If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or like there aren’t enough hours in the day, then you’re not alone. And, with the countdown for Christmas already on, all of these feelings can easily be exacerbated.
Unfortunately, these familiar feelings negatively impact wellbeing, and rob you of your superpower!
How do they do that?
State’s of stress produce a chemical response in your body. Stress hormones are released and they change how your body functions, switching from being open and productive, to closed and protective. The latter is associated with survival, as opposed to thriving, and if experienced continuously, depletes your energy, compromises your immune function and creates imbalance throughout the entire endocrine and nervous system.
You see, calm IS a superpower, not just because it feels good to be calm, and when you feel good ALL things become possible, but also because feeling ‘calm’ creates a chemical state in your body that is conducive to healing, openness, connection, creativity and productivity.
8 steps for reconnecting to calm, your superpower…
Anxiety is a sign that you need more self-care and support. This is an important acknowledgment as telling yourself ‘something is wrong because you feel anxious’ is disempowering and creates even more anxiety. Nurturing an awareness of your needs, rather than beating yourself up, is an essential first step to soothing anxiety, and most importantly, paving the way for supportive next steps.
One of my favourite plants for restoring balance, reducing both stress and anxiety, is the adaptogen Ashwagandha. Studies have shown that it reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, by 28%. Ashwagandha has also been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia. It can take up to 3-4 weeks for the benefits to be felt, so I love to take Ashwagandha daily – 1 tsp warmed in almond milk with a little honey first thing in the morning, is a nourishing way to incorporate this adaptogen into your self-care routine.
3. Supportive Foods
To best support your body during anxiety eat comforting foods that are easy to digest, warm and grounding. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin are excellent for restoring calm whilst helping you to feel comforted and grounded. Oats, quinoa and brown rice are full of B vitamins that soothe anxiety, and are also comforting and grounding to eat, much more so than a salad!
4. Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals disturbs your digestion, and when your digestion is disturbed your mood is disturbed too. Roller coaster blood sugar and energy levels are fertile ground for anxiety. The worst meal to skip is lunch, your digestion is at its strongest between 12noon and 2pm, so if you skip lunch consequences could include bloating, digestive discomfort, energy slumps, mood swings and anxiety.
5. Switch Coffee For Tulsi Tea
Caffeine is a stimulant and inflames stress and anxiety. Caffeine is best avoided whilst your body finds its way to a more balanced state. Tulsi tea, also known as Holy Basil, is an amazing adaptogenic plant like Ashwagandha. It’s been proven to regulate stress hormones and reduce anxiety. Drinking this a couple of times a day will significantly support your mental and emotional wellbeing, helping to cultivate the internal environment that is conducive relieving anxiety.
Anxiety can only exist during a state of stress, one of the best ways to relieve anxiety is to encourage your body to operate under a state of peace, not stress. Daily deep breathing sessions can achieve this simply. Slow, deep and rhythmic breaths tells the brain to release hormones that create a calm, peaceful state. Prevention is so much easier than cure, develop a daily practice of 10-15 minutes of conscious deep breathing for powerful anxiety relief.
7. Walking in nature
Studies show that walking in nature can reduce negative thoughts by up to 50%! Being in nature helps you to reconnect to your own nature, and this is BeUtiful, and calm! Getting out in nature, or into the ‘silence’ as the Finnish call it, and just walking, is one of the most powerful things you can do to feel immediate relief from stress and anxiety. Your system will respond chemically almost immediately, as the healing power of all that nature dominates the space, and your vibration raises to meet it.
This should be at the top of every anxiety self-care list because it’s so powerful, especially when practiced daily and consistently. Studies have shown remarkable changes that happen in the brain whilst meditating. There are so many ways to meditate, you just need to find a way that feels good for you. Gift yourself the time to explore your inner world, and it will not be long before you reconnect to that current of calm that’s always within U.
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Wishing you peace and love xxx