We all get a little stressed out from time to time. It’s normal, especially in this ever-changing topsy-turvey world we all live in today.
However, a build up of stress in your life is when those not-so-good habits can begin to form.
However, there are some extremely helpful and totally natural self-sooth practices that can help you de-stress and get you through times like these.
Here are three natural ways to rejuvenate your body and spirit using some ancient wisdom techniques which are now backed by science.
1: An Easy Feel-good Yoga Pose
There are lots of different ideas about what practicing yoga actually entails. However, you don’t have to be incredibly flexible or be able to balance on one leg while stroking your head to practice it.
Yin Yoga. This is a type of yoga which is both gentle and relaxing whilst incredibly easy to do.
Yin Yoga is a way of moving the body while regulating your breathing. This can help calm the mind and bring it back to a place of contentment and tranquility.
All Yin Yoga requires you to do is to hold a simple position for about 5 minutes. This not only gives you a deep stretch it also helps to heal your connective tissues.
Yin Yoga is best practiced in a place of stillness and the perfect place for that is in meditation.
Meditation has been proven time and time again to balance your fight or flight responses, release muscle tension, and fight depression.
The powerful and rejuvenating yin yoga movement I share with you today is called the Balasana (Child’s Pose).
Here’s how to do it:
It’s incredibly simple. Just kneel with the tops of your feet on the ground and sit your hips back on your heels. Extend your hands forward and rest your forehead on your knees (or the ground if you prefer). See above picture.
This introverted position is amazingly good for your blood pressure and it also stretches any worn muscles that may be running along your spine.
The position also facilitates a cocoon-like shape. This shape helps to release both emotional and spiritual tension.
Tip: If you have any knee issues, try placing a pillow under your hips.
2: Make Yourself A Floral Epsom Salt Bath
Ancient cultures have been using baths as therapy for centuries.
Using this ancient method will help you to nip that stress in the bud as it gives you that much valued alone time when you can think your thoughts whilst enjoying the pleasure of an amazing floral soaked bath.
What’s great about having such detailed historical records is that the healers and scientists of today are now able to confirm the effectiveness of these baths and their herb healing constituents.
Herb Healing Constituents?
Here’s the facts.
This is why many people believe that the pinnacle of self care is an epsom salt bath soak.
Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium which can gently detoxify the body, but it can also soothes aches and pains.
Roses are so powerful that just the scent of them has been clinically proven to fight depression.
Lavender is a renowned nervine relaxant and sedative that gets you relaxed and ready for a long night’s rest.
3: Chamomile Lemon Ginger Tea
Taking this scientifically proven de-stressing tea is the perfect recipe for relaxation – and especially helpful for the relief of anxiety.
About the ingredients in this tea:
Chamomile is one of the most scientifically studied and safe herbs, and is hugely popular today. It’s bittersweet flower is powerful enough to relax your spiralling thoughts, release tension in muscles, and can even fight of a migraine headache. And yet is gentle enough to sooth a teething baby.
Ginger has been used as a culinary spice for thousands of years, but it is also an extremely potent healing herb. This cherished rhizome is known throughout the world to soothe digestion, reduce nausea and reduce pain and inflammation.
Lemons may look like a common citrus fruit. However when we examine their inner workings, we discover they are a lot more than just a fruit.
Lemons contain lots of vitamin C, soluble fibre and plant compounds. This gives lemons a wide range of health benefits including: boosting hydration in the body, lowering cholesterol, improving digestion, preventing kidney stones, and even fighting cancer cells.
With these three easy to pull off rituals, you’ve now got a few go-to options to handle the ups and downs that life throws at you.
So, the next time you’re feeling a little down, try brewing a cup of chamomile tea and then adding a slice of fresh ginger, topped with some fresh squeezed lemon.
Then jump into your warm epsom salt bath and RELAX.
I leave you now with a beautiful piece of gentle Tibetan healing music from the Yellow Brick Cinema.
Peace and Tranquility.
Author: Michael W
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