Stress, negativity and past traumas cause all kinds of problems, including anxiety, depression and physical problems like headaches, IBS and other digestive issues. In this episode, The Little Shaman demonstrates how to do a fire cleanse to rid yourself of negativity, stress, past trauma and more.
In this episode Meditations & More, The Little Shaman discusses how to simplify your life and beat stress.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:
How does reflexology work?
The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.
Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use tools, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work. Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others.
Does reflexology work?
Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.
Essential oils are one of the cornerstones of natural medicine. They have powerful therapeutic benefits and many different applications for health, beauty and much more. Here is a list of some of the most popular essential oils for your first aid applications and what they are commonly used for.
This is one of the most versatile oils there is. It can be used for so many things but it is best known for it’s calming and relaxation properties. Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and a sedative. It’s fabulous for the skin and is excellent for pain relief, especially muscle aches and headaches. A very effective hand sanitizing spritz can be made from some lavender essential oil and distilled water. No first aid kid or medicine box is complete without lavender.
Great for headaches, pain relief, stomach upset, congestion and fevers, peppermint essential oil is another very versatile oil. It’s wonderful refreshing scent reminds us of holidays and warm memories. Peppermint oil can be applied “neat” (undiluted) to the skin for irritations and redness. Peppermint essential oil helps sharpen mental focus, clear up cobwebs, and to refresh and brighten moods.
This oil is one of the kings of medicinal oils. Like lavender, it’s applications are many, from treating minor cuts to dandruff and everything in between. A few drops of tea tree oil added to a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar makes an excellent disinfectant spray. Add a bit more water to the mix and you can use this as a wonderful skin toner. Burning it in the aromatherapy oil burner will not just deodorize the room but actually kills the bacteria causing the odor. It can be a little overwhelming when used this way, so if you are sensitive open the windows. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antifungal, an immune system booster and a natural insecticide. If you have no other essential oils in your home at all, you should have tea tree oil.
World-renowned for it’s relaxing properties, chamomile is also great as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chamomile essential oil is antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and a mood booster. There are two types of chamomile, Roman and German. The healing properties of both are similar, with the German type being better suited for digestive and urinary problems.
Often described as the Queen of Oils, Rose essential oil is wonderful for skin and hair applications, particularly maturing skin. It’s aroma is heavenly, making rose oil excellent for anxiety, depression, digestion problems, ladies’ problems and it’s a fantastic aphrodisiac, as well. It’s best used in lotions, toners, massage and bath oils.
You’ll recognize the scent of this one immediately; it smells like Vicks Vapo-Rub and it’s uses are similar. Eucalyptus essential oil is used best for coughs, colds, sinus problems and decongestant. Burning it in the aromatherapy burner will kill the germs in any sickroom. It’s great in the vaporizer or in the shower, where it can work with the steam to ease respiratory problems. Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and a stimulant. It’s cooling, like peppermint and helps with headaches and muscle pain.
If you are just starting to get into essential oils, this is a great list to get you going. These oils are versatile, powerful and have many therapeutic applications. If you are trying to create a natural first aid kit, these oils are perfect for it, able to treat everything from fevers and coughing to cuts and scrapes.
Need more info about essential oils?
You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.
The 7 natural laws are in no particular order, but since the Law of Attraction has been discussed so much, we’ll start with it. The Law of Attraction, also known as the Law of Vibration is just one of the 7 natural laws of the Universe. All of the laws are in effect whether we are aware of them or not. Knowing what the 7 laws are and how they work can make a significant difference in applying them to create the life you truly desire.
The Law of Vibration states that everything vibrates and nothing rests. Vibrations of the same frequency resonate with each other, so like attracts like energy. Everything is energy, including your thoughts. Consistently focusing on a particular thought or idea attracts its vibrational match. How to apply it: Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want.
The Law of Relativity states that nothing is what it is until you relate it to something. Point of view is determined by what the observer is relating to. The nature, value, or quality of something can only be measured in relation to another object. How to apply it: Practice relating your situation to something worse than yours, and you will feel good about where you are.
The Law of Cause and Effect states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. Be at cause for what you desire, and you will get the effect. All thought is creative, so be careful what you wish for… you will get it. How to apply it: Consistently think and act on what you desire to be effective at getting it.
The Law of Polarity states that everything has an opposite. Hot-Cold, Light-Dark, Up-Down, Good-Bad. In the absense of that which you are not, that which you are… is not. Polar opposites make existence possible. If what you are not didn’t coexist with what you are, then what you are could not be. Therefore, do not condemn or criticize what you are not or what you don’t want. How to apply it: Look for the good in people and situations. What you focus on, you make bigger in your life.
The Law of Rhythm states that everything has a natural cycle. The tides go in and back out, night follows day, and life regenerates itself. We all have good times and bad times, but nothing stays the same. Change is constant. Knowing that “This too shall pass” is great wisdom about life’s ebb and flow. How to apply it: When you are on a down swing, know that things will get better. Think of the good times that are coming.
The Law of Gestation states that everything takes time to manifest. All things have a beginning and grow into form as more energy is added to it. Thoughts are like seeds planted in our fertile minds that bloom into our physical experience if we have nourished them. How to apply it: Stay focused and know that your goals will become reality when the time is right.
The Law of Transmutation states that energy moves in and out of physical form. Your thoughts are creative energy. The more you focus your thinking on what you desire, the more you harness your creative power to move that energy into results in your life. The Universe organizes itself according to your thoughts. How to apply it: Put your energy and effort, your thoughts and actions into attracting what you desire, and you will surely attract the physical manifestation of that energy.
