Stress! We all have it, but do we have an effective approach to managing it that keeps us sane and healthy?It is important to realize that stress has very definite effects on mind, body and spirit—it is not just an idea that rocks around in the universe!
To effectively manage stress we must have a clear picture of how it is affecting us and have targeted methods to respond appropriately.
A first question to ask is “What is being triggered within me?” We are all different and have our own patterns of responding to life events. The same situation can trigger different reactions in different people due to each individual’s unique nature, personal history and perception (worldview). Next we can take a step back and look at our habitual responses and see where we need to develop better self care approaches for dealing with life’s stressful events and times.
How DO you take care of yourself?
Our ability to do healthy self care is built on a foundation of many things….one of the most important and unconscious facets is our early childhood experience. Bringing light to the “messages” we received can help give us greater power to take charge of ourselves and lives and create less stress and greater heath and well being.
In looking at how you care for yourself you might ask:
How was I cared for as a young child?
How were my needs treated?
Was I invalidated, told (overtly or covertly) that my needs were unimportant?
Am I selfish to care for me?
Is it alright to receive—care, attention, support, nurture?
To further define the areas where we need to develop better self care and eliminate or reduce stress the chakra system provides us with a map that aids us in examining our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
Root: safety and security, your foundation for creating physical vitality
Sacral: creating healthy boundaries
Solar Plexus: power center, transform negatives into positives, release anger, resentment
Heart: release grief, co-dependency, open heart and embrace unconditional love
Throat: develop mental strength, comfortable with inner silence, reclaim authentic voice
Brow: develop ways to still mind, improve concentration, open to greater vision
Crown: open to your spiritual essence, access and feel joy more consistently
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