I had a realization this week, about where a part of me was living my life from. I was living my life through a place of thinking, “I need to make more money to be happy.” At times in the past when I would make a lot of money I would feel happy, but then other times when I thought I didn’t make enough I would feel very unhappy and stressed. Resulting in me making bad choices for myself.
This unhealthy definition is not something I came up with on my own, this is a belief that many people are brainwashed with through media, other people and a lot of North American culture.
The chase for wealth is a very unnatural way of living, there is so much stress associated with it because human’s have a natural instinct to always want more of whatever their goal is.
One thing I have grown to understand over the years is, “Wealth is the result of my actions.” So, I if I want to be wealthy I need to do the things/actions that will produce it. And with me being a very holistic minded person, I want to help people achieve their full potential.
Back to my story….
After having this realization, I decided to change my goal of my life by first asking myself the question, “How do I want to feel?”
The answer I came up with was, “Joy.” So, I decided I am going to start living my life from a place of joy.
So, my next question was, “What do I need to do to create that?”
The answer my soul gave me back was, “To just be.” The answer felt peaceful, joyful and loving.
I then asked myself some more specific questions.
From a work standpoint the message I received was to share how I feel and help others pinpoint exactly what they want out of their lives. When you know what you want then you can achieve it.
From a physical health standpoint I want to eat the healthiest food/diet possible for myself and do exercises and movement that make me feel good.
Emotionally: Be open and accepting of other people and their views, be kind and gentle on myself always.
Mentally: Accept that I don’t know everything and ask for help.
Spiritually: Continually align myself with the highest form of unconditional love.
So, my question for you is, “Where are you living your life from?” If you’re not sure how to answer that then, “What is the most common way you feel about your life?”
How you feel has a direct impact on every aspect of your life such as health, relationships and finances.
Below I have written the steps I used to find out what was controlling my life and how I changed it into what I do want.
Steps to Create the Life you Desire
Find somewhere quiet and peace, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. With your eyes close bring your attention to the centre of your chest and ask yourself, “How do I feel about my life?” The answer you receive may come back in words, feelings, or images. Do your best to interpret the message.
Ask yourself, “Why you feel this way about your life?” Did the answer you got back feel healthy or unhealthy to you?
At this time decide if you want to keep living your life in this way or are you ready to change and live your life in a better way?
If you want to live your life in a better way, ask yourself (at that chest level), “How do I want my life to feel on a regular basis?”
With your answer, ask yourself, “What do I need to do to live this way?”
At this point you can start being more specific like asking, “What do I need to do physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually to live this way?” Ask whatever question you would like in regards to your answer.
If you need extra help with changing your life to be the best version of yourself, contact me. I would love to help you.
Hi Adam, I too was doing my own cleanse this week. Went off all media - internet, phone, tv (which was easy as I don't watch anyway), youtube, podcasts - for 5 days and yes, the time you spend with yourself, your thoughts, was quite a journey. A lot of questions came up during this time which were well needed to come to the surface.
Thanks for sharing your story!
February 1, 2018 at 8:42 PM
Yes, Adam, I agree. We create many roadblocks to what we truly desire because of the limitations we impose upon ourselves based on ingrained beliefs. However, once we determine to 'listen' to our inner self and become aware, then we can bring about the change we seek. Our thoughts really do create our outcome. Let go and let God; trust and believe we will be directed to what is best for our highest good. It works!!!
Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to accompany a friend to Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico.
Sanoviv specializes in treating many chronic health conditions like cancer, autoimmune disorders and Lyme disease. They also run detox programs to improve your health.
There were a few things that became quite apparent for health and healing while I was there. Nothing that was new to me, but instead reinforced the importance of it to maintain and optimize health.
3 Things that Rob Your Health and What you can do about them
Sugar is one of the worst things you can eat. If you were to add up all the sugar you eat in a day, you would be astounded. Most of the sugar people eat, is not even in realization that they are eating sugar in the first place.
Did you know that bread even turns to sugar in your body?
Or how about sweeteners like agave nectar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, etc. that show up in most of our packaged foods?
I learned sugar feeds ill health and in particular cancer.
Now, fruit shouldn’t be confused with sugar. Fruit in its whole form contains fiber which slows down the rate at which glucose hits the blood stream. However, you should still be careful with how much fruit you eat.
