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10 Ways to Cope with Anxiety and Stress

We all have things that trigger feelings of anxiety and stress. Some are small and insignificant, such as being stuck in traffic, and others are life disrupters that turn our world upside down. The one thing that’s certain is that trying to avoid those things that stress us is like trying to walk in between the raindrops in a thunderstorm.

The world we live in is only getting more complex. We are surrounded by choices. From the close to 100,000 drink combinations at Starbucks to the 27 apps on a typical smart phone. At times it seems that our ability to innovate has exceeded our ability to cope with innovation. It’s simply overwhelming.

Its’ no wonder that prescriptions for anti-anxiety meds have increased by 50% in the last 20 years.

Mobile technology isn’t helping any of this.

  • 50 percent of us check our e-mail or text messages before getting out of bed in the morning.
  • 60 percent of us sleep with our mobile devices in or near our bed (up to 79 percent for those under age fifty).
  • 30 percent of millennials actually sleep with their smart phone “in” their bed.
  • We spend on average of 5.5 hours on mobile devices daily, however 40 percent of 22-32 year-olds spend more than 13 thirteen hours a day on their mobile device!

It’s all pointing to the inevitable conclusion that we live in a world whose complexity, uncertainty, and volatility is increasing faster than our ability to cope. When the context of change exceeds your ability to cope it creates stress.

Since we’re clearly not going to slow down the overall rate of change in the world, there are only two ways to reduce stress. You either have to avoid the triggers or learn to better cope with them. Notice that I didn’t say you had to adapt to the change. The greatest myth we perpetrate in modern society is that we have a mandate to adapt and accept every change. While that sounds very progressive, it can actually create even more stress because now you are not only anxious about the change but you’re also setting a high bar that you have to hurdle by adapting to something your body and mind really do not like, which in turn creates even more stress.

The fact is that not all change is good change that contributes value and quality to our lives. Take my earlier example of driving in traffic. If I could show you a way to get to your destination that is faster, more pleasant, more scenic, and which contributes something positive to your life wouldn’t you choose that over adapting to the traffic?

Although we don’t like to admit it, that’s the way most stress works. We choose to stay in stressful situations because we actually adapt to the presence of stress and accept it as normal. That only makes stress a permanent part of your life. Chronic stress is not normal. It damages your body, dulls your mind, and depresses you emotionally. And then all of these in turn make it even harder to cope with the triggers that create the stress.

So how do you reduce stress? Here are 10 ways to start both eliminating the triggers of stress and anxiety and coping with those that you have no control over.

1) Get off of Social Media

I know, I’ve started with one of the hardest and most difficult stressors to eliminate. With smartphones we are tethered to social media like tagged wildlife. Worse yet, studies have shown that social media triggers addictive and obsessive responses in the brain. But it’s not just what social media does to your brain but also what it does to your workload. Eliminating social media is exceptionally effective at reducing the stress of not having enough time. We spend nearly 2 hours each day on social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, and exponentially more right now. What would your day feel like if you had two extra hours to do things that you really needed to do? Well, guess what? You just got those two hours. It’s up to you how you use them.

2) Take a Break

Small breaks every 15 minutes have been shown to have a tremendously positive effect on productivity and well being. The key here is to avoid falling into the trap of believing that simply bumping up against an obstacle repeatedly will cause it to give way. In many cases that’s only going to increase your stress and frustration. Imagine your car being stuck in deep snow while you just keep spinning your wheels and digging deeper and deeper into the snow making it harder and harder to get out. Instead take a step back. Clear your mind. And then revisit whatever it is you’re dealing with from a new perspective.

3) Talk it Out

Depending on what type of personality you are this may appear to be very natural or very painful. This of us who like to retreat into the confines of our own mind believe that we can somehow will our way out of just about anything by focusing hard enough without interruption. In fact the worst thing in the world you can do to me when I’m stuck and stressed is to try and talk to me. My instinct is to shut you down faster than I’d swat away an annoying fly. Yet, conversation is one of the most therapeutic forms of problem solving. Keep in mind that I’m not suggesting someone else has the answer, but that your talking it out will help you find an answer. Although I’ll admit to being the last one to take my own advice on this, I can attest that as a holistic practitioner I’ve never ceased to be amazed at how people usually figure out their own problems with nothing more than encouragement and a bit of objective perspective.

