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?
Getting More Energy Naturally – 10 Tips To Move From Flat To Fantastic
Can’t be bothered? Feeling overwhelmed?
Life feels too hard? Running on empty?
Whenever, I start feeling flat for no good reason I step back and take stock. Check in if you like.
Here’s what I usually find –
- I’m being unkind to myself,
- I’m unorganised with my food and time,
- I’ve let my nourishing rituals drop off,
- I haven’t planned anything to look forward to,
- I’m focusing on what’s not there instead of what is.
Here’s 10 tips to shift from flat to fantastic real quick – Getting More Energy Naturally –
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 just 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!
3 Ways To Cut Through Mental Clutter – Today, clarity can be easy to lose, being bombarded with endless stimulus from television, you tube, podcasts, advertising, social media, radio, meetings, work.…….it is the information age. You can feel scattered and overloaded with the endless monkey brain chatter.
An easy way to explain this is, to liken our brains to computers filled with RAM for mental processing. Just like a computer, more applications you run, the slower it gets.
Our brain RAM is used for all kinds things, from thinking, recalling past events, analyzing data, to processing subconscious thoughts. The more RAM you have at your disposal, the more RAM you have to focus on your tasks at hand.
However, not all our RAM is available when we want them. At least half is occupied with mental clutter – thoughts running in the background.
5 Reasons Why Nothing Beats A Great Retreat
Ahhhh……..there is nothing like just stopping to regroup. It feels amazing.
Letting go all the “to do” lists to just breathe.
Health retreats have almost become a necessity in modern-day life, as the pressures of work and family life increase and the pace of life quickens.
Many of us choose retreats for similar reasons – to give our minds, bodies and souls a chance to recharge and regain their balance.