Did you know that 1 apple contains 4 teaspoons of sugar? If you juice that apple, the entire 4 tsp will absorb and feed your cells with sugar. That is why it’s best to eat fruit in its whole form, fiber intact.
The last thing I will say about sugar is watch the amount of sauces you use and even salad dressings. Make your own and keep sugar out.
I also learned that sugar causes a fatty liver. Got a fatty liver? A fatty liver is the liver being flooded with too much sugar. Cut it out and see what happens.
Keep Inflammation as low as possible. Inflammation is rampant in people’s bodies these days. The common North American diet is very inflammatory with gluten and processed foods like dairy, sugar, sauces and dips, coffee, etc.
Inflammation clogs up your body’s ability to properly detoxify, and to heal.
Eating a very heavy diet in vegetables which is as organic as possible is one of the best ways to keep inflammation at bay.
At Sanoviv, most meals were completely vegetable base with some added nuts and fats like avocado. I found myself eating a big salad with seeds and avocado, and then some steamed veggies on the side. Very little white meat/poultry was eaten, and the only grains consumed were quinoa, oatmeal, wild rice and brown rice. There were very few legumes aside from lentils. I noticed I felt very clean eating this way.
One of my favorite things they served was Golden Milk. Now, Golden Milk is amazing at reducing inflammation, getting your liver detoxifying and blood purifying. It’s great for the joints and arthritis and is even a great tonic for a woman’s reproductive system.
I recommend that you make Golden Milk if you have never tried it.
Golden Milk Recipe
¼ cup of water
1/8 tsp of turmeric
1 cup almond or nut milk
1-2 tablespoons of almond oil or nut oil
Pinch of cardamon and cinnamon
Raw honey to taste if desired.
Boil water and turmeric in a small saucepan over medium to high heat for 8 mins. This cooks the turmeric and releases its properties. Meanwhile bring the rice or nut milk to a boil in another saucepan and then remove from heat. Add in the coconut oil or almond oil, cardamon and cinnamon as well as the raw honey if desired. Mix both mixtures together. Drink and enjoy.
3. You Can’t Heal if You are Stressed
Lastly, I would like to mention my biggest takeaway. If one cannot maintain a balanced state of inner peace, and allows stress to lead the way, health will be hard to maintain. I realized that stress comes in many forms. Complaining, control, or feeling a lack of control, worry, feeling unloved, not being present in the moment, anger and supressed frustration, harboring old hurt (which only hurts you) and lack of self-love to name a few.
I learnt that surrender and acceptance even in crappy circumstances is essential to healing. One woman I met at Sanoviv was able to align her mind and body into a place of peace, acceptance, and wellbeing while she was there. In three weeks, her cancer markers returned to that of a healthy person. Rather than stressing about the disease itself, she choose to be at peace and know that her mind was her biggest ally in healing.
One doctor at Sanoviv said that there are only two reasons for illness other than injury, a bad diet and stress. If you can work on both of those, you have the best chance at a good healthy life.
Of course, I re-learned a lot more while visiting Sanoviv Medical Institute. I will be sharing these with you over the coming weeks. So, stay tuned!
I spent 11 days at Sanoviv in the fall of 2016! It was possibly the best thing I have ever done for myself. I loved everything (well, I didn’t actually like the chiropractic... but I have never been comfortable with it, so it was nothing to do with Sanoviv) ?? The facilities, staff, food, programs, seminars and classes were all so worth it. A trip of a lifetime for me!
Do you feel out of balance, unhappy, sad or depressed? Or even worse are you struggling with a chronic health problem?
Do you ever wonder how you got this way?
Well, let me tell you how I see these problems manifest....
They are the result of being out of touch or alignment with who you truly are. Regular reinforcement of being fearful of not trusting your gut feelings, desires and passions have created a life that you don’t like.
This is because you haven’t developed yourself in the way that you want to be. Instead you are acting like someone other than your natural self. You are an accumulation of stress, insecurities, resistance, etc. resulting in your current state of being.
Why would you ever do something like that?
Actually, it’s extremely common due to the society we live in, and the other reason for it is a lack of being taught how to get in touch with who you are.
Think about it from day one of your birth you are born into a world where people all around you are working a job that they don’t like, think they must dress a certain way because they saw it on a magazine, tv or the internet. So, you are being bombarded with people and their feelings and attitudes of being unhappy with not being themselves.
