Stress is everybody’s business. You could think you have it under control, but the truth is that stress has a way of creeping up on you, and causing drastic health repercussions. We have undergone so much change, trauma and immense stress as a society in the last couple of years. This constant and ongoing stress requires our stress hormone, cortisol, to work over time.
The body’s stress reaction was designed to be called into play when human’s survival was threatened, not when he, she or they were overwhelmed with piling tasks, family stress, a changing work environment and a new approach to living.
Today, regardless of what your stressor is, to help regulate your immune system and stay in optimal health to fight off infection or disease finding natural ways to reduce stress is essential for long-term sustainable health. Even if you are currently struggling with underlying health concerns, stress reduction & self-care will help relieve some physical demands from the body, to help you recover and heal.
Try the following tips for natural stress relief:
1. Try Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress-reduction and relaxation. Reiki energy, or Universal-life force energy is administered by “laying on hands” from a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is very simple, yet powerful and can be easily learned by anyone through training and attunement. Reiki relaxation can release toxins that have been stored in the body. During and after a Reiki session, those toxins may be released along with feelings and thought patterns that are no longer serving your highest version of self.
Reiki aids in emotional healing, harnessing personal power & generational healing through time & space. Each practitioner has a unique approach to Reiki and the energy can be applied in numerous ways.
2. Self-Discovery & Self-Care
We often lose sight of taking time for ourselves, especially in states of high stress. It is so easy to get tied down by our obligations and responsibilities, that we forget to take time to enjoy being with ourselves. For some, discovering who you are and what you are passionate about is something that you might not have thought about for a long time.
Being a parent, an employee, a daughter, brother, cousin, partner, friend can all become so much. Reaching our goals and maintaining our relationships can become challenging if we don’t have a good idea of our highest-self.
Book a Self-Discovery Mini Session to tap in to your true purpose.
Body movement can regulate emotional wellbeing and reduce the negative physical side effects from stress. It elevates levels of beneficial brain chemicals, known as endorphins, which elevate mood and promote relaxation by countering stress at a cellular level. Exercise also increases testosterone levels, connecting us with our divine masculine (which is found in everyone regardless of sexual assignment or identification). This increase in testosterone also shares an inverse relationship with cortisol (as one goes up, the other goes down).
Yoga is a great mind/body movement practice. Read more about How Yoga Alleviates Stress Related Conditions And Body Aches.
Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline increase blood pressure and heart rate, while “feel good” chemicals such as serotonin, which are released in a state of relaxation and work to repair cells. Understanding how to clear your mind to reduce stress will help you get the most out of not only Reiki & exercise, but will help you develop in critical thinking and problem solving as well, making stressful situations easier to process when they arise.
Meditative walking can help bring the mind and the body in sync while simultaneously moving energy through the body. When out walking, it is almost second nature for our mind to be somewhere else. Next time you go out for a walk, keep your mind focused on your breathe, in and out. Focus on your body and what you are feeling as you are walking. At first, it might be difficult for your mind not to wander, but just notice that your thoughts traveled and bring them back to your body for as long as you can. Keep practicing mindfulness & your brain will create new pathways for problem solving, reducing stress and increasing happiness.
To learn more about meditation, check out my article The Health Advantages Of And Medical Conditions Helped By Meditation.
5. Laugh And Have A Good Time
Laughter is the best medicine after all, as it can do miracles, ranging from reducing blood pressure, mediating pain responses, and helping to manage the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol.
Stressed individuals rarely take time out to smile and have fun, which only feeds the flames of a downward spiral. Make time for memories, have fun with friends & chosen family and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Join a community or group of like-minded people. One of my favorite ways to reduce stress is by spending time with other women who enjoy cannabis & plant-medicine as a way to relax! The photo above is from our co-hosted Crystal Wand Workshop with The Pink Sesh!
These five ideas are just a start to taking your power back and not letting stress control your life or your health. Reiki energetic healing is a great way to start opening yourself up to dedicating time to relaxation at a spiritual level, allowing space for discovery of self. Your healing starts with gratitude and shows up in abundance.
Book a session today to step towards the highest version of self.