Stressed out Nation: Worship at the Altar of Stress.

Stress is such an overused word, isn’t it? I feel like so many people worship at the altar of stress. Like it’s a badge of honor.

And yes, as a nation,

77% people report physical symptoms of stress

73% people report psychological symptoms of stress

Are you in that ¼ who doesn’t? If not, why not? What can you do to get there? Face your life. Face your experiences and your reactions to what’s going on. You have the power to take complete responsibility!

Yerkes-Dodson Graph: AKA Finding the Balance between Arousal (Stress) & Performance

With no stress, it can be hard to get stuff done. But, when the stress gets too much, it can be hard to follow through because of the negative effects of the hormones, such as cortisol which build up and impact productivity.

This relationship is immortalized by the Yerkes-Dodson graph.

You can see that there is that sweet spot. When the arousal and performance are working well together.

What does that look like for you? Have you paid attention? When does your performance start getting worse….?

You stress. Eustress. Good Stress.

We need stress. We need pressure. We need some fire under our ass. So that we get moving and are productive in the spheres of our lives that are important to us!!

This is called Eustress:
“moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer.”

Do you know what eustress looks like for you? We are all very different people, so learning what beneficial stress is for yourself, is a really good thing to increase your productivity!

Cleanse: Video 2

Here is Cleanse Video 2:

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Cleanse: Video 3

Here is Cleanse Video 3:

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Cleanse: Video 1

Here is Cleanse Video 1:

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Golden Milk for a Golden Night’s Sleep

If you find yourself waking in the night, this is such a great tool to help!! I could NOT believe the power this had and so much better for you than a prescription sleeping pill, which was what my Doctor suggested!

1 c milk
½ tsp vanilla
¼-½ tsp of each: nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric
(few shards of nutmeg, 2-3 cardamom pods lightly crushed, ¼ stick of cinnamon)
Optional 1-2 strands of saffron

Mix together in a saucepan and heat gently.
Nut milks sometimes denature and separate if brought to boiling. If you’re used to cow’s milk, unsweetened nut milks can seem, well unsweet, so you can add ½ tsp of honey, maple syrup etc when it’s off the heat.
If using cow’s milk, bringing it to the boil can make it more digestible.
If possible use whole spices, rather then powder – the flavor infuses and you can sieve them out, rather than the powders settling in the bottom

3 Tips for a Kickass Nap

  1. Make it short and sweet. Less than an hour – otherwise you’ll be foggy and find it hard to wake up. (Caveat – if you had a very disturbed night, try to make up your 7-8 hours, before 3pm).
  2. Nap before 3pm so you don’t perpetuate the disturbed sleep cycle.
  3. Use ear plugs and an eye mask to pacify your senses.

EIGHT Reasons Why you Should Meditate

  1. Meditation teaches you about your own mind
  2. Meditation teaches you to let go
  3. Meditation teaches you to pause before you react
  4. Meditation can change your brain – increases empathy areas, reduced reaction to emotional events
  5. Meditation improves your ability to be kind to yourself
  6. Meditation makes you happier
  7. Meditation improves your immune function
  8. Meditation creates more balance and healthy modifications in your body (blood pressure, lung function, cortisol levels)

Feed your soul.

When you wake up there’s that perfect moment to frame your day. Starting your day on your own terms.

Instead of filling your head with the agendas of others – emails, or your FB or Insta feeds, allow yourself the space to focus on you.

First, sit quietly and contemplate & try out one or more of these practices:

  1. What are you grateful for? Write down 5 things you’re grateful for.
  2. Journal – your Morning Dump – as one of my mentors calls it. Get it all out – the good, the bad, the inspirational!
  3. Meditate – become friends with your mind.
  4. Read a few chapters of a book that inspires you, motivates you, grounds you.