Can Salt Lamps Help With Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common, debilitating mental health condition that may affect as many as one in ten adults in Great Britain at some point throughout their lives. Characterised by a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including a fast heartbeat, hyperventilation, tingling sensations, feelings of doom, and intense fear or worry, people who experience anxiety try many different methods to help control their symptoms and promote a feeling of calm throughout their bodies.

If you think that you might be experiencing anxiety, seeking professional help is the first step toward healing. Therapies like NLP, CBT, Hypnotherapy, and others can help retrain your brain to think in a different way. You’ll also benefit from exercise, such as walking or cycling, and spending time outdoors. Meditation, tai chi, yoga, and other mind-body activities have been shown to have a powerful impact on mental health, too. You might even find benefit from certain plants, teas, and essential oils, such as camomile or lavender.

After speaking with your GP or mental health care professional, take the time to research and explore what could make a difference for your anxiety along with your health care provider’s suggestions. While every person is different, one extra thing that many people have found particularly soothing to have in their homes is a Himalayan salt lamp.

How Do Salt Lamps Help Anxiety?

Himalayan salt lamps have been said to help with everything from allergies and asthma to mental health conditions like anxiety. These salt lamps help pull moisture and positive ions — produced from things like pollution and mould, they aren’t really as positive as they sound — out of the air by releasing negative ions. Negative ions are readily available in nature, from mountain tops to oceans, and they purify the air. There is research to show that they might help increase serotonin in the brain, promoting that  feeling of calm within the body. Negative ions keep us feeling healthy.

Of course, Himalayan salt lamps don’t only help anxiety through the release of negative ions. These lamps are also, quite simply, beautiful to see and experience. Their warm, amber glow helps create an ambiance that encourages a state of relaxation. You can curl up next to your salt lamp after an at-home spa day or tai chi session. They are also great mindfulness tools, as you can focus your mind on the orange hue when meditating. They are also reminiscent of nature, which is naturally soothing to us as human beings. You may not be able to travel to a salt cave, but you can place a salt lamp at your bedside. Himalayan salt lamps soothe in more ways than one.

Choosing Your Salt Lamp

When it comes to selecting a salt lamp to help you on your journey to wellness, you’ll want to make sure that your lamp is genuine. Sadly, due to the popularity of these lamps, there are many imitations. A true, authentic Himalayan salt lamp is made of salt, not plastic or another material, and these lamps are fragile. They are extremely easy to chip, because they are made of pure salt. They also give off a light that is soft and gentle, not bright and harsh like other lamps on the market. And, since they draw moisture from the air, real Himalayan salt lamps are known to “sweat,” or become damp during use, particularly when the air is warm.

This authentic Himalayan salt lamp from Levoit is highly reviewed, has a 2-year warranty in case your lamp chips, and is from Pakistan, the origin of most of the authentic Himalayan salt lamps. This is a wonderful lamp that you can feel confident adding to your home in hopes of helping to clear your air and your mind.

Alleviating Anxiety as Naturally as Possible

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What Is Tai Chi and How Can It Help Your Mental Wellness?

In our stressful world, we regularly hear about activities like meditation and yoga to help us calm and centre ourselves. While both of these offer countless benefits, we can’t forget about the life changing art of Tai Chi for our mental and physical health.

Often referred to as “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi Chuan is unique in that it is both meditative and an ancient Chinese martial art. Just as in yoga, there are several styles of Tai Chi, with some styles more focused on Tai Chi as a martial art and others more focused on Tai Chi as a renewing exercise for stress reduction and health. However, regardless of the style chosen, with Tai Chi, you work your muscles and your mind.

The  slow, constantly flowing, mindful movements and deep breaths that are characteristic of Tai Chi have been shown to improve memory, lower blood pressure, reduce balance and coordination problems, strengthen the body, and provide extremely strong mental health benefits.

How Tai Chi Boosts Mental Wellness

Recent and past scientific studies looking into the medical benefits of Tai Chi have found powerful results. Researchers, taking a closer look at these many studies, explained that Tai Chi offers just the right combination of body awareness, breathing, mindfulness, and movement that can contribute to healing. They also found that Tai Chi resulted in better self-esteem along with lowered stress and improvement in mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Tai Chi even made a difference for mood disorders.

The especially great thing about Tai Chi is that, unlike other activities requiring movement, Tai Chi movements are never forced, making them suitable for anyone at any age or fitness level. In fact, Tai Chi has actually been shown to reduce falls in the elderly, improve bone density, and contribute to a sense of happiness and purpose. This is a low-impact art form and exercise that is truly accessible to everyone.

Is Tai Chi Right for You? Try a Class!

Attending a class with a qualified instructor will help you learn the proper techniques of Tai Chi, so that you can practise the art on your own throughout stressful situations in your life and really receive the full benefits of Tai Chi. While you can watch videos or read books, there’s nothing like one-on-one instruction. Most of all, carving out time during your busy week to physically attend a Tai Chi class reminds you of the importance of focusing on yourself, the first step on your path to healing and living a calmer life.

I hold classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at three locations throughout York — Briar House on Mondays, Fulford School on Tuesdays, and Heworth Church Hall on Wednesdays. Mondays provide afternoon classes, while the Tuesday and Wednesday classes are held in the evening, allowing you to choose the class that best fits your schedule.

Wondering what to wear to a Tai Chi class? That’s the other beauty of this exercise. While you’ve undoubtedly seen the silk robes traditionally used in Tai Chi, you aren’t actually required to purchase anything specific to practise Tai Chi. Simply wearing loose clothing, so as to encourage the flow of energy, is encouraged. At some point, you may wish to purchase Tai Chi slippers for protection and support during the movements, particularly when performing Tai Chi outdoors, but others will choose to practise barefoot.

Need More Advice on Your Path to Wellness?

Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and related emotional problems also benefit greatly from my hypnotherapy and NLP services. If you have specific goals or needs that you’d like to discuss, I offer a 15-minute telephone conversation to see how I can help you reach your goals.

Mindfulness, in general, is another way to improve your mental wellness. Follow me on Facebook to see news about the upcoming release of my book on mindfulness, as well as for more tips on easing your stress and improving your wellbeing.