Our newest massage therapist and reiki practitioner, Melanie Howlett, shares her experiences and suggestions for how to find and maintain balance and wellbeing when the pace and demands of life get too much
My introductory blog is about the art of how to keep sane balanced and healthy in the world today.
I personally find that when the demands, expectations and pace of every day life becomes more and more relentless and demanding, allowing little time to slow down and tune in, is when I start to lose touch with how I am feeling.
Everything in our society today has become more instant. We have information at our fingertips, fast food on our doorstep‘s, work deadlines that are looming, a not enough days in the week rolling schedule and everyone’s email seems to need immediate time and attention.. like yesterday...
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The internet and social networking gives the illusion that we are more connected than ever to everyone when in fact we are further apart with the whole world in our living room.
It’s those times when I loose touch with myself in the fast moving highly demanding, pressure and virtual reality of today’s city life that leads to me getting stressed and overwhelmed..
Stress can come on suddenly and affect our well being and those around us in many ways.
It is often difficult to express how we are feeling when it takes a hold and how to approach how we are feeling at the time.
It is the number one cause of disease in the world today and the root and beginning of many illnesses.
Some of the signs of stress could be muscle pain and tension and irritability. Illness and injury. Sleepless night’s, short patience with others and negative ruminating thought processes.
This can can lead to Anxiety and panic attacks and feelings of overwhelm.
So what do I do when the pace of life becomes too fast?
I am going to share with you the ways I find are an effective way back to inner peace, joy and how I like to reconnect.
Number One. Touch base with Mother Nature.
- Nature takes her time, she can’t be rushed
One of the ways I love to shake off some of the pressure when I’m starting to feel off-balance is to go for a long walk in nature.
I love to reconnect to Mother Earth in a world that has become so unnatural and synthetic.
When we take time to slow down and go for a stroll in the park, hug a tree and take in the beauty around us, it brings us back to ourselves and we come back feeling re-energised, re centred and relaxed.
- I love to take a long soak in an Epsom or Pink Himalayan salt bath with lavender and Roman Chamomile to relax and calm my body and mind. I feel so re- energised afterwards.
- I remember that I have to give back to myself by having a therapeutic massage.
Having a good massage really does help to calm the nervous system and help with feeling a lot less stressed. It is important for us to take some time for ourselves and give back to our body by releasing the tension and emotional stress which ends up stored in a soft tissue through times of pressure.
When I take my own advice and allow myself the time for a massage it really helps to put me back on track. I usually find that having 1 treatment a week for 3 to 4 weeks really helps me to re centre, calm, uplift and re energise.
A Reiki treatment is another really lovely way to nurture and awaken your bodies own natural healing abilities. It can be a deeply relaxing and restorative way to unwind.
Energetic blockages can manifest outwardly.
As within so without. As above so below.
Reiki works by going to the root cause of an illness or imbalances to release the energetic blockages.
As well as being a calming and meditative treatment, Reiki often initiates subtle changes to the energetic field to bring about positive shifts in a persons life.
- I stop drinking coffee and stimulants at this time and support my system with some Chinese tonic herbs to balance the three treasures and help my adrenals. I also like to drink chamomile and marshmallow root tea.
Before the big rush starts I remind myself to connect with how I am feeling. Connect with my breath and check in with how I am. Reduce screen time and mobile phone use in the evenings before bed and in the mornings when I wake up.
- Keep breathing. When we get stressed we come out of our body and into our head. The best way to try to reconnect with ourselves is to focus on our breath and practice deep breathing techniques to help us stay present and aware of how we are feeling when things start to pile on top of us.
I find taking a yoga (especially yin/restorative) or Pilates class to reconnect is a great way to come back to my breath, release the stress and to come back to my core.
I remind myself to stop giving myself a hard time.
I am not a machine 😉
Be good to myself and do things which nourish and support my body.
It is easy to neglect ourselves in today’s busy world.
Don’t feel guilty.
Remember we can only help others when we ourselves are fit and healthy, calm and relaxed.
And finally..don’t worry. The machines will soon read your mind and be able to answer all of your emails for you while driving you to your machine operated workplace 😉