Stress and anxiety often have the biggest impact on people’s lives; yet, the one thing that can help resolve this is what people often find the most challenging – and that is to relax or simply be.
Learning to relax or manage stress doesn’t require you to take a vacation, to take leave from work, or to spend hundreds of dollars on a retreat. It can be achieved daily and often, even in the midst of chaos.
There are numerous ways that you can tap into your inner calm. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Connect with Nature
Get up close and personal with nature. Find a park or a green space near you and take a stroll. Take your shoes off and feel the grass beneath your feet. Touch the grooves on a tree trunk. If you live by a beach, pick up a shell and put it up against your ear and note the sounds.
Spending time in nature does wonders for the wellbeing on all levels – physically, mentally, and emotionally. There are numerous health benefits including stress relief and the ability to help one be present.
You can also connect to nature at home, regardless of whether you have a garden or not. Keep some house plants around your home, and you can even grow your own herbs and place them on a windowsill or balcony. If you have young children, this can also be a fun task to get them involved in.
Create a Sacred Space in Your Home
Find a space in your home where you can relax. You can add to the ambiance by burning some incense to clear the space of all negative and unwanted energies, lighting a candle, and putting on some relaxing music.
Begin the following exercise: Sit upright on a chair or grab a cushion and sit cross legged on the floor. When you are seated comfortably, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and then begin to visualize the room filling up with a cobalt blue protective light with every breath you take. Saturate yourself and the room with this light and visualize it removing all unwanted negative energies, and in turn, replacing it with good vibes.
No matter whether you have much time to yourself at home or not, this exercise has been designed to be done whenever you can, and for as long as you can.
Keep a Journal
Journaling can help you get things off your chest and let go. The process of jotting things down on paper – your thoughts, your feelings, your doodles – can go a long way to helping you release concerns and stress.
When you are ready, take a look back at your journal. Whether or not you like what you see or read, journaling can help you identify what in your life needs changing and how to begin the process of change and to get help, where needed.
About the Author:
Rosalind Medea is an intuitive reader and truth seeker. She cuts through illusions to help people see the truth in situations and advises on practical solutions that support them in their journey. She also works with the Tarot and I Ching, and loves sharing the wisdom and insights they bring.