath, light some candles and commence to relaxation. I often purchase hand crafted ritual baths that consist of natural herbs, oils, and salts that help draw in joy, contentment, and happiness. Need a few more alternatives?
- Read a good book
- Start a good YouTube or Netflix series that’s informative.
- Engage your visual senses by looking at new art or creating your own.
Keeping positive methods in mind to help lower your stress levels is a daily necessity. Stress is common and can be a part of our everyday lives, but if we are actively working to prevent it, it lessens our chances of struggling with it daily. Here’s to working actively to be stress-FREE!
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.
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