For instant calm, Weed suggests one or more of the following simple
calming exercises, herbal allies, or movements, and can give you more
details on how and why they work:
yourself: Curl up in a fetal position (on your side with keens drawn
up), breathe deeply, and hum. You may want to rock back and forth.
Concentrate on what feelings want to emerge. Do not be surprised if
grief is what you are really feeling.
your eyes: Look at anything, steadily, with concentration, and breathe
deeply. Feel a warmth in your upper abdomen; breathe; focus.
an image of safety: Imagine a huge image of safety, such as a cowrie
shell, the palm of Buddha or Christ, a giant mothers lap, or
a cloud of pink light. Surround the object of your anxiety with this
image. Fear locks up movement and speech; a clear visualization can
an herbal calmative: Tincture of red clover is a profound relaxer
and soothing calmative. Its salicylic acid content (similar to aspirin)
makes it an excellent pain reliever, too. Motherwort is also effective.
Motherwort is not sedating, but calming, leaving you ready for action,
not flying off the handle or bouncing off the walls. Try 10 to 20
drops as soon as you feel your nerves starting to fray or just before
a stressful event. Repeat every five minutes if needed.
yoga postures. Yoga postures, yoga breathing, and quiet, focused meditation
soothe the sympathetic nervous system instantly. Regular practice
alleviates anxiety, often permanently.