Unexpected challenging times can turn our world upside down, and life in lockdown can be very challenging. Our team at Sodashi want you to know that our thoughts are with you and your friends and family during these uncertain and difficult times. Our wonderful founder Megan has put together some simple tips to help you navigate through lockdown.
Every part of your body needs oxygen to survive, and deep breathing has a positive effect on our mental health. It is the basis for almost every relaxation technique since it helps alleviate stress. It also improves our mood and confidence and creates better circulation.
To try it, take a deep breath in through your nose and push out your diaphragm, hold for a second or two, then breath out and gently push your belly through to your spine. Repeat a few times.
Breathing in and out through your nose helps you to take fuller, deeper breaths and this stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the body. The increase in your breathing will also make sure there’s a build-up of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream.
Try to take a few moments throughout your day to stop and take a few deep breaths.
2. The uplifting power of Essential oils
When you inhale an essential oil, the scent molecules trigger thousands of receptors in the olfactory membrane inside your nose, which then sends the aroma to your brain, namely the limbic system. The limbic system is our emotional brain, it houses our emotions and emotional behaviours.
Inhaling is an effective way to gain the mood-lifting and relaxing benefits of essential oils. Immediately after inhaling an essential oil, you may begin to feel uplifted, calm or more alert. You may feel the release of negative emotions or the release of muscular tension.
Essential oils prompt your brain to release the mood enhancers serotonin and dopamine.
Essential oils I recommend:
Geranium is an excellent tonic for the nervous system, lifts the spirits and reduces stress.
Lavender soothes the emotions, balances the nervous system and brings calm.
Lime is refreshing and uplifting.
Orange releases tension and stress and helps to give a positive outlook
Petitgrain calms feelings of panic, refreshes the mind and soothes emotions
Ylang Ylang eases feelings of anxiety and fear and relaxes the nervous system
Sodashi Brightening Drops, Cell Renewal drops or Sodashi Wholeness Aroma blend – a drop of any of these can be added to a tissue to benefit from the mood-lifting, calming and balancing effect of these essential oils throughout your day. Or if you have Sodashi Rejuvenating or Balancing Face Mist, spraying these will also provide you with aromas to inhale.
There’s no debating the benefit of moving your body, but there’s a few reasons why our body’s like to exercise (even if our mind doesn’t!).
Exercise improves mood and relieves anxiety and depression. It helps us to cope with stress and is a vital ingredient to help us maintain a positive mood.
Importantly exercise supports our lymphatic system and helps to keep it healthy. Lymph fluid contains infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body. It is an important part of the immune system because it is responsible for removing potentially harmful toxins and bacteria from the body.
Unlike the circulatory or respiratory systems, the lymphatic system does not have a “pump.” Instead, it relies on you to exercise to circulate lymph fluid around the body. Each time you move large muscles of the body, you help pump lymphatic fluid through your body, keeping your systems circulating.
My favourite exercise is yoga, and currently there are many teachers offering online classes, including my favourite yoga teachers – Sarah Hill (visit her website here: https://www.sarahhillyoga.com.au)
Another way you can support your lymphatic system to eliminate toxins is dry skin body brushing and I highly recommend the Stass & Co body brush which can be purchased online https://stassandco.com or https://littlecompany.com.au/products/stass-co-body-brush
4. Positive words and affirmations
I often write myself some positive words or an affirmation and I stick it to my mirror or in front of where I’m sitting during the day. It can be as simple as “You’ve got this”, or if you feel like getting more creative, write your own.
Here’s a few ideas to help you get started.
“I take care of my body…
“I am kind, caring, loving and supportive….
“I believe in myself…
“I am responsible and I persist in the face of adversity”
5. Some extra help and motivation
Check out Layne Beachley’s https://awakeacademy.com.au and her Own Your Truth Course which looks great. Layne is also offering a free ‘7 Days of Self-Care’ e-book on her website to help everyone during lockdown. Sign up for the Self-Care e-book so you get a code to receive some $$ off her Own Your Truth course.
With love, Megan xx
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