Stress. Anxiety. Insomnia. Fatigue. Exhaustion. Burnout. These are feelings we are all familiar with to some degree or another, many of us, intimately so. Before I reached my crisis point, I myself got to the point where I experienced all of the above on a near-daily basis. It was beyond frustrating.
I constantly felt like I should have been doing something, but I didn’t have the energy for anything, except for going through the essential motions of eat- work- (try to) sleep. I dragged myself through my days, relying on caffeine to get me through. I dragged myself to yoga, and even that did little to help. Life had lost its spark.
Ironically, at this point I was leading trainings on deep breathing and how to overcome anxiety. I knew what I needed to do to overcome the stress, insomnia, and anxiety, but it was extremely challenging to break the cycle. It wasn’t until I reached my crisis point that I really took back control of my life and did everything I possibly could to kick the stress and insomnia out of my life.
Stress is a natural response to fear. Our body perceives a threat and mobilizes its resources to fight or flee — to survive! In evolutionary context, this made a whole lot of sense: we had to run away from those saber tooth tigers and couldn’t afford for our energy to be divided between digesting and running.
Technology has dramatically changed our environment over the last 25,000 years, yet our internal mechanisms have not. Saber-tooth tigers have been replaced by bosses, deadlines, bills, taxes, and the 24-hour news cycle that bombards us with uncertainty and fear-inducing events.
Our modern culture moves at a frenetic pace, with constant noises, distractions, and demands for our attention. On top of all this is the persistent demand for instantaneous response to communication, which results in a constant level of alertness in the body, raising physical tension.
To be sure, stress in specific contexts still confers benefits, however the chronic levels of stress the vast majority of us experience in this modern, hyper-connected world is wreaking havoc on not just our mental well-being but on our physical health as well.
Numerous studies have shown that stress worsens and is a major contributor to most major health conditions, including:
- heart disease
- depression and anxiety
- gastrointestinal issues
- Alzheimer’s disease
Not only does stress exacerbate serious health conditions, but stress interferes with the body’s ability to heal. It suppresses the immune system and disrupts the functioning of our major hormone systems. A body under stress is
Through my own personal experience and research and studies, I am firmly convinced that stress reduction is a key feature of any health and healing regimen. Regardless of the underlying health issue, reducing stress is critical to achieving full health.
Stress reduction isn’t just essential for people with serious health issues; it’s essential for everyone. In order to reach our full potential and live our best lives, we must all reduce stressors and develop habits that enable us to skillfully manage daily stressors.
My coaching programs help people do just that. When you work with me, I meet you where you are, and together we design a strategy to help you reduce stressors, rediscover your vitality, reconnect with your values, and reawaken your life.
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