Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace; it has become a way of life. Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner Nada Rashed demonstrates how to manage stress through flower essences and the power of positivity.
We spend many hours of our day working; either by participating in long meeting hours, spending many hours in front of the computer screen, working on a private project, taking care of kids or any other type of work that takes away from our time, physical and/or emotional energy. When you’re constantly running in “emergency mode”, your mind and body eventually pay the price. This is precisely why your main and most important ‘job’ is to learn how to take care of yourselves in the midst of the busy lives that most of us lead.
Everyone can protect his or herself by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and by taking the necessary steps to reduce its harmful effects.
What is Stress?
When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones place the body in what is often referred to as “emergency mode”. Your body begins to experience changes such as a faster heart rate, a tightening of the muscles, a rise in blood pressure and rapid breathing. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed up your reaction time and enhance your focus, thereby preparing you to either fight or flee from the situation you are facing.
There are many symptoms of stress, some of which include:
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Envisioning only the negative consequences
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation and inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
On the physical and behavioral level, some of the symptoms associated with stress include:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea and dizziness
- Chest pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Sleeping irritability
- Isolation from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing, etc.)
Even if stress has become commonplace in your life today, you still have the freedom to choose to be aware of it and to control how it affects your life. Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your environment and the way you deal with your problems.
Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, and changing your reaction to it when you can’t change or control the situation itself. You can do the latter by taking care of yourself and by making time for rest and relaxation.
Awareness is the first step of any kind of healing we aim to achieve. When you are aware of your body, your emotions, your thoughts, your needs and your limitations- only then can the true journey of healing begin.
Thoughts can be as strong as actions, when properly utilized. All types of thoughts cross our minds throughout the day, including positive ones, negative ones, dreams, thoughts that dwell on the past, and thoughts of fearful experiences we don’t wish to live through. When we think, we experience a certain type of energy which connects us to these thoughts, whatever they are. That is why certain thoughts make us happy and others make us sad. When we make conclusions based on these thoughts, the energies flow to help make these conclusions become true.
When negative thoughts and emotions take control of our lives, we tend to be less vivid and more depressed. We are unable to see the light that exists all around us and we are more prone to fall victim to all kinds of stresses that surround us. When we are stressed or depressed, our lives tend to be less productive and more superficial. After some time, a person may lose sense of his uniqueness and his importance to the world.
There are many ways to eliminate stress from your life and to regain control of it. The first step is to be aware of how stressed you are, of the factors behind this stress and of how your life is affected by this stress.
Using flower essences is one of the many ways in which you can help improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. Flower essences are made from plant blossoms and are prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water.
Bach Flower Remedies
The first person to create them was Dr. Edward Bach, a throat and ear medical doctor who introduced the concept of flower essences into the healing world. Dr. Bach’s theory asserts that the reasons behind all mankind diseases are in fact emotional imbalances. He divided his essences into 38 different ones that deal with all types of emotional problems.
Examples of Bach Flower Remedies include:
“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own perfection.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“Very great hopelessness, they have given up belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Lightbringer Flower Essences
Lightbringer Flower Essences are founded by Rachel Singleton who started her healing journey in 2000 and has since created a wide range of flower essences to help relieve stress and resolve a variety of emotional problems. Some of her remedies and the range of emotional problems that they help deal with include:
Le Jardin Des Alpes: For reassurance, resting, renewing and relaxing. It also helps people let go of external demands for a period of time, in order to return to gentleness and compassion within.
Ruby in the Storm: This remedy is believed to assist a person in “staying firmly grounded in one’s heart during times of cataclysmic change, going with the dynamic winds of change even when these seem shattering and charting the path of heart through the storm.”
Lightsupport: This combination remedy is said to “nurture your inner light and strength during dark and difficult times, helping you to stay clear, grounded and aligned.” It is also useful for the following situations:
- To find your way through challenging times and circumstances in an easeful and congruent way. It is helpful during times of acute shock and trauma such as receiving bad news, being in or witnessing an accident.
- To stay centered, focused and calm in overwhelming emotional states such as distress, panic, despair and sadness.
- To help you ride the waves of the emotion and assist you in coming through during situations where you require a strong connection with your inner strength.
- To let your light shine during situations of public speaking, exams, standing up for your beliefs and speaking your truth.
- To stay connected with your courage when feeling vulnerable, uncertain and frightened.
Bailey Flower Essences
Bailey Flower Essences have been referred to as the “new generation of flower essences”, and that is indeed what they are. In truth, they bear no relation whatsoever to conventional allopathic medicine; their action is far wider. They are concerned with personal healing and growth at all the levels of body, mind and spirit.
The original six essences have steadily expanded and changed since they were first developed in 1967. By January 2008, there were 60 in the standard set at the time of writing (source: www.baileyessences.com).
Some of the specific remedies used for relieving stress include:
- Bluebell: At times of depression and when one feels like he or she is falling apart inside.
- Hairy Sedge: For those who worry and find it difficult to keep their minds in the present moment. This inattention can result in poor memory.
- Conifer Mazegill: For sudden and irrevocable changes in our lives. It continually activates energies of positive change.
- Confusion: For when our lives are confused and we feel unable to see clearly what we should be doing.
- Bistort: To provide loving support at times of major change in our lives
Research shows that there are numerous benefits to optimism and having a positive frame of mind. Optimists enjoy better health, stronger relationships, are more productive and experience less stress, among other things. Pessimists, on the other hand, tend to blame themselves when things go wrong, becoming more reluctant to try again with each negative experience in life.
When you understand this, it becomes clear that optimism and positive self-talk can impact your stress levels, as can pessimism and negative self-talk. Negative events are less stressful when you see them as ‘not your fault’, and are therefore less likely to recur.
There are several practical tips which can be done to enhance positive thinking:
- Always focus on what you are thinking about and where it is leading you. If you see that it won’t lead you to a desirable outcome, make a note of that and try to change the way you are thinking. At first, this may take some work because chances are; we probably have a lot more negative thoughts in our head than positive ones. Eventually though, this ratio will reverse itself.
- Do not let other people’s negative attitudes influence yours. This may mean that you may have to stop hanging around people who do nothing but complain or comment on negative things. You can’t afford to do this when your goal is to become more positive. Realize that the negative people in your life aren’t going to like it when you stop participating in negativity.
- Make a list of all the areas in your life that you want to change. List all your negative attitudes too.
- Create positive affirmations and repeat them. Enjoy how great they make you feel. Know in your heart that you’re making progress, even if you can’t see it yet. Just keep affirming the positive.
- Be sure that it will happen. Do what you can, and let God do the rest.
This process will help change how you think and that’s the real key to changing how you act. Remember, the body will follow wherever the mind goes. There is no way to separate the two. You might as well “program in” what you want instead of randomly leaving it to chance.
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