Is it possible to manage stress naturally?
If you’ve been rushing towards ‘getting organised’ for the festive period you may well feel quite disgruntled that there is not enough time in the day for you to do the things that help you relax and unwind – life can seem to go at a million miles per hour leaving us feeling exhausted.
Certainly some of my clients report that this time of year is a difficult one for them: pressure and stress to complete tasks at work prior to the Christmas period or fit in as much work as possible in the home (e.g. decorating) add to their stress levels in addition to family members requiring their time.
You can imagine the look on the faces of some stressed out clients when I ask them to slow down and smell the Christmas roses by being more mindful! Helping ourselves to manage stress naturally and effectively is one of the best things that Mindfulness can support.
Impact of Stress
Stress activates coricosteriods (steroids involved in our stress response) in this way our immune system is on high alert and we produce fewer neurons; our brain tissue shrinks, we may be more prone to anxiety, nervousness and low mood. In this way we may then think about the world around us a quite a negative place.
When we feel under stress other systems in our body such as autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) can become negatively affected. Put simply our bodies and our minds feel the negative effects of stress in several areas from raised blood pressure, digestive issues such as IBS can be triggered, we may be more sensitive to allergens, bacteria, sleep issues and mental fatigue.
Taking time out, slowing down and being more ‘mindful’ can support your inner wellbeing, calm the nerves and positively impact mental health. People who attend my Mindfulness Program report side effects of less arguments, better sleep, calmer responses to tricky family situations and greater flexibility of thought – all from just 75 minutes per week spent in a calm relaxed state. As I explain to my clients, try not to judge yourself, turn off your inner critic, allow yourself to just ‘be’.
Does it really matter if you leave the ironing pile for one more hour/day? Or put oven chips in for tea rather than boil and mash potatoes? Dedicate some time in the day for you and notice how your body will thank you as a result.
There’s no ‘right’ way to access your inner calm (despite what critics will tell you – you do not have to be an expert) just start where you are and go with the flow. If a ten minute walk with the dog works for you then so be it! I you prefer to switch off to music then great. If you like candles and a warm bath, even nicer. Mindfulness to me is about self care and really is the greatest gift you can give to yourself.
I will be on a train this week sometime, going Christmas shopping but I will be using the time on the journey to relax and go into a dreamy trance – me time! I love this way of relaxing so much I have written a FREE track Journey to Calm which you can access by signing up to my newsletter: https://www.juliephillips-therapeutic-coaching.co.uk/
If you’d like to get started on releasing your stress, here is a 3 minute mindfulness practice:
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