Two Simple Stress Relieving Tips You Can Use in Seconds

Ah stress…it can make us so…stressed!

 

I’ve been in a really calm space this entire month and I attribute that to just a couple of daily rituals that you can use to reduce stress and to easily add more calm and flow into your day too.

 

The great thing is these are so quick and easy that you can use the simplest version of them absolutely anywhere and at any time. I know that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have fantastic memories of holidays with family like I do.  So if the upcoming holidays are stressing you out already, try one or more of the examples I am sharing with you to add these two things into your day.

 

I’m going to skip all of the symptoms and issues that stress can cause us mentally, physically and in our relationships at home and at work because if you suffer from stress, I think you are well aware of the disabling effects that stress can have in your daily life. Let’s change that now.

 

My two tips are: using sounds and symbols.

I have a recording of a specific frequency that I use when I have a ‘regular’ headache. It’s a very intense sound but it often helps me. While there are different views on which sounds are the most healing, if you find sounds or frequencies that work for you – use them without judging whether or not they are the right frequency.

Some examples of sounds you can use include:

Just hum!

You can do this quietly anywhere or as loudly as you like. You can hum while walking or even at the office. It is one way of self soothing that vibrates through your whole body and helps to relieve tension and stress.

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Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, along with gongs, bells and chimes.

I have found in my Shamanic Sound Healing workshops that the Tibetan bowls tend to create grounding and feeling more centred while the crystal bowls can a deep feeling of calm  as well as releasing body discomforts. Both sound great, but in the workshops we have moved to using only crystal bowls because of the powerful stress release and feelings of calmness that they can bring, especially in combination with mantras. The most common feedback I receive in the days following the workshops is that the crystal bowls helped to reduce anxiety and helped people to sleep really well.

Music that makes you feel good, no matter what type or genre of music it is.

While Mozart, flute music, frequencies or devotional music are perhaps the best known sounds that you’ve heard of to release stress, Rock and Pop can be even more effective. When you rock out, you can rock your stress out too. If you add in body movements, the stress can leave the body even faster.

The sounds of nature.

Whether you use recordings of birds, waterfalls or cats purring, or step outside and experience them firsthand, when you put your focus on the sounds of nature, healing and stress relief is often a quick and natural response from your body.

blue eyes cat purring sound healing frequency

The second of the two main methods is to use symbols.

Using symbols to create change might be something you aren’t as familiar with. If you’ve studied Reiki, then you’ll be familiar the many uses for the Cho Ku Rei symbol. Christianity has its cross, scientists use alchemical symbols and even businesses use symbols in mind mapping charts for more productivity. HINT: Mind Mapping charts aren’t just for business, use them to create a new vision for your body and life too!

If you’ve never heard of using a symbol for relieving stress before, let me introduce you to two of those methods today.

Although I create some fairly intricate symbols of my own and use some simple ones too, I find that tracing a figure 8 in the air or drawing it on paper and tracing it over and over can have a calming effect.
sacred geometry infinity sign

 

When you draw it in the air with intention, you can imagine sending love and kindness out to a person, place or situation that has been causing you stress, and then receiving love and kindness in return in an infinite (infinity symbol) loop. Adding the body, by using your hand or whole arm to draw the symbol in the air, while repeating a word like Peace or Shanti (Sanskrit for peace), adds to the release of stress.

I like to do this on paper too as a form of meditation and also because drawing symbols on paper creates changes in the energy of your environment. You can see examples of this in the changes in the environment in and around crop circles.

Surprised?

The geometry contained in the circles helps the crops to grow better possibly due to: the frequency created by the symbols, location over ley lines, electromagnetic effects and more. Where do they come from? I’d prefer not to guess and to just enjoy them without any stories attached as the effect is the same whether they are man made or their source is unknown.

 

 

There are also symbols that follow the energy of the body’s organs, which is a science called Biogeometry. I have a book filled with those symbols in addition to  using my own to make my body’s systems function better.   Since my levels of stress are very low, I can see how sounds and symbols create change on a daily basis.

So pick a sound or a symbol and see how you can lower your levels of stress quickly anytime you need to, starting today.

BONUS TIP:

The colour blue can relieve stress just by looking at it.

You’ll find a few pictures with the colour blue in this post.

 

You’re invited!

Explore one of the suggestions in this post. If you would like to have your own crystal singing bowl, I can have one shipped to you directly from the manufacturer. This is a great chance to buy from someone (me!) who is a certified Sound Healer. I’ll be adding bowls to my shop soon.

Why Getting Quiet Matters For Our Happiness

I think a lot of us identify so much with the thoughts in our minds, that we think we ARE those thoughts. The constant chatter filled with regrets from the past (leading to depression) and fear of the future (leading to stress and anxiety) keeps us from living in the joy of moment and believe me – it is there for all of us.
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Although the numbers I’ve read varies between 60 and 90 thousand, we have an incredible amount of thoughts every day. Most days it is the same thoughts repeated over and over, day in and day out. And researchers say 80{6d4aff0a40d9ce9f29c72141583e1f493a9852f12b112e946c808ec1e4b97ab4} of those are negative. Yikes!! It’s so easy to think the same thing automatically. Changing our thoughts and having original thoughts does take some effort or at least means we need to pay attention.
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Practices like yoga and meditation and focused breathing and vocal toning can help us to detach from those repeated thoughts any time we want so we can move away from the sadness and stress and move towards the happiness and peace that we crave. It is right here, right now, when we make room for it.
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The good news is that by beginning to incorporate any of these practices into our daily lives, we can see these are easy things to learn and great habits to begin. Because once we do, we will find that the quiet and the happiness is inside of us all day and every day and is worth getting quiet enough to feel and hear over the roar of the negatives.
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If you’d like some help starting to find this happiness and peace, set up a free appointment with me and we can either talk on the phone or by email confidentially and I’ll give you some tips to get you started today.
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Taking time to quiet your thoughts can be done anywhere and anytime.

What Is The Most Relaxing Song In the World?

Sleeping baby girl

Music can move us deeply. I am very passionate about music and some sounds make me shed tears of joy and other sounds make me cringe. I’ve worked with Tibetan Singing Bowls and one of the vibrational sounds from a bowl was almost painful for me to hear. If a song has ever come on the radio or on a #Spotify playlist that made you say “Turn that off!” then you know what I mean.

Fortunately music can also be very soothing and healing and can bring us great joy or an undeniable urge to move with the beat. Enya is one of my favourites to hear during a massage, but since I find the songs deeply moving, that can prevent me from being completely relaxed.

With the help of British Academy For Sound Therapy’s founder Liz Cooper, British ambient band Marconi Union created the world’s most relaxing song called Weightless. Since science helped to create this eight minute relaxation-fest, it was featured in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions Of The Year 2011. There is science behind this including the 60 beats per minute continuous rhythm helping to synchronize the heart with brainwaves.

Close your eyes and listen and see if you also experience the 65{6d4aff0a40d9ce9f29c72141583e1f493a9852f12b112e946c808ec1e4b97ab4} reduction in overall anxiety that the women in the study did. If not, is there a song or sounds that you prefer for relaxation?