The last two weeks have incorporated some of the top stress inducing activities I have ever been through in my life! Let me list them here for sympathy; travelling solo from the Middle East at 7 months pregnant with an 18 month old toddler, moving house, letting an apartment, coming home to cat crap and sick all over the apartment (including your laptop and retro handwritten planner), entering the third trimester of pregnancy, not being able to find a preschool place for my little boy and launching a new website! (Enter deep breathes here).
I survived, we survived and everyone is somehow still smiling!
There are days when stress brings me to tears and others when I can turn and look the other way and kiss it goodbye. I can genuinely say that the days when I’m a balling heap in the corner of the bathroom are a direct result of two things for me:
In this day and age we think (for some crazy reason) that sleep is not essential, people say “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” But we have to remember that catching those z’s is the foundation on which all our health is based. We regenerate. Our mind and body has time to recover, repair and process. Our brain (the amazing muscle that it is) heals. Our anxiety levels reduce.
Healthy eating (by which I mean, eating what grows on this amazing planet) was intended for us the day we were created. If we start pumping our bodies full of chemicals including processed sugars, sweeteners and various other ones I won’t go into, you send your body into a frenzy because we have absolutely no idea how to process chemicals, it’s just not in our DNA.
So here’s the melting pot – lack of sleep leaves you with an exhausted body and mind, you’re reaching for whatever fast glucose hit or caffeine fix you can get your hands on to keep you ‘up’, you crash back down leaving you even more exhausted, frustrated and emotional.
But there’s beauty in this vicious story! You DON’T have to live like this! There are a million and one different strategies you can use to reduce the stress in your life. Understanding the damaging effect that stress has on the body and the stages we go helps us to make the best choices to limit, reduce and ultimately eliminate stress from our lives.
I would love to tell you more, help you to identify the symptoms of stress appearing in your life and empower you with the understanding to make decisions and strategies to use in everyday life to alleviate some of the stress.
Come along to my workshop 'Stop Stressing'. And if you can’t make it, feel free to get in touch and we can schedule your free one to one consultation to find the right path for you to more forwards towards a stress free, happier, healthier and fuller life!
Kirsty Lewis, founder of Got Vitality, IIN Health Coach, Pre/Post Natal Personal Trainer and mum to a little boy toddler with another monster cooking in the oven!