Keep Calm & Nurture Yourself
Updated: May 7
As the news continues to spew out information, headlines filled with catchy fear-based titles and facts turn into stories of what he/she heard or said, it is only natural that fear begins to set in.
While it is important to be informed of what is happening in the world, it is also important to keep calm and nurture yourself.
When the body and mind are over exposed to stress and worry they becomes more susceptible to disease and dis-ease.
This post includes preventative tips and remedies to boost your immune system and keep it strong, along with natural ways to activate your inner calm and peace, thus making you more resilient and centered during stressful times.
Natures Best Medicine
Keep your immune system strong with foods that are rich in antioxidants, like; blueberries, goji berries, kale, beans, beets and spinach.
My favorite beverage that is full of antioxidants is cacao. Some claim that cacao has 40% more antioxidants than blueberries, PLUS it's a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant.
I drink cacao every morning in-place of coffee. Not only does it wake-me up but it puts an extra little pep-in-my-step as it boosts my happiness levels, all without the caffeine crash of coffee.
My other go-to antioxidant beverage is hot lemon water with freshly crushed garlic, ginger and honey. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C. Garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system; it is natures antibiotic. Ginger contains gingerol which is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. (I juice my ginger and freeze it in tiny cubes. This makes it easy to grab and I always have it on hand.) High grade honey contains antioxidants as well. Drink this beverage as a preventative to getting sick or at the first signs of feeling under the weather. To get my tiny ginger cube tray shop here.
Activate Your Inner Calm
As we continue to feed our minds with news and media, beyond the "staying informed" amount, we may find ourselves in a fear-based mind set, thus activating the sympathetic nervous system, fight or flight. Prolonged excessive sympathetic stimulation can lead to chronic inflammation making it harder for the body to heal itself and fight off free radicals.
During stressful times it is important to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest mode. This allows the body a chance to recalibrate and heal itself. Below are two meditations designed to relax your body and mind, bringing you into a peaceful state of relaxation while activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Whenever you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or in a fear-based mindset turn to these practices. With regular use you will train your body and mind to relax automatically, even during stressful encounters.
Guided meditation that systematically relaxes the body and the mind, bringing you to a state of deep relaxation where the body can recharge and heal itself.
Theta brainwave entrainment paired with positive affirmations, guides you into a relaxed state of mind and deep meditation; creating a repetitive cycle of positive thoughts.
More Tips to Keep Calm & Stay Grounded
↠ Create a calm and nurturing space for yourself. I like to diffuse lavender oil in my home space. This creates a relaxing environment to unwind and decompress from the outside world. Check out my favorite lavender oil and diffuser here.
↠ Rub Vetiver oil on the soles of your feet. Vetiver oil is good for grounding, calming and relieving stress. Your feet have large pores so the essential oil molecules are able to get absorbed very quickly. Put one drop on the sole of each foot, mixed with a carrier oil, when you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious. I personally use DoTERRA oils when applying them to my skin.
↠ Be sure to get quality sleep each night. When you get good night of sleep your body is able to recharge and heal itself, making you stronger and more resilient for fighting off disease and dis-ease.
Know When to STOP
↠ Limit the time you spend "informing" yourself on what's going on in the news and media. If you find yourself going down the rabbit hole, clicking from one article to the next, stop and find an activity that nurtures you and brings you joy.
↠ Be aware of sensations in your body and how you are feeling when you are "informing" yourself about the news. You are your best monitor for when it's time to shut it down and turn your focus to something else.
↠ Do something calming and nurturing for yourself one hour before bed. Avoid watching the news, looking at online media or having conversations around topics that might invoke a fear-based mindset.
The more you are able to center and ground yourself the more you will be able to respond the the events happening around you as opposed to approaching them from a place of fear and reactivity. It is only from a place of peace and calm that one is able to make enlightened decisions.
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