Is it any wonder that the most popular herbalism classes are on the topic of stress? I’ve written before about herbs that help with stress, and over the years I have taken numerous workshops on how to manage stress. But do I remember those techniques when I’m in the midst of a crisis? No.
So, I thought a refresher post about how to deal with stress was in order. I used some of these techniques a few weeks ago when I was making some difficult decisions at work. I recognized that my body felt achy and that I had to do something.
1. Take a drink.
No, not wine, although that can help. There are specific herbs that have a calming effect, and the act of making a cup of tea and sipping it only adds to the experience. Think chamomile, passionflower, lavender, lemon balm, or even mint.
2. Take a bath.
A warm bath is even more relaxing when you add some Epsom salt and calming essential oils.
3. Take a walk.
When I haven’t been exercising, I notice that my stress level increases. A walk, preferably in nature, is a great way to reconnect and get grounded.
4. Take a breath.
When I notice that I’m grinding my teeth, it’s a good reminder to yawn and take a deep breath. This relaxes my jaw and often leads to gentle stretching just to work out the kinks. It also helps me remember to pray.
5. Take time for yourself.
All of the above require some time, which is scarce, but when you are stressed it’s even more important to take time for self care. Your work can usually wait, and by taking some time to do art, to read, to do anything other than focus on the current thing that is causing you stress will allow you to work more effectively when you return to the task.
Simple list, right? Unfortunately they are all easier said than done. And somehow, I forget all about them when I’m in the midst of stress. But I’m getting better at recognizing when I need to give myself a time out.
What are some of the ways that you ease your stress? Comment below!