Connecting with nature is one of the biggest stress relievers, I find that when I spend too much time on the internet or on my electronic devices I start to feel really disconnected and can feel stress/anxiety kick in, this feeling alerts me to know I need to go outside and connect with nature, I love going outside and letting my bare feet touch the earth and ground myself – as a virgo that is very important, it feels so comforting to be in nature especially when your at the beach and your feet are in the water, you can smell the fresh air and the feel of the sand under toe and scrunching them up, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach is very therapeutic and just looking around and seeing everything in its own perfect way has an instant calming effect, Nature really is one of the best medicines.

Essential oils are really a wonderful tool to help destress, some of my favorites are lavender, chamomile, lemon Myrtle, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Vanilla … actually this list could be endless they are so good. There are so many ways you can use essential oils, I love burning them in a diffuser so the room fills with beautiful calming aromas. You can also blend essential oils, a wonderful calming blend is “Peaceful Sleep” you can apply a few drops onto your wrists before you go to bed and you will feel serene and relaxed.

Another way to lower stress and anxiety is using bush flower essence blends, “emergency” or “calm and clear” are quick ways of being able to calm, just a couple of spritz’s and a few deep breaths and you can feel those feelings decrease and you start to feel balanced once more.

Being creative, Adult colouring books have been a craze that has become so popular, but there is really something to being able to pick up a beautiful vibrant colour and just colour, it lets your mind wander away from the thoughts and worries floating around your head, it is a form of active meditation, you don’t have to use a colouring book either, freestyle and being able to colour outside the lines is wonderful too and is a true form of expressing yourself creatively. We intuitively doodle or draw our whole lives, as a way of calming ourselves when we are concentrating or trying to work out a problem. Give it a go all you need is pencils, paper and your mind just let go and draw or colour there is no wrong or right way to do it, I personally like using bright colours as it has such a positive effect and can be quite mood lifting, just be expressive…

Positive affirmations are a wonderful way to change your thinking, when we are stressed we do a lot of negative self talk and it’s like a constant channel in our heads, but telling ourselves “I am good enough” , “I am perfect how I am!”, “I can do anything I want”, “I am loved and love myself” are good ways to change this negative thought pattern. We feed our bodies healthy food so why wouldn’t we want to feed our mind healthy thoughts?

“Your mind is a garden, Your thoughts are the seeds, You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds..”

you can write down your affirmations so they are constant reminders so you can manifest those positive thoughts and feelings to feel more balanced and happy.

Sound Healing, uses healing frequencies to bring our bodies and our nervous system back into balance. It’s a great way to also reduce the stress and anxiety that we feel, it gives us this overall feeling of peace and relaxation, listening to or playing singing bowls, whenever you feel that bubble of stress rise up its good to just play them and you will be feeling connected andrelaxed in no time, you can also use tuning forks, tingsha bells or drums, but if you haven’t got these instruments around there are endless sound healing videos on Youtube – but nothing beats the real thing of feeling the vibrations of calm rise through your body to bring you into connection with your self.

Exercise is another great way to relieve stress, it releases endorphins – which make us feel great, and feeling good in our mind and body boosts self confidence and self awareness, Yoga is a great form to take up as it tones the body and relaxes the mind, it encourages meditation and to focus on the breath – deep breathing is soothing and beneficial for us, being able to take time to breathe deep and meditate at least once a day and I know you will feel the benefits of this practice.

Herbal teas are wonderfully soothing and calm the mind, a favorite blend of mine is green tea with lavender, chamomile, jasmine, rose & elderflower.

Crystals are very powerful in relieving anxiety they speak to us individually when we are going through something and can help us I personally like Agate, Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, citrine, Quartz, Black & Pink Tourmaline, Lepidolite. You can put them under your pillow or hold onto it whilst you sleep, you can meditate with them, just holding onto them feels good, have them around you in your space – the best way to use crystals is to wear them as jewelry that way they are on your person and you can feel their individual healing energies.

Healthy eating is a great way to feel good, putting good fuel into our bodies makes us feel good, happy, we get a better sleep, our skin looks brighter our nails and hair are stronger we are more energized and motivated when we eat in a positive wholesome way.

The most important thing to remember though is to love yourself, taking time for you weather its having a massage, giving yourself a facial, dancing, reading a book – have fun, act silly and be able to laugh at yourself, life can be so serious and we get so caught up with it that we let the stress and anxiety build up so if you take anything away from this is that you are important and you deserve to be balanced and happy and stress free.

Those are a few tips on dealing with stress and anxiety naturally I hope in a small way it has planted the seed or inspired you to do something for yourself today

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are…” – Chinese Proverb

Have a happy day 🙂 Megs