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Graceful Ways To Manage Stressful Times

Whether we consciously mean to or not, we all allow stressful emotions to subconsciously impact our lives.

When we get stressed out, more often than not, we bury it deep down, suppressing it from bothering us. Why? Because that is easier than doing the emotional healing needed. Also, most of the time, our parents learned how to suppress their stressful emotions, and so on, for generations.

Few people anymore seem to understand the importance of diving deep and healing those emotions, let alone figuring out how.

Signs You’re Enduring Extreme Stress

  • High pulse rate
  • Faster aging
  • Fear
  • Feeling stuck
  • Experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions
  • Feeling panicked
  • Fight or flight response

You cannot think and feel at the same time. Just as you cannot talk and breathe at the same time.

It’s Time To Stop Suppressing Your Emotions

While it is very easy to get angry and offended, we need to deal with and release our emotions so they don’t continue to disrupt our lives.

When we ignore our suppressed pain and emotions, they always come back up later in life, stronger each time, until we end up at our breaking point.

Essential oils are powerful tools for helping you cope with suppressed emotions, but they only work when you use them consistently.

There are stages of emotional healing that we go through. It isn’t just sniffing an oil and acknowledging pain. Each episode of emotional trauma has many layers to come to terms with, forgive, and release. Essential oils come into this by helping our brains sort through different emotions harbored within us through neuroplasticity.

This is what it means to do the “inner work”… navigating the traumatic stressful emotions suppressed within you.

Graceful Techniques for Managing Stressful Times

  • Breathwork: breathe in for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds. Repeat until you feel calm.
  • Use essential oils
  • Sound healing
  • Phototherapy
  • Exercise
  • The right gut flora balance

What I love the most about using sound therapy, essential oils, and gut health is that they embody different frequencies that have specific effects on your body, which provides some profound effects on your emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.

Best Essential Oils for Handling Extreme Stress Gracefully

This is where essential oils come in. Essential oils are fantastic at helping you calm down and reframe your mindset.

I watched this video and just couldn’t keep it to myself. It is filled with so many fantastic ideas that I thought you wouldn’t want to miss. As recommended in the video, you may want to snag the book: The Miracle of Essential Oils

Essential oils work with our brains to help us make sense of, access specific memories, and release suppressed emotions to heal on a much deeper level.

There are a few essential oil blends that I highly recommend:

Using Sound Healing to Gracefully Reduce Chronic Stress

“In your ear, there’s the vestibulocochlear nerve, which connects to the vagus nerve, the major parasympathetic nerve in the body,” says Dr. Perez-Martinez.

“And there’s a little branch of the vagus nerve that goes right to the tympanic membrane, which vibrates in response to sound waves. So that means that every sound that you process through your ears sends that information to the vagus nerve.”

The vagus nerve is a key nerve to support considering your gut-brain axis. Optimizing it through sound therapy and gut health could bring your body back into a homeostatic state.

The benefits of sound healing include:

  • Energizes your body
  • Soothes and balances your nervous system
  • Lifts your emotions
  • Promotes a deep state of relaxation
  • Enhances a meditative state
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Enhances your brain’s overall functioning
  • Increases your mental concentration abilities
  • Enhances massage, meditation, prayer, and acupressure practices
  • Balances and integrates both sides of your brain
  • Clears and raises your vibrational frequency
  • Improves your digestive system
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Improves your body’s natural response to stress
  • Soothes inflammation

Tuning forks for sound healing

I know… at first thought, you wouldn’t think that Tuning Forks used for tuning instruments would be useful for our bodies (other than doctors back in the day using them to test for hidden bone fractures). This surprising tool also disrupts energetic frequencies, which in essence allows you to essentially hit the reset button with stored emotional energies.

Start with the C (128 hz) tuning fork to relax, starting around your lower belly and working your way up, holding the tuning fork slightly above each location for 20-30 seconds, really allowing your body and mind to fully experience it. And then work your way back down.

Singing bowls for sound healing

While there have been very few scientific studies done with sound bowls, they do have a very long history of being used in ancient eastern medicine for reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and facilitating healing.

To create sound with a singing bowl, press the accompanying mallet firmly against the bowl’s outside edge or bowl’s belly, and drag the mallet along the edge in a circular motion. Slow your motion when you hear a bright, clear tone. Be sure to use your entire arm to make the circular motion, not just your wrist. You may also gently strike the bowl before beginning the circular motion.

Phototherapy Using the “Happy Patch”

Phototherapy, specifically using the LifeWave patches that reflect your body’s infrared light, is gaining popularity for a number of reasons, including helping with mental health and mood management.

LifeWave offers the Aeon patch, which is often affectionately referred to as “the Happy Patch.” Simply stick it on your skin or your clothes, leave it be for 12 hours, then take it off. Many people report it helping within minutes, others within days.

In my experience (having dealt with long-term problems with chronically high cortisol), it is absolutely worth trying!

The Gut-Brain Connection That Helps Reduce Stress

There is growing popularity in the revelation that the general health and balance of the bacteria in your intestines has a direct impact on your brain and your mental wellness. This link is referred to as the gut-brain axis. If you enjoy science, you won’t want to miss this study about the gut-brain axis. The basic premise of the study describes “a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on motivation, and higher cognitive functions.”

My favorite method of supporting gut health is by using a quad-biotic. The quad-biotic I use contains prebiotics, probiotics, phytobiotics, and postbiotics that work with your gut in a revolutionary way. Prebiotics are the nutritional fiber that feeds good gut bacteria. Probiotics add more good bacteria to your intestines. Phytobiotics specifically target the well-being and efficiency of your gut-brain axis (your nervous system). And postbiotics improve your immune functioning and natural inflammatory response by providing a different level of nutrition to your gut bacteria.

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Author: Nicole Graber

Title: Writer, Editor, Wellness Consultant, Business Strategist

Expertise: Natural Wellness, Healthy Lifestyle, Home Business Strategy, Motherhood

Bio:

Nicole is a military-trained research analyst, homeschooling mom, healthy lifestyle consultant, and flexible business strategist. She is the heart and mind behind MotherhoodTruth.com and GracefullyAbundant.com, and is a syndicated writer with bylines from MSN.com and the AP newswire. After living through and overcoming a season of homelessness and chronic health, Nicole developed a passion for helping others develop healthier habits using functional nutrition, herbalism, flexible business strategies, and renewing faith.

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