4) Take a Walk/ Workout

Cliche, right? Perhaps, but walking actually release the feel good cocktail of endorphins, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin which stimulates you brain and causes you to feel better about yourself and your situation. Again, the challenge is that we want to believe we can “deal” with the stressor and we see walking away as a loss, when the greater loss is in spending much more time than is needed or warranted trying to “figure it out.”

5) Read

This is another one of those activities that we often see as distracting us from the task at hand. Yet, I’ve found that few things stimulate my ability to think through a problem more than the simple act of reading. Sometimes I’ll stumble across a nugget of wisdom that is tangentially or even directly applicable to my challenge at hand. But most times it’s just a way to get my mind to divert from a train of thought that has been holding it hostage. We don’t want to admit how easily we can become near sighted and lose peripheral vision necessary to think creatively.

6) Write, But Don’t Judge

This is one of my favorites. Our brains are muscles. They work best when we exercise them. But they also need time to recover and rebuild. I’m convinced that moderate amounts of acute stress are a good thing. If you’re a small business owner it’s just part of your life. Yet, the periods of recovery in between the stress are critically important. One way to give your brain time to recover is to write, I’m not talking about writing anything deeply meaningful or, for that matter, even remotely interesting. Instead, my suggestion is to simply write with no judgement about what you’re writing or how you are writing it. When you’re done writing just toss it in folder of random thoughts and streams of consciousness. It’s no different than going to the gym to workout. You’re not doing anything permanent. You’re not building a stone wall when you lift weights. You’re not going anywhere on that treadmill, or exercise bike. But you do it because it has a long term impact on you. Same with writing. Just do it for 5-15 minutes — no judgment, no proofing–and see how much sharper you are

7) Take a Nap

“And just when am I supposed to do that?” you’re asking. Well, that is exactly the problem. Most of us do not get enough sleep to begin with. Short power naps are one way to improve that. According to WebMD, “Research shows longer naps help boost memory and enhance creativity. Slow-wave sleep — napping for approximately 30 to 60 minutes — is good for decision-making skills, such as memorizing vocabulary or recalling directions. Getting rapid eye movement or REM sleep, usually 60 to 90 minutes of napping, plays a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems.” Yes, I know, the guilt of daytime napping is a hard one to cope with, which may contribute its own form of stress. Then again, if you haven’t tried it you may be very pleasantly surprised at its benefits.

8) Meditate

People fall into two categories, those who meditate and those who haven’t yet. Once you do it’s amazing how drawn you will be to it whenever stress shows up. I’m not going to give you a meditation method here. You need to study it and develop your own approach to meditation What I will share is something a good friend once told me. Meditating is not about trying not to think, instead it’s about allowing your mind to wander where it will while you observe calmly and without judgment. All I can say is, try it.

9) Listen to Music

In the age of mobility it seems as though each of our lives has a soundtrack. It’s a good thing and it can help reduce stress significantly. A group of neuroscientists at Mindlab International in the U.K have come across a piece of music that they claim reduces overall anxiety by 65 percent and reduces physiological responses to anxiety by 35 percent. I’ve often found music, in general, to be a wonderful way to help my mind get into a sort of creative zone where ideas flow smoothly and that same feel-good brain cocktail gets released. After all, who among us hasn’t been caught coping with rush hour traffic by performing a bit of carpool karaoke?

10) Stop Asking “What if?”

Lastly, it’s one thing to deal with the stress of the present without adding to it the stress of the past. While there are many episodes in each of our lives that we carry forward, the worst sort of stress is the “what if” games we pay about the past. I’m going to be very blunt here. The only reason to second guess the past is because you are unhappy with where you are now. If that wasn’t the case there would be no reason to questions how you got here. So, if that’s the case what you really need to focus on is your situation right now, right here. Do that and the what if games come to an end. Don’t do it and I will guarantee you one thing. Several months or several years down the road you will say “what if” about today as well!

Will the ten ways I’ve described eliminate your stress? No. Some degree of stress is a normal response to the world we live in. If you weren’t periodically stressed you also would likely not feel much of anything else. We need the occasional thunderstorm in our lives. Most of us just don’t want to live in a perpetual monsoon.

