7 Simple Healing Methods to Relieve Stressful Situations
Life is stressful. There’s no way around it. And finding ways to settle down these days can feel daunting, but it’s essential that we develop healthy stress management tools to take care of our hearts and minds in times that rattle our nerves. Here are seven simple healing methods to find relief in stressful situations. Try one at a time or all seven for a powerful combo of grounding and inner peace.
Breathe. One of the fastest ways to calm the nervous system is through breath. Breath, or prana, as it is referred to in yoga, is the universal life force energy. You can tap into your soul at any moment by focusing on your breath. Sit in a comfortable spot. Relax. Place both soles of your feet on the ground. Close your eyes. Take three long, slow, deep breaths that fill your lungs completely. Hold the breath at the top for a moment and then release. With each inhale, breathe in calm, stabilizing air. With each exhale, release all tension and toxicity. After three breaths, check in to see if there’s more built up energy that needs to be let go. If so, continue this breathing exercise until you feel more relaxed, up to 30 minutes. This exercise can be done anywhere, any time, but if you are driving or operating any machinery, keep your eyes open. 😉
Meditate. To me, the goal of meditation is to let your mind stop so you can get a glimpse of your soul. Some people find the same peace through prayer, so I encourage you to try both and see what works for you. If you are new to the idea of meditation, the best place to start is by focusing on your breath. See the exercise above on breathing, but to meditate, focus on the pauses in between each breath. Give your mind a chance to rest. When thoughts come in, acknowledge them and push them out of your mental space, clearing the way for peace. If you need more of a guided experience, see the video above and if you are looking for more, there are some wonderful videos on YouTube to help.
Forgive. Remember that everyone around you is navigating their way through life the same way you are. Some of us are better at taking care of ourselves than others. Some of us are better at interpersonal communication than others. Some of us are better at discipline than others. We all have lessons to learn. But, the bottom line is that life is about learning and the people and situations we encounter in our lives are what help us to grow and evolve. Therefore, we need to not only forgive ourselves when we make mistakes, but we need to forgive others and find gratitude for the lessons we learn along the way. When we forgive, we heal. Take a moment every day to forgive yourself for any words or actions that may have hurt someone else. And also take a moment every day to forgive others for what you perceive as hurt. Forgiveness is a big step along the path to peace.
Move. Moving your body is one of the fastest ways to clear energy blocks and imbalances that are stored in the physical body. Yoga is particularly helpful in balancing energy through both breath and movement. A regular yoga practice can do wonders for keeping your physical, emotional, and energetic bodies aligned and clear. If yoga isn’t your thing, try going for a walk or a hike. Take deep breaths of fresh air and be fully present each time the sole of your foot touches the earth. If going outdoors isn’t possible, turn on some of your favorite light hearted music and have a solo dance party. Anything to get your body moving will do the trick. And you always get bonus points for smiling!
Visualize. One of the reasons stress accumulates is because we spin scenarios of how things might go in our heads, thinking this will help us be better prepared for whatever situations we might face. However, by letting our monkey minds bounce all over writing stories often leaves us feeling more anxious and unsettled. Visualization can be a powerful tool to help guide our minds in the direction of a calm, focused, confident presence. Take a few minutes to close your eyes and see yourself feeling at peace in the middle of nature. Breathe in the feeling you visualize. Focus on all of the senses in your visualization. The deeper you can dive into your senses during a visualization, the more powerful the experience will be. If you need a more guided experience, again, there are plenty of podcasts and videos on Youtube to help guide you to a positive place.
Journal. The cool thing about journaling is there’s no wrong way to do it. You don’t have to let anyone else see it. You are doing it for no one else but you, so think of it as a gift to yourself! Simply pull out a notebook and a pen and write whatever comes to mind. Set a time limit (or don’t) and let your thoughts flow. Don’t censor yourself, just write all the little and big things that come up. With regular practice, this is similar to talk therapy because you release all of the pent up thoughts you have inside clearing space for growth and creativity. Julia Cameron wrote a wonderful book called The Artists Way that encourages writing daily pages to help tap into your inner creativity. Her philosophy is that you have to let your brain dump out all of the nonsense to get to the good stuff. And it works!
Aromatherapy. Essential oils are not just about the yummy smell of plants and flowers, although they are lovely. The healing from essential oils comes from the energetic vibration of the plants within our energetic field. One of the most calming and versatile essential oils is lavender. Combine a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil like rose hip oil or grapeseed oil, take a deep breath, inhaling the scent and rub onto your chest and/or into the souls of your feet. This will help balance your energetic and emotional bodies. *Be careful with oils on your feet that you don’t slip and fall!* If you can, put on some comfy socks to help seal the oil in and enjoy the warmth and relaxation of self care.
I hope these 7 healing modalities help calm your soul during these challenging times. Putting these actions into daily practice, you will soon feel generally more calm and at ease and more able to enjoy life in every moment. Namaste.