But, the biggest influence on you is your parents, siblings or whoever you grow up around. Everything they say you take as truth and very rarely are you taught to think for yourself and choose what you want to do. Instead you were forced to be like someone else, to fit in to prevent them from feeling embarrassed and to do things you really didn’t want to do or have no interest in. Many times, what ends up happening is, people just think that this is the way life is and give up on their hopes and dreams.
No wonder it is so easy to get out of alignment with who you are.
But, listen it’s not too late, you still have a chance to get in touch with who you are and your needs.
Reconnect With Yourself
To do this you must be willing to put total trust in yourself…. Are you ready to do that?
Some people aren’t because of old hang ups in their mind that interfere with trusting themselves.
If you are one of these people, here are some important questions to ask yourself:
Am I willing to trust myself? Yes or No
Am I willing to learn how to trust myself? Yes or No
Can I move forward from this point in my life? Yes or No
To get a Yes or No answer from these questions, close your eyes and ask each question. Make a note of the answers you receive. You may receive the word Yes or No, or you may get a feeling for your answer. A Yes feeling is calming while a No answer is tensing.
If you received a No to any of these questions you will likely require assistance to remove what is inhibiting you from moving into a place of trusting yourself. This can be a variety of things, such as insecurities, which were made up at some point in your life, but through reinforcing them, they have grown and now hold a lot of power over you.
Your blockages to trusting yourself can be resolved in one on one Sessions with me.
If you received Yes to the questions then, you can move forward with trusting yourself.
The next step into trusting yourself is asking yourself, “what do I need to do to achieve… name a specific goal you have.” It may be overcoming an illness, relationship issue, financial issue, etc.
It is best to close your eye when you ask this question and be somewhere quiet and peaceful. Have a pen and paper handy, so you can write notes. There may be several steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Make sure to ask yourself if there are steps you need to take.
There you go. Now it is up to you to follow the answer you received.
When you follow the answers, you received, it helps to solidify that you do trust yourself and the process then gets easier and more comfortable every time you do it.
Leave a comment below about your experiencing in trusting yourself or any challenges you may have with trusting yourself.
If you feel stuck in this area and would like help, we can work one on one to overcome your challenges that are inhibiting you.
Adam: Its so true. I honestly believe if I set my mind to being healthy and allowing for me to heal myself it will happen. I let fear take over me. Which is not good. I have emotional issues which have blocked my healing. I must overcome all fears.
Have you ever wondered if SELF HEALING was possible for YOU?
Perhaps you have read stories of miraculous healings in other people.
I too wondered the same thing when my life turned upside down. I was doing great. I was eating all the right foods, exercising, loving my children, had a loving husband, but I learned that wasn't enough.
One day suddenly out of nowhere I found myself in the 'dark night of the soul', or a very tomultuous health storm. I was crippled with head to toe pain, burning, shaking, tremors and crippled posture. I could barely get out of bed, let alone take care of my kids. Doctor's told me I was normal and there was nothing wrong with me. I had lost all hope.
I didn't believe healing could happen to me, that is until I decided to take my power back. Until I decided to take healing into my own hands.
Find out what I did to heal my body in video below...... and what you can do to!
You are more powerful than you could ever imagine and if I can do it, so can you!
How do you love yourself for what you are when you are so deformed by medical treatment that your face is half missing and you look really scary. People turn away and cant look at you. I know I am a good and great person on the inside but not on the outside. it impacts on every area of life and I cant love it no matter how I try.
February 28, 2017 at 5:45 PM
Thanks for sharing, this email arrived at the right time. I need to share this with a friend which is suffering from a myriad of health issues.
Don’t let negative emotions stop you from healing.
Did you know that negative emotions like anger, fear and hatred work against you if you are trying to heal?
They stop you from healing because they inhibit you from feeling love and LOVE HEALS.
Dr. Bernie Siegel explains the connection between love and health by saying that when you do not love your life your body suffers. It’s the ‘good girl’ who gets breast cancer. She’s the one who takes care of others needs and desires at the expense of her own.
The 'good girl' may see love as conforming. Of course, there are times that conforming is in your best interest. But conforming for love's sake stifles creativity and makes it impossible to live an authentic life. This creates stress and chronic stress leads to illness.
People often feel this stress on Monday - the most common day for suicide, heart attacks and illness.
