1.  Change the way you view problems.  It is human nature to protect ourselves from danger by recognising the negative things around us, however we can become too accustomed to looking for the “dark side”.  A lot of time we needlessly take things negatively.  Learn how to think positively.  As an example we are currently pretty much confined to our homes and unable to work.   However on the flip side we are spending lots of time at home with our loved ones, being forced to live day to day in the NOW and slowing down from our previous hectic schedules.  In the world, nothing can exist that has one side only. This is the concept of Yin and Yang; nothing is only good or only bad.  If there wasn’t a bad you couldn’t appreciate the good. There is good and bad in everything. Learn to pay attention to both, but also “accentuate the positive.”

2.  Engage in regular physical activity.  This makes such a difference, especially cardiovascular varieties. Walk, jog, bike. Going outdoors, getting fresh air and sunshine, is even more beneficial than going to the gym (which are closed anyway!)  I personally prefer lifting weights as I find that the best relief of tension, but do what works for you!

3.  Connect yourself to nature.  Connect to energy outside by going to for a long walk in nature, or if you can the beach, walking barefoot on the sand and listening to the waves. Sit by a river and hear the flow of the water. In doing this, you gain the perspective of playing a small, yet integral part within the greatness of the universe. This will release stress and give you new strength.  Ps.  leave the phone at home.

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Spending more time outdoors can help alleviate stress

4.  Learn some techniques.  Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, Qi Gong. Tai Chi, for example, trains you physically and emotionally at the same time, cultivating your internal Qi. Deep breathing will make your body more balanced and calm; exhale negative energy and inhale fresh air and energy.  There are plenty of yoga classes online, free resources on youtube easily found.

5.  Work on your sense of humour!  When you laugh, you are happier and so are others around you. Be generous with your positive energy and others will be there to help you when you need it.

6.  Encourage yourself to engage in some social activity.  Stress can cause sadness and depression. People tend to close themselves off. So, you must push yourself call your loved ones, video calling is even better. Talking with friends will release the stagnation from your body and mind.

7.  Take time for a hobby.  Whatever you enjoy: walking, swimming, reading, listening to music, dancing, fishing, golf. Do it regularly. But it should be something active for your body or mind. Inactive pastimes– like watching television or playing video games, surfing the internet–may seem relaxing, but they can actually increase stress long term. Keep time spent on those passive activities to a minimum.  Why not learn a new instrument?

If you want to try acupuncture treatment for stress relief please contact me.  I plan to open my clinic again at the beginning of July with additional PPE safety measures in accordance with government guidance.  Ben

“Acupuncture (with a qualified acupuncturist) is a perfectly safe modality to use stand alone or as part of a combined approach with medications or cognitive behavioural therapy. Acupuncture can also help to reduce some of the unpleasant side effects of medication. Currently licensed acupuncturists are in in ‘lock down’ following the governments advice on socially distancing. The situation and guidance is evolving rapidly and some Acupuncturists are able to offer virtual appointment via videolink. To hear first of your local acupuncturists plans to reopen, locate a local and licenced acupuncturist and get in touch by visiting acupuncture.org.uk ” – Claire Norton Lic.Ac MBAcC

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