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Our Thank you to the Front Line Staff

Sometimes all we can do is nothing and from that nothing can come something special.
As a thank you to everyone who are working tirelessly to keep us safe, warm and fed.
I would love to offer a weekend especially dedicated to you the front line staff.

I thought by putting a date to this weekend, 18th and 19th of July, it will help remind you that this will end and something kind can come out of it.
We will be offering free treatments in Reflexology, holistic massage, osteopathy, cranio-sacral therapy, facial reflexology, IET, Sports massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Bio Energy and Indian Head Massage to mention just a few.
On top of this we will be holding free classes in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Mental Health workshop, feng shui with colours and essential oils, Introduction to pilates, yoga flow classes and hopefully a lot more.
If you or someone you know is part of the amazing front line teams that are astounding me everyday and you would like to let them know that they deserve a day at our little sanctuary, then please message me here or email claire@riverholistic.ie and let me know what treatment and or class you would like to recieve.
All of my thanks and blessings.
Claire

*one treatment per person to allow as many people to receive their much deserved safe space*
*Date subject to change, but hopefully it won’t*
*Must have proof of being front line staff*

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Meditation; A Home Practice

Meditation; A Home Practice

Sunday April 28th
10:00 – 17:00
The River Room, River Holistic

Price €120

In Peace and Silence the Divine manifests. Allow nothing to disturb you 
and All will manifest.

You should not put to much effort into your ‘seeking’; into what it is 
you are truly looking for. With too much effort, or ‘trying’, a veil 
develops or thickens.

It is through allowing that All Manifests.

To quietly await in total trust is the simple secret to finding the 
sweetness!

Easy for me to type, easy enough for you to read, but how, humanly how?

The only way how is to go inward.

There is a Self in you capable of so much. The outer consciousness is 
the physical consciousness tied to human mind body limits. The inner 
consciousness is where the soul is seated and moving within and allowing 
is where you will see the magic manifest.

The Upanishad says; “in men the self existent has cut the doors of 
consciousness outward, but a few turn the eye inward and it is these who 
see and know the Spirit and develop the spiritual being. Thus to look 
into ourselves and see and enter into ourselves and live within is the 
first necessity for transformation of nature and for the Divine life.”

What happens through Meditation?
Difference in Contemplation, Concentration and Meditation!
Difficulties in Meditation!
What is True Meditation?

Just some of the topics we will cover throughout this day, along with 
time together in Meditation.

Further Information:
https://www.risespiritsoul.com/events.php

Pay Deposit €20
https://www.risespiritsoul.com/Book-Here.php

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New workshop for January

Aisling is back in January for another beautiful training course.
Just go to our workshop page to find out more.
🙌
Claire
New Moon amplified by a Solar Eclipse for New Energetic Beginnings on the first weekend of our Yin Yoga Teacher Training! January 5-6

The Moon Goddess is the Feminine energy of God and offers us the Divineness of unconditional Love, compassion, healing, mercy, and grace…
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She represents the Cosmic processes of procreation, conception and birth both literally and energetically, in the form of new human life, new projects and new purpose!

Starting something new whilst connecting with the Spiritual powers of the Moon, creates an ‘ideal birth process’!..
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Still space open if you’d like to join us
#bringbackbalance
#yinyogateachertraining
#notjustateachertraining
River Holistic Centre #dublin
January 5, 6, 26 & 27
More info link in bio Rise Spirit Soul

Sending Divine Feminine Light
#namaste

#yin #newmoon #energy #divinefeminine #sacred #spiritual #work #soulgroup #teacher #mother #feminine #power #divine #love #compassion #healing #mercy #grace #yoga #meditate #prayer #stillness #oneness #risespiritsoul

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Don’t panic just colour

When life feels like it is hitting the proverbial fan then don’t loose your proverbial reach for your colouring pencils.

Sometimes I may be sitting in front of 15 tabs open on my computer and my phone binging away with emails that need to be answered all the while preparing dinner, planning my kids weekly schedule, play dates, homework projects and run my beautiful business.

Now don’t get me wrong I love everything that I do, but sometimes it all comes in on top of me.

My go to is something that I used to do as a child, colour.

