Three Simple Ways to Relax Your Nervous System
Guest post from Christy with Aloeswood Beauty!
This is simply concentrating on the present moment with each breath.
Sounds easy, right?
Well the mind has a way of keeping us distracted so here are some tips to quiet the mind so you can tune into your breathing. Repeat to yourself “INHALE” and “EXHALE” to guide your awareness inside. A slow focused breath will help the nervous system to CALM DOWN. You can also count the rhythms of your breath, meaning inhale and exhale equally for 5 counts and then try to lengthen to 8 counts or more. Try to expand your capacity to take deeper, longer breaths.
Did you know you have sense receptors in your skin that communicate directly with your brain? Receiving a massage, foot reflexology, or a purifying facial are all positive ways to receive relaxing information to the brain. This can be very therapeutic for the adrenals and immune system while aid in reducing inflammation in the body. Benefits of massage can include: increased immunity, removal of toxins within the tissues, decreased cellulite, feelings of overall vitality, deep relaxation and general well-being.
Facial massages encourage collagen production and increase movement of facial lymph which supports glowing skin. You also receive gentle massage to the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. This upper body attention can help clear the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Chakras. These Chakras connect your heart to your voice and ignite your intuition. Enjoy a deep sense of joy and connection when you receive this type of touch in addition to the amazing cleansing benefits of the skin!
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (through the sense of smell) to promote psychological and physical well-being. The nose has direct access to parts of the brain, which in turn influences our mood, state of mind, bodily functions and as we discuss here...our nervous system.
Some great essential oils for stress relief are rose, lemon, lavender, bergamot, vetiver, ylang ylang and frankincense. Use high quality oils that are pure, therapeutic grade and organic if possible. You want to avoid synthetic oils or ones that have been farmed unethically.
A wonderful way to get the benefits of aromatherapy is through the use of a diffuser. This supports both your body and your home, and only takes a few drops of essential oil. Some diffusers use water and some are straight oil, so be sure to read the instructions. If you don’t have a diffuser you can try dropping a few drops of geranium or frankincense at the bottom of the shower so it smells wonderful as the water hits it. If you’re a bath person mix 3-8 drops into the bath and you can also add a ½ cup of milk and a tablespoon of honey for the ultimate home spa treatment.
Let me know what you try and what works for you!
In light, courage and love,