“Do you ever switch off?” my flatmate asked me a few months ago.
The question took me by surprise, but the answer (truthfully) was no.
I'm a chronic overthinker, but isn't an overactive mind just part of being an adult? I'm constantly thinking about anything and everything, from the smallest interaction I had with a stranger, down to my never-ending to-do list.
It wasn't until recently when I was asked to rate my stress and energy levels before a skin treatment that I realised my inability to switch off was having a negative effect on my stress levels, sleep and general wellbeing.
For this reason, the facialist - Murad's Global Educator Katy Bacon - suggested we try ear seeding.
Um... what are ear seeds, you ask? Yep, that was my initial reaction too.
Here's everything you need to know about ear seeds, ear seed benefits and whether I found my ear seeds helpful in reducing stress.
What Are Ear Seeds?
Ever heard of acupuncture? Ear seeds work similarly, but without any needles, devices or gadgets in sight.
Rather, small beads or studs that look like dainty earrings are placed on various acupressure points in your ear to ensure your Qi (energy) is in balance.
Ear seeding, clinically referred to auriculotherapy or auricular acupuncture, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice. The methodology behind ear seeding is that within the ear is a tiny map of the human body that acts like a switchboard. By stimulating different points using ear seeds, it may help balance the corresponding organ or organ system.