I was always doodling on anything and everything growing up, maybe it was out of boredom or even defiance against my teachers (sorry by the way Mr. Quish), but now as a semi grownup I need to do it to calm my mind.

Some of the benefits of colouring are:

Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state

Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered

Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity

Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness

Colouring can be done by anyone, not just artists or creative types

It’s a hobby that can be taken with you wherever you go

It helps you unplug. The great thing about colouring books? No technology is necessary, giving you a break from the smartphone and computer.

It’s de-stressing. Colouring can be beneficial for adults because it has a de-stressing effect. The act of colouring requires repetition and attention to detail, so you are able to focus on the activity, rather than your worries

Colouring brings out our imaginations and helps us recall childhood. For a lot of people, we had less stress as children than we do now

Anyone can do it. You don’t have to be artistic to reap colouring’s benefits. Personally, I get stressed that I’m not creative enough. Colouring takes the pressure off. The lines are already there, so you really can’t mess up. Relax, lean into it and don’t worry about it being pretty or creative enough. With colouring, there is no right or wrong

It’s inexpensive. Colouring books range from €5 to €15, and a pack of gel pens or coloured pencils will only set you back about €5. (I get mine in Deals or TXMax)

So, my advice to you in take time to sit on the floor with a hundred colouring pens around you, pick a page in a colouring book, stick your tongue out the side of your mouth in concentration and just let it all go, one picture at a time.

I would love to get a colouring class up and running once a month at the centre, just come sit on the floor and relax.  Would you be interested?

I’m off to colour now but talk soon.

Claire

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Meditation is good for your heart health

In the immensely stressful lives that we are living in the present times, it becomes imperative to include practices such as meditation and yoga in our lifestyle. Apart from reducing stress and generating immense positivity, meditation helps in keeping our heart healthy as well. People who meditate regularly are lesser prone to risks of heart attack and stroke. Meditation can produce changes in the brain activity and can also control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and release of cortisol hormone in response to stress.

What is meditation?
Meditation means awareness. Anything which is done with awareness is meditation. It is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation is referred to a stage of consciousness when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and ideas. It is considered as a practice which transforms the mind. It helps in improving concentration, helps in getting more clarity, provides emotional positivity and helps a person have a calm way of looking at the nature of things.

Engaging in meditation enables a person to learn about his/her patterns and habits of mind. It helps a person cultivate new and more positive ways of living. A nourished and positive thinking mind can further transform into extremely peaceful and energised state of mind. Inculcating the habit of meditation in your lifestyle can make you a more enlightened person personally and publically.

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Regular meditation can make you a more enlightened person

There are various kinds of meditation which provides several physiological benefits. Mindful meditation helps you focus efficiently in the present and accept it without any judgement. Guided meditation, for instance, a kind of meditation which uses mental images, helps you relax and calm down. Transcendental medication is a kind of meditation which uses repeated sounds and phrases in order to clear your mind.

These meditations need to be done for at least 10 minutes in a day in order to get physiological benefits from them.

How meditation helps your heart?
The National Institute of Mental Health states that around 19% adults experience anxiety within the past year. Around 31% adults were reported to suffer from anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime. We all experience stress in one way or the other. Excessive stress can contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, overeating and physical inactivity. All these factors contribute to increased risks of stroke and heart disease.

Mindful meditation helps in reducing both stress and anxiety. Meditating regularly gives a boost to the immunity, eases inflammation in chronic conditions and reduces pain. Those who meditate regularly experience increase in gray matter in the brain, have improved levels of focus and concentration, reduced levels of stress and more will power.

Mindful meditation, when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy can thus be considered as an effective treatment for anxiety.

We have a number of one to one therapies here at the centre from Psychotherapy , HypnotherapyAcupuncture  to name but a few.

We also a number of classes that are a perfect introduction to meditation and mindfulness along with weekly Yoga,

For a full list of our weekly classes just follow HERE… 

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April Newsletter

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the chocolate feast. If you need some detox and relaxation, you know where we are. We have so much on this April & May, I’m bursting to tell you.

It’s exam season coming up, which can be a pressurised time for both those taking exams and family members supporting them! We know, it’s like you are taking the exams too! We have lots of support to offer during much needed rest breaks, from message, reiki, reflexology to acupuncture. All available to nurture your body and soul and have you bouncing back to the study desk.

