People are increasingly making more of a concerted effort to take care of their physical health; gyms are hugely popular and more and more people are introducing physical activity into their every day lives. Taking care of our physical health is, in part, taking care of our minds but it doesn’t end there. We have to make a conscious effort to watch and consider our patterns of thought in ensuring we keep a positive attitude. This is done internally but there are activities we can participate in which also help our minds without having to be constantly mindful of our thoughts.
Plant and herb extracts such as lavender have been shown to improve one’s ability to sleep as well as relieving stress. The best scents to de-stress are considered to be the following: ylang ylang, sandalwood, lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. Making tea with and consuming herbs can also be very beneficial to the body as they detoxify our system. A clearer system improves our overall wellbeing as it also allows for a clearer mind.
Sudoku can take time to learn and requires mental acuity to succeed. However, it’s well worth the persistence as it has been shown to stimulate synapses, improve memory and reduce stress. Activities like Sudoku can also be useful in that they require focus which takes practice, but the focus we learn in doing Sudoka can be implemented in other areas of our life. It helps us to be more present and improves concentration. It’s also a great idea for someone looking for something to challenge their brain!
In recent blogs we have written about the benefits of acupressure for easing shoulder pain and nausea but acupressure is also great for the mind in that it helps to remove tension and stress in the head which can cause an overactive mind. By removing physical blockages in the head, acupressure allows for a clearer mind where we can have more control of our thoughts and our emotions. Acupressure has also been shown to help with sleeping difficulties and insomnia. There are even reports of people with fibromyalgia, heart disease, and cerebral palsy finding solace in acupressure to help them sleep.
Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.
Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.