DE-STRESS FEST! 30 Fool Proof Ways to Chill

30 Ways to de-stress

Stress. We all have it whether you acknowledge it or not. It is impossible to live in this crazy world and stay calm without making a conscious effort to diminish it.

The issues of stress and anxiety are brought to my attention everyday as people of all ages come into my office looking for some bit of relief from their often chronic anxious state.

Facts About Stress

As we know, the stress that comes with the Flight or Fight response is a safety guard to protect our lives but living in this constant state of hyper alertness results in imbalance, ill-health and disease.

2017 studies done by The American Institute of Stress shows just how widespread and detrimental stress is:

U.S Stress Statistics Data
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel they are living with extreme stress 33 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %

And according to National Institute of Mental Health approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder! This is serious people!

 Detrimental Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Stress

Effects of Chronic Stress, 30 ways to de-stress

  • Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
  • Memory lapses
  • Acne
  • Easily distracted
  • Less intuitive & creative
  • Worrying
  • Pervasive Negative thinking
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Tearful
  • Irritable
  • Mood swings
  • Extra Sensitive to stimuli and criticism
  • Feeling out of control
  • Lack of motivation
  • Angry
  • Frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aches/pains/Body SorenessEffects of Stress, 30 ways to de-stress
  • Chest Pain
  • Racing Thoughts
  • Frequent colds/infections
  • Allergies/rashes/skin irritations
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Indigestion/heartburn/ulcers
  • Hyperventilating
  • Dizziness/palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Strokes
  • Nausea
  • Physical tiredness
  • Menstrual changes
  • Loss of libido/sexual problems
  • Heart problems/high blood pressure
  • Prone to accidents, forgetfulness
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, smoking, caffeine, recreational or illegal drugs
  • Self neglect/change in appearance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Recklessness
  • Aggressiveness/angry outbursts
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Auto-immune issues: M.S., Lupus, Graves, etc.
Let’s reduce and even prevent all this nightmarish nonsense shall we? Here’s how.

My Favorite Ways To Shield From Stress

If you can prevent the stress from entering your life so much the better. Stress prevention is the ideal. Some of the items listed below will help you with this. I know though that it is not always possible to prevent stress or to even know what it is that is causing the stress. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing there that should be stressing you out and sometimes it feels like everything is causing the stress. Some of the items listed below will help you once the stress has entered your life to either reduce your reaction to it and/or to reduce the stress itself. Check it out!

30 ways to to de-stress, 30 ways to prevent stress

  1. Identify Triggers. Recognize what situations or people make you less than happy and do your best to avoid them. I would say this is my most trusted defense in the battle against stress/anxiety/depression. 

2. Exercise. Ideally your’e exercising 3-5 days/week. If you do this you will feel better, calmer and stronger inside and out. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. If you are unable to exercise regularly then at least try it when you feel particularly anxious or had a very difficult day. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is efficient and effective. There are free Apps to help you. Try Keep Trainer or SworkIT.

3. Sleep. The amount of sleep you need to function your best differs at different ages and between individuals but 7-8 hours is consistently recommended by scientific studies. Even if nothing is taunting you, you know you get cranky if you don’t have enough sleep!

4. Eat Well. You know what this means. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes. This item and some of the others on this list are shoring up your body, mind and spirit to be able to cope better with any discomfort that comes your way.

5. Vacation Often. It doesn’t have to be a grand vacation. Just a couple of days will do nicely but do it often. At least every 2 months at a minimum but more certainly will not hurt.  In America we tend to take merely 2-3 weeks of vacation per year and we save that up to take it all at once so we’re just waiting and waiting all year for that release time. Not good for the stress. I have learned over the years that I need to have significant down time at least every other month. Your thresh hold may be different but once you know what you need, make it happen and you will be so much happier and less stressed.

6. Meditate or be in stillness. Can you be in stillness? Quiet and alone? Try it. It might be scary at first but eventually it’s beautiful., calming and peaceful.  And if you’re not already meditating you might consider beginning a practice. Read here.

7. Gratitude Journal. When you’re feeling anxious try thinking about 1 thing you are grateful for. Write it down, write about it and then think of it throughout the day and especially anytime anxiety comes to call.  This takes the mind out of the negative spin that it tends to enter when we become tense. Learn more about starting a Journaling Practice.

8. Tap in to and listen to your inner guidance system.  Intuition, gut, psychic knowledge – we are all born with these gifts which most of us have lost over the years. To strengthen these important  skills you simply have to use them. Pay attention to what your body is saying to you and when you get brave enough start acting on that voice.  It takes a while to trust this knowledge but it will not steer you wrong and will ultimately lead you onto the ‘right’ path where stress will rarely exist.

