I know that I am preaching to the converted when I say chronic stress is bad for your health... but what effects does it actually have, and what can we do about it?
Stress that continues without relief can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, stomach problems, chest pains, feelings of anxiety, high blood pressure and sleeping problems to name a few. Research shows that it can make certain symptoms or diseases worse. If you have a moderate to high level of stress then it’s time to make some different choices to prevent fatigue, frustrations or overwhelm causing your body to lose energy and become ill.
Our bodies our designed from a biological and physiological perspective to handle stressors with ease. A stressor impacts us, our body responds, the stressor goes, body returns to normal. That is in a perfect world.... let's throw in a job, maybe kids and/or pets, caring for relatives, environmental issues like pollution or mould, not-so-great relationships, NEVER ENDING household chores, a to-do list that never ends, financial worries.....the list goes on. Being escalated into the "flight or fight mode" (sympathetic nervous system activation) constantly is detrimental on the body, mind and spirit. In 2020 we can add generalised anxiety and stress about the state of the world and genuine worry for the future.
Without major lifestyle change, or perhaps moving to a remote area, stress will always be a part of our lives. The difference we can make is the way we respond to it. There are many techniques, supplements, dietary and lifestyle interventions that can be made that have a huge impact of your stress response.
Yes, I know that you know it's good for you, but have you actually tried it? Have you tried and got really frustrated? Meditation is a practice that helps to heal the nervous system - read more about it HERE.
Reiki is a gentle and safe healing therapy that helps to support healthy energy flow within the body. It lowers the body's stress response by easing you into the "rest and digest" zone. The parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest phase) is what is dominant when we are feeling calm and balanced.
Flower essences are energetic medicines made with carefully selected flowers that each represent different emotions. Using these essences supports your body's own healing abilities at a deep level. They are safe and easy to use.
Infusing parts of plants in hot water is a tradition that is thousands of years old. One of the original natural remedies, herbal teas offer gentle yet effective support for nervous system support and healing.
So simple yet so powerful, moving your body daily is essential for a healthy and calm body and mind. Ensure you include movement wherever you can and that you enjoy and not punish yourself with the movement that you choose.
If 2020 has shown us anything, it is how important it is to be grateful for the little things in our life. If you are in a true state of gratitude, no negative emotions can exist alongside, for that moment at least.
If you feel like you need some support with stress management, book in with Kama for a consult at www.kamahealth.com.au