Five Steps to Shift from Chaos to Calm
Are you feeling stressed? Is your life filled with chaos and dramas? Do you find yourself not coping well at work and then bringing your work challenges home so that your family life is also impacted? Are you a member of a team where there is disharmony? Stress makes you feel sick!
It is a well-known fact that stress is one of the primary causes of severe illness, including cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, anxiety and depression just to name a few. There are many direct causes of work stress such as anxiety of job loss, team disharmony, peer pressure, time pressure, heavy workloads, financial concerns and even family time restrictions. There are just as many indirect stressors or subconscious ones including nutritional deficiency, smog, EMR, emotional trauma and insecurity. Busy lifestyles can also add to stress build-up. How many “hats” are you juggling at present? By that I mean how many individual aspects are in your life – do you have a family, children, volunteer commitments, several jobs, play sport or are you studying? These commitments can all add to your stress levels.
When the pressure from stress builds up a person can experience low self esteem, panic attacks and often severe physical symptoms, all of which can necessitate time away from the work place. Their work life and family can be greatly impacted. In my career as a kinesiologist I have seen firsthand the effects of stress upon the health and wellbeing of my clients. Stress is the number one reason people come to see me. They may present with physical disharmony, mental health issues, spiritual concerns or even chemical imbalances, however they are often the effects of stress overload.
Kinesiology specialises in alleviating stress and building up a persons’ life energy or enthusiasm. It is a technique second to none in being able to identify an individual’s most pressing emotional response to trauma and the priority correction required to rectify their issues. It is non-invasive and can be used by all members of the family including children and the elderly.
Kinesiology is a natural therapy modality that has its basis in Ancient Chinese Philosophy but also incorporates Modern Western Knowledge. It works on the Triangle of Health where the Physical, Emotional and Chemical sides of life are in balance. When imbalance occurs then disharmony follows. Stress, as mentioned before, can come from many different avenues and can affect each or any sides of your life’s triangle.
Although there are some stress triggers you have no control over, by learning strategies to effectively reduce and manage stress then your life can be calmer and you will cope better. I would like to share with you my top five self-care stress management techniques.
- Emotional Stress Relief. Ask yourself to note how stressed you feel on a scale of 1-10. (1 the least and 10 the most). Place your right hand across your forehead and cup the lower back of your head with your left hand. Gently close your eyes and think of a happy experience in your life. Remember all the details, engage your five senses by feeling them one by one. By holding your forehead, it encourages blood flow to the frontal cortex and as your body starts to relax, it allows you to think more clearly and to feel calmer. This assists you to cope better.
- Gratitude Jar. Each day after work take some time to write down three things you are grateful for on a small piece of paper. It does not have to be a long journal entry and it also doesn’t matter if you write the same thing each day. What it is encouraging you to do is to intentionally look for things that happened during the day that you are grateful for. Place the pieces of paper in a jar and at the end of each month open the jar and celebrate your gifts. This process raises your life energy, decreases your stress levels and encourages positivity.
- Walk along the beach. Walking along the beach helps you to enjoy one of nature’s gifts. Also, the flow of the ocean and the pounding of the waves releases negative ions which are good for health and wellbeing.
- Smile. A smile reminds your body to release happy hormones. It is free to do and has the added benefit of being contagious and easily shared ☺.
- Essential Oils. Essential oils can uplift your energy and help you to feel happier. They work on the olfactory senses (sense of smell) and go straight to the emotional centre of your brain. Generally, your sense of smell creates an instant connection to a memory. Take a moment to remember a smell from your childhood that makes you feel happy.