9. Take actions toward your goals. Dreaming and imagining the life you want to live is an excellent first step but second, third and 4th steps, etc. must be taken to  prevent these dreams from becoming another sources of stress. Small baby steps each and every day will get you there and make you feel more empowered along the way. Just do something. One little thing! And another tomorrow and soon it’ll get easier and before you know it you’re right where you want to be.

10. Increase physical human contact. Yes, more sex will reduce that stress! Yay! If that’s not up your alley then at least hug someone every day and if touching humans is is unappealing then give some love to a pet.

11. Unplug. At a minimum shut your phone and computer and TV off at least an hour before bed. Too much stimuli, too much information bombarding us day and night! We don’t even realize how much it effects us or how much negative information we are exposed to by these electronic ‘miracles’. Have you tried counting how many times/day you check your social media accounts?! Or how much time you spend being exposed to EMFs? It is scary.  Try one day a week to not watch any TV or listen to any news radio or access any social media. It’s very peaceful.

12. Yoga Mudra. Mudras are just hand positions that control energies. The one I like best for relaxation is Vayu Mudra. Do it with both hands at the same time for 5 minutes or longer. If possible practice this with your spine erect but you can really do it anywhere. Use it to prevent stress from effecting you as deeply and also to reduce it once it hits you.Yoga Mudra for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress, reikiofgreaterboston

13. Yoga.  A yoga practice is key to maintaining balance and calm in the face of stressors. If you can hook into a class that is convenient to your home/work then I would do this. If time and money is limited then find some free on-line classes and if that is too difficult for you then at least practice Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) daily for at least 5 minutes. Upon going to be or waking up are convenient times of the day to practice: Yoga for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress

14. Reiki. Reiki resets, balances and aligns your body and its energies so that you are in the best state to heal yourself from stress or any other unpleasantness that comes your way. Read more about this healing energy here or book your appointment with me here.

15. Clear and Organize. Living in a messy, cluttered space is not conducive to maintaining a clear, calm state of mind. Get rid of shit that you don’t use, don’t like, don’t want (even though someone nice gave it to you). Keep only things that bring you joy! Taking this thought further you can set up a special place in your home for de-stressing. Read here and here.

16. Crystal Therapy.  To combat stress and anxiety the crystals that clients seem to find most helpful are: Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst. healing crystals for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stressOnce you get them you can wear them in the form of jewelry or carry them with you in a pocket or a bra, hold them in your hands while meditating or just sitting. They do need to be cared for so if this method of relaxation is of interest to you please text or email me and I will let you know where to purchase, more about how to work with them and care for these magical stones.

17. Supplements. These supplements have been shown to relax an anxious soul: Melatonin Magnesium,Valerian Root. Follow directions on the bottle. Try one at a time and give each a good 2 week shot before you assess its efficacy.

18. Essential Oils. I mention these oils and how to use them in ‘You’re Getting Sleepy’. Look there for more information. Lavender, Rose, Chamomile.

19. Listen to music or make your own music. I’d give you some music that I find relaxing (like this) but you may not find it so. Some clients tell me they find hard -rock, heavy metal or Blues relaxing and these make me more anxious so we are all needing something different. Identify music that calms you down and listen to it daily or specifically when you’re stressed. Making music may calm you too even if you’re not ‘musical’ you can bang on a drum which you can find inexpensively or if you already play an instrument do that or SING! Everyone can sing. You don’t have to be on key, just enjoy the beat, the rhythm, the emotion, the lyrics, etc.

20. Do things that make you happy and bring you joy. It makes me so sad when I ask people what it is that brings them joy and they really have no idea! If you don’t know, it’s worth investigating. These are things that make you feel free, light and joyful with not a care in the world. Engaging in these activities regularly (at least 1x/week but preferably daily!) will keep stress away. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but never tried or something you’d participate in if you had more time or something that you used to do as a kid that made you happy but you haven’t done it for years? Do those things and see how they make you feel.

21. Say No.  And say no regularly. Only say yes if you really want to, if what you’re saying yes to is going to add something to your life. Saying yes to every invitation you’re extended will likely be a waste of time and cause lots of anxiety.

22. Spend time with people who make you laugh/happy. If you don’t have any of those people in your life then you must find some but until then spend time alone instead of with people who add nothing or negativity to your life.

23. Forgive. Holding on to anger or resentment is a major cause of stress. Do yourself a big favor and forgive. Yes, they’re wrong and they should apologize but most times it’s not worth the effort to talk sense into these perpetrators. Move on for your own health. Read more on Forgiveness.forgiveness a way to de-stress, 30 ways to de-stress

24. Let Go of Control. Are you a control freak? I know it’s hard to let go especially when you’ve likely been trying to control things all of your life. It’s a waste of time because it takes much  more energy to control than to let go and most of the things you’re trying to direct are not worth your energy. Things will work out as they should. This does not mean that you can’t be involved with things that you care about and do your best and then let it go. This one can be complicated and involve many steps to get to letting go but at least start by acknowledging that this is an issue for you. 

