Stress Kills! And we all know it; however we choose to get sucked in and succumb to the pressures of every day life and if we are not careful we will explode. Literally and figuratively!
This lifetime is filled with stressful events and our ability to manage stress is key. This stress management comes in many forms. Today I address the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of being stressed out! You can feel it. The blood rushing thru your ears, heart pounding, muscles tensing, like a cat ready to pounce OR be pounced upon!
That is the problem! You are just trying to get to work and are stuck in traffic. Or you are just trying to make it thru another tedious meeting with a co worker who loves to expound prolifically on all the things you already know!
These are every day stresses have become magnified so greatly that we are living at what is called the “STRESS RESPONSE.” The stress response is our bodies natural way of fighting or flighting. Usually neither are appropriate; but tell our reptilian brain that!
Our body is complete with two systems: the sympathetic and the para-sympathetic both are part of the Autonomic Nervous System. These systems dance beautifully when in balance. Something comes us and our sympathetic system kicks in and we are on the move defending our space, slapping someone’s face and moving out of that place!
The parasympathetic system is what is leading the way when we are in what is called the “RELAXATION RESPONSE.” It is in charge of digestion, and elimination. So important if we are to take in food, assimilate and keep what will nourish the body, and eliminate, get rid of all those toxins!
It is the “rest and digest” portion of our nervous system. I find that when people who are not eliminating every day they are more stressed and not digesting food properly. This leads to a whole other host of stresses for our body.
The relaxation response is how we rest fully and restore our body to balance and is the benefit of our daily practice of breath, gratitude, self love, connection, movement and nourishment.
When we are ruled by the stress response we are both tired and wired. Our adrenals begin to shut down and we can not, no matter how we try, relax and enjoy our life. We are constipated, unable to eliminate not just the byproducts of our body; but stuck in jobs we hate, relationships that don’t feed us, and soon we are wondering why our blood pressure is sky high and we are rapidly aging.
The pressures of life continue to mount and soon we are at a crisis! But fear not!! A crisis is a “dangerous opportunity” will you heed the call today to begin to feed your parasympathetic system and restore balance within and witness life getting better?
Of course we use our simple practice! Breath, gratitude, self love, connection-where we are incorporating 3-90 second breath work moments in our life-every day!
1. Increase hydration! Drink 1-liter of water for every 50lbs of weight AND don’t forget to supercharge your water with your intentions!
2. Move!! 90 seconds of movement every hour we are awake! Just stand and stretch!! You will immediately feel better!!
3. Decrease sugar and increase high quality protein!! I will devote a whole week to the Wholeness Practices which includes all about Nourishment!!
4. Take a hot Epsom salt bath every night! Make it a ritual with candles and you can use lavender oil for more relaxation. The Epsom salts are high in magnesium which is nature’s nervene. It promotes relaxation of the body and of the veins and arteries. It is impossible to get as much as we need, as we are highly deficient as a society, orally. And a bath is a great way to connect to yourself, your spouse and or your Source!
5. Switch OFF the technology at 6pm! NO more emailing, texting, or interneting!! The blue screen of our technology stimulates the sympathetic system and is devastating to our sleep cycle! If you haven’t gotten it done by 6pm leave it until tomorrow!! Enjoy the company of the people in the same house/room as you!!
6. Get to bed by 10pm!! The most beneficial sleep is between 10pm and 2am! Especially for women! We must rest, restore our hormonal balances between these times. If not our endocrine system continues to be stressed and at some point it is impossible to re balance this on our own.
7. Sleep in a dark room! No TV, no computer! Dark means dark! I use an eye mask! This helps with the distribution of Melatonin- a key component in deep, restorative sleep.
8. Practice the sympathetic/parasympathetic re-balancing technique:
And most important be kind today! To yourself and everyone else.
With Gratitude and Joy,