The 7 Natural Laws of the Universe are working with you and for you. Take charge of your life by focusing on what you want, and by law, you will have it.
Millions of people suffer from anxiety. Spanning the spectrum from just occasional nervousness to panic attacks, OCD and agoraphobia, anxiety can be a very debilitating problem. One of the biggest problems with anxiety is that it is misunderstood; anxiety is not an illness. Anxiety is a symptom. It is your body trying to tell you that something is wrong and it should not be ignored. Treating anxiety by itself is just treating a symptom. It does not address the cause of the anxiety, which is the real problem. It simply suppresses a symptom, which is a bad idea. Your body is trying to tell you something is wrong.
Anxiety can be caused by many things: food sensitivities, sensitivities to food additives, too much caffeine, too much sugar, environmental toxins, reactions to medications, metal toxicity, and problems with biological systems such as the thyroid or adrenal glands. If anxiety is a problem in your life, these things should be ruled out before anything else happens. Some of the things that anxiety can be a sign of need to be addressed by a doctor, such as an allergy or a thyroid problem. Many people trust that the doctor will cover all of this if you go to them saying that anxiety is a problem in your life but usually, they do not. They simply prescribe you a medication to control the anxiety with no real investigation into the cause of it. So before you add anything (like medication) to the situation, make sure you don’t need to remove or address something else first.
If you have pinpointed one of the above causes as the source of your anxiety, great! You’re all done! If you’ve ruled out the above causes, the problem is probably stress. Stress is not the first conclusion you should come to – especially for severe anxiety. It should be taken into consideration for sure and it could be the cause but the other causes should be ruled out first. That is very, very important. I had what I thought – and what I was told by doctors – was severe panic disorder for years and it turned out to be a sensitivity to food additives – which I discovered on my own. I took medication that I did not need and still felt no relief for years because the real problem was not addressed. I cut out the food and the “panic disorder” disappeared.
If stress is the cause, there are many ways you can combat this. Most of the remedies for this seem so simple that you might be tempted to ignore them. Don’t! Try them. You might be really, really surprised how well they work.
Get enough sleep. This one seems like simple advice but be honest: do you actually get enough sleep? If you don’t, that can cause serious issues with your emotional balance and ability to handle stress. Try getting 30 extra minutes of sleep a night and see how much better you feel.
Try aromatherapy. Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful, emotionally-connected senses. Certain smells can lift your spirits, change your mood, trigger almost total recall of events and much more. It doesn’t have to be a big setup; just get a little burner and some essential oils. It is so, so helpful with stress.
Meditate. The #1 thing people say is that they do not have time to meditate. The #2 thing they say is that they don’t know how. But look: the time you spent reading this blog, you could have been meditating. There is no way to do it wrong and the benefits of meditation are very well-documented by science. If you don’t want to just sit there with your eyes closed or can’t clear your mind (#3), there are moving meditations like tai chi and dancing, there are drumming meditations… I knew a guy that meditated by throwing a ball against the wall over and over. Whatever works for you to bring you peace, relaxation, tranquility and introspection is what you should do. If you find that you can’t clear your mind and relax, that is actually a sign that you probably need to meditate, because it should not be so hard to do. No wonder you are so stressed! Try meditating at least 10 minutes a day for a week and watch how much better you feel. Seriously.
Try herbal remedies. There are many, many herbal supplements and remedies you can try which have nowhere near the amount of dangerous side effects as medications. Many have other benefits as well. For instance, at your local health food store you can probably buy chamomile or lavender flowers. These can be made into a very calming – and tasty – tea. You can also buy supplements in the form of drops and capsules. Lavender drops work very well to combat stress. You can also put the flowers and herbs into food or a nice hot bath. *As with all things you take internally, please be aware of your allergies, interactions with other things you are taking and do not exceed the dosage recommendations. Natural does not mean incapable of harming.*
Develop a mantra. A mantra can be something used in meditation but it can also be a personal motto, something you repeat to yourself frequently to remind yourself of what your goals are. It might be something like “I will not focus on the negative. I will focus on the positive,” or: “I will not let myself be dragged into the drama,” anything that has meaning to you. Try reciting your mantra – either to yourself or out loud – during times of stress, along with a deep breath. It sounds silly but it really does work very well and after awhile it becomes second nature to simply do what your mantra says, without being reminded.
Let go of what you cannot help. We’re all humans. We all make mistakes. We all have bad days, limitations and everything else. So take one problem at a time. That’s all anyone can do. Do the best you can and don’t worry about the things you can’t do anything about. It’s not as hard as it sounds. If it’s something you can’t do anything about, worrying about it is not going to change that anyway. It’s only going to stress you out. Let it go.
Less screen time, more face time. Being so connected to everything and everyone is great but it can create problems, too. The constant notifications from social media and the constant droning of the television create anxiety and stress in us, even though we might not realize it. If you don’t believe that, try a little experiment: go without your cellphone or computer for a little while. You might be very surprised how anxious and bothered you are without it, how worried about it you are in general. This is a sign that you are putting far too much energy into it and that it is causing anxiety and stress in your life. Toning it down can help a lot. Try spending less time on the computer or phone and more with friends and family. You will see what a difference this makes. It’s very noticeable.
These solutions sound so simple, you might think they cannot possibly work but try implementing them seriously into your life for 30 days and see what happens. I guarantee you will feel better and find there is much less stress and much less anxiety in your life. Good luck and be well. Namaste.