25. Express Your self. Holding your feelings and emotions in is not ideal! Eventually these feelings will eat you alive. Somehow they will be released and not in the most productive way. Let them out somehow before they control you. Journaling is my go to release. If you are the artistic type draw or paint your feelings, dance it out or write a poem or song or maybe a letter to the person who you feel caused the feelings. You don’t have to give it to them but getting it out on paper will free you!

26. Spend Time in Nature. Ahhh. One of my favorite things to do to calm down. I understand that not everyone is the ‘outdoorsy’ type and if that is the case then being in deep nature may cause you panic with all the bugs and animals milling about you. Consider then just sitting on a towel on the beach and breathe in the salt air, listen to the waves. If you are open to the forest setting I would recommend going deep into the woods alone. Get lost even. Try Forest Bathing -retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere.

27. Herbal Teas. Try Chamomile, Lavender or Cup Of Calm (Traditional Medicines Teas).

28. Breathe. A 5 minute a day breathing practice will help you to learn to inhale and exhale completely training the body what to do should you begin to hold your breath in times of stress. If you do not want to commit to this daily practice then just implement complete breathing when you begin to feel anxious, making sure to release all the breath completely when you exhale.

29. Squeeze & Release. This method does nothing for me but some people swear by it. My anxiety prone clients recommend this Squeeze Toy. Squeeze away your stressIt has a harder consistency than most. Almost like a clay. Another option is to carry a small smooth stone with you. Whenever you feel tense, put the stone in the palm of your hand and then squeeze the stone and then slowly release. Do this a few times and feel the tension leave your body.

30. Let Only Good Thoughts In. This takes practice but along with #1 is most important for me personally in preventing stress, anxiety and depression. The moment you notice your mind spinning with a negative thought or image switch it out with a beautiful image or happy thought. You will have to do this over and over again until the positive thought state is your norm. This method will be supported by many of the other items previously listed especially limiting your exposure to negative people/situation and limiting your exposure to News through TV, Radio, Social Media, and to engage in activities that bring you joy.

Tests to assess your stress, 30 ways to de-stress

Here are a couple of fun Stress Tests you can take to assess your level of stress: 1. , 2. even though you likely already know!

Well, try some of my recommendations and let me know how they do for you!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think so!

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Most people come into my office for services because they are feeling ‘off’ in some way and know they can be better. A majority are stressed and anxious, have trouble sleeping, etc. but when I ask them if they’ve tried meditation this is how they look at me!

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Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think So!

Meditation gets a bad rap in some circles with people believing that sitting still in lotus pose like a Buddha is a requirement. I used to think that too and being a fairly active person with a penchant for large muscle movement, this pose did not appeal to me either but this notion is quite far from the truth. There are many different and fun ways to meditate and still reap the benefits!

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Some of The Benefits of Meditation

  • Increases immune function
  • Decreases Pain
  • Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
  • Increases HappinessDecreases Depression
  • Decreases Anxiety
  • Decreases Stress
  • Increases your sense of connection to others
  • Increases compassion
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness
  • Increases ability to control emotions
  • Increases grey matter (memory) and cortical thickness (attention span)
  • Improves productivity and creativity
  • Improves ability to sleep
  • Decreases need for sleep
  • Improves perspective
  • Improves ability to express your authentic self
  • Decreases drama in your life

Despite all these life improving benefits, people come up with excuses,  fears and reasons not to participate in meditation.

Some Common Reasons People Give for Why They ‘Can’t’ Meditate

  1. I can’t sit still
  2. I can’t clear my mindMeditation at reikiofgreaterboston waltham
  3. I don’t have time
  4. I don’t have a quiet place
  5. Quiet makes me anxious
  6. It’s boring

Addressing each of the above:

  1. There is no need to sit still to meditate. There are many meditation methods that involve movement/activity. Try Walking Meditation, Vinyasa (Flow)Yoga, Tea Ceremony Meditation, Chanting.
  2. Even master meditators have trouble clearing their minds sometimes. Having a clear mind is not a requirement for meditation. In fact I welcome the distracting thoughts because they give me an opportunity to practice placing my focus back on what I’m doing. Meditational focal points could be the breath, a mantra, a candle flame, etc. This is the practice – noticing the unclear mind and bringing your focus back to attention, over and over. Meditation is practice not perfection. (The practice of meditation is perfection though!)
  3. No time? Nonsense!