To our wonderful clients who made March a joy to be holistic therapists, we look forward to welcoming you back in April. To those who have yet to visit us, we look forward to welcoming you to your new holistic home.

For all you therapists out there who have taken a career break and want to re hone your skills, we have refresher workshops in reflexology and massage coming up in April.

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx

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OPEN DAY

Tis the season to open our doors once again to all of you lovely people.
On saturday the 2nd of December from 2pm to 5.30pm we will be holding our annual Open day.
We will have all of our amazing therapists here to have a chat with about all of your Holistic and Health needs.
We will have some free taster yoga, sound healing, pilates, meditation and many more classes on offer for you.
There will be a raffle for one of beautiful salt lamps and maybe a voucher or two.
The kettle will be on, the heat turned up high, the smiles on our faces and vouchers available to buy all in this very special day.

 


If you would like to put your name down on the invite list just email info@riverholistic.ie and we may just have a little something special for you on arrival.
See you soon,
Claire 

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October Newsletter

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky.

William Butler Yeats

River Holistic October Newsletter

Wow… this has to be one of my favorite months.  It’s a time for change and beauty, which is so fitting for us here at River Holistic.  We have transformed our centre into a beautiful tranquil space just for you.  We closed our doors for a week at the beginning of September to let our new chapter here at the Centre unfold.  We can’t wait for you to come in and experience the transformation.
We will be holding an open evening next month, so you can come in and meet the amazing team of therapists and teachers who I have the honour of calling my Holistic Family.  If you are interested in getting an exclusive invite to this then please give us a call and we will put your name down on the VIP list.  All will be revealed soon.
As always, I am so grateful to everyone for making this Centre the tranquil space it is today.
Look forward to seeing you all real soon,
Claire
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Stress Test: How stressed are you?

Stress test:

How stressed are you?

If you are used to experiencing stress then the chances are you don’t  realise the effect it’s having on you.  Use this simple test to see if you are all stressed out.

Sometimes it’s very difficult to work out whether you are suffering from the effects of stress.  If you experience the symptoms frequently enough then you’ll eventually convince yourself that all these are normal feelings, which is dangerous because you will be less likely to deal with them if you don’t see them as harmful.

Monitoring your stress:

A good way to gauge your personal stress levels is to take the test below.  If your results prove positive, however, then the last thing you should do is stress about it!  Now you realise what you’re suffering from you can now works out a plan to address the problem and look forward to a stress-free lifestyle.

Here are some initial tips on how to maintain stress-free living:

  • Manage your time better
  • Improve your communication skills so that you can express what you feel
  • Learn to say “NO”

Do you know how stressed you are?

Take this quick stress test, and check your scores below.

Responses

1: Never        2: Sometimes      3: Often      4: Always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember this is not to increase your stress levels.  This exercise is to make you aware of what you are coping with and what you need to work on.

We have many therapies and classes either here at the centre of if you can find them somewhere close to you, do.

Some Stress relievers can be:

Mindfulness and or Meditation:

By meditating, you focus your mind on one relaxing thought for a period of time.  You can focus on your own breathing, an object such as a candle flame, a sound you make or a pleasant you conjure in your mind.  Sit or lie in a quiet place in order to meditate properly.

We have a vast array of different modalities that incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques:

Mindful Yoga  Mindfulness Meditation Yoga Nidra Kundalini Yoga Breathwork Workshops Zen Drumming Circles SoundBaths Dru Yoga Yin Yoga

For further information on timetables just click on CLASSES or WORKSHOPS to find out more.

We have a multi-disciplinary team here at River Holistic Centre to suit everyone’s stress levels these include talk therapies such as Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, and hands on therapies such as Reflexology, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Bio Energy, Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Osteopathy.  This is but a few of what we have to offerat the centre to get the full list of therapies available click here: THERAPIES.

Remember we all need a bit of stress in our lives, it is what gives us the drive and determination to achieve the success we all deserve.  As long as you are in control of your stress then you are on the winning side.

Please don’t hesitate in contact us at the centre and let us help you find the right path to becoming stress free.

Claire (slightly stressed but in control)

 

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