“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – Dale Carnegie
In the millennial age, many health or emotional problems are actually caused by stress. Stress comes from many factors – unhappiness in your job, discrimination, financial issues and family problems etc. Our innate immune response helps us to cope with stress in everyday life. However, when left undiffused over a long period of time or when we are subjected to sudden high levels of stress due to circumstances, this auto-response system breaks down and we start having health and/ or emotional problems.
Some common symptoms of stress include migraine, weight fluctuations, insomnia, eczema, anxiety, agitation, lack of focus, poor memory and flu etc. According to Statista, at least 55% of the world population suffers from stress in some way. At times, you won’t know how much the compounded stress is affecting you until a heavy toll hits and affects yourself or the people around you. Therefore it is important that we learn to be aware and recognise the warning signs of stress overload so we can deal with it better.
So how do we handle stress? We use natural healing methods that are simple and effective to apply in daily life, even for beginners. The healing journey begins when our physical health improves day by day and/ or when we start to cope better with our emotions.
Here are 6 healing tips you can use to deal with stress whenever you feel bogged down by the troubles of life.
They have been used since ancient times for various purposes like weddings, rituals. meditation and healing. As they are being lit, it represents a renewal of energies and healing of the body, mind and soul. The shape and colour of the candles have a major impact on the energies that are channelled out. White purifies and gives peace; red brings healing, strength and love while yellow improves communication and memory as well as promotes happiness.
2. Aromatherapy Massage
A combo of using the healing properties of essential oils and massage therapy, it helps to de-stress your body and mind. These essential oils are usually hot favourites. Lavender treats insomnia, depression and eczema; bergamot elevates your mood, relieves stress and pain while eucalyptus boosts your immunity, clears your mind and soothes nervous tension.
It might seem so silly but sometimes we just need to get adequate sleep or simply rest to heal our minds, bodies and souls. Anyone who has ever pulled an all-nighter for a deadline or exam knows the post-event results are not glamorous at all. You feel fatigued, see “double” and even feel irritable. What more when this accumulates over time? Everything goes into overdrive. While sleep requirements may vary from person to person, most healthy adults will need at least 7 hours of sleep to function well.
4. Visualised Imagery
This technique is widely used in healing meditation today. It is recommended to listen to soft meditation music and turn off any gadgets that might distract you. You can dim the lights and sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and stare at a focal point while imagining your problems as clouds and go away to reveal the sun. Carve out 10 to 20 minutes a day for meditation and you will reap the positive benefits in due time.
Art therapy is to utilize the creative process to help people explore self-expression which in turn improves their mental, physical and emotional well being. Techniques used include colouring, painting and drawing etc. Through creation, it helps individuals to focus on their imagination, identify what issues are affecting them and how these make them feel. The end result is that they are able to release their negative emotions through the medium of art and at times, even gain personal insights or solutions to resolve the issues they are facing.
Research studies have shown that regardless of age and culture, human beings find nature relaxing and more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to as their sanctuary during times of stress. By simply taking a walk in the park, going to the beach or taking a hike in the forest – it reduces fear, anger, depression and stress. Exposure to nature uplifts our mood and improves our physical health like reducing blood pressure, regulating our heart rates and easing muscle tension.
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