Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Calling all busy people!
Its time to STOP and take a moment for you...
You'll know the freight or flight response right? Meet a tiger and our ancestors would have frozen or run for the hills... This is an well known response triggered by the body's sympathetic nervous system (a long winded anatomical term) which floods our bodies with hormones to help us escape the immediate danger.
Unfortunately for our contemporary brains - even when there is no literal tiger, our bodies respond to daily stressors in the same way.
It can take *48 hours* for our bodies to return back to a normal state; by which point we have probably been triggered by another stressor and another and then another...(or eaten by the virtual tiger.)
48 hours! I was surprised by this too and you can see how over a prolonged period; our bodies can become chronically stressed.
The effects of chronic stress are well documented; poor sleep, irritability, weight gain, headaches, muscle tension, an increase in appetite and cravings for sweet, high-fat, and salty foods... (oh yes I know that one well!) The list goes on...
It took me a lifetime to understand the effects of cortisol on the body (more on that later) So what can we do?
"Do nothing?" I hear you say...
The exciting thing is - we can stimulate the 'rest and digest' response in our bodies through techniques such as a daily breathing practice and finding stillness in the body... this stimulates the 'rest and digest response' - or the parasympathetic nervous systems in our bodies (another long winded anatomical phrase)
We work out to keep our body well but we must also rest and it's fascinating that by taking pause to breathe we can learn to manage the effects of stress on the body...
This is where I come in.
Through a series of classes and workshops I guide you though an hour or floor based practices (in your living room, or a comfy space at home, the opposite of Jo Wicks!)
By focussing on our breath (and by giving ourselves permission to do nothing) we can allow our bodies to recover from the daily bouts of stress well encounter.
And of course, this isn't nothing, it is a commitment to yourself, to breathing deeply and returning home to yourself. This can have a very positive impact on our well-being, resulting in better sleep, reduced anxiety and increased creativity.
I know all too well there is *always* something more to do but when we can take time to rest, our body can recover — and so can the mind.
Life is full of unexpected ups and downs. The world is experiencing this collectively right now. And as we all try and work through these shifting times we are told we must practice self care... but in reality it's often very difficult to do so (again, I know!)
How can I help?
I run a weekly restorative & relaxation class every Monday night called a Better Bedtime Routine. I teach people to stop and breath and it's the greatest privilege to be able to do so.
Find out more / booking online and drop me a line anytime.
If you can, take a moment for you today, close your eyes, turn your focus inwards and trust the knowledge of your breath.
Book yourself a self-care treat today.
Ps. You can also find me on instagram @thecontemplativepractice