Category Archives for "Stress"
By: Janet Lee – Consumer Reports :: June 5, 2017
Whether acute or chronic, stress can affect you physically, changing your hormone levels and activating your body’s inflammatory response.
“There’s evidence that people under chronic stress are more susceptible to the common cold and flu, and are at greater risk of developing depression and coronary heart disease,” says Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Under long-term stress, many of your body’s physical systems do not respond normally.”
And though older adults usually report less stress than younger ones—thanks to years of experience in developing coping strategies—age may make us more susceptible to the negative health effects of chronic stress.
This article shares 7 simple and highly effective ways to better manage stress levels including controlled breathing, practicing mindfulness, strong interpersonal relationships, connecting with nature, better sleep and taking more technology breaks.
Link to full article: https://www.consumerreports.org/mental-health/ways-tomanage-stress/
Most people are unaware of their belief systems and innate values and this is what often leads to depression, anger, etc.
Most of our modern world’s dissatisfaction, depression, anger and irritability comes from a mismatch between our core values and our beliefs
Most people have belief systems based on advertising and marketing.
Most people believe how they feel is random chance and believe they can not choose for themselves.
Think Well, Be Well.
I first encountered the concept of Fixed and Growth mindsets thanks to Todd Herman, a performance expert (in business and sport).
Todd called these ‘Oww’ and ‘Wow’.
More on Brain Chemistry:
Here’s some cool graphics for summary:
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“By 2020 depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
– The global burden of disease, Cambridge, Murray and Lopez
Here are my notes for the above video on chronic depression:
Psychoneuroimmunology – goes both ways
3 months – therapy, drugs
Inflamed brain feels no pain! Not like a muscle or a joint – signals with psychiatric symptoms
Inositol 4g x3 /day for 4 weeks
ECGC – green tea extract
Diet – sugar!
You Are Enough
Brain Based Wellness
Boost DHEA, serotonin, GABA, melatonin and beta-endorphins – the hormones that are the brain’s defence against stress.
Restore the body’s natural pH balance
Rid the body of toxins
Balance the immune system
The neurochemicals in the limbic system mediate all of one’s feelings and emotions.
A direct connection exists between the nocioceptive reflexes at every level of the spine and the limbic system. Every spinal level has an intimate relationship with the proper functioning of the limbic system. [Blum and Holder 1997]
And other relevant blog posts:
If you would like help implementing any nutritional strategies then you can book a consultation, either in person, or if you are not local, via phone or skype: 01707 662 704
What is Your Action Motivator?
A Happy, Beautiful, New Year To You.
Have you already made plans to make 2016 your best year yet?
And if not, why not?
Have you got any goals? Anything you have been meaning to achieve but have not yet?
Whatever your goal it’ll be easier with Optimal Health.
…and achieving your goals will be even easier if you know your ‘Action Motivator’.
If you don’t know what that is, then stop whatever you are doing and get this figured out first.
Your Action Motivator is the simplified version of your Big Why!
Your Big Why is the reason you get up in the morning to do ‘stuff’.
The reason why you get up and go to work. And I’m not talking about the money – it’s what you plan to do with the money. So it could be to have exotic holidays, buy your spouse fantastic gifts, educate your children, full fill your charitable mission, buy a new Porsche, etc etc. Your action motivator is everything boiled down to a word or two, or at most a phrase.
You can probably guess my action motivator. Simply the word ‘Health’. Everything I do comes back to it. Does it help improve the health of my family? My own health? The health of my patients? My friends? My community? The Planet?
You do have different specific Action Motivators too. For instance at the moment I am planning to go on a detox with my wife – and although there is the health aspect there is also the very real and vein reason I want to have the body of Hollywood star, just to prove that I can do it.
So what is your Action Motivator?
If you have a goal revolving around health then I have more for you on my New Year message video.
In it I reveal the 4 main causes of 90% of modern disease. 4 things that no matter how old, young, fit or sick you are, if you take care of them you WILL improve.
So to kick start your health this year :
As a brief summary, the 4 main causes of ill health (the ‘Deadly Quartet’ are
If you are ready for change, and ready for action then at Body In Balance we aim to inspire you to be well and live better, in body mind and spirit by showing you ways to combat the Deadly Quartet daily. (some are easy, some are fun, and some are even delicious.)
If you are under a great deal of stress use these acupressure points I demonstrate on my young volunteer Eric on a regular basis.
They are also useful if you have just suffered a shock or physical stress – like a whiplash or a fall. These acupressure points are not a substitute for professional help, but they can help relieve some of the mental anxiety and pain.
Use them and please vote for Eric on Youtube (you’ll know what I mean when you watch.
This is a great interview with one of my nutrition and chiropractic guru’s – Dr Bob Rakowski.
I am lucky enough to count Dr Bob as a friend now, and so if I get tough cases, I can give him a call. This is good for you to.
In this interview he shares great tips about beating stress and generally getting in shape.
If you want to try the 7 Day Detox Program that Dr Rakowski recommended for the Olympic Athletes he mentioned in the video, then call us on 01707 662 704. depending on your condition there are 4 different versions, so it’s important to asses you first for best results.
Learn about Dr Rakowski’s favourite supplement (now also mine) as it helps beat stress, fight fat, improve sleep and give you more energy! – Read my 30 Day Challenge blog post
Stress, just like smoking or overeating, is a bad habit.
Not all stress can be avoided, but how you react to any stressful situation can be changed. You can start right now by following some simple advice I learned a long time ago. This habit, along with others I have developed means that when BIG stress hits I remain focused on what needs to be done.
Learning to stay focused on what really matters as opposed to focusing on ‘stressful’ thoughts is not a constructive survival habit.
Watch the video and let me know what you think.
If you use this technique for a few minutes at the beginning and the end of every day, for 30 days, you will notice a big change in your habitual thinking.