Holistic Living Magazine has covered big topics like cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and I was wondering if relaxation was a ‘BIG’ enough topic.
I never know what the next subject will be until I am prompted by the universe and suddenly I am aware of the topic. I have been thinking about this subject a lot and realised how big it truly is.
When you look at the chronic diseases we have already covered in previous editions and you get to the root cause, stress is often an underlying condition.
Emotionally we are stressed and this manifests in our physical body. What is the antidote for stress? You have guessed it, RELAXATION.
It seems simple when you express it this way. So, why do many of us have discomfort with relaxing? When we understand stress is the root cause and relaxation will help us; why don’t we just relax daily to avoid creating disease?
There are so many answers to this question and you may want to read our magazine on self-love to answer some of these. We often sabotage ourselves throughout our life. Some of us do this more than others, and in certain areas we all do this.
We have been so conditioned in today’s society to be busy. Our body has a chemical stress response. It is natural. When we are in a state of stress, adrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands.
Back in caveman times, we used it to either run after an animal for food, or flee from animals that were a danger to us. After this burst of energy we would sleep, relax and rest our body.
Unfortunately many of us can’t just simply take a nap during the day after an adrenaline rush, so our stress levels build. When we are constantly busy, we remain stressed; our stress levels continue to elevate, therefore our production of cortisol (stress hormone) levels rise.
As our cortisol rises, this affects other hormones in our body too. One of the other hormones it affects is melatonin (sleep hormone). This means we stop sleeping properly, which also puts our body into stress mode.
You can see this creates an ongoing chain reaction that can cause disease in our body if we do not break the cycle.
Relaxation helps to break this cycle. Fortunately, there are many ways to relax.
You can work with a subconscious mind therapist like myself who will help you understand your triggers; what makes you self-sabotage or unable to relax and find ways for you to start taking care of your body.
You can have bodywork done regularly, rest your muscles and produce some happy hormones to help reduce stress. You can walk in nature, practise yoga, sing, read a book, go dancing, or meditate.
All of these activities will assist you into a calm state; produce hormones that will have positive effects of your health, lowering other hormones from an elevated state.
Read this magazine and learn from our many experts to learn a variety of stress management and stress relief techniques. Learn how you like to relax and once you have found the thing for you, do it often.
You can read the FULL MAGAZINE ‘Holistic Living Magazine,’ look for Edition 10 on this archive page. There’s many more articles about relaxation waiting for you too!
If you would like to learn more and work with me one on one I would love to work with you.