One month ago I was rushed to the ER. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic really affected Los Angeles, and the “Safer At Home” order was issued. After a combination of unsettling events my body went into a complete panic. Which is typical of me to lean into fear. I tried everything to calm myself with little relief. I caved in and filled the prescription from the doctor to stop the worry from overcoming me that day.
As a holistic person with a pretty healthy lifestyle I knew I didn’t want to continue taking medicine. I started observing small practices to see what worked versus what didn’t to help me fight my fear, panic and anxiety. I haven’t cured all, but I’ve found a few things that are helping me heal during this terrifying time. If you are someone like myself who is suffering, here are 10 home remedies to help you calm stress and anxiety.
A humidifier does wonders. My house stays pretty dry so I invested in one at the start of the lockdown. It helped with my allergies and persistent cough. With a cough being one of the symptoms of the Coronavirus I was a tad fearful, but this stopped my cough. Now I sleep better through the night and I don’t have a cough anymore. Some humidifiers have the option to add essential oils. I use a lot of essential oils already so I don’t add them to my humidifier. My oils are topical but there are others that can be used in an oil diffuser (which I also have). Make sure to find the right ones for you because they offer different benefits. Increasing ambient air humidity can be effective for reducing flu symptoms and helping you recover when you’ve contracted the flu. It’s also beneficial for reducing bacteria and the following:
- dry skin
- irritated eyes
- dryness in the throat or airways
- frequent coughs
- bloody noses
- sinus headaches
Burning sage is my new therapy. Many cultures around the world share the same or similar rituals. Sage is known to be purifying, spiritual and may help remove negative energy. It increases moods, relieves stress and improves your quality of sleep. Since burning sage I’ve noticed a big change in my energy level and stress level.
Bath time happens twice a day now. Not everyday but most days. When I feel the onset of stress or panic I submerge myself into an epsom salt bath. I also enjoy CDB bath bombs and lighting candles while burning sage during a bath. I usually turn on a TV show like ‘Sex and the City’ to get out of my head so I can completely relax. A bath calms me faster than anything else.
Sometimes I can’t calm myself enough to watch TV in my bath so I turn on Joel Osteen’s Podcast or listen to a playlist on Spotify called “Calming Music for Relaxation.” Both help me refocus, rest and relax. Reminding myself that God is in control first always helps. Faith and meditations are truly my personal cure. Sometimes it’s necessary to be alone with yourself and just breathe. For some people the bathroom is the only place you can be completely alone to just breathe.
I rely on the Calm app to help me with breathing exercises. I go to bed with Calm meditations and/or stories every night. I can’t remember the last time I slept without playing one. Right now during the pandemic they are offering a number of free Master Classes, meditations, audio stories and music. I use all of their resources. Including their breathing practices. The first and best thing to do when you notice the onset of a panic attack is to focus on your breathing. There are a number of free breathwork classes streaming live during this time also, but here is an example of a breathing exercises I use by Calm.
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All of these are great ways to help reduce stress and anxiety so you can enjoy a more peaceful life. However, diet and exercise are equally important. With the lockdown I am unable to leave my house to attend yoga classes and go for runs, but I tune into daily workout classes on YouTube. Somedays its high intensity cardio with Heather Robertson, and other days its live yoga on Instagram. It really depends how I’m feeling, but there are great live stream workouts to motivate you. My diet has been a little more difficult to maintain because the lack of brands, organic food and vegan products I typically buy, but I have gotten really creative. I share all of my meals on my Instagram stories daily with recipes and tips.
As part of a healthier life I make it a point to take ample Vitamin C daily, and drink tea with honey and lemon. Tea is really calming, especially the nighttime sleep teas. I drink 1-2 decaffeinated teas a day.
Though salt lamps have no proven evidence of being healthy, they are said to boost mood, improve sleep, ease allergies, help people with asthma breathe better, and clean the air, among other benefits. I have one in my house. With all of my practices combined I can’t say this is the thing that helps most, but it does create a relaxing environment which makes it easier to wind down at the end of the day.
The last thing I do to stop my mind from overcoming me is spend time enjoying things that are therapeutic. I find painting and cooking to be extremely relaxing. They help me remove myself from the thoughts causing my stress and forget about work. Try to concentrate on something that requires you to focus on only that, it will help you release your worries and fears. Mind over matter. If you can let go of trying to control the outcome of a situation, and distract yourself with something peaceful, you will find a happy compromise.
Somedays are easier than others for me. Then there are days I practice each of these exercises daily to find relief. It’s a balancing act and practice makes perfect. Train your body and your mind simultaneously. If you are someone who is suffering now I encourage you to try a few of these tips weekly. Incorporate more practices into your routine when you are comfortable. Always remember the power is within you. You have the strength to change anything by what you are feeding your mind and your body daily. Feed yourself love and peace first so you can find a place of relief to live you happiest life.