I recently went to a new naturopath and one of my concerns was my twitchy eye. I wondered if it was a sign of adrenal fatigue.
She had me do a relaxation technique and lo and behold, the twitching just disappeared instantly.
The conclusion – if a relaxation technique helps it go away, it’s stress related and not adrenal fatigue related.
I said “So in other words, I need to calm my ass down”. We laughed and then she said “Yes”.
Whether it’s managing a twitchy eyebrow, slowing down (or reversing!) an autoimmune disease, or stabilizing mast cells, I’m thoroughly convinced that calming my ass down has a profound impact on my health.
I am a spazz case.
I go from completely asleep to awake and in full body panic in 30 seconds flat.
The fight or flight response in my body goes off hundreds of times a day. It’s no wonder my body is attacking itself.
So through trial and error and many decades of spastic behavior, here are my top ways to calm my ass down (when I remember to do so DOH!):
- Being present.
Mindfulness is becoming mainstream more than ever and it’s a good thing. Generally our anxieties are either about what happened or what’s about to happen.
In the present moment, RIGHT NOW, those things I worry about are not happening. Everything is more or less fine RIGHT NOW. I’m alive, I’m here; those things really don’t exist here when I stop and think about it.
One of my greatest teachers of mindfulness (although he does not like the word) is Eckhart Tolle. If I’m REALLY having trouble being present because something seems so urgent or terrible or despairing, I like to find a YouTube video of one of Eckhart’s talks (and thankfully there are LOTS), and his truth speaks to my spirit and stillness sets in.
I take a specific blend of magnesium and taurate which is great for relaxing the muscles and body in general as well as being good for your heart. I take this one:
I really notice when I forget to take it. My eye twitch comes back, and generally speaking I become more anxious.
I also have heart palpitations that make an appearance in the absence of this stuff. It’s one of my must haves.
3. Going outside.
I don’t know about you, but rarely has there been a day when going outside didn’t make it better. Especially when I’m stressed out and too “in my head”.
Getting in tune with nature and the magnitude of it all helps to put things in perspective. And the fresh air helps clear my head and probably my body too.
If I’m in the middle of turmoil (whether real or inflated), going for a walk helps reset my attitude so that I can better deal with what is happening.
Going for a walk while listening to Eckhart is even better!