Stress can be mind boggling to understand. We know it’s real because we can feel it and we (I am raising my hand right now) know that de stressing and introducing relaxation techniques is the BEST way to relieve stress. But just what is happening underneath our skin, at the cellular level when we become stressed? If you are like me then you are curious too. As a licensed massage therapist for quite a few years now there is one thing I see time and time again. Massage therapy can help with reducing stress and improve mood. We are just now finding out what is going on with our bodies when we receive massage, Scientific research is showing us how stimulating the sympathetic nerve system effect lowering our blood pressure. The Massage Therapy Foundation is a pioneer who is making that possible.
A few more great stress relievers are practicing yoga and meditation as well as listening to soothing music. I have experienced this myself and have seen it in my own clients. Often times the music I play in my massage treatment room is composed to effect our brain waves and lower our heart beat. That’s why I enjoy playing Art Lindemanis’s music, he is also a massage therapist based in NY and creates amazing music for the healing arts.
There truly is something to be said about the mind body connection. Stress forms in our minds first. This can happen when we worry about things like taxes, our children, the economy, what others think of us, our safety and so on. Finding ways to shut off or tune out our worrisome thoughts is for some a learned art. For me massage therapy was the ticket, then yoga and then guided meditation. It didn’t all happen at one and it certainly didn’t happen over night. In a time span of two years I began to see my body heal itself.
I get very person in this audio and talk about a life changing moment in my life that has lead me on this journey of healing and really getting my message out about encouraging others to find stress relief for themselves.
Go ahead and pick one or two of the following ways to manage your stress below, implement one at a time so you do not feel overwhelmed. Remember it’s about ACTION not perfection!
- Practice Yoga
- Include daily meditation, start with 5 minutes
- Use a guided meditation CD, try finding one online or at your local library
- Foster healthy friendships
- Keep a success journal -- This includes writing down 5 successes from that day, no matter how small
- Practice gratefulness and forgiveness
- Exercise daily
- Use pressure points for relaxation
- Find healthy ways to be happy, and increase laughter
- Massage or Bodywork
So now I want you to do me a favor, in the comments below please tell me your #1 ah-ha moment or tip that you enjoyed from the audio.
P.S.- Here is a great list of 101 ways to de stress, which I found at http://library.thinkquest.org/13561/english/101_reduce.html. It’s a great guide that lists so many awesome ways to make sure our stress levels are in check. I love the one about making a few extra copies of your keys. How cool!
Your digestive track is the hub of your immune system. Keeping it in tip top shape will help you fell better. I myself am very sensitive to stress. This tea has helped me with my slight gluten allergy as well as keeping stress at bay. This is one way I incorporate healing living foods into my everyday life. I incorporate other stress reducing activities such as going to the beach, massage, pedicures and meditation. Having a happy immune system that is supported in a good way plays a tremendous role in our stress levels. If you have a gluten allergy, celiacs disease or general digestive issues due to stress this homemade simple Tea will provide great healing for your internal gut flora.
1 teaspoon of raw unprocessed honey
1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
1 teaspoon of slippery elm powder
You will have to keep mixing it as the slippery elm will sink to the bottom.
Slippery elm powder cannot taste very good by itself but when you add honey and cinnamon to it, it transforms into a yummy and delicious tea.
Raw honey VS processed honey
For healing purposes you need everything that the bees produce. So the honey that you want to purchase will look white and be thick in consistency. Raw honey that’s been unprocessed carried all the healing properties your digestive tract needs to help decrease internal stress on your body. I love using the Really Raw Honey company and buy it in 2lb jars, plus there is free shipping! Per their website this is what raw honey contains:
“Really Raw Honey is a totally unprocessed whole food, that is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, enzymes and trace minerals the bee’s put into it. Creamy, smooth and spreadable, Really Raw Honey is more solid than liquid and each jar is capped with crunchy bits of honeycomb, pollen and propolis.”
YUM YUM YUM!
Slippery elm powder
Slippery elm is great for digestive relief. it’s a derivative from the inner bark of the elm tree. When taken internally it forms a film over any mucous membranes that comes in contact with and the FDA has even approve slippery elm as a safe digestive heaving herb. It helps to reduce inflammation and can coax the throat as well. I have found that taking it in the powder form as a tea is the best way to get the healing benefits and its the yummiest way.
Reducing your internal stress can help with your overall wellness and sometimes even pain. I know that when I am taking good care of my body, mind and soul that I can concentrate more effectively on my business and my life. Healing yourself internally is a big part of personal self care. Let me know what you think. Share this recipe with those you know that may be stressed out.
Taking time to spend quality rest and relaxation with my fiance.
Summertime it’s a great way to connect with family and friends. As a small business owner and entrepreneur I find that balancing work and play is very much a personal challenge for me and something I work at daily. I truly wake up everyday loving my job, what it represents and how I am a small piece of the puzzle. My job and business make me feel satisfied. I purposely have to remind myself to schedule in vacations and down time. So this summer I decided to take off many more days than I typically would in an average week. This strategic planning helps me fuel my inner awesome and replenish my soul and mind. Just like sleep, relaxation is a key component of living a more balanced lifestyle. Good healthy does of rest and relaxation such a massage, reading, yoga, visiting the beach, boating, watching your child’s sports team or grabbing a tea or coffee at the local coffee shop are ways that you allow your mind to dial down. This mental break is so helpful in balanced my jam packed lifestyle. We can not work 24/7 (umm, as much as I would actually enjoy that…seriously), we cannot be under stress/go go go all day long and not expect there to be repercussions.
In my daily life I incorporate healthy habits that reduce my stress, increase my energy and allow me to hustle at my job on a daily basis. I drink green smoothies, eat lots of protein, take vitamins, incorporate essential oils into my foods and I put them on my skin because they absorb into my bloodstream within 20 minutes. All these rituals help ward of stress keep my mind and body in check.
There is always room for improvement, no one is perfect but making a plan for vacation, making a plan to include healthy habits like good foods, massage therapy and yoga can start you on a new path of health, vitality and wellness.