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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The colour blue can relieve stress just by looking at it.
You'll find a few pictures with the colour blue in this post.
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.