Dean Shrock, PhD, author of “Why Love Heals” discovered scientific proof that love heals. Dr. Shrock was a director of Mind-Body Medicine for 40 cancer centers. He found that his patients lived much longer than those receiving only conventional medical care.
It was not his programs or teachings that made the difference, but the care his patients felt from him.
I wonder what would have happened if his patients learned how to love themselves unconditionally.
Dr. Shrock defines love as an all pervasive energy that flows through everything. Connecting emotionally and spiritually is the essence of life and health.
He explains that love is oneness. On a subatomic level, we are all connected. When you experience it, you are resonating with the essence of the universe and who you are. The quantum field flows freely and health is the result. You yourself are source energy.
When you love yourself and accept it from others, you naturally attract healthier relationships, healing, and blessings from the universe.
Very few people are taught this as children or let alone at all. So, now is your chance to integrate this knowledge.
To make things easier for you I have created a video with an exercise on How to Transmute Emotions that Stop You from Healing.
In the video you learned how to transmute negative emotions into healthy emotions. Doing so allows for more unconditional love to flow through you for better and even optimal health
Have questions or comments, write them below.
If you would like to work together to go deeper into transmuting negative emotions into healthy ones sign up for a Distance Healing Session with me.
Wow! Adam I find this empowering...I got chills when I said, "I transmute all hatred in AND AROUND me. Gave me goosebumps, and a clearer idea of what I'm working with. Also the transmitting of fear into prudence is starling to me, and life giving. Thanks. I'll continue to work with this. Deep appreciation for your clarity and wisdom.
January 11, 2017 at 12:15 PM
dear Adam, Pretty quick but good. something I 'know' about but have been away from for awhile. I needed it and it is nice to do. thanks. Marnie
Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you spend time in nature? If you do not know what I am talking about, it is time to get out into nature.
Nature is in a constant state of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and it gives without expecting anything in return. Unconditional love is what all the great sages and healers like: Jesus, Buddha, and even Mother Theresa embraced.
We have a lot to learn from nature.
Albert Einstein understood it when he said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
I have noticed, in general, people who spend little time in nature have more health issues. Is there a connection? Personally, I believe there is and you might think so after reading the scientific health benefits below.
First, I would like to share with you how nature has favourably impacted my life.
I find time spent in nature helps return me to who I am….my natural, balanced state…. I believe nature does this for everyone.
It happens because being in nature, naturally, aligns you with the healing vibration of unconditional love. When in a state of unconditional love, your stress melts away and your body can heal much faster.
You breathe in more oxygen, as well as, therapeutic scents of trees and plants.
8 Things Nature Has Taught Me
Slow down and enjoy the moment
The famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said it well, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
I like to walk in nature every morning before I start my day. Also if I have had a particularly stressful day, I like to go into nature as it is naturally therapeutic. I have also found my intuition has been enhanced by spending time in nature.
For years, I have been intuitively guided to daily spend time in nature in order to balance myself and improve my health.
And guess what, science has done several studies that prove this is exactly what is happening.
Scientific Health Benefits of Nature
Improved short-term memory
Restored mental energy
Sharper thinking and creativity
Immune system boost
Improved mental health
Reduced risk of early death
If you are struggling with any health issues, I challenge you to daily spend time in nature and see how much your health improves.
All health issues are a sign the body is out of balance and not in its natural state.
Positive Improvement of Health Issues With Time Spent In Nature
Inflammatory bowel disease
Depression & anxiety
ADHD & ADD
If you want to enhance your health… get out into nature. Its therapeutic benefits are FREE!
I would love to hear any comments you have about nature. Share them below in the comment section.
* Click here to read scientific studies done on people in nature.
I sense you have something inside you that you need to let go of and your body is telling you this by the symptoms you are experiencing with your fingers. Say the affirmation, "I let of all the toxins inside of me that are affecting my fingers and hands." Say this everyday, when you are outside in nature. From there, ask yourself, "Is there anything I need to do to remove the toxins?" Listen and feel for a response.
December 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Good day Adam thanks for sharing. My life is spent outside either walking my dog, or riding my bike. I don't feel right if I haven't been outside at least once a day. Oh gardening as well. However, for some reason I have this arthritis going on in my fingers and not sure why. If I wasn't seeing it first hand I would never think I wasn't healthy. I feel healthy, and didn't feel unhealthy prior to this starting. Does getting your fingers cold do this. It's discouraging when I see it going on in my fingers and like I said I wouldn't even think I was unhealthy if I couldn't see it. Thanks and yes I do believe we all should be in nature. Intuitive readings come to me the min. I go outside for a walk. Blessings Barb
I am no stranger to chronic pain. Not only did pain dominate my life for 4 years, but it also substantially increased my level of stress. It is not easy living each day with pain.
