Bearing the same surname as the Medicine Woman played by Jane Seymour in the 90s, licensed naturopathic physician Dr. Diana Christoff Quinn is here to help us tame everyday stress.
The current president of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians and member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Quinn has her own practice in Ann Arbor, MI, called Naturopathic Women's HealthCare.
Dr Quinn says:
We all have stress in our lives, and often there is little we can do to decrease the stress load we face on a daily basis. Yet it is imperative to create space and time to decompress from the stress that builds up in the body and mind, as holding on to these tensions can quite literally make us sick. Below is a simple relaxation exercise to help let go of the stress of the day. Also helpful are meditation, guided imagery or visualization exercises, and journaling to emotionally 'decongest.'
Here are her tips for banishing daily anxiety. Try them before work, on your lunch break, when you get home in the evening or any time you need to refresh your mind and body.
Take about 15-20 minutes to do this basic but essential relaxation exercise every day, or when you feel tension in your body and mind.
Deep abdominal breathing: lying on your back, rest your hands on your belly. Take deep, regular breaths so that your hands move up and down with your belly with each breath. Take a moment to regulate your breathing so the out-breath is a beat or two longer than the in-breath.
Starting with your feet, clench your muscles tightly and hold for 30 seconds. Then relax the muscles, exhaling deeply while letting go of the tension in your body. Progressively clench and relax the following muscle groups:
Thighs and buttocks
Arms and shoulders
Neck and face
Finish the exercise with a deep abdominal breath.