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    NO Time? Nonsense!
  4. You don’t have to meditate for long periods to reap the rewards. To beginners I recommend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. 10 minutes a day. I know you have that available to you and if you cannot make that time for your sanity and improved quality of life then you are not quite ready to progress in this area of your life. At this time, there is something about being unsettled/unhealthy that is more compelling to you than grounded living. This is ok! We are all at different places in our journeys.  Clients who give the reason of no time for meditation seem to find meditating while lying down in bed just before sleep at night and/or before they get up in the morning an easy way to ease into it all.You may not be able to get a quiet place to meditate at home because you live with noisy people or people who demand your attention. Look elsewhere. Perhaps there is a place outside somewhere, in a park or your backyard that will offer more peace for you. Maybe at work there is a place you can go to at lunch break – an empty office? Eventually you will not need pure quiet to meditate. Being able to achieve calm among the noise is the ultimate goal so practicing with a bit of a ruckus can be beneficial.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston waltham
  5. Uncomfortable with quiet? See #4.
  6. With so many meditation methods there is bound to be at least one that will pique and keep your interest!

I believe beneath these excuses is a fear of discovering deep truths. This fear is usually not conscious. It can be scary looking in the mirror of your mind but it is the only way to move beyond the crap on a more permanent basis.

Consistency is key. I find 5 minutes a day better than 30 minutes once a week. You may not notice the benefit immediately (but you may!), either way, if you continue, you will  notice how strong, grounded, calm, level-headed, compassionate, etc. you’ve become and you will need to go buy and wear a shirt that says, ‘SPIRITUAL WARRIOR!’

There are too many types of meditation to list here but here are:

 Some of the More Popular Meditation Methods

  • Walking– Just walk and pay attention. Walk slow, walk fast, feel your feet. Notice.
  • Metta Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamMetta (Loving Kindness)-I love this one because I get to send myself some love first! Use loving statements starting with yourself as recipient. 1. May I be/feel: “fill in the blank”: happy, loved, peaceful, etc. 2. Next think of some one you like or are thankful for use the same statement with them in mind: May they be “fill in the blank”. 3. Someone you feel neutral about. 4. Someone who pushes your buttons, disturbs your peace. 5. All beings/The Universe/The Earth.
  • Mantra– You can use traditional Mantras like ‘Sat Nam’ or I am Truth. I like “I am Light’ and here’s a beautiful song about that for you to enjoy and absorb. You can also make up your own Mantra that means something to you like: My heart is open and free or I am One with All.
  • Sound-Do this lying down or seated. Allow all sounds to enter your awareness and let them be.
  • Guided/Visualization-Use a meditation app like Head Space or Insight Timer. Candle Flame Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamCandle Flame– Soften your gaze and focus on a candle flame. You may receive messages or see images as time passes. Bring your focus back to the flame over and over again as you notice your mind wandering.
  • Mindfulness-In short, become aware of each movement, sound, thought, etc. Watch all as the observer.
  • Chanting- Chant along with some traditional sanskrit prayers. Here’s an example. It’s ok if you mess up the words just feel it all and open your throat.
  • Breathwork-Simply watch your breath come in and out (without losing focus on the breath). It’s harder than it sounds. You can also find a breathing pattern that feels good to you. Square breathing, for example, is a basic breathing technique that is not too difficult to work with.
  • Journaling-Write anything! Your dreams, your thoughts, ideas, disturbances, things that you’re grateful for, goals, feelings. Have fun! Always have fun.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamEngaging in an activity that absorbs you: working on a puzzle, a math problem, dancing, singing any art form or creative practice. Merge and become one with the activity.

C’mon now! Pick one and just give it a try for me. For yourself! If you’d like a little bit of guidance book a private session with me (it’s the 8th option down on that link) and you’ll be on your way in no time.

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There Is Only One Rule For Creating Your Home Altar

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What is the one rule you must satisfy when creating your altar?

Your altar MUST PLEASE YOU!

Done, done, done. That is it. Your altar can look like anything and be placed anywhere as long as it makes you happy and encourages your peace of mind.  It does no good to follow Feng Shui rules of placing the altar facing the front of the house or the front door, or any other rules you’ve read about if the end result does not touch your soul.

You will hear advice about not placing sacred statues or items on or near the floor because it is considered disrespectful. What? The floor is closer to the ground, the ground is Mother Earth, Mother Earth is Sacred to the Max to me so I’ve got lots of my altar items on the floor. Plus I prefer sitting on the floor over a chair so placing items low in space is the perfect height for me. Go with your own intuitions. If it feels right for you then do it. If it feels uncomfortable then change it up.

I have lots of fun setting up altars. Get creative!  You might look at some of my altars and not classify them as such but to me they create a sacred space and serve to remind me when I walk by that there is more to this world than what we see. These mini-spaces remind me to go to my full fledged altar and/or to right now, as I walk by, get in touch with my spirit.  Altars are places where the divine and human worlds interact, a place to get back in touch with your authentic self as a representative of divine energy.