Along with pain, most people deal with varying levels of depression and stress. I know I did. It takes a Jedi mindset to ignore pain and push through each day.
But, did you know chronic pain may not be a physical problem?
Yes, pain is real, and what you are physically feeling is too.
But, what if I told you that the key to alleviating most chronic pain is in the mind!
It has been scientifically proven that many chronic aches and pains are actually rooted in the brain. As with our emotions, negative mental chatter, and an inability to cope with stress can actually affect different brain centers and manifest in the body.
In other words, your mind is able to refer pain into the physical body.
Do you have pain in your body with an unknown cause?
Or perhaps you have found its cause. But have you ever noticed some people have the exact same issue and have no problem at all?
No Pain At All.
In the book, The Hidden Psychology of Pain by Dr. James Alexander, he talks about John Sarno’s work.
John Sarno found conventional medicine actually knows little about chronic pain. He observed in his research that there was no neat relationship between damage in the body and an existence of pain. In other words, people with chronic pain, when examined with x-ray and other diagnostic tools, were found to have no structural abnormalities at all.
It was also found that a high percentage of people, who participated in the research showed evidence of structural pathology of the spine, but had no pain at all.
How can that be?
Could it be that the key to healing chronic pain is in the mind?
Throughout Western and Eastern Medicine, there are countless stories of people healing their pain via the mind.
In Western Medicine, it is known as the placebo effect and has been observed in numerous controlled, double blind studies. One group of people receive the medication, while the other group get a sugar pill which they believe is the medication.
What is interesting here is just as many people heal who believed they received the medication, as those individuals who actually did. People healed, because they believed the medication would heal them. Their belief and their mind healed their bodies.
Have you used a placebo to stimulate healing?
In Eastern Medicine, meditation appears to work for pain relief, as it reduces brain activity in your somatosensory cortex. This area of the brain determines where the pain is felt and its intensity.
More than that, Eastern Traditions are now exploring the power of your thoughts as a mind body therapy for pain.
Methods like Neuro-linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help to reprogram a person’s response to pain, as well as, change negative thought patterns which stimulate a chronic stress response.
I have had success with some of these techniques. Not only did these methods help muffle the pain I was feeling, but also helped me be at peace in my body, no matter the situation.
5 Techniques to Reduce Chronic Pain and Stress
1. Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness is a very effective meditation technique for relaxing mind and body, and dialing down a stress response. It has been proven effective for pain relief and pain management. Mindfulness is simply becoming aware of your breath, relaxing your mind to such a point where you lose track of your body. Your body becomes so relaxed that all pain is diminished.
Mindfulness meditation puts you into a deep, theta brain state where anything is possible. Pain becomes more manageable and in some cases disappears, and you find yourself in a more peaceful, happy state in your day to day life.
2. Hypnosis –Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that allows you to tap into your subconscious mind and promote change.
Hypnosis enables you to create desired changes in behaviour, as well as, promoting emotional, mental, and physical well-being. It is a powerful, visualization technique that you can learn to use for: pain reduction and healing, weight loss, quitting smoking, anxiety and PTSD, etc. It allows you to gain control of unwanted behaviours and make changes.
3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT focuses on development of coping strategies to solve current problems such as: pain, depression, anxiety, as well as, facilitating conscious changes to your thoughts, behaviours, and beliefs.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has been proven to give a person practicing it new coping skills and a fresh perspective on life. It has also been shown to be effective for pain relief.
4. Visualization – Visualization is a technique that incorporates the power of the mind to heal the body. In a meditative state, you see a problem you want healed being resolved. You are essentially telling the body what you want with your mind. You literally visualize yourself in perfect health. Some people even visualize going into their problem such as pain and watch it healing. The mind is very powerful. If you believe, it can happen.
5. Placebo Effect – This is where you choose a food or an object you believe can heal your body. For example, you make a greens drink your placebo. Every time you drink it you believe it is healing you. Hence this green drink is your placebo effect. If your mind believes that your chosen object will heal you, it most likely will. The trick is to truly believe!
