Are You Suffering From Sensory Overload?

Are You Suffering From Sensory Overload?

Think back over your day so far. How much of it was spent in silence? As in no pumping background music, no chit chat, no incessant mental chatter in your head or a blazing podcast on your headphones. When were you last in the moment, with the wind on your face appreciating what is with no judgement and feeling truly grateful for the magic of life.

Chances are it’s been a while. It’s a common predicament these days. Often seconds after our alarm goes off, bang we are deep into social media feeds. Listening to music on our commute to work, watching videos at lunch, listening to podcasts on the way home, watching TV during dinner.

Sound familiar? The average person is often deprived of mental and physical silence. We are over-stimulated by a constant bombardment on all our sensory organs. It is the era of sensory overload!


Practice Belly or Diaphragmatic Breathing

Practice Belly or Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing – What could be more natural than breathing? It may sound surprising, but most people don’t know how to breathe.

Which is a shame because proper breathing can do wonders for stress and digestion.

Not only that but breathing incorrectly can produce tension and lead to exhaustion.

The truth (unfortunately) is that most of us are shallow breathers.

This is a problem because shallow breathing leads to poor oxygenation of our blood (breathing oxygenates every cell of our body).
Poor oxygenation means that our body is not able to function optimally – everything from our muscles to our metabolism.
Therefore, the easiest way to get more oxygen into your body and in every cell of your body is… to breathe properly!
Proper breathing dramatically increases exercise endurance and mental clarity elevates your mood and helps the body detoxify more efficiently.
For those of you who have practiced yoga, you’ll know that there are many ways of breathing – I’m going to focus on diaphragmatic breathing.
Diaphragmatic breathing, or deep breathing is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located horizontally between the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity. Air enters the lungs and the chest rises and the belly expands during this type of breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing is also known scientifically as eupnea, which is a natural and relaxed form of breathing in all mammals. Eupnea occurs in mammals whenever they are in a state of relaxation, i.e. when there is no clear and present danger in their environment. –Wikipedia


Holistic Health and Wellbeing

Holistic Health and Wellbeing


Naturopathy offers a holistic approach to health care
Holistic medicine is a mode of healing that addresses the entire person including physical ailments as well as any mental or emotional issues. A naturopath offers treatment that focuses on the root cause of the illness rather than just the overt symptoms. After identifying this cause, the illness will less likely return once treatment has stopped.  – Wellbeing

Spiritual health and well-being are important components of overall health.

You can not achieve truly optimal health through physical health alone.

Spiritual practices need not have anything to do with religion – any activity that makes you feel more alive, more connected to others and to nature, less isolated, and more comfortable with change can be beneficial to your mental and physical health.

Here are eight ways to help enhance spiritual health and well-being. These are lifestyle practices that everyone can incorporate in order to age gracefully and fully enjoy the benefits of life. Each day, try to do the following as a way to connect with the elements around and within you.

1.Holistic Health and Wellbeing – Pay attention to your breath. Breath is our link to our life force that circulates through us and connects us. Try the “4-7-8 Breath” breathing. Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts & breathe out for 8 counts. If you can’t manage this at first build up to it.

2.Connect with nature. Try walking or sitting in a natural setting, whether a nature reserve, your garden or a city park. Allow yourself to slow down, drop your usual routines, and absorb the influence of nature.

3.Create a list of people in your life who make you feel more alive, happy, and optimistic. Make an effort to spend more time with them. Our spiritual selves resonate with others, and that connection is healing.

4.Bring flowers into your home and enjoy them.

5.Listen to music that you find inspiring, energising and uplifting.

6.Admire a work of art that brings joy to your heart – a drawing, picture, painting or sculpture

7.Reach out and try to resume connection with someone from whom you are estranged; practice forgiveness.

8.Do some sort of service work. Give some of your time and energy to help others. The possibilities are endless.

Do you need some help with Holistic Health and Wellbeing? Get in touch today!


What’s the biggest thing mucking up our immune system?

What’s the biggest thing mucking up our immune system?

Stress. No big surprises here!

We’ve all lived it…..that cold sore, sore throat or flu after a big stress challenge.

Many of my autoimmune condition clients have noticed their health declining during a stressful life event.

Research has confirmed this stress-autoimmune connection. A 2001 study found that autoimmune thyroid patients had more stressful life events before their diagnosis compared to control groups. And a 2012 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine found that childhood traumatic stress increased the likelihood of being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease later in life.

Undeniably chronic stress is deeply ingrained and entrenched in our busy, modern world. Few escape it.

In fact, if you looked around at most of the population, you’d think that being stressed, anxious, depressed, irritable, addicted to caffeine and craving salty or sugary foods was normal human behaviour. But just because something is common doesn’t make it normal.

A recent Harvard and Stanford study suggests that work-related stress is as detrimental to your health as secondhand smoke!

Did you know over 75% doctor’s visits are stress related, yet only 3% doctor’s visits include a discussion on how to reduce stress?