When it comes to stress management and self-care, it can be super helpful to use your body’s self-soothing system. This can help your body to rebalance itself after periods of stress.
Mind-body exercises and deep breathing are perfect for this. Any activity that encourages you to focus on the here and now helps to activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is super important for balancing and healing the body. Warm baths and progressive muscle relaxation exercises also encourage the parasympathetic nervous system to turn itself on.
You can also use your senses for tapping into your self-soothing system
Using touch: As the biggest organ in the body, your skin is super sensitive to touch and this is something you can tap into for relieving stress. There are lots of ways you can harness touch, from a soothing bath to self-massage. Massage activates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Even something as simple as putting your hand on your stomach or around your heart can be soothing.
Using smell: Aromatherapy oils are a proven way to calm and relax the mind and body. Lavender is a popular and obvious choice for this but other good choices include rose, ylang-ylang, bergamot, frankincense, and chamomile oils.
Using sight: Calming images can be a great way to use the power of sight to soothe yourself. You can also tap into this through powerful memories and visualizations that relax and calm you. Less obvious tools can include visual affirmations.
Using sound: Relaxing music and sounds from nature can be super effective at reducing stress.
You can always tell when you’re stressed, right? Not necessarily! Chronic stress can bring about a wide range of symptoms and you won’t always link them to stress. This can mean that you ignore some key signs that stress is building up and carry on your day-to-day life without taking any steps to address the situation. Getting to know your body by following this meditation is a great way to tell what’s really going with your wellness!