Have you tried any of these techniques and had success? I know I have.
I truly believe in the phrase, ‘Mind Over Matter’!
Do you have a mind body success?
I would love to hear about it....Write your story in the comment section below.
The more people who share their stories, the more others can learn what is possible and benefit.
Your ability to be healthy is greatly dependent on how well you adapt. This is because when you are adaptable and exposed to different stressors you have an easier time moving through them without being taken out by stress.
Let’s face it, STRESS is unavoidable. You never know when it will show up, the best thing I have found that can be done is have a preventative strategy and adapt to it when it does show up.
How Does Stress Effect Your Health?
Stress can be the # 1 cause of health problems because it drains your energy and makes you more vulnerable to make poor choices, which can translate to your physical body’s intelligence lowering.
Depending on the amount of energy you invest into the stressors, your body can have trouble coping and regulating autonomic functions like immunity, repairing itself, digesting food, circulating blood, breathing, balancing hormones and even regulating your sleep cycle.
There are several health issues linked to stress:
High blood pressure
Diabetes type 2
Headaches & migraines
Gastrointestinal disorders like chronic heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Brain lesions (which are linked to Alzheimer's disease)
To prevent and heal from health issues you have to change and be adaptable. I have found that I am much more adaptable when I am in a loving mind set.
Be Adaptable to Prevent and Heal from Health Issues
Your mental state is essential. When stress shows up in your life make sure you view and approach it with a solution oriented mindset.
Be aware that there is a stress, but put your attention on how to solve it rather than the problem itself.
To prevent and heal from health issues it is important to focus on unconditional love. If you don’t know what unconditional love is, let me tell you. Unconditional love is loving someone, something, even yourself despite who or what they are, their beliefs, actions, feelings, etc.
I know it can be challenging to love yourself and some people because you may feel they don’t deserve it, they are mean, they have done bad things, maybe even killed people. But how do you expect you or that person to change if they only receive negative feelings, thoughts, or actions towards them.
I have found to BE Unconditional Love, the first step is to develop Self-Love.
Watch the video below, I explain a simple technique called Self-Love Supercharger: 9 Steps to Developing Self-Love.
It is a great exercise to do every day in the morning or when you are feeling out of balance to bring you back to a state of balance.
Self-Love Supercharger: 9 Steps to Develop Self-Love
Close your eyes and put your awareness on your heart.
While focusing on your heart pay attention to what it tells you.
Any feelings or thoughts that come up, which are not healthy or balanced feeling, let them go. To let them go, say, “I let this go.”
After your heart feels clear and balanced, say, “I love myself unconditionally.”
Allow in new healthy energy to fill you up. To help with this say, I am open to allowing new healthy energy into my life.”
Integrate this new healthy energy. To do this say, I integrate the new healthy energy in my life.
Visualize your heart being bright pink and take 7 deep breaths imagining your heart filling with pink energy and it getting bigger and expanding outward as far as you can imagine. (You can do more that 7 breaths if you want.)
Place your palms over your heart and take 9 deep breaths with a smile on your face.
Laugh (even if it is fake).
If you want to work with me one on one to develop your Self-Love, you can do so by signing up for a Distance Healing Session
Have you ever wondered if STRESS is the reason for your HEALTH ISSUES?
You try to keep your level of stress, but you still find yourself stressing about what to make for dinner, juggling work and kids, paying your bills on time and even trying to fit in some needed “me” time.
Have you noticed that you just don’t feel as alive or happy as you once did?
Your body is telling you that it needs rest, you are fatigued, not sleeping well and even find yourself a little irritable, but you keep pushing yourself anyways.
Your body is silently beginning to give you warning signs that you need to unplug and tune in!
I know I have been there before. In fact, I believe that stress is what brought about my very own health storm. Learning to unwind the after effects of stress, has been one of my greatest healers.
So, if you feel emotional turmoil more than you feel happy, it's time to listen to yourself and do something about it!
The Scoop On Stress
Stress really is all about your perception of life and your experiences. It is often related to your feelings of:
Over time, these negative feelings and emotions become compounded and can trigger chronic stress.
Stress is the number one reason for illness these days, and your body’s symptoms are often just signs and signals that something is wrong.
Negative emotions and feelings have been known to drain energy and wreak havoc on the body.
