There have been a lot of articles written about stress, how we all suffer from it, what causes it, its effect on our bodies and what we can do to de-stress. I don’t want to re-hash old news but I would like to share with you my views on this topic from my personal experience and kinesiology knowledge.
I’m currently going through a very stressful life stage. After 15 months of searching for a new home we have bought a property (hooray!), our current home is on the market for five weeks, and keeping our house clean and ‘staged’ with a 4 and 7 year old, as well as working, has me on edge and feeling the pressure. It’s important I do something to address this now before it gets the better of me. That’s stating the obvious but I know of so many people with stressful lives who don’t actually do anything to help themselves until they completely burn out. I think it is easy to feel like a victim of stress and get caught up in the feeling of helplessness and we forget there is a lot we can do to help ourselves through it. Sadly, most people try to self medicate their stress with alcohol or drugs.
I have found with my ‘stress’ clients there are some simple lifestyle adjustments that come up regularly when I muscle test to see what they need to do after a kinesiology balance. These include:
- Going to bed earlier. Many stressed people seem to think they need to stay up later to get more done. Making a commitment to go to bed earlier can make a huge difference because it gives your poor, run down, body a chance to repair, restock and reboot. Ironically people who are stressed tend to have difficulty falling or staying asleep. The suggestions below can help with this.
- Increase exercise. This does not have to be anything fancy – simply walking three times a week for at least 30 minutes goes some way to helping you de-stress. Obviously the more you do with greater intensity the better at utilising the adrenaline your body is producing as part of the stress response.
- Meditate regularly. I know that sounds cliche but when I muscle test my clients, most have this come up as something they need to do. Meditation doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out yogi style affair. Even letting your mind get a ten minute rest, every day, is a start. There are lots of great apps to help you get in the groove of meditation e.g. Smiling Mind. If you have stress issue, try meditating just before going to sleep.
- Cut out the alcohol. Alochol does not help you deal with stress, it’s a convenient band-aid solution. I cringe when I hear people recommending alcohol as a solution to sleep problems. Alcohol actually lessens the quality of your sleep.
- Lunch breaks. When the pressure is on at work, have a lunch break. Get out of the office. Get away from your computer and the never-ending arrival of emails. I find it disturbing that so many people sit at their desk for 8 or more hours without taking decent break. There are currently a lot of research being done on the effects on health from sitting at your computer all day.
- Go out into nature. Five minutes of standing barefoot on grass, deeply breathing, can do wonders to take the edge off any nervous tension you may have. Bushwalking, ocean swims, and beach walks are even better.
- Supplementation. This suggestion could be a whole article in itself. But in short, most stressed people will benefit from Vitamin C, the key vitamin for your adrenal glands. Magnesium is great for relieving muscular tension and helping you sleep. Calcium with magnesium is an excellent combo. There are many great herbs to support your body under pressure. See a qualified kinesiologist to check on appropriate dosages and best time of day for you to take supplements. A herbalist can prescribe a formula specific to your needs.
These suggestions are so simple and they aren’t new. But a lot of people don’t do any of these when they are stressed.
Don’t wait till you crash and burn before you do something to address the stress you are feeling. Think of a car with a chipped windscreen. When you have a small you arrange for it to be fixed with some care and attention and it can be done fairly quickly and easily. Ignore the chip and it becomes a crack. At any time the crack can shatter and the car become structurally unstable.
Don’t let your chip become a crack.