LIVE FOREVER: DE-STRESS
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It is known as the most stressful time of the year; it’s called holiday season and it is in full effect with Christmas right around the corner. We would like to share some techniques that help with stress and anxiety, not just for this time of the year, but for everyday life. Life can be very overwhelming or just plain busy, and it is important to think about ourselves. Check-in with how we are doing (reconnect with our thoughts), and just to breathe; even if it is just for a minute.
Here are some of our techniques we use in our daily lives:
Meditation has many benefits; one of them is to relieve stress, and to help be present in the moment. It is a craft used to relax our body, bring peace to our mind, and invite patience in. You can start with one minute, and work your way up to five minutes and higher. Begin by closing your eyes, close your mouth, remove your tongue from the roof of your mouth, and start to breath. Visualize the stress/ tension leaving your body from your head down to your toes. Bring your attention to your thoughts; acknowledge them and then let them go (the idea is to free your mind from disruptions). Continue to concentrate on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling for seconds at a time. Once your mind is clear and you are in the moment/ you are present, this is meditation.
The importance of welcoming meditation in our lives is setting the time aside to focus on our breathing, bring attention to our sensations, and simply letting go; allowing the negative energy to exit our minds. There are apps to help with our breathing, and even the Apple Watch automatically reminds you to breathe, which is super convenient. Time yourself, and continue to challenge yourself daily. Important tip: Make sure you are comfortable when you start your meditation, don’t focus on if you are doing it properly (it’s more of a feeling), and use soothing music or essential oils to help relax (this isn’t necessary- this can just make your meditation easier or longer, and help quiet your mind). When you start to regularly practice meditation, your stress levels overall will start to decrease.
Cupping. It is an ancient practice that has a ton of benefits for your physical and mental well being. It helps remove toxins from your body and stimulates healthy blood flow, provides lymphatic drainage, and brings overall relaxation to your mind and body. Let’s just say, after we left our session, we felt like we took a Xanax! We went in for a traditional thai massage, that followed with cupping. If you are ever in the Newport Beach area, we highly recommend Thai-Chaba as a place to visit.
The massage was intense and super healing, just the way we like it. The cupping came after, and the therapist began with massaging the cups around our backs, and left them on for 5-10 minutes. The feeling of it is very interesting; it feels a bit intense at first, like a pulling sensation. Then, after a couple of minutes, the pulling feeling goes away and we forgot they were even there. Lyndsay fell asleep halfway through her cupping session, it’s that relaxing.
As the cups are removed, the therapist massaged our back a bit more, then voila, it was over. After your session, you will have different shades of reddish purple circles on your back. The really dark purple marks mean there were a lot of toxins built up and tension in that area. It is very important to remember to drink lots of water after the massage and cupping session, as you need to allow the toxins to flush out of your body.
We hope these two techniques help bring some relaxation and calmness to your life.
-TKay and Lyndsay