Section 2 – Article
A Woman's Calm -
Susan S. Weed
In her newly updated best-selling classic, New Menopausal Years The Wise
Woman Way, Susun Weed offers a number of approaches women can use to
calm jangly nerves, achieve greater overall calm, and cope on-the-spot
with stressful situations.
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
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;
an image of safety: Imagine a huge image of safety, such as a cowrie
shell, the palm of Buddha or Christ, a giant mother’s
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 unfreeze you.
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
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
event. Repeat every five minutes if needed.
yoga postures. Yoga postures, yoga breathing, and quiet, focused
the sympathetic nervous system instantly.
Regular practice alleviates anxiety, often permanently.
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