Canberrans are busy people and often hold stressful jobs, within the public service or private sectors. Our corporate life style could be affecting us and our levers of stress. Do you rush around feeling like you are always ‘on’? If you answered yes there’s a good chance that your body is stressed.
Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, can cause your system to take flight and run in fright mode. Essentially your body is constantly responding to a biological message that you are being chased by a tiger, not a good state to be in permanently. Often your body will be sending you a message about stress long before your mind starts to connect with what is really happening. If you are experiencing tiredness, body aches and pains, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive, frequent colds, headaches, or an inability to lose weight, then it’s time for you to slow down and bring your body back into balance. Start to work on yourself and make you a priority in your life! Nurture your body by taking up a regular relaxation practice, something as simple as ending the day with a warm bath. Cut out all sugar from your diet, as well as caffeine and alcohol, and increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables (go for two fruits and five veg a day). Drink plenty of water and get 6-8 hours of quality sleep a night. If you feel you need some more support there are a range of herbs and vitamins you can take to nourish your body: valerian root, chamomile, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B complex, zinc, liquorice, and ginseng. On a deeper level connect with the source of your stress, and identify what needs to be done to overcome it. Take time for a conversation with yourself, or another when needed, , but always do it from a place of love. You are the most valuable asset you have, and stress robs you of living to your full potential.