How To Reduce Stress And Recharge Your Energy Levels
As an acupuncturist, I receive a host of health questions at the clinic. From how to reduce stress to recharging energy levels, you can imagine, I’ve heard lots. I recently chatted to a patient and shared some useful morning and evening tips. I hope these same ideas help you with your health and wellness journey.
Please keep me posted with your feedback; I would love to hear from you! -Emma xo
I firmly believe what you do first thing in the morning is likely to affect the rest of your day. Often, setting aside half an hour for yourself, or even ten minutes, can be incredibly rewarding.Here you will find a series of morning tips I regularly share with patients that can quickly assist with your energy levels. Cherry-pick what suits!
Avoid social media: First and foremost, avoid starting your day checking your text messages or emails. Yes, I appreciate this may be difficult, but the goal is to minimise any unnecessary stress, so your energy feels recharged. Instead, go and grab a glass of hot lemon and water or a cuppa ready to focus totally on yourself before the household stirs. I know you’ll feel better for doing this!
Yoga: I favour a 1-2-1 yoga programme for that morning zen feeling. In particular, I recommend trying the Viniyoga or Yin yoga methods because both styles are complementary to Traditional Chinese medicine, helping to enhance and balance your energy (Qi). It’s essential to work on some goals. For instance, you might want to reduce stress, improve your strength and fitness or support your overall wellness? A qualified yoga teacher will point you in the right direction. Once you find something you enjoy, I’m sure you’ll stick with it.
Meditation: Meditating in the morning is a must-try. I always recommend learning using a guided, safe approach. Find a suitable teacher or upload a professional app. In particular, I suggest listening to Headspace because it’s a perfect foundation level for newcomers to meditation. They also offer a free trial period, and you’ll even learn how to meditate while walking.
Walking: If yoga and meditation are not up your street, another fabulous morning ritual is walking. Where possible, walk in nature, focus on deep belly breathing and your beautiful surroundings. Hopefully, you’ll feel energised and raring to go after some lovely fresh air. You could also try walking to your workplace, and observe how it impacts your day.
Eat breakfast: I always recommend patients allow 10-15 minutes for a healthy, relaxed breakfast such as organic porridge, muesli or organic boiled eggs on buckwheat toast to name just a few. Avoid skipping breakfast because this can disrupt your blood sugar levels, which may affect your mood, overall energy and physiology. Instead, try to eat breakfast like a king.
Creating some healthy bedtime habits is essential for your health and wellness. I’ve always believed in the therapeutic benefits of a good night’s sleep. Here are some top shut-eye tips that can help you to relax and destress:
Switch off social media: Need I say more? Social media is becoming the bane of our lives. To unwind, I recommend switching off all modern technology an hour before you go to bed. Instead, focus on the simple things in life like reading, talking, listening to some relaxing music or having a soak in the bath.
Organic French lavender oil: For a nighttime ritual, try using organic French lavender oil. Put three to four drops on your pillowcase or add some oil to your evening bath to create a lovely, calming therapeutic effect. I like to order my French lavender oil from Nature’s Dispensary due to its divine, crisp scent. It, also, happens to be one of the best health food shops I’ve come across selling high-quality products.
Magnesium: Studies show how magnesium can help to maintain and support the nervous system, along with many other health benefits. It is a safe supplement to take half an hour before going to bed to ease any restlessness. For a wind-down bedtime routine, try taking good-quality magnesium with a cup of warm goats’, almond or coconut milk. If you have supplement queries, Biocare offers great professional online nutritional advice.
Bathtime! Having a bath at the end of the day ranks as one of my favourite evening rituals. It sounds so simple, but often it’s neglected because of our busy lives. A good soak really can help to clear your mind ready for some peaceful sleep. Buy some lovely bath smellies, place some rose quartz around the tub, and of course, can’t forget the candles. Then allow yourself some time to relax. Check out Energy Muse for some gorgeous crystals.
Journal: Journaling can be a lovely way to end your day on a positive note. Buy a cute notebook and pen and consider all of your daily successes. Also, try letting go of anything that no longer serves you, so that you can start anew. I think self-reflection can be incredibly liberating and beneficial for your health and wellness. So, give it a go and have fun with it!