Transitions are like the ebb and flow of water or the rise and fall of our breath. Often they require a shift in gears, or perspective. With these changes, like the changes in season, we may find ourselves feeling differently in our energy, mood, sleep, appetite. For some of us, the adjustments bring out stress, as we adapt our ways.

In the process, some of our personal wellness attempts may fall into second gear or become non-existent. Our morning walks or exercise may get replaced by other responsibilities, the lunch time workouts may get forfeited, homemade food is replaced by frequent take out, and sleep may get interrupted. These daily alterations that we may begin to trim out of our life or experience, affect our level of wellness.

If you find yourself in this place, take a moment and breathe. Harvard Medical School study shows that breathing directly impacts our mood, energy and body functions. It also gives us a better chance to deal with stress by invoking a relaxation response, so that we don't continuously react to situations in a stressful way.

Deep breathing, also called diaphragmatic breathing brings even greater health benefits. On the most basic physiological level, it produces more oxygen into the bloodstream, which increases organ and system efficiency.

Deep breathing involves inhaling from the nose, letting the lungs fill with air and allowing the belly to rise before we exhale slowly from the mouth or nose. Deep breathing may seem unnatural or unattractive. However it is highly beneficial to attaining a state of relaxation, not to mention calming our minds, hearts and lowering blood pressure!

Incorporate deep breathing into a daily relaxation routine that you will stick to once or twice per day, even if it is for ten minute intervals. The other portion of your routine could be yoga, meditation, creative visualization or positive affirmations. You will be amazed at the subtle changes.

If you find the symptoms of stress are getting worse, you may want to consult with a Homeopath and or seek counselling. Homeopathic medicines are naturally derived substances that are carefully selected by a trained homeopath to meet your specific needs. Homeopathy can effectively release the energy blocks and help you attain cure. An in-depth consultation with a Homeopath will involve assessing your life in a holistic way, taking into account your symptoms, lifestyle, regimen and unique characteristics. After all, each of us express ourselves differently - even in how we may experience transitions.

Through a comprehensive session, the Homeopath will arrive at a remedy that bests suits your overall picture. The remedy works holistically to stimulate a positive response and to release the energetic blocks that are weakening your overall system. The remedies are safe to take and are gentle and effective, without side effects. Often and depending on your situation, one to four sessions will significantly improve your state.

In addition, counselling will help you to unravel the reasons behind your behaviours and thoughts and introduce positive coping skills. An effective therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This evidence-based model is particularly helpful in addressing stress, by examining the interrelationship between our thoughts, behaviours and feelings. The approach is effective because it can be relatively short, direct, depending on the conditions, therefore making it a practical therapeutic model.

Sherry Essnaasahari is a Wellness Consultant, Registered Homeopath, Therapist and Reflexologist, practicing at multiple locations. She is currently accepting new clients. Please contact her directly at 647-385-5433 or for questions or to book your appointment.