By Western Health Collective
AFFECTED BY SMOKE?
If you are affected by smoke, try steam inhalation to clear out your respiratory system. Add 2 drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus to boiled water in a stable pot or bowl, put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Add 1 drop of lavender oil for its calming effect. Eucalyptus is also antimicrobial and will help reduce respiratory infections while your immune system may be low due to smoke exposure.
CLEAR BODY HEAT
Acupuncturists often use the liver channel to clear excess heat and toxicity from the body. A primary acupressure point for this is LIV2. It is located between the big and second toes, just above the webbing. Apply some pressure or pinch the webbing to help reduce eye redness and soreness, if you have a sore dry throat or if you have a sharp stabbing headache.
COPING WITH BUSHFIRE STRESS
If you are becoming distressed or overwhelmed by news of the bushfires, it helps to understand what is happening for you. Identify thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. Manage the different aspects of your body’s stress response. Practice strategies that help you to cope. This can help you to function effectively. Do things that support physical and emotional safety. Be with those who are helpful to your wellbeing. Engage in activities that promote calmness (use of alcohol and drugs can be counterproductive). Continue with your usual routine and physical activities. Explore ways to get involved with recovery of affected communities. This can help foster a sense of hope and gratitude. And be mindful of exposure to traumatic information through stories and media. It can be helpful to take a break from the news.
HERE TO HELP
The bushfires have had devastating effects on us all. They have impacted us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Seeking support in times of stress and trauma is an incredibly important life skill, that helps both you and those who are around you. Learn what helps and supports you and utilise these in times of high stress. Don’t wait until the stress is over, as stress is the leading cause of all illness and disease. Please note to see your GP if you experience:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest tightness/pain
Take care of yourselves