You do not need to believe in a God or gods to have an altar. You can have an altar to communicate and get in touch with your own higher knowledge, or a cosmic energy. If you do believe in spirits, saints, angels, deities, etc. this is the place to begin calling on them. The more you spend time at your altar space, the more peaceful energy will be infused there and soon it will be calling to you daily to come and spend some time basking in the peace.

A mini-altar at a window above my desk.
A mini-altar at my kitchen window.

A common definition of an altar is ‘Structure on which offerings are made to a deity’. This can be so but it can be so much more than that. In biblical times the offerings made usually involved slaughter. Well that ain’t happenin’ in my house. I do make offerings however. Offer whatever you have to give like the Little Drummer Boy. He played his drum for Jesus. So if you are musical you can share that gift at your altar. I do sing there sometimes. I offer flowers and herbs from my garden, beautiful stones or feathers that have come across my path. You can write/read a poem, share some art, etc. The options are limitless.

Some things to consider when creating your home altar

Remember the following are all just suggestions from my years of working with these spaces. In the end there are no rules other than the first one I gave you at the top of the page.
 
Choosing Your Space(s) 
  • Ideally this place will offer some modicum of quiet at least during some part of the day.
  • It can be outdoors or in.
  • Ideally a place that you will have easy access to.
  • That you can have some privacy in (ability to close a door, block it off or put up a screen).
  • That is comfortable (not too hot or cold, etc.).
  • Consider making a comfortable seat there either on a chair or a pillow, blanket, meditation cushion.
 Consider ‘Clearing’ the Space
It is helpful to clear the space both energetically and physically so tidy up the area trying to remove any ‘junk’, extra stuff that is really not needed there. De-clutter.
To clear energetically you can burn incense and/or sage/herbs, burn a candle (soy or beeswax scented only with essential oils), chant, ring bells or chimes.
Do this cleansing ritual each time before you spend time in the space or when you feel the air there needs to be lightened.
 
Choosing Items For Your Altar 
This is such a fun part of having an altar!
Choose items that speak to you, that you feel connected to in some way, that inspire you, make you feel happy, peaceful, etc.
Here are some common items I see used on altars:
  • Pictures of Saints, Angels, Deities
  • Pictures of family or pets either deceased or living
  • Items of Nature: shells, rocks, crystals, feathers, plants, flowers
  • Poems, Quotes
  • Holy Books
  • Inspiring Books
  • Journals
  • Candles, Incense
  • Tarot/Angel Cards
  • Runes
  • Prayers
  • Artwork
  • Bells/Chimes
  • Music
  • Pictures of Totem Animals
The list can go on and on. Do you enjoy sports? Perhaps you want a picture of an inspirational player or sports memorabilia on your altar. In love with a certain color? Lather it on your altar and enjoy. Really, it’s all about you. The more unique to you the better!
 

 Arrange Your Altar Items

any damn way you please! We have enough rules we have to follow in this world. Feel free here. It is your space – just for you.

Altar Themes

You can read a lot about altar themes but unless you have several altars you might just consider having a general purpose altar. That way you can use it for whatever you need at the time.

Here are some themes/needs people work with at their altars:

  • Meditation
  • Gratitude
  • Relaxation
  • Inspiration
  • Peace
  • Healing
  • Love
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Connection to Divine/Higher Powers
  • Joy
  • Communication

Below is my general purpose altar. It’s easy to get to (in my bedroom) so usually when I wake up I just crash down there and say hello to any spirits who might be there, set some intentions for the day and do a bit of breathing/meditation. It is my main altar partly because it is indoors and I can use it all year round.

My main, multi-purpose altar.
My gratitude altar.

Here to the left is an altar I use strictly for gratitude. Each day I say ‘thank you’ for something in my life and put a small offering on the rock in front of this angel. I sit there and breathe for a minute (or longer) letting the gratitude fill my body, mind and spirit. I must confess to ignoring this beautiful angel in the middle of winter but I still say a thank you daily just using another method.

 

 

 

You may enjoy working with altars so much that you create a Travel altar! I have one. Simply gather meaningful (but small) items, place them in a box with a lid and you’re all set to go.

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Travel/Portable Altar

Maybe you’ll feel unsure of what to do once you build your altar! I understand that. Again, do what ever feels right for you. Here are some of the things I do at my altar space:

  • Sometimes I just sit there and cry!
  • Ask a question and LISTEN for the answer (the answers for me do not always come in words so try to have all senses open. Also the answers may come upon you later in the day after you’ve closed your prayer session.)
  • Practice Breathwork
  • Practice Meditations
  • Journal
  • Do some yoga poses
  • Say Thank You
  • Pray for someone’s healing/happiness
  • Request assistance in healing certain clients that day
  • Sing
  • ‘Talk’ with Crystals
  • Write poems
  • Admire some of the items on the altar

Just start by sitting (or lying down if that is more comfy for you) and tune into your breathing. It does not have to be a long period of time. Start with 5 minutes. Soon things will begin to come to you and you will begin to trust listening to your gut here at your altar space and later in the world at large.

