September is a month to ease ourselves into fall/back to school season and make sure that caring for our health, mind, body, spirit, keeps us strong for life’s demands. Stress alone can wear down our immune systems, short circuit our concentration and memories, conjure up anger, and depress our moods.
Stress is now recognized by the American Medical Association as the foundational cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Additionally, 60% of doctor visits in the US are stress-based; 43% of adults suffer health issues from stress.
It heavily contributes to diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles) because cortisol, the stress hormone responsible for excess stubborn belly fat, also weakens the connective tissues which help to keep the belly in tact.
Common effects of stress include:
- muscle tension/pain
- poor skin
- digestive issues
- weight gain/belly fat
- sleep problems
- grinding teeth/jaw tension
- low libido
- substance abuse
When we dive into the “white water rapids” current of the modern world without respite or stepping back to get perspective, it can take us to the edge of the waterfall, and possibly, over the cliff.
And we wonder what’s wrong with us that we can’t seem to cope with the pace? IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! We simply aren’t designed for constant input. The mind and body require decompression and detoxification in order to function properly long-term. Even if that means just a few moments in a day to be still, focus on our breathing, and count our blessings.
The current is not going to stop. These times are actually accelerating. It’s said that today there’s more information input and stimulation in ONE DAY than an ENTIRE LIFETIME of a person in the early 1900’s.
TAKE A STAND!
FIND YOUR DRY GROUND AND CLAIM IT.
FIND YOUR SLOW STREAM AND WADE IN IT WHEN YOU NEED TO.
Because the foundation of my business is to teach and model self-care, it’s actually my JOB to take care of myself. I block out, schedule time, and make boundaries for self-care, personal life, and creative expression to avoid over-extension and burn out.
A busy mother of a toddler told me: “I feel as though in some of your writing I could replace business owner with mother and feel the same about having to take care of oneself to truly be able to take care of others. Really powerful stuff. I hope you’re able to add those thoughts into future writings for the purpose of both business owners and mothers!”
The old paradigm of service based on self-neglect simply isn’t functional. No one thrives. We have to learn a new way in order to survive, prosper, and continue as a planet.
Find what works for you based on your own life’s circumstances and calling. It’s a living, creative process to develop and walk. Consider these five pillars of health: hydration, diet, exercise, mind-clearing relaxation, sleep.
Learning to listen to our bodies and intuition and actually following these messages is a vital part of self-care. When we take action before the crisis develops, we practice preventive health. We really are the key to our own happiness and well-being. I support you to take whatever steps you need to in order to make sure that this season is a time to flourish and enjoy.