Tired but Wired? Uh….ya
I’m sure there are many reasons why I have a tendency towards anxiety! They may include my gender, my age, my upbringing, my genetics, my life situations, the world events, the weather, my Vata, past lives, Karma and the list goes on! The reasons don’t matter that much! The important thing is knowing how to manage it!
I use to think it was just me, but I’m starting to think it’s all of us! Are you a human? Well then, you really can’t avoid it! Often times we don’t want to admit it because we see it as a sign of weakness. I would say weakness is being in denial or faking that we’re just fine. ( I did THAT for a long time!) Strength is courage to look at it and admit it to ourselves!
At out Braveheart Retreat in Oakville this fall Dr. Molly Scotchmer gave us a handout telling us:
How Stress Shows Up in the Body
- weight gain
- tired upon waking
- worrying, fearful
- jaw clenching/teeth grinding
- frequent colds
- insomnia or waking between 2:00 and 4:00 am
- brain fog
- decreased sex drive
- poor concentration
- irregular menstrual cycles
- “tired but wired”
- salt and sugar cravings
- low blood pressure
- heart palpitations
I rest my case. At least you know you’re not alone. Now that we don’t have to try and figure out if we’re stressed or not, we can move in the right direction.
In The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Healthy Living they lay out 3 areas to focus on for optimal health that will help us manage stress: Diet and Nutrition ( whole foods), Physical Activity (Move more, sit less) eg. Instead of driving around looking for the closest parking spot, park in one of the furthest and get the extra steps in and Build Resiliency.
How to Build Resiliency
- get enough sleep
- build good relationships
- take a Stress Management class
- plan getaways
- take time in nature ( bundle up if you have to, but we need to get our butts outdoors!)
- Relaxation ( Do you take time to relax each day? Do you rest on Sundays or have they just become another Saturday filled with rushing around?)
- Spirituality ( take time each day to go inward and connect with silence where that “still small voice” can be heard
Listen to this short but effective meditation to help > build resiliency for your day!