If you’re a doctor, nurse, care assistant, paramedic, domestic, portar, hope I didn’t miss anyone, this post is for you. Whether you work in a hospital, in community or taking care of elderly, I am here to offer my support.
I am Ruxandra, I am a nurse, a life coach, a stress management and relaxation practitioner and an energy healer.
In today’s post, I want to emphasize on the positive side of stress and what you can try to de-stress.
First, let’s see why stress is good.
Stress is a response that helped our ancestors to survive. The good news is that when we are stressed, all the body mechanisms are intensifying to help us to stay alive. Starting with stress hormones adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine, and concluding with our body responses, stress is here to help us. All the hormones create a body response and we become more alert, trying to stay alive. But how much stress is good? When stress has an impact on your personal life, when you feel drained, sore or sick that may be a sign of a prolonged exposure to stress.
If you aren’t called to deal with an emergency, do you need all these body adjustments? Is your increased heart rate or blood pressure helping anyone?
Now, that is fresh in your mind and you are aware of how your body reacts to stress, here are some tips that can help you to cope better with stress.
📌 Close your eyes and identify what irritates you;
📌 Silently say to yourself: “sharp mind, relaxed body, I can cope with this.”;
📌 Smile inwardly to yourself using all your facial muscles. Then allow the smile to spread to your facial muscles;
📌 Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of four. Imagine you are breathing in a warm relaxing colour;
📌 Breathe out slowly through your nose to the count of four. Imagine a dark sluggish colour as you release all unnecessary nervous tension. Notice your shoulders drop and your posture becoming increasingly relaxed;
📌 Open your eyes an carry on with what you were doing.
📌 Or, just breathe in through your nose, deep down in your abdomen counting to 6, hold for 6 and out through your nose counting up to 6. It’s really important to breathe in and out through your nose and to take deep breaths. This tells your brain you are relaxed and your body functions will return to normal. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I will talk about breathing work and its benefits in other video/ post.