Just an easy one for this month’s blog! But in all seriousness, really the main reason that people end up in front of me in my Holistic Health & Wellbeing studio is that they have a problem with relaxation. When you don’t relax and you’re in a constant state of stress your brain thinks your life is in danger and your sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) remains in charge. When your parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, be) does not get its shift being boss, certain parts of you will go on strike because they never get a break. Yep I brought this up last Blog as well (Boost your Self Confidence). I believe that the chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system is a massive health problem in the modern western world. And that was before Covid-19! A global pandemic makes it pretty darn hard for anyone to relax, even if they are normally pretty chill! It’s the lack of control and the great unknown of all aspects of our future lives, nothing able to be planned, nothing to look forward to… What happens when you don’t relax enough Well you remain in a state of freeze, fight or flight, almost permanently! This means that: your blood pressure stays up your digestive system does not work well your heart rate remains elevated blood flow to everything other than skeletal muscles
Heart Rate Variability ? I am very excited to bring you this introduction into Heart Rate Variability (HRV) because it is an amazingly simple tool that you have available - literally any time, any place - to improve your management of stress! In the video you will learn some amazing facts about the human heart the difference between heart rate and heart rate variability how your heart controls your brain and your emotional state how to decrease stress using HRV The full text of my Blog on this was published by Sivana East, and it includes instructions for how you can start to improve your Heart Rate Variability today! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. I am delighted to now have a HRV monitor on hand to use in client sessions. It's a great feedback tool that enables my clients to get an objective understanding of how well they are coping with stress. Book a session NOW! There is also a heap more information, research and training available from the Heart Math Institute if this is a topic that has gotten your heart racing!
Pregnancy gets talked a lot about in the media, especially when it relates to celebrities. What never seems to be discussed though is the affects that chronic stress (including from media attention) can have on both the pregnant woman, and her unborn child. Unfortunately many people suffer from chronic stress in the modern world, which has great risks to health and wellbeing. When pregnant women are in this situation there are potential risks to their unborn child as well as themselves. This video discusses the risks of chronic stress to everyone, including pregnant women, as well as the research that is starting to be done on health and wellbeing outcomes for babies whose mothers are stressed throughout pregnancy. Most importantly you can learn how to manage stress when pregnant! One of the things I mention is Lavender essential oil, which is one essential oil that is completely safe to use during pregnancy. I have also had clients get great benefits out of meditation using Circle & Bloom. If you or your partner are thinking about having a child you might like to check out my Blog on Preparing yourself for conception on an energetic level. If you would like any further information about this or anything else to do with your wellbeing, feel free to contact me. If you would like to get your stress under control, whether you are
How to reduce stress and increase productivity naturally? Are you stressed? Are you productive? The two go hand in hand in a negative energy cycle and in fact the more stressed you are the less productive you are. Stress is one of the 3 pillars of wellbeing – the other 2 being diet and environment (which I will talk about another time). The word 'stress' is such a commonly used one these days and in the modern world so many things are stressors to the human body (indeed diet and environment can also be stressful to your body). The modern way of western life is not how humanity was designed to live. Scientific studies have now shown that happiness, longevity and absence of disease is highest in societies that still live in a traditional way – eating plant based diets, being removed from environmental toxins, living in tribal based communities where everyone shares the load for sourcing food, money, shelter, for caring for children, for cooking and other domenstic tasks, for looking after the elderly and the unwell. All work and many things which in our society are stress is shared amongst a large extended family or the whole tribe of traditional humans. In modern Western society we break off into our nuclear families, each of which has a huge amount of pressure on it, especially on the 1-2 adults in