Your body is your vessel. Your mind is your telescope.

Kalaway Voss

Your art, your voice, your words are the beautiful constructs available to the world, available to you, as long as you have a body and have a mind. If you don’t take care of them, then how is it possible to develop and deliver the ideas and institutions you were meant for?

Stress can cripple us emotionally, mentally, physically, and energetically. It can obstruct the vision and skew our cognition. It happens often that work and stress are breathed about in the same sentence; therefore, follow this quick guide to naturally combat work related stress and maintain healthy energy. We cannot be our best bodies, our best brains while running on our reserves at the mercy of stress.

1. Hands

Your hands are one of your greatest tools and expressions. You use them every day. It is probable you take for granted that they need to be properly taken care of. Unbeknown to most of us, hands collect stress and hold energy. With three major nerves and 24 sensory branches, they are a very sensitive area of the body, receptive, too. Take a moment to think about all the things you use them for; how often they are employed. Realize in this moment that care for them is long overdue.

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In ancient Chinese medicine and acupressure practices, hands are the roadmap to the rest of the body. They hold 28 of the 304 known pressure points. By simply pressing, massaging or rolling areas in your hand using the other, stress and other ailments are able to lessen or dissipate completely. For example, rolling the finger-tips between your thumb and index finger of the other hand releases endorphins and bright energy. You will probably notice a slightly uncomfortable pressure upon first pressing, this is normal. However, practicing this small exercise can help reduce stress and change your mood almost instantly.

The image pictured is an acupressure map of the hands, please refer back to and use as needed. Give your hands the care and attention they deserve.

2. Hydration

Water is life. We are water.

Physically and mentally, water is essential to staying hydrated and helpful for proper organ function. Studies have shown there is a predominant link between drinking water and reduced stress. This is because dehydration causes an increase in the stress hormone, cortisol; while correct hydration causes an increase in serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which helps combat illnesses as severe as depression. Denying your body the fluids it requires to function healthily adds a physical stress and limits cognition. This amplifies the emotional, mental, and energetic stressors from everyday life.

In 1994, a study on the crystallization of water was conducted by Dr. Massaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist. His study was special in that it yielded astonishing results. Upon speaking both positive and negative affirmations to water, freezing the intentioned water, and then studying the crystals, a powerful pattern emerged. The water he spoke positively toward froze in beautifully symmetric snowflake-like constructs. While the negatively intentioned water showed no organization or rigid and broken fragments. He then took his experiment a step further. Without speaking, he thought toward the water. He sent both positive and negative thoughts to different samples. After repeating this experiment several times, he continuously yielded the same results as when he spoke aloud.

The human body is made up of 60-75% water.

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Water flows, so it is obvious that drinking a proper amount helps flush out toxins and waste.