So in closing, Have Fun & Create and little by little get back in touch with spirit and intuition. This will go a long, long way in guiding your life, making you happy and healthy and allowing you to become the person you were put here on earth to be. So be it. Namaste.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Love Packages Sent From Earth: Crystals

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Crystals are little love packages sent from the earth!  Each stone has its own vibrational blueprint depending on how, when and where they were formed. They hold millions of years of the earth’s history and since ancient times have been providing healing and guidance to our race. I’m sure you’ve seen crystals, maybe even been attracted to one or 2? These gems can help move you toward physical and emotional joy! Now that you know that, why not try working with a few? There are stones in various shapes, colors, sizes, textures and vibrational frequencies and they are all beautiful! Each one has healing properties for one or more physical or emotional ailments. Have headaches? Try amethyst. Back pain? Blue Kyanite. Sadness? Carnelian. Below are some commonly used crystals along with some of the situations they can assist with. Bear in mind however that the effects of each crystal can be different for each person.*

Crystals I Use Daily In Treatment of my Clients

  • Amethyst-Protection, purification, Divine connection, release of addictions, sleep
  • Selenite -Spiritual connection,  Connection with spirit guides and angels, Clearing space
  • Crystal QuartzConnection with spirit guides, energy cleansing
  • Blue Lace Agate -Communication, heart healing
  • Lapis Lazuli – Truthful communication,
  • Rose Quartz -Love, gentleness, emotional healingcrystal-medley
  • Lepidolite -Emotional healing and balance,  serenity, relaxation, stress relief
  • MalachiteClearing out of old patterns,creativity, confidence, protection
  • Apache’s TearsEmotional healing, protection, psychic tuning
  • Citrine -Manifestation, personal will, mental clarity, creativity
  • Blood Stone -Strength, courage, purification, vitality
  • Moon Stonefertility issues,self-discovery, intuition, insight, dream remembrance
  • Carnelian -Courage, sexuality, vitality, confidence, action
  • ApatiteSpeeding metabolism, Psychic activation
  • HematiteGrounding, manifestation
  • Ruby -Life force, courage, passion, strength
  • GarnetStrength, security
  • Black TourmalineProtection
  • Smokey QuartzGrounding, practicality, organization

There are many more types of crystals but this will give you a nice little tool box for yourself to treat the most common of issues that visit.

How to Purchase and Choose Your Crystals

You can purchase these on line. A couple of my favorite sites are: healingcrystals.com & http://www.innervisioncrystals.net.

An even better way to purchase these gems is in person. In the Boston area I recommend:  7 Stars, Cambridge and Enchanted Fox, Medway. Also Kyle at Crystal Concentrics opens his crystal space in Arlington about once a month.

crystal-shoppeWhen you go crystal shopping plan to spend a little time there, ‘trying them on’. First stand in front of the display, close your  eyes and take some deep breaths. (Don’t worry about the staff thinking you’re crazy. In these type of stores they are used to this and are well versed in these methods of intuition.) Then open your eyes and see which 1 or 2 crystals are calling your attention.  Pick them up one at a time and hold them in your hand for a bit, see how they make you feel. Try a few of each of the crystals that got your attention and then purchase your favorite either based on the color, size, shape, or feeling it gives to you. Practice being open and  receptive and you will be drawn to a stone that will have meaning for you and will move you energetically toward whatever you need at this time.

How to Work with Your Crystals

Wear them!  Either put them in a little satchel in your pocket or tape them directly onto your skin. Women can wear them in their bras. For the latter make sure you’ve purchased smooth crystals.

Wear them as jewelry!  The 2 on-line sites and 3 store-front sites I mentioned above all sell crystal jewelry. Another fabulous crystal jewelry site is: Lunar Skye. This is a company based in MA and owner Trish, a Reiki Practitioner purchases quality gems, makes each piece herself and infuses them with Reiki energy.bracelet-protection

Sleep with them under your pillow.  Just that.  So simple.

Meditate with them. Just a quick 5 minute sit-down, holding the crystal(s). Tune into your breathing and then simply listen to what the crystal might be saying to you or how it might be making you feel. If you’re not used to tuning into your intuition or higher powers this may take some time. Keep at it. It’s worth it!

Create Crystal Grids.  A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals in a geometric shape. There are grid templates that you can purchase but I just like to make my own designs and set it with what ever intention I have at the time. Place a stone center piece and then play with symmetrical arrangements around that. You can also write your intention on piece of paper and place it under your center piece. Try it, it’s fun!

crystal-grid

Use a Wish Box. One final way that I often use crystals when I have a wish or goal I’m working on is to write that down on a small piece of paper and insert it into a decorative box. Then I choose a crystal that I feel would help me progress in these areas. Just trust your intuition on choosing the stones. At first it is uncomfortable but soon you will ‘just know’ which crystals are ‘right’.  Once chosen, I put a couple of that type of crystal in the box with the wish/goal and watch the magic happen.

