All I want for Christmas is some Stress Relief!
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to find this in our stocking on Christmas Morning?! Like a magic wand has been waved and layers of emotions and physical pains and niggles just relieved and dissolved and not to reappear once the Christmas hiatus is over?
Stress, it’s a small word, but it has huge implications, it’s such a vast topic, how to write something about it in one blog, when it could be a year’s worth?
The list of physical symptoms that stress takes its toll on you is vast, from a painful and inflexible lower back, to tension in your neck and shoulders, a squirmy tummy, nicely muddled up with anxiety, headaches; the list goes on, and as a Shiatsu Practitioner these are all symptoms I see and have great success with helping people resolve, if only you acknowledge you’re having these symptoms 🙂
The one symptom I’m noticing more and more, especially in the last 6 months is overwhelm, and I now hear the word everywhere. I turn on the tele and it’s on the fact programmes, I hear it in everyday life, and I hear it talked about by women with menopausal symptoms, and yes, there are days where I really experience it too.
Remember the saying ‘can’t see the wood for the trees?’ That’s overwhelm. Do you feel like trying to get the house clean on top of everything else seems insurmountable? That’s overwhelm. Are you deliberately texting people rather than having a conversation (when you know you should have a conversation)? That’s overwhelm.
That’s just a few examples, but I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to one of those scenarios and maybe start to realise that there are more of them in your life?
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT OVERWHELM AND STRESS?
Acknowledging that you feel this way is the first step, realise that all these little instances are overwhelm and that you are overwhelmed because you are stressed.
The next step is trying to sort it all out, so first things first – Do you get enough sleep? If you don’t then this is the very first thing to sort out as your nervous system needs a break, it needs decent sleep to recuperate and it needs nutrients to nourish it back to health.
Stress and overwhelm are exacerbated by a stressed and overlooked nervous system. If you’re running on adrenalin to get you through the days, either in the form of caffeine or ‘your nerves’ you’re also pumping your body with cortisol. It’s a hormone released at the same time as adrenalin, but it hangs around long afterwards and although it’s supposed to be the ‘relaxation’ hormone, it seems to do anything but for us nowadays because, you’re stressed; so you’re in a real ‘catch 22’ situation here. Then you add in our changing hormonal state, another stress on our adrenal system, which also affects our sleep so it is really important whatever your stage of perimenopause to post menopause that you get control of and get enough of your sleep!
A couple of facts about stress that made me sit up and look more closely at my health were 1.Excess cortisol kills brain cells and 2. extended stress exacerbates memory loss. We don’t need any more of this in our lives if we already feel are brains are running at capacity.
TOP TEN TIPS TO REPAIR YOUR BODY
Here are some tips on what you can do for yourself straight away:
• Take Magnesium – calms your mind, aids sleep and helps your nervous system repair overnight. Also great for relieving cramps and restless legs.
• Take a Pro-biotic, this is what populates your gut with healthy bacteria, the better your gut, the better your health, your sleep, your calmness, and your capacity. Keep your bacteria happy and you’ll reap the benefits.
Andrea Marsh works as a Shiatsu Practitioner at Cotswold Menopause in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. She regularly see’s people with complex midlife health issues, stemming from stress and changing hormones. Shiatsu is a gentle yet powerful therapy, where you are fully clothed, but where you will leave feeling like you have had a massage and will be deeply relaxed. In the coming days your body will detox and then start to rebalance and respond to this therapy. Shiatsu is based on the principle of Chinese Medicine (like acupuncture), Shiatsu is performed with gentle pressure, stretches and rotations and is suitable for just about everyone; there are very few contra-indications. Visit Andrea at https://www.CotswoldMenopause.co.uk for further information.