BE: RELAX + RETUNE
What I know for sure? This modern world is designed in such a way that we are always reacting. When we react, guess what? We find ourselves in the fight/flight/freeze mode. We are bombarded with deadlines, expectations from others and ourselves, negativity and violence on media, and our own judgemental mind. We juggle jobs, tasks, family, children, finances; all the while compromising our health. Isn't that NUTS! It's crazy.
Let me break down this word for you:
- When we wake up every morning our body releases a shot of cortisol to put that pep into our step and get us going. Makes sense.
- Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body, including metabolism and the immune response. It also has a very important role in helping the body respond to stress.
- When we wake our cortisol level is high and then begins to decline so that in the evening we can prepare for sleep.
- But...this is what is going on in a typical day for many people: cortisol released in the morning, then continues to rise as we react to daily demands, consumption of caffeine because we are tired, and foods that trigger a stress response, and the list goes. We are never fully recovering from the stress response.
- Our body continues to produce this hormone as a response to stress and eventually it builds up in the body.
- Long-term activation of the stress response can result in numerous health difficulties:
- Digestive problems
- Reproductive disorders
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment
What's missing is a way to relax and retune our body. For most of us, we can't make drastic changes in our life, but what we can do, is learn to respond differently.
I am currently enrolled in a six month mindfulness program with Dr. Elisha Goldstein. You can learn more about that here. In the first month, we learn techniques on how to reset our nervous system.
In the world that a lot of us are living in today, we are being assaulted with a lot of negativity and natural disasters. These can be huge disruptions to our life and can impact our nervous system greatly.
Sometimes, our greatest enemy is ourselves. More specifically our mind. The stories and thoughts that we are constantly creating in our mind about ourselves and the world, directly impacts our body and how we move through life.
OK, now let's move into learning something new today. How to release negative, anxious thoughts. Why? Because more often than not, it's what we tell ourselves that harms us more than what is going on in our external environment.
Here are three ways according to Dr. Elisha Goldstein:
- Recognize the Thought: If the thought is, “the world is going to hell in a handbasket” or “life is never going to get better” or some form of complaining, blaming or something like that, take a moment to recognize that the thought is forming in your brain. Got it?
- Relax the Body: When you’re experiencing negative anxious thoughts, your body is also reacting. You’re going through some form of a fight-flight-freeze response, so take a moment to relax your body.
- Release the Thinking: You can use the out-breath to release tension in your body, as well as any negative thinking. You can even imagine negative anxious thoughts leaving your body with the out-breath.
Practicing these three things: Recognize, Relax, Release can become the first step toward relaxing and retuning your nervous system.
I invite you to practice this when the moment arises. Let me know how it goes or other techniques that you use.
p.s. if you want to talk more about how you can make some changes to your current lifestyle design, we can do that. Book a FREE 60min chat with me and let's go from there. You can also connect with me through my newsletter here.