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Whatever you do, do not just throw your crystals in your purse or stick them in a drawer or on a night stand. You must cultivate a relationship with them for them to do the most intense work. Like a relationship – you must feed it or it will dwindle and maybe even die out.

Reiki Healing with Crystals – Come in for a 60 minute Reiki Healing with Crystals and experience the power of both! ($80.00) Make your appointment here.

How To Cleanse Your Crystals

sCleanse your Crystals at least once per week and more often if you use them daily. It’s also a good idea to clear your crystal when you first get them.washing-crystalsCrystals can gather energy from thoughts, touch, emotions, etc. so cleansing and recharging is important to keep your crystals working optimally.

The simplest ways to recharge your Crystals:

  • Run under cool, clean Water for 2-3 minutes (most crystals can be wet but not all so check before you drown them!)
  • Submerge in a bowl of Dry Rice overnight
  • Submerge in a bowl of Sea Salt overnight
  • Set out in the Moonlight overnight
  • Pass them through the Smoke of a sage or incense
  • Play them some high vibe meditational Music.

So if you choose to try using crystals to improve your health and wellbeing, let me know how it goes for you. As you begin to tune in to crystals and their vibrations you will become more aware of many additional vibrations around you. You will also likely want to learn more about Crystal Healing as you discover its benefits. There are many more ways to work with these Gems and many more gems available to assist you in your search for health and happiness. I will be happy to share my knowledge with you! Bring your crystals in when you come in for a Reiki or Life Coaching session and I will infuse them with some Reiki energy which will enhance their strength and healing power.

Enjoy your love packages!

*Disclaimer: Crystal Healing, Reiki & Yoga are intended to be used as a complement to traditional medical care or as a personal relaxation and stress-reducing tools. They are not a substitute for medical/psychological diagnoses or treatment.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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“You are getting… S–L–E–E–P–Y…” 14 Natural Methods to Fall Asleep and Stay There!

Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Well we’ve learned how lack of sleep can negatively impact our health and happiness in my September post: Good Morning! How’d You Sleep Last Night? There I promised to publish sleep techniques in my next Newsletter but I just can’t wait! People continue to present with this trouble of insomnia. So here we go.  Here are 14 time-tested (and personally tested) techniques to help you get to sleep and stay there the whole night through.

1. Herbs & Herbal Teas

tea

  • California Poppy
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Kava Kava
  • Valerian

These are great herbs/teas for insomnia due to restlessness and anxiety and will help improve the quality of your sleep as well as help you fall asleep.  It is possible that with time your body will get used to these herbs so you might consider switching it up every few weeks. For Tea: Add NO SUGAR! Add only a bit of honey or stevia for sweetness if needed. For Herbs (pill form): There are dosage directions on the bottles. Both can be found in local health food stores.

2. A Warm Bath

A warm  bath before bed does wonders for calming the mind and body. Drop a few dabs of Lavender essential oil or lavender epsom salts in the water to enhance the effect. Soak yourself for at least 30 minutes while listening to some of the music below.

3. Lullabies for Adults

I have provided you with days worth of Music to Sleep by! Click on one of the images below and see which sound is most pleasing to you when you want to visit dreamland.

Adult Lullabies               Earth Music to Sleep By

Piano Music to Sleep By               Native American Flute Music to Sleep By 

Reiki Music to Sleep By                Bamboo Flute Music to Sleep by                 Adult Music to Sleep By

4. Meditation

Try listening to one of these progressive body relaxation meditations when you’re ready to sleep.  If this voice or method is not calming for you please let me know and I will find another meditation tape for you or make you one myself.

5. Aromatherapy

Use 100% Pure Essential Oils (Aura Cacia is a brand with a reasonable price point and can be found at a local health food store) of:

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood

Methods for use:

  • Apply oil topically. Rub on hands, neck, chest, feet.
  • Diffuse Oils with a diffuser . Here is a favorite Diffuser (about $40.00)
  • Place a few drops of oil on a wet, warm face cloth and rest it on your forehead.
  • Put some essential oil in a spritz bottle along with witch hazel and spritz around your bedroom and on your pillow just before bedtime.

In addition to Essential Oils you can also try lighting incense with the aromas listed above.

6. Yoga

I do an 90 minute class on Soothing Yoga Poses to help you fall asleep but here are a few to get you started.  You can do these in your jammies and then just collapse right into bed. If your mattress is firm enough you can even do these in your bed!  If you have an eye pillow (lavender scented is nice!) you can use it while you relax in the last 3 poses.

