Keeping Stress at bay during times of anxiety

Times have been unpredictable- that’s for sure. How do we keep stress at bay during times of anxiety?.

Every day the news, or just reports from neighbors and our own experiences, can create a sense of anxiety and hopelessness. We are fully aware that we are not in control of anything beyond our own immediate day-to-day actions.

We’ve heard from many of you that anxiety is creeping in, and it’s no wonder with the total lack of control we have- from grocery shopping to home schooling to worry about our jobs (or being let go from one). 

Anxiety and fear are normal human responses.

It is OK to feel scared and nervous. It’s normal and healthy to feel all these feelings (and have a good cry about it). But- we also need to maintain our physical health at this time.. and too much stress can compromise our immune system.

Here’s a quick meditation tip to limit anxiety and fear from taking over your physiological response (fight or flight).

Just like our brain sends fight or flight responses to our body, shortening our breath and accelerating our heart rate, our lungs can send signs back to our brain that all is well.

Take a minute to connect to your breath. Breathe deeply and fully into your belly. Allow your belly to fill with your breath. Resist any urge to hold your belly in. Let it be soft and relaxed.

‘Try and lengthen your inhale and exhale.

Inhale…2…3…4… exhale…2…3…4. Maybe after a few rounds at a count of 4, you can increase your inhale and exhale to 5 and then 6.

Perhaps while you’re breathing you can begin to add some affirmation:

In this moment I am safe. In this moment I am healthy. In this moment I am loved.

Continue your practice for 3 or 4 minutes, notice how you feel and how your anxiety has lessened. 

We hope this simple breathing and meditation tip helps you. Keeping stress and anxiety at bay during difficult times is not easy. You’re allowed to feel scared and anxious, if you weren’t, would you even be human? But- continue to connect to your breath, and know that you are here, you are held, you are safe and you are not alone.

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, perhaps some distance reiki could help; contact us by clicking here for more information, or clicking here to see descriptions of all the virtual services we offer.

be well and stay safe.

Relax – working with crystals to de-stress

RELAX

Twenty first century life is hectic but we can work with crystals to relax and de-stress. We are all go-go-go and on a 24 hour news cycle. We need to relax and de-stress!

These days, it seems like the world is in chaos and we have so much on our shoulders. We’re forced to live (and produce) in a world that gives little regard to the cycles of nature. Stress is scary, and can have many physical effects; just check out this article by Web-MD!

Make no mistake, our bodies do not do well ignoring nature and its rhythms. We close our eyes (and hearts) to the cycle of rest, stillness, growth, and blooming that is evident around us.

Alas, we are 21st century humans with 21st century responsibilities.

The relax crystal kit was designed to help us relax, de-stress, slow down and calm the anxiety that creeps up at times.

Crystals to Relax and De-Stress:

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is a mica stone with lithium in it. Yup- the same lithium that doctors prescribe is in Lepidolite! Work with Lepidolite to calm worry, obsessive and compulsive thoughts, and anxiety. We like to lay Lepidolite on our foreheads (over third-eye) at the end of a long day while taking deep, cleaning breaths.

Howlite

Howlite is a beautiful stone of ascension and peace. Work with howlite to reduce stress, anxiety, tension and to dispel rage. Sleep with howlite to reduce insomnia and ensure a calm, restful sleep.

Peacock Ore

Known as the stone of happiness, we like to work with Peacock Ore to remind us to look for rainbows after rain. Peacock Ore stimulates creativity and blessings. Sometimes we need a change of perspective- work with Peacock Ore to remember that- just like it has many colors- or lives do, too!

Scolecite

Scolecite is a stone of transformation, spiritual awakening, and peace. Work with scolecite to restore balance and peace in your life, and to regain control your happiness. Scolecite is a wonderful stone to sleep with (under the pillow) as an aid to restful sleep.

Garnet

A stone of the root chakra, Garnet is a stone of safety. Beckoning with a whisper of: it is alright- you are safe, secure and held by mother Earth, we included Garnet because sometimes we need to escape the mechanizations of our head and drop into a feeling of safety. Work with garnet to realize that joy, happiness, and security is your birthright.

Dream Amethyst

Dream (or chevron) Amethyst is a beautiful combination of amethyst and white quartz. Amethyst is a member of the quartz family and therefore a master healer. While Amethyst raises vibration, it s also a stone of peace, protection, and connection to Source.

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CRYSTALS TO RELAX AND DE-STRESS?

Carry them on you in the provided pouch, place them on your desk or other area of work/production. Place the pouch under your pillow, meditate with your crystals! By keeping the crystals near your physical body, you are allowing their frequency to work with your own, helping you relax and de-stress.

If you need additional help with relaxation, perhaps you would benefit from our coaching program, a reiki session or restorative yoga. We’d love to discuss your life with you- and help you develop a plan of rest and relaxation.

Learn more about or coaching by following this link or by calling us at 631.464.4589.