HOW BEING BUSY IS KILLING US
Does this sound like you?
It doesn’t seem to matter if you have two things to do in your day or two hundred, you are in a pressing rush to do it all. You are wound up like a coil and running yourself ragged in a daily battle to keep up. There is always so much to do, and you rarely feel like you win, are in control or get on top of things.
In fact, your deep desire to control even the smaller details of life can leave you feeling out of control. Overwhelm is a pretty natural state for you and at times you feel like you can’t cope, whether you admit it out loud or keep it all inside.
You rely on caffeine to get you through the day and wine to try and relax at night, then have trouble sleeping and feel like every joint in your body aches even though you’ve been exercising semi-regularly.
If this sounds like you, then I’m here to say you are definitely struggling with stress my friend. And unfortunately, this stress, especially when left unattended to, can lead to devastating health concerns. Maybe you’re already experiencing some of them and don’t even know it?
So, let’s talk about what some of these health concerns are:
Not a pretty picture, right?
Stress is an inevitable part of life and some stress is good but too much stress is very very bad.
Think about it this way, each person has a stress bucket or cup or glass (take your pick).
Every day different types of stressors pour into it. To ensure that our glass doesn’t overflow, we need to have strategies in place for that stress to leave our bodies. However, if the amount of stress pouring into our glass does start to overflow, then our body will make sure that we stop some of those stressors coming in.
The way the body does this is to slow you down, make you sick so you will rest, make a part of your body hurt even though you have no injury or in worst case scenarios, cause organs or bodily functions to shut down. If we don’t pay attention to these, that’s when disease can take over. I have experienced chronic stress and I’ve seen it in those close to me. I recall a few occasions about three years ago where my husband felt so much overwhelm and stress that he was curled up on the bathroom floor and literally could not move. I had to call a doctor to attend our house to see him. Stress will manifest itself in any physical way possible to try and give us a big slap in the face to say, “STOP what the hell you are doing or we are going to die!” Sadly, in some instances, that is exactly what happens…. Diseases like cancer, auto-immune or musculoskeletal disorders take over the body to the point that it cannot be reversed.
Stress is by far the number one killer in our society these days.
Now that you know the problems associated with prolonged stress, let me explain how acute stress causes these things to actually happen in PART 2.
A formidable woman and a living example of how a complete change of career while juggling balls is achievable. A positive attitude, kindness, ambition and sheer will to help others are drivers to live a full purpose driven life. Once a police detective and also a private investigator, Lindsey is a fitness instructor, personal trainer and now an Integrative Health Coach. Studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition she toyed with the notion that ‘being healthy’ is not one dimensional or just eating well and exercising. A collaboration of health principles such as meditation, self-care, personal development, positive-self talk are just as important for overall health. Similar to a life coach, a health coach can provide direction in a persons preventative health journey. Help to be healthy ~ now there’s a positive trend.