Your Inner Peace Pact
Stress, anxiety and inner turmoil seem to be a modern life curse and affect everyone from time to time. While struggling with stress and depression, it feels like you are on a treadmill with just enough energy for daily survival and no way to break the cycle.
While pharmaceutical solutions may be the answer for some it may not always be the best answer for many us. Identifying your stress triggers, being open to working with some “tools” and considering changing some behaviours may be enough to help during tough times.
How can you get the tools to help you reconnect with your inner sense of peace and stabilise your mood?
There are many things that can affect mood and stress levels. Some we have direct control over and others we have little control over. It is when high stress becomes the norm and is long term that it can begin to impact on your state of wellbeing and your overall health. To break the cycle the key is identifying some your “stressors”. Some can be linked to physiology factors, behaviour habits and emotional circumstances.
- Poor diet – processed, high sugar, high trans-fatty acids, high salt and genetically modified foods and food intolerances.
- Blood sugar level imbalance
- Poor digestion and Gut dysbiosis
- The impact of aging
- Alcohol and drugs; pharmaceutical and recreational
- Gadget addiction
- Fatigue and lack of sleep
- A major life crisis or major life change
- Shallow breathing
- Work pressure
- Lack of sunshine and connection with nature
- Hormone imbalance
- Environmental: Pollution, moulds and chemicals
- Being too busy
Part of dealing with stress is learning to change and improve on the things we can, and learning to let go of things that we have little or no control over.
Thyroid hormones that are out of balance, high cortisol levels, menopause, PMS, and insulin levels, all affect how we feel, and how we think. If you think that your hormonal system is not working as well as it should be, get it checked out by your health practitioner. Symptoms can include irrational responses, moodiness, irritability and inability to cope.
Stable blood sugar is also vital as high and low blood sugar can affect our mood. Low blood sugar is often linked to panic attacks, fatigue, a lack of focus, headaches, nervousness and mood changes. . Cutting down on sugar and ensuring you have some protein with each meal can ensure you have slow long burning energy reserves. An easy way to help start the day and maintain blood sugar levels balance is a protein smoothie for breakfast. Supplement support for stable blood sugar levels can include: B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, omega oil, fibre and cinnamon.
This is not only helpful with blood sugar control but can help increase those feel good neurotransmitters to help you feel good.
One of the keys to coping with stress is getting enough sleep.
A lack of sleep has been linked to numerous conditions:
- Increased aging as it affects the Human Growth hormone, increases the breakdown of collagen and increases the stress hormone cortisol
- Increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
- Interference with critical thinking and our learning ability and memory
- Impact on metabolic rate, blood sugar control and weight gain
- Increased feeling of anxiety and/or depression
Some tips to consider for a better night’s sleep:
- Aim to get 7-8 hours sleep a night
- Recreate a bedtime pattern
- Mediation to help with sleep
- Cut down on or better still cut out caffeine
- Remove all electronic gadgets from the bedroom
- Have a cup of relaxing herbs to help the body unwind
- Check any medication that you are taking as many have side effects that include insomnia
Mindfulness & Meditation
Taking time to be present in the moment and appreciate the little things in life is critical. Meditation can seem daunting however there are lots of aps you can download now to help guide you through. As little as 5 minutes a day can really help.
Take up a relaxing hobby such as painting, playing or listening to music or reading. A new trend that is really great is adult colouring. It’s relaxing and allows those who are less creative to have a creative outlet.
Stress is a constant in your life that will come and go, but if your physiological wellbeing, behaviours and emotions are out of balance it can create a bigger impact on your inner peace. Small actions such as eating regularly, keeping well hydrated, having a good friend that you can have heart to heart talks with, sleeping better, exercise, taking some key supplements can help you cope a little better.
*If you are taking other medication you do need check out that they are not contraindicated with what you are taking.