5 Ways To Reduce Stress & Anxiety Naturally
Stress and anxiety are two words that we hear so much in today’s world. We have so much stimulation out of control, we get attracted to many low-level frequencies, without even knowing it. If we can’t control what’s happening to us in the external, we can always guarantee to control what’s going on in the external. If we don’t find practices to reduce our stress and anxiety then our bodies pay the price, and it will manifest in all sorts of ways from sleeplessness and irritability to digestive distress and reproductive issues.
Just because anxiety and stress are the most common mental disorders in America, does not mean it has to be normalized. We should not rely on an over the counter medication to reduce the symptoms but focus on alternative, natural methods we can mindfully practice and do whenever we feel triggered. Remember it is our divine right to make our choices from love and peace, rather than fear.
I know that when I started combating my stress I have been able to think more deeply about what I really want in my life and get momentum on things. If you are ready to move away from the dark places stress and anxiety bring you and become more conscious of the things that trigger you then consider the following techniques.
1. Walk Barefoot!
We all know connecting with mother nature is a great way to boost serotonin, but if you want to experience a deep connection and bliss, let the dirt touch your toes by grounding.
Grounding is the process of direct barefoot contact with Earth, which gives off natural energy and negatively charged electrons to balance the free radicals the body produces.
As unconventional it may sound, try putting your bare feet into some dirt or any natural earth surface and experience this for yourself. Feel a sense of warmth rise up from your feet into your body. Close your eyes and let out a deep sign to experience the deep pleasure and charge mother earth is giving out to you. The best part, you can ground anywhere! You can ground in your backyard, in a park, at the beach and for optimal results stay for 30 minutes! By grounding ourselves, we can find inner balance, peace, and even proven health benefits!
2. Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of the powerful tools when it comes to stress relief. When we inhale the aroma of essential oil, its molecules travel through the olfactory system into our brain affecting our senses and functions. One strong whiff of concentrated essential oil can instantaneously trigger our bodies into a serene state of producing feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Make sure
You can fill any room in your home with the scent of oil using a diffuser. Certain offices and health care facilities have even found that diffusing essential oils helps alleviate anxiety in the workplace.
And if you experience stress and anxiety behind the wheel, you can add a drop of calming lavender, ylang-ylang, or bergamot to a clothespin and place it on your air vents or on your wrists to ease your nerves during a tense commute.
The healing power of plants is truly remarkable and if you can even spray some refreshing rose water and take a deep breath in, you will feel a relief coming in through your senses!
Positive Affirmations That Work For You!
Positive affirmations are a great way to shift your internal talk. If you feed your mind with healthy foods, why not do the same with your mind. Create your own mantras/affirmations to start ingraining in your mind that you are powerful, love, beautiful, loved, in peace, and happy. Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.
To get started writing down your affirmations with whatever you want to manifest in your journal or wherever you will see them every day. The best way to use them is to see them and repeat them to yourself right before bed and right when you wake up. It’s been proven that whatever your mind consumes at the time it’s at its most hypnotic state. To create affirmations for anxiety feel more powerful in times you are stressed, make sure they are rooted in reality. For example
You may find it helpful to learn positive affirmations ahead of time so you're prepared when triggering situations occur.
I'm going to focus on things I love to get me through this.
When faced with a situation that generates fear, such as traveling or meeting new people, try repeating positive affirmations that acknowledge your negative thoughts or emotions and let them go:
- Anxiety isn't dangerous. I'm just uncomfortable. I'll make it through this.
- I am now in control,
- I am OK, I am ENOUGH
- I control my breathing, breathing in, and out
- If I take deep breaths, that will help soothe me
- When this is over, I'll be so proud of myself
- Anxiety isn't dangerous. I'm just uncomfortable. I'll make it through this
- I breathe deep and all is well I feel myself relaxing as I deep breathe
- I am in control
- Breathing comes to me easily and effortlessly
- I am free from the need of panic
- With each breath, I regain more calmness
- I am safe
- I am now releasing my panic attack
- I am naturally calm now,
- I am relaxing more and more
Sound healing uses healing sound frequency to bring our bodies and nervous system back into balance. The best way to induce healing sounds is with Tibetan singing bowls. Sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls entrains the brain to move into the Theta brain wave frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. The sound vibrations impact our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress or pain response.
Through listening to Tibetan Singing Bowls one’s internal dialogue, the ’inner critic’ is quietened. Their sound synchronizes brain waves and enhances awareness of the mind/body connection.
If you don’t have a singing bowl then any need to worry, because there are endless amounts of healing sound frequency videos on youtube. Aim for 528 hz, 440 Hz or search to balance your chakras
So, let’s say you have a headache. A sound can be played that will override the pain brainwaves.
Or, let’s say you’re in a bad mood after a poor night’s sleep. Playing a relaxing song might lift your spirits and help you forget you’re aggravated.
Create a happy and living space
I love creating a cozy space that makes me feel safe and peaceful. A great way to do this is to have a Himalayan salt lamp near yours. It helps release negative ions and its just very peaceful to doze into. I also like to burn sage, candles, or palo santo to let any negative energy lingering in the home. If your space can be your sanctuary/womb, then you will always be surrounded by peace. Read more about creating a sacred space here.