3. Meditation: There are many ways that people can meditate. Meditation is a sacred and personal thing and it’s all about finding the type of meditation for you. If you are new to meditation, here are some ideas of how you can start and find the best way that works for you.
- Silent Meditation: Take ten minutes every day to be in silence. Taking this time to sit, be focused and concentrating on your own being can really help to center yourself and eliminate stress for the day. During this time, you will focus on your breathing. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Making sure to take deep, long breaths.
- Guided Meditation: There are many applications, videos and recordings for guided meditations. These can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. Some of these meditations can be more spiritual than others. Again, it’s about finding what is right for you. If you are new to meditation, one that we really like and recommend is called Headspace. You can find this as an application on your smart phone or iPad. Other places to find guided meditations would be through podcasts (search: guided meditation), on YouTube or you can pay for mP3s. Here is a link of one that we also like, it is more spiritually based.
- Visual Meditation: Visual meditation can be done in many different ways. The main thing is concentrating on being present and to not think about the past or the future. During this type of meditation, some people will visualize colors. Thinking about breathing in a certain color and breathing out another color. Or, visualizing yourself surrounded by light, feeling safe, secure and grounded. Another way, is to visualize yourself in a field of flowers. Visualizing the smells, the feelings and being relaxed. And lastly, you can visualize yourself accomplishing something that you desire. “I see myself….doing xyz with ease and effort”
- Mantras: Coming up your own mantra based on something you feel in your life and concentrating on that saying for 10 minutes. With your eyes closed, say your mantra over and over and visualize yourself in those words. Here are some examples: “I am open and receptive to my highest good now.” “I am abundant and prosperous.” “I am healthy and energized.” “I am full of love and light.” “I am with peace and pure bliss.”
- Lavender: Is the “gateway” to essential oils. Lavender is great for all things calming, relaxing and anti-stress. It is very grounding without causing you to be sleepy.
- Frankincense: This oil has been used for a very long time! It is referenced in the bible many time and can be found in many spiritual places. This oil is commonly used for meditation and grounding.
- Chamomile: This oil has calming and relaxing properties. This oil can help reduce anxiety, anger and negative emotions.
- Bergamont: This oil has calming properties. It is citrus based.
- Geranium: Geranium is an essential oil that helps relieve tension, stress and release negative memories (it works with the liver chakra to release toxins from the body)
- Wild Orange: Is a natural antidepressant and mood elevator.
- Sadalwood: This oil is used in many cultures for yoga and meditation. It works to balance the emotions.
- Ylang Ylang: This oil is considered an aphrodisiac. It works differently on different people. This oil can be either stimulating or calming.
- Vetiver: Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing
- Cedarwood: This oil stimulates the limbic region of the brain (centre of emotions) and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin.
6. Journal: a morning journal can be extremely beneficial to productivity as well as releasing emotions. You can write in the morning about your feelings, your dreams or what you want to accomplish during the day. Some people like “to-do” lists, which help to release the feelings of overwhelm. Another thing you can write down in the morning, are 5 things you are grateful for accomplishing during your day that have not even happened yet. This is the practicing the “Law of Attraction” and expressing gratitude.
7. Expressing Gratitude: Expressing Gratitude is simply thanking the “Universe” for all that you are and all that you having in your life. Even if you are stuck in feelings of lack and feel this is impossible, simply by changing your verbage and outlook on life can start to shift your awareness and bring more to you. By saying or writing down: “I am grateful for a day full of ease and bliss,” “I am grateful for my health and safety,” “I am grateful for new opportunities today.” If you are new to “The Law of Attraction”, this might seem a little crazy to you, but changing your outlook on life and focusing on what you are grateful for, rather than what you lack, will actually bring more positive things to your life.
8. Read: Spending a few moments during the day to read something for knowledge or enjoyment can help to reduce stress. So often we get caught up in what we “have” to do that we forget to take a few moments and enjoy the small things.
9. Drink a hot beverage or bone broth: A hot cup of tea or water with lemon is warming, soothing and nourishing. You can have this be a tea that has herbs for relaxing or add a drop of essential oil to help your body relax as well (Chamomile is suggested)
10. Epsom salt bath or foot bath: Using Epsom salts in a foot bath or full body bath will help draw out toxins and replenish magnesium in our bodies. A foot bath is a great suggestion for those who are busy or just don’t like baths. The skin pores in our feet are the largest in our bodies which makes this technique a quick way to pull toxins out and feel the benefits of the essential oils. Adding essential oils such as lavender or geranium are added benefits for reducing stress!
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.