The ultimate stress buster for all the family
We are all facing the most challenging time of our lives – what we are now experiencing is unprecedented in UK history. Add to that the stress of being off with the kids, filling days with exciting entertaining activities plus working from home traumas – this is proving to be a tricky period to navigate.
Would you like a chamomile tea?
Traditional ways of dealing with stress and anxiety include drinking chamomile tea or putting lavender oil on your pillow or in your bath water. You could try going for a walk ( just the one at the moment though) taking your pet for a walk is doubly relaxing and they will welcome the exercise or taking up a new hobby to focus your mind on something different.
I read an article that claimed washing the dishes was the best non-traditional stress buster. It trains the brain to focus on the detail of the task in hand rather than the issue that’s causing the stress. I like this idea, but sometimes just talking about your anxiety with someone else makes the biggest difference.
Calming breathing techniques, yoga, pilates, tai chi and massage are all great stress busters. Classes and alternative therapies like these help people to view their situation differently and strengthen your belief in your capability to cope. There are so many that have turned to ZOOM and facebook lives over the last few days – I have done a stretch class and 2 gym HIIT training classes so far and they have been brilliant!
Reflexology for stress and anxiety
Reflexology falls into the same category as yoga, meditation or massage. I may be biased (ok, I am biased!) but it’s the most brilliant way to relieve stress and anxiety. As a holistic therapy it’s soothing, relaxing, calming and non-invasive. It doesn’t just treat the feet; it treats the mind, body and spirit as a whole.
We have 15,000 nerves in our feet. During a reflexology treatment each one of those nerves receives individual attention, which aids relaxation throughout the body. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?!
When treating a client with reflexology for stress we focus on three reflex points: the adrenal gland, solar plexus and diaphragm. This area of the foot controls your emotions such as fear and anger. When you’re stressed, it can feel hard or enlarged. Focusing treatment on these areas alleviates stress and relaxes your breathing. It restores normal energy flow around the body so you feel calmer and sleep better.
Do you tend to over-indulge when you’re stressed or anxious?
Turning to sugary snacks, junk food and alcohol during times of stress leads to a build up of toxins in your body. Once the initial buzz has worn off, it can leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Reflexology boosts energy flow and helps your body to eliminate toxins naturally. Drinking plenty of water after a reflexology session helps too.
Hand reflexology for stress and anxiety
Your feet are not the only part of your body that reveal signs of stress and anxiety. We hold a lot of tension in our hands too. Clenched hands, tense fingers and twitchiness are all signs of tension and worry. Hand reflexology is a fantastic simple technique that everyone can learn to induce calmness in stressful situations. I love to teach clients how to locate specific pressure points in their hands to help with their concern or condition.
On my facebook page, have a look at the pinned post – it’s a video of me showing you some easy hand reflexology techniques on relieving stress and anxiety
Apart from reflexology, my top tip for reducing stress is a big hug. It always works for me.
I hope to see you once this period of lockdown is over X