Updated: Dec 23, 2021
When we're bombarded with scary news, we can feel agitated, anxious and stressed. A little healthy stress is a good thing for helping us get up, go and get stuff done. However, prolonged stress keeps our nervous system in a constant state of 'fight, fright or flight', rather than ‘rest, digest and repair’. This has an impact on the whole body – nourishing blood that should be circulating around our organs of digestion, reproduction and respiration is diverted to our muscles instead, in preparation for escaping danger by running or fighting the perceived danger. If stress becomes chronic, there's a negative effect on our digestion and breathing.
HOW CAN WE DEAL WITH ANXIETY?
Check out the APP STORE for mindfulness, meditation or Pranayama Apps (yoga breathing exercises) to help you cope
NATURE CAN HELP, get outdoors for a walk with a friend to chat through ‘stuff’ and give you encouragement and keep you accountable so you get your trainers on and get out as arranged! Hug a tree! Try forest bathing, a beach walk, get up early to watch the sun rise
CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS on the phone if you can't meet in person. Zoom is great for being able to do live group chats - grab a cuppa, a wine and enjoy a natter
INCORPORATE THINGS YOU ENJOY into your day, whether it’s a long warm soak in the bath, reading a good book, watching a comedy, singing along to your favourite music or playing board games with the family
CHECK OUT THE PIC ATTACHED FOR OTHER IDEAS TO OPTIMISE YOUR HEALTH & WELL-BEING
DUST OFF YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
Perhaps you've got a bottle of Lavender sitting in the bathroom cabinet?
Essential oils can be used in numerous ways including a vaporiser/diffuser which also makes your space smell fabulous. Essential oils can be grounding, balancing or energising. Using them in a diffuser/vaporiser can bring a sense of calm to the house, lift a flat mood or balance out emotions
DON'T SAVE THESE IDEAS JUST FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Great choices made on a daily basis may change your life