Written by Jennifer McGregor
Life is chaotic. Unfortunately, this is the reality of living in a fast-paced world. Often, it can feel
like you’re running on all cylinders, racing against time to work your way through that daily to-do
list. But even amid life’s whirlwind, it’s possible to enjoy moments of tranquility. Somatic
therapies and mind-body practices can help you restore balance to your life and release mental
health issues that may be holding you back from achieving your goals.
Explore Somatic Therapies
Somatic therapy is a special type of mental health therapy focused on the mind-body
connection. This form of therapy employs numerous techniques, including breath work,
massage, visualization, grounding, and meditation, to help patients develop an awareness of
the connection between their bodily sensations and what’s going on in the mind. Very well Mind
explains that thanks to its focus on grounding and mindfulness, somatic therapy has been
shown to be effective for PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Explore somatic therapies, such as an Integrative Zen massage from Tranquil Therapy, to release feelings of
anxiety and bring calm to your life.
Manage Your Caffeine Consumption
Is your sleep quality lacking? Unfortunately, sleep issues are all too common, affecting nearly
70 million adults in the United States. If you’re struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep during the
night, your coffee habits could be a contributing culprit. Did you know that drinking coffee less
than 8 hours before you go to bed can negatively affect your sleep? Even if you have no
problem falling asleep after a cup of coffee, caffeine can reduce the amount of slow-wave sleep
you get, which is critical to feeling refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
Try to restrict your caffeine consumption to the morning. You can turn to online resources to
determine the caffeine content of different beverages, including espresso beverages containing
several shots. For example, there are a whopping 194 milligrams of caffeine in three shots of
espresso, so avoid these energizing drinks if you want to get a good night’s sleep.
Seek a Flow State
Have you experienced a flow state when working on a project or hobby? As Headspace
explains, a flow state occurs when you are deeply focused and completely immersed in
something. To achieve a flow state, a task must be challenging enough to keep you engaged
but not so challenging that it becomes frustrating. It also needs to be enjoyable and, ideally,
something you are good at. Achieving a flow state is incredibly rewarding and can provide a
significant break from the stress of daily life.
Learning often produces a flow state as long as you are genuinely interested in what you’re
learning and feel a sense of control over your education. Consider enrolling in an online
program in your field of interest. For example, you could pursue a degree in nursing and
healthcare to enhance knowledge and skills in patient care management and open up new
Practice Grounding Exercises
Grounding techniques can help you ease anxiety and bring more calm to your life. These
grounding techniques aim to reconnect you with your surroundings, diverting your focus from
whatever it is that’s causing distress at the moment. Focusing on your five senses is a great
way to practice grounding. Name things you can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste. Deep
breathing exercises can also be helpful. Look up how-to videos for deep breathing exercises
such as square breathing or 4-7-8 breathing to help calm your nervous system in stressful
situations. Taking your shoes off and feeling your feet on the cool grass is another great way to
Trying something new
If you feel like the demands of daily life are pulling you in all directions at once, it’s time to
pursue activities and techniques that provide a sense of calm. Embrace the connection between
your body and mind by exploring somatic therapies, reducing caffeine consumption for restful
nights, and seeking the elusive flow state in your educational pursuits. Let these practices guide
you to a more harmonious life!
Are you ready to relieve anxiety? Tranquil Therapy offers a range of custom massage
treatments to meet your individual needs. Schedule your massage today and check out our other guest posts.