Wide Angle Forward Fold -Upavistha Konasana
Wide Angle Forward Fold-Upavistha Konasana
Seated Bound Angle Pose (with forward fold) - Baddha Konasana
Seated Bound Angle Pose (with forward fold) – Baddha Konasana -Reiki of Greater Boston
Child's Pose - Balasana Reiki of Greater Boston
Child’s Pose – Balasana
Legs Up The Wall - Viparita Karani Reiki of Greater Boston
Legs up the Wall Pose – Viparita Karani
Lying Down Bound Angle Pose - Supta Baddha Konasana
Reclining Bound Angle Pose – Supta Baddha Konasana
Savasana, Corpse Pose Reiki of Greater Boston
Corpse Pose – Savasana

7. Breath Work

Practice either one of these breathing techniques just prior to bed time.

Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Sodhana)

Quick Video Demo

Extended  Exhale Breath

Lengthening your exhale slows the heart rate and triggers the relaxation response.

  1. Sit in a comfortable position either in a chair or on a mat, floor or cushion with spine erect and head in line with the spine.
  2. Relax your shoulders, arms and hands.
  3. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of 4.
  4. Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  5. Exhale through your mouth for 8 counts. It can be soothing to exhale with sound making an ocean sound or ‘Darth Vader’ sound from the back of your throat.
  6. Repeat the sequence 3 times.

8. Crystals

Crystals each have their own frequencies and properties and can serve to assist us in our search for health. The 3 below are particularly helpful in promoting sleep. You can put them under your pillow, hold them in your hands and see what they tell you, wear them in a pj pocket, put them on your 3rd eye (between eyebrows to middle of forehead) while you lie on your back. You can order crystals from me if you don’t have a supplier.

  • amethyst02aAmethyst
  • Selenite
  • Crystal Quartz

9. Reiki

Reiki assists the body in moving back to balance by inducing the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). This system signals to the body that everything is ok, that there is no need to be in a panic, or a flight or fright state which is what a lot of us live in.  The PNS reduces cortisol (the stress hormone)  allowing  the body to relax, release and let go of all tension. Conditioning the body with a few (3-6) Reiki Sessions to this more relaxed state allows a deep and restful sleep to occur.

10. Supplements

Obtain at a health food store and follow directions on the bottle.

  • Melatonin
  • Vitamin B12

11. Plants

Fill your sleep space with these rest promoting plants:

Lavender plant for sleep

  • Aloe Vera
  • Snake Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Spider Plant

12. Homeopathic Remedies

These remedies can be purchased at a local health food store and will have directions for dosage on the bottle. If you would like to work with these remedies more seriously you could consider seeing a Homeopath. I will happily recommend one to you if this a a route that calls to you.

  • Ambra grisea
  • Coffea cruda
  • Daphne indica
  • Passiflora
  • Bach Flower Remedies Rescue (in melts, drops or spray)

13. Acupressure

Acupressure for Sleep

Place firm pressure with 2-3 fingers on either one or both of the spots listed below.  2-3 minutes each.

  • Point K6 – ‘Joyful Sleep’
    Directly below the inside of the anklebone in the indentation.
  • Point B62 – ‘Calm Sleep’

Directly below the outer anklebone in first indentation.

14. Rituals

Come up with a variety of relaxing bedtime rituals to help you unwind before sleep. For example:

  • Drink warm milk (organic of course)
  • Read a book or magazine by a gentle light
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soft music
  • Pray
  • Journal

Try performing one or a combination of these rituals each night before bedtime or find your own thing. Do the same activity(ies) each night before bed so that your brain and body will begin to associate that/those activity(ies) with winding down and going to sleep.

Cautions/Suggestions on Applications

In order to determine the efficacy of each method I recommend trying just one of these techniques at a time for a period of 2 weeks each. Once that is done you can combine 1 or 2 of your favorites to quicken and deepen your sleep.

Also before you implement any of these Sleep Techniques make sure you are following these Common Sense Rules:

  • No caffeine after 2:00 pm (you know what has caffeine right? Coffee, tea, chocolate, soda, energy drinks, ice cream, etc.)
  • No sugar after 2:00 pm
  • Try to shut down your computer and other electronic devices at least 2 hours prior to bed time
  • Shut all electronic devices off and leave them outside of your sleep area. That includes your phone!
  • Turn any digital clocks away from you and/or cover them with a cloth. (reduce EMFs)
  • No TV in the bedroom.
  • Get physical exercise during the day, at least 3 hours prior to bedtime.
  • Ween yourself off of sedatives/sleeping pills if you are using them. They have side effects just as serious as insomnia!
  • Have a comfy mattress and pillows.
  • Shut off/block light.
  • Insure quiet in your sleep area and if this is not possible use a white noise machine or just pop in some ear plugs or ear-buds with beautiful, sleepy-time music like this:  Marconi Union-Weightless.

Okay. Night-night.

Love, Lisa purple_heart                                                                   

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