Happy #21DaysOfMe Wednesday! Today we’re focusing on all the ways you can relieve stress and wind down at the end of a long, tiring week. We teamed up with UMA Oils Founder Shrankhla Holecek to bring you all the best tips and tricks. Check it out below.
Many of my personal approaches to stress-management are Ayurvedically inspired, but fortunately we now live in a world where there’s greater understanding—and access—to this ancient science’s tenets!
I’ll start with one of the usual suspects—meditation. With several resources at your disposal to understand meditation fundamentals, (thank you, internet!) I will add just one meditation tip I find especially helpful for anxiety. Alternate nostril breathing. This involves covering one nostril with the thumb while you breathe from the other and then switching. This is highly celebrated pranayama technique, especially targeted towards alleviating anxiety.
Many of us are also familiar with natural remedies that can have a profound uplifting effect on your mood as they alleviate stress. Essential oils like as Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Jasmine and Lavender rapidly soothe tense nerves and can be applied topically or via diffuser. For an extra therapeutic blend, try Uma’s Pure Calm oil, which integrates all of these oils in age-old formula that promotes physical and mental peace.
A key part of managing anxiety is creating dedicated “me time.” I’m talking regular massages and herbal baths! Use 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil as a soothing addition to your bath. Alternatively, you can use fresh herbs wrapped in a muslin bag. Almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, walnut oil and grapeseed oil can also be added to your bath because of their deeply moisturizing properties.
Moving on to some more nuanced tips from Ayurveda, let’s start with diet. Some of the encouraged foods include avocado, bananas, berries, coconut, cooked vegetables, asparagus, cucumber, zucchini, oats (cooked), rice and wheat. Foods such as dried fruits, apples, cranberries, pears, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, potatoes, barley, buckwheat and corn are believed to aggravate anxiety, and should be avoided.
And here’s a handy drink recipe: try drinking a cup of milk with almonds, saffron, and honey, or a glass of orange juice with honey and a pinch of nutmeg powder to neutralize anxiety.
Did you know that specific asanas within the practice of Yoga can have a powerful impact on reducing anxiety? Shoulder stand, Cobra and Half Bow are particularly recommended for those experiencing anxiety and hypertension. In addition, backward bends, head stands and plough poses are also very helpful for those that can integrate these slightly more advanced asanas in their practice.
For those looking for more advanced tips, I’d recommend acupuncture. Acupuncture is proven to be a great stress reliever, and could help you let go of the urge to control all moments of your life. A large portion of anxiety management and wellness is allowing yourself to have the time to let go of the things you cannot control, and to feel more free in your daily life.
Today’s Challenge: Do one thing that makes you feel relaxed. Post a photo using #21DaysOfMe to show us.
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Uma, a line of 100 percent natural and organic beauty and wellness oils, is Shrankhla’s foray into introducing the most authentic, straight-from-the-source Ayurveda and Aromatherapy practices and solutions to the discerning consumer, in a luxurious, easy-to-use and education-focused manner. All of Uma’s organic oils are farmed, extracted and formulated in small batches entirely at Shrankhla’s family estate in India, guaranteeing unmatched purity and formulation expertise that preserves generations of artisanal craftsmanship.
ABOUT SHRANKHLA HOLECEK, FOUNDER & CEO
Shrankhla Holecek is a long-time Ayurvedic expert who educates on Ayurvedic traditions with contemporary sensibility and advises audiences on the addressing the most pressing modern-day challenges in today’s cluttered beauty space.
A lifelong vegetarian, yogi and natural-medicine practitioner, Shrankhla grew up in India with a strong foundation in the ancient science of Ayurveda. Shrankhla brings over 15 years of extensive training and understanding in the therapeutic benefits of botanicals, especially as they apply to Ayurveda. She hails from a family of generational veterans who have mastered the craft of organic essential oil production and have supplied some of the world’s leading luxury beauty brands for decades.