The truth about why so many of us are chronically sick

Can you handle the truth?  Many conditions are caused by too much stress. Simple.

Unfortunately, although our Doctor wants to help, western medicine doesn’t treat stress related conditions because they cannot put a bandage on it or pull it out in an operation.  Just this week I met a nurse you said her surgery is full of people who are sick because they are so stressed.  This article here confirms the research that 75 to 90% of all Doctor visits are stress related.

But the fact that a Doctor is often unable to help you with this, that doesn’t mean you cannot help yourself. Believe it or not, we  do have a choice about the thoughts we have which are ultimately negative when we are stressed.  Society currently sees being too ‘stressed’ as a human right we all have, and somehow the only way to get over it is to go on holiday.  But how about changing our perception of stress?  If we believed we could handle a situation then we wouldn’t start stressing in the first place!

Now, I am not saying life doesn’t hand us a lot of demands and we all have different personalities and levels of ability to cope, but you can learn to adapt and get stronger.  But to do this, you need awareness of what is going on within you.  What are your triggers for stress? What do you believe about the situation that stresses you? What can you change in your internal responses that can help you stay calm?

The way that stress makes us and keeps us sick is that when we feel stressed this is actually a set of thoughts and feelings that are being chosen by you as a response to the stressor.  When the thoughts and feelings are chosen, because they are so negative they send a biological response into your body which is a cocktail of chemicals that are only good for helping us run away from danger.  If we do not spend enough time after the ‘stressor’ in a relaxed state then this cocktail builds up and eventually it aggravates your Achilles Heel and comes out as a physical condition (this includes depression and anxiety which are physical as well as mind related).

And of course by then, we are stressed and now not feeling well – which can naturally make us feel more stressed! Add into the mix that when you have a stress related condition, any negative thinking will activate the stress response which will keep your body from healing.  Your body cannot heal when there are stress hormones inside it.

It is vital for healing that you learn to be calm, relaxed and thinking positively.  That way the stress hormones can leave and your body can heal.

I hope you found this article informative, please email me on khenry@howtoheal.co.uk if you have any questions.

Happy healing!

Keira

 

3 top tips to give you energy throughout the day

It’s 3 p.m. and you’re only halfway through your to-do list, but until you get a caffeine or sugar fix all you can think about is a nap. Tired of feeling tired? Join the club. Health experts say we’re suffering from a nationwide energy crisis sparked by lifestyles that leave us hurried, harried and running on empty. Instead of fuelling up on coffee and chocolate bars, try these healthy, energy-boosting tips.

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1. Clock more z’s

It’s no surprise that energy starts with a good night’s sleep, but in today’s busy world, we’re short-changing ourselves by about 90 minutes a night on average. Adults need eight to nine hours a night to restore and regenerate their minds and bodies, while children need 10 to 12 hours, and teens nine to 10.

Energy-boosting tip: Head to bed a half-hour earlier for the next few nights, then add another half-hour for a few nights. Continue adding to your sleep until you can wake up without an alarm, feeling refreshed.

2. Get moving
When you’re too tired to even think straight, exercising is probably the last thing you want to do, but you have to spend energy to get energy.The good news is that any activity that gets your heart pumping for more than 10 minutes will increase oxygen to your system and give you more get-up-and-go.

Energy-boosting tip: “Snack” on fitness throughout the day. A brisk 10-minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes of active play with your kids after work, 10 minutes of walking the dog after dinner – it all counts towards the recommended 30 to 60 minutes of activity a day. Keep at it for eight to 10 weeks and watch your energy levels soar (but don’t stop after 10 weeks).

3. Pay attention to your breathing
We tend to take short, shallow breaths through our mouths and we hold our breath without realizing it, especially when we’re stressed.  If that’s your breathing pattern, you’re depriving your body of oxygen – and less oxygen means less energy.

Energy-boosting tip: Concentrate on deep breathing a few times a day. Breathe slowly and deeply in and out through your nose – both to a count of at least five. Work up to longer intervals as you go along; feel your chest rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale. Eventually, you’ll do this automatically throughout the day and it will make a huge difference to your state of mind and energy level.

Healing tips – Yoga

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Hello! I am shortly going to Yoga which I first got into a few years ago when I was very stressed, after friends told me it is very good for relaxation – and indeed they were right! Not only do I feel the positive effects of yoga on my well-being, now as a Mind-Body health practitioner, I study the science behind healing I know that there is scientific proof to prove it really helps.  Read here for positive research from the Mayo Clinic on the benefits of yoga.  It is proven to be more beneficial for activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the biological system in our bodies that helps you heal) than simply resting alone!

Healing from chronic conditions can be hard work and you need to put healing above all other things in your life for a period until you are better.  In my experience, the most successful people at empowering their own recovery are the ones who make healing fun and add variety.  Yoga is a great way to do this. But I do recommend caution if you have a condition such as ME / CFS or back pain, which are made worse by activity.  Contact me directly and tell me your condition and I will advise you of best course of action or look for specialist yoga teachers for your issues.  Good start up DVDs are ‘Yoga for Dummies‘ or ‘Beat Fatigue with Yoga

Wishing you lasting wellness.

Keira