Stressed Out?? Simple tips to help you feel calm February 03 2013

I spent this afternoon at Teatown Nature Reservation listening to an amazing woman, Joan Gussow read some excerpts from her new book.  Joan, at the age of 83, still grows all of her food on her land. Afterwards I spent some time walking around Wild Flower Island at Teatown, one of my favorite places to go to de-stress.  Even in the dead of winter when nothing looks like its growing, there is life. Tips to help you feel a sense of calm while all around you is chaos.
  1. Below you'll see a video I took of  a small stream at Teatown.  Just listen to it (about 30 seconds)  take a deep breath in and allow the sounds to wash away the stress in your body
  2. Always remember your breath.  Just taking a deep breath all the way down into your belly will allow you to stay centered.  Try this when you feel as if you're coming undone.
  3. Get into a hot bath with a cup of Epsom salts (and maybe a few drops of lavender essential oil.  It could even be a foot bath.  The magnesium in the Epsom salts will allow your body to relax.
  4. Drink a soothing cup of herb tea.  I love a relaxing cup of linden or oatstraw to take my stress symptoms away.