Instant Calm – How To Dial Down Anxiety Immediately Via Your Ear

Instant Calm – How To Dial Down Anxiety Immediately Via Your Ear

There is an emerging avenue of therapy known as Vagus Nerve Stimulation that has incredibly broad and powerful applications. Some of the ways it’s being used is in certain types of intractable epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression and you can read more about that here if you like. But I’d like to share with you how I’ve used it to manage anxiety. On The Verge Of Panic This tip was actually given to me (and demonstrated by) an incredible physician Dr David Haase of Maxwell Clinic who specialises in several areas including brain-related disorders (anxiety being one of them!) and it was his knowledge in neuroelectrophysiology that served me well this time last year. I had the privilege of speaking at the same event as him November 2016 in Marina Del Ray California on the Gut-Brain Relationship and – after international travel, lack of sleep, several very long days (and very short nights) my nervous system was in a state of alarm. For a few days, over the course of the conference, I was in an adrenalised state and felt highly anxious. By the time the event wrapped up and we all headed out to dinner I felt like I was about to have a panic attack. It was around the restaurant table, just after we’d placed our drinks order, that I felt like I was about to lose it completely. I discreetly made my exit plans known and went to say goodbye. Dr Haase’s expertise is surpassed only by his kindness and, after explaining to him what was happening for me, he very gently asked me if I had tried stimulating my...
After Work Yoga Poses

After Work Yoga Poses

If you’re anything like me, you juggle long days at work, family and friends (and maybe kids?!), all those fun grown-up responsibilities and trying to find some time and space for yourself amongst all of that. Sometimes, when I get home from a particularly big day, I just want to collapse into a heap and snooze for a week! Fortunately that doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does I have a couple of yoga poses that I find so beneficial. They help me feel centred, calm and relaxed afterwards – and even energise me enough that I can feel like a normal human being again. So next time you come home tired and worn out, why not give one of these ago and see for yourself? Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall) This pose is incredibly rejuvenating. It’s actually one of the most powerful of all the restorative poses and so effortless. This pose can help to boost your energy and it’s also great  for grounding your energy bringing you down to earth if you’re a little bit jumpy. And as this pose is very calming, and I recommend it to my clients who are suffering from insomnia as it helps you slow down and still your mind. It’s also brilliant for lymphatic drainage so if you’re legs are swollen and heavy from standing or flying, this pose is for you! Start by holding this pose for 2-3mins and gradually build up to a longer session of 10-20mins. Instructions: Place the long edge of the yoga bolster (or one/two pillows) a couple of inches from the wall Sit to the side of a wall Press into...