Anxiety and Stress-learning to cope

It's inevitable that at some point in your life you will feel the unwanted feelings of anxiety and stress, some of us feel them on a regular basis and others, infrequently. Stress and anxiety can come in the form of actual attacks where you feel a shortness of breath and a narrowing in of your vision. It can also mask itself in other ways such as having difficulty sleeping or waking up in the morning, feeling groggy, unmotivated and agitated. 

Supporting yourself during times of stress include:

  • Get extra sleep-Go to bed earlier than normal and allow your body to actually rest. Many of us are so overstimulated that we have a hard time falling asleep but even if you just put yourself into bed, the act of being still can promote relaxation. If you have trouble sleeping you may want to try an herbal sleeping blend. I have one which is available for purchase called Turn Your Lights Down Low and is non-habit forming. When we sleep the mind and body has time to repair itself, so it is crucial that you get a good night of rest.
  • Create a calming environment-Technology and electronics don't belong in the bedroom. They give off a stimulating frequency and distract us from being able to fully be in the moment. Light candles, burn a soothing essence like sage, or frankinsence and grab your journal.
  • Write- Daily writing is an excellent way to release the mental madness and create space for calmness. Some people find that free writing first thing in the morning is helpful in starting the day off with a sense of serenity.
  • Yoga- There are numerous styles of yoga to try as well as poses designed with anxiety and stress in mind. Take a few minutes each day to do some mindful stretching, take a yoga class or watch a video on youtube. If you live in the NYC area, feel free to contact me about setting up a time to practice yoga.
  • Herbs- One of my favorite ways to combat stress and anxiety is through plant medicine. Over the counter medications do more harm than good, and why not take an approach that is actually healing and nourishing to the system? Plant medicine is the obvious choice when seeking overall understanding and safe remedies. Please contact me for a list of herbs that can support you during times of stress.