From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….
Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help combat the affects of chronic stress. We know via research that acupuncture sessions increase the body’s natural endorphins, boost the immune system, and have the potential to reduce both inflammation and cortisol levels.
However, we thought that we would begin 2017 with a little extra R&R in the form of some stress-reducing rituals that are easy to adapt regardless of your post-holiday status. Here are a few to get you started:
1. ADOPT A MANTRA:
Positive thinking has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The words you say can bring out your best. Make up your own personal slogan for the day or try one of the following.
“I am doing my best and that’s good enough.” OR
“I will breathe and stay focused in the moment.” OR
“I will travel through my day peacefully” OR
“I will treat myself and others with kindness and patience”
2. YOU HAVE MAIL
It is virtually impossible these days to not stay in touch but maybe you need a break. On a daily or weekly basis, turn off your phone, resist checking emails, text messages, tweets etc…and take a time out. If it’s important, they will leave a message. Give yourself a media break as well-turn off the TV and stop reading the news.
3. BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST
Before bedtime, take a moment to acknowledge what hurts. It is easy to get caught up in the day and ignore our bodies so tune in and listen. You can ease some of your discomfort or just relax by massaging some of these tender spots. Try your eyes, scalp, face, feet or hands. This is also a great pick-me-up at the office or in the car.
Spend 5-10 minutes each week or month adding to a journal. You can make this task as formal or informal as you want. Try writing for 5 minutes continuously without editing and you may be surprised at what your subconscious reveals. This can also be a great way to take time out to reflect on where you’ve been in the last few months and where you are going. If you are too caught up in day-to-day events, use this journal to make and set goals for yourself.
5. BE AN EXPERT DRIVER
You are racing around to finish errands when someone cuts you off and slams on their horn! Don’t let rude drivers get to you this year! Lay off your horn unless there is a real emergency or danger on the road. Try to make eye contact, smile and wave hello at the offending driver. You will be surprised at how much better you feel and you may get a few smiles in return! If you’re in Boston, their surprised reaction might be worth a laugh.
Find a quiet place where you can’t be disturbed. Meditating is simply the act of focusing your mind on one thing. Close your eyes and practice your breathing. Visualize bringing positive energy through the top of your head as you inhale and releasing negative energy through your feet as you exhale. Count to four for each inhale and exhale. When your mind wanders, tell the interrupting thoughts, “Later!”. Focus on a mantra or phrase, a color or image. If you have always wanted to meditate, but can’t seem to find the time, try practicing the first 5 minutes after climbing into bed.
Need a few more relaxing rituals to start your 2017? Check out tomorrow’s blog.
Want to try acupuncture this year? Schedule a complimentary consult here or email email@example.com for more details.
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.Acupuncture