Beyond prayer, which by its simplest definition is a very powerful form of meditation – there are things we can do to reduce stress and anxiety. The three "weird" things I'm going to share with you today I have personally tried for myself! And I can attest yes - although unconventional, they do work! Let me know what you think about these and if you choose to try one.
1) Listening with headphones to strange, chaotic, high pitched tones that sound absolutely terrible
2) Floating for an hour in an ultra salty tub of body-temperature water in the pitch black
Mountain Float Spa in New Paltz, New York. My experience was really positive, it helped me eliminate a five day long headache, and gave me a feeling of peace and allowed me to address some of the mental chatter that was going on. It also really increased my sensitivity to touch sound and sight over the days that followed my experience. I definitely think I'll be trying this again, because I actually fell asleep in the float chamber. Just like you don't want to fall asleep during meditation, you do miss out on some of the benefits if you're falling asleep.
For more information about floating I would highly recommend this book: The Book of Floating - Exploring the Private Sea
3) Tapping with your fingers all over your face while talking aloud about the things that bother you
This method called "EFT" is becoming more and more mainstream. Have you ever seen someone rub their temples in frustration or because they have a headache? What they're really doing is using pressure points to relieve tension from the nervous system. Just as that has some benefit, Tapping greatly increases these benefits by using pressure points all over the face sometimes even on the test and sides to achieve similar results. The differences that topic is for emotional pain.
I have personally used this method and found it to be really helpful actually! I'm auctually not sure exactly why it works… But it does! There are lots of videos on YouTube about how to do this but I personally recommend the one from Marie Forleo interviewing Nick Ortner, author of the book The Tapping Solution which I've linked to here!
I hope that this post helped you. Remember that prayer is going to help your internal dialogue and your dialogue with God to make lasting change even if it isn't immediately perceivable. Meanwhile, as humans we will continue to uncover new and interesting ways to reduce stress in our physical and emotional world.
Never stop learning growing and reaching.
Written with love,