Need help feeling a bit more human?

We are surrounded by negative news, death tolls, isolation, illness and so much more at the moment. Maybe you were hoping that as lock-down eased you’d feel better and are wondering why that hasn’t happened yet?

With everything going on in the world at the moment it’s understandable to still feel a bit disconnected. We are having to make so many changes to our way of life so quickly that it’s hard to grasp it all.

Luckily there is plenty you can do to positively engage with life and feel a bit more human again. And we’re going to help you with that..

Getting outside

There are hundreds and hundreds of studies that all prove how good getting outside is for you. Mental and physical healing happens more quickly outdoors and your brain works can process more too. Even a short amount of time outdoors and engaging with nature can make a difference.

To get the most of your time outside why not try some Forest Bathing or Fresh Air Fridays

Mindfulness

Being more mindful and in the moment is perfect for engaging more with life and feeling more like yourself again. It turns down all that background noise your brain makes that can be distracting or worse than that – anxious. Mindfulness might be just what you need to help you feel more human again.

Someone to talk to

We all know that bottling things up doesn’t help but sometimes it’s feels so hard to get the words out. Perhaps you’re worrying about overloading friends when they also have lots of things going on in their lives?

That’s why talking to a therapist can be so useful. It gives you a safe space to talk about whatever you need to with trained professionals who are trained to cope with whatever the session brings. They can teach you coping mechanisms to help you feel more resilient to whatever life throws your way as well as helping you to heal from past experiences.

Coaching is particularly good at helping you move forward, get some clarity on what you want and then achieve your goals. EFT is amazing for processing trauma and developing coping mechanisms but also good for things like boosting your energy levels and reducing anxiety.

Work on the physical

It’s hard to feel like yourself when you have are suffering physically with pain or discomfort. Don’t put off treating these issues if you’re struggling. There is almost always something you can do to improve tings and your quality of life.

If you are having some digestive issues give abdominal massage a try. You also learn how to do the massage on yourself in a session so it’s great for healing.

For back pain or injuries, sports and remedial massage can make a huge difference. Good circulation is crucial for healing and massage makes a huge difference to that.

Acupuncture, Reiki, Reflexology and Kinesiology are particularly versatile therapies for a wide range of physical (as well as emotional) issues. They can target specific areas but also work at getting to the root of the problem and increase your body’s overall healing ability.

Bowen therapy is another great way to treat physical problems. It works in a very gentle way with rolling movements on stress points giving the body plenty time to adjust to the treatment. If you are quite sensitve to having physical work done on you this might be the perfect solution.

Lower the stress levels

Stress is often the biggest factor in our lives that leaves us feeling less than we’d like and it affects so many of us these days. Don’t think you have to live with it. Pretty much all the therapies mentioned above will help relieve stress or you could consider aromatherapy massage, indian head massage or sound healing.

If you’re pregnant, we recommend you check out hypnobirthing or pregnancy yoga. These fantastic classes not only help with stress but often make pregnancy and labour easier too.

Taking time out for you really can make all the difference. Schedule some me-time today as an essential form of self-nurture.

Kindness

Kindness to others is guaranteed to help you feel more human. Even small actions such as a smile or friendly “hello” to the person on the checkout can lift both your own spirits as well as the person you’re directing .

If you’ve been feeling the disconnect reach out and try something new today and feel more like yourself again. You deserve it. There’s some great ideas on the website Random Acts of Kindness.

And if you’ve enjoyed this blog, we’d really appreciate it if you’d leave us a comment below – let us know if this article has helped you in some way or share your own tips for how to help yourself and others feel more human again.

Thank you!

Newbury Wellbeing
 

Newbury Wellbeing is an online resource for the local community with a directory of practitioners offering complementary therapies and wellness classes, courses and events in the area in and around Newbury, Berkshire. Run by Jo Medhurst and Claire Bushell, we send out a bi-monthly e-newsletter, Newbury Wellbeing Matters, and regularly post articles packed with wellbeing tips on our blog and social media platforms.

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