How is your Mental & Physical health?
In this 21st century life seems so hectic! What does your daily life consist of: a balancing act between work, personal relationships, parental duties, personal fulfilment, eating healthily, maintaining some exercise.
Many people now are working very long hours and week-ends, constantly checking their emails, mobile phones, chauffeuring the kids to numerous activities, cooking, washing, ironing, helping with homework and the list goes on and on!
It's no wonder we burn out, become exhausted and then the physical symptoms start:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Start gaining weight due to high insulin levels (stress)
- Personal relationships start to suffer - either you don't see each other enough or there is a lack of communication, arguments
- We get anxious, find it difficult to cope trying to juggle so many things
- We feel a failure if we can't maintain the pressure
- We feel a failure if we can't cope
- We eat on the run snacking on unhealthy food choices as we don't find the time to eat properly, which then adds to more weight problems
- We drink more to try and relax
- We find we have less time or energy for socialising with friends
- We are too tired for sex or our sex life suffers
- We don't exercise
Does this sound like you? When life gets so hectic that it starts affecting your mental and physical well-being then it is time to take ACTION.
Our Mind and Body are ONE - if we are unhappy mentally (excessive stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of down-time) this will eventually manifest itself in our bodies, if we neglect ourbodies (poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep) this will affect our mind.
Your brain is an organ that requires conscious attention and care for it to thrive:
Give your brain a rest and follow the natural cycle of your brain:
- Allow yourself enough sleep at night so that you feel rested and ready to start your day refreshed. During the sleep phase your body is repairing itself and healing occurs.
- Allow yourself time to focus on what you plan to do that day, what is needed, prioritise.
- Allow resting time (Down-time) for the brain where you can chill out - enjoy a walk with nature at lunchtime or read a chapter of your book. Just sit for 30mins, close your eyes and allow your mind to drift off (nap) or (meditation) this allows growth and expansion. Listen to your favourite music.
- Allow time to play and have fun - connect with your partner, children, friends.
- Cook a lovely meal and eat together, talk together - communicate, share your life.
- Sit with your furry friends and stroke them for a while.
- Enjoy a funny film and laugh.
Many aspects of our daily life can have a detrimental effect on our Immune system - poor diet, lack of sleep, pollution, working long hours, not enough rest, lack of exercise, constant prolonged stress. Physiological changes can occur to help an individual cope with chronic stresses which result in the over production of stress hormones and changes in the immune system. These changes can cause the immune system to either over-react or under-react leading to a host of symptoms.
- Feed your body nutritious foods
- Decrease alcohol, caffeine intake
- Get regular sleep
- Daily exercise - walking, moving
- Drink plenty of water
- Find ways of relaxing, laugh, have a massage
- Deal with emotional stuff - get some help
Just a few changes to your lifestyle can make a HUGE difference to your health both mentally & physically...if you would like more information on healthy eating, lifestyle changes or dealing with emotional stuff!