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It’s not the load that breaks you down, but the way you carry it.

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………. and what you need to know about stress.

Doesn’t this beautiful picture evoke a sense of calm. The world seems to really crave peace and tranquility but it sometimes appears to be like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In sight, but practically unobtainable.

A sense of stillness within allows the body in it’s infinite wisdom to be healthy, adaptable and resilient.

I meet and receive many emails from people suffering from chronic stress but stress can sometimes creep in the back door and not seem like stress as we know it. We think of broken relationships, illness in a family, moving house, job worries, which of course can be extremely stressful, but often stress can be an insidious part of your life.

Worry, irritation, discontent, ingratitude, jealousy and resentment are all negative emotions that cause the same reactions in the body. They are a low grade, depleting stress, seemingly innocuous but actually quite damaging.

The limbic system in the brain control emotions and what you think has a direct affect on the hypothalmus, which directly affects hormones and the immune system.

Remember – your emotions directly effect your health.

YOU REALLY ARE WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE – think good thoughts

 
Chronic stress –
  • Increases inflammation in arthritis and other inflammatory health issues
  • Weakens immunity
  • Causes poor concentration, brain fog and mental exhaustion
  • Prevents the thyroid from working effectively, inhibiting the release of the thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland
  • Increases risk of cancer and other diseases
  • Causes insulin resistance, worsening diabetes or even triggering a diabetic state

  • It’s not the load that breaks you down, but the way you carry it.
    Fortunately we have ‘adaptogens’. Natural agents that decrease the over production of cortisol, protect the adrenal glands, alleviate anxiety and depression and support the immune system.
    Which is the right adaptogen for you?
    • Calming
    • Improves sleep
    • Supports the thyroid
    • Supports the adrenals
    • Reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
    • Reduces stress induced high blood pressure

    Holy Basil

    • Improves energy and reduces fatigue
    • Improves mood and alleviates depression
    • Balances blood sugar
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • May help nicotine withdrawal

    Rhodiola Rosea

    • Reduces irritability and anxiety
    • Improves mental and physical stamina
    • Boosts immunity
    • Often used for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
    • Beneficial for poor appetite
    • Helpful for chronic stress headaches


    It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus

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