These emotions trigger the body's stress response and autonomic nervous system to a cascade of stressful hormones.
Stressful hormones not only lower your immune system, but they also weaken your digestion and steal your sex hormones and deplete them. This leads to a chaotic rhythm of your heart.
What is a Chaotic Rhythm of the Heart?
When your heart and brain have poor communicating, physical issues begin to show up in the body.
People often treat these symptoms with medications, nutritional supplements, diet changes and even new exercise programs.
The truth is, nobody wants to feel awful or imbalanced.
The trouble with only treating your body on a physical level is that usually your results are not sustained. If the original thought patterns and stressors is not dealt with, new symptoms often arise.
I know for me, I had to learn to tame my self judgement and learn acceptance so that I could surrender to the things I could not change. It was a process of letting go, that brought me greater healing.
Your approach to healing needs to incorporate all levels for permanent healing.
Symptoms Of Stress
Stress has a laundry list of symptoms that manifest in the body over time.
A chronically stressed person can have any of the following symptoms and sometimes multiple symptoms.
Memory and Concentration issues
Blood Sugar Regulation issues
Digestive Issues (the gut is our second brain and closely linked)
Sluggish Detoxification Pathways
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Musculoskeletal imbalances and Misalignments
The list is long and certainly this is not an exclusive list.
Stress showed up in my body as chronic pain. This triggered an even bigger stress response which eventually created a lot of hormonal imbalances for me. I had burning pain, which created weight gain and sluggish detox pathways. This was all from stress.
As you can see Stress can truly create many issues in the body and not something you want to let take control of your life and body!
Remember:illness is just a reminder that you have stepped away from wholeness. It's finding your way back to that which will bring about TRUE HEALING.
"The miracle comes quietly into the mind
that stops an instant and is still"
~ A Course in Miracles
5 Steps To Quiet Your Mind and De-Stress For Better Health
Breathe - Take time for yourself each day to slow down and focus on deep breathing. Deep slow breaths have actually been proven to turn down the sympathetic nervous system or stress response and engage the parasympathetic healing response.
It takes a few minutes each day to achieve a peaceful state through our breath.
I have incorporated deep breathing into my everyday routine. It brings about a sense of peacefulness and an abiltiy to cope with stress like I have never had before.
Visualize Love and Happy Memories - One of the best ways to improve the communication between your heart and your brain is to sit quietly each day, or whenever you are feeling stressed, and visualize a happy, joyful, loving memory. It can be something that you hold dear in your heart, or something you make up. All it has to do is bring you that warm feeling in your heart. At the same time breathe in deeply and slowly.
I also find it helpful to smile while doing this. It has been proven that a smile will release your happy hormones, even if it is a fake one!
According to the HeartMath Institute, healthy heart and brain communication is beneficial for improving Heart Rate Variability. As a result, communication between the heart, brain and nervous system are enhanced.
They have proven that positive emotions are associated with a specific physiological state called coherence. When your heart and brain are in coherence you will have improved physiological functioning, emotional stability and mental performance. So in a nutshell, better heart brain coherence equals less stress and negativity.
I have used the HeartMath clip in my meditations and deep breathing exercises to monitor how relaxed and peaceful my body is. I have found it a great tool for showing me when I am stressed and how to better relax.
Make Time For Yourself – In today’s busy and hectic world, it is even more important to take time out for yourself. Create time by...
Taking an uninterrupted bath
Going for a walk in nature
Spend time with your friends
Getting out of your routine and remembering to have fun is what this is all about. With more joy comes less stress, and a healthier immune system.
For me, daily walks on my own are a time to reflect, be one with nature and they bring me a sense of peace.
Let Things Go – In the past I used to get caught up in the small things. Like whether or not the dishes got done, or the mess the kids left behind. I realized that those things didn't deserve my energy. I have gotten into the habit of using a great destressing technique called, Will this matter later.
The technique is done when stress arises by asking yourself, “Will this Matter Tomorrow?” If the answer is no, then I do something that will bring me joy instead.
Count Your Blessings – I used to get caught up in all the things that were wrong with my life, and all the things I did not have. Focusing on those things only intensified the amount of stress I had."
To change this I made a Gratitude List. I wrote down all the things I am thankful for. I focus on that list every day and add things when appropriate. It reminds me that I have so much to be happy about.
Are there things that you do to combat stress and your inner thought demons? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below.