Let Us Make 2019 A Stress-Free Year!

It’s being great with the kids home during the holidays and to have a trip away visit friends and relatives. With the excitement of a starting a new school my daughters settling in nicely. Now it is time to face our responsibilities get into the New Year and work on our daily routines. That’s put things into place to make 2019 work for you. So you can get on top of your stress before it affects you.


Is Stress Getting in the Way?

Stress seems to be linked in with our busy modern lifestyle, and it may come as a surprise to you that the effects of stress can have a significant impact on your mental wellbeing. Withal that in mind, you may not know that stress can impact many body systems potentially hindering the achievement of other health goals like digestive function and losing weight, so it is essential to understand what the stress response is and how it could affect you.


What is Fight or Flight Response? 

Evolution has moulded our stress response over 1000s of years to help us to survive and cope with immediate dangers, like the approaching tiger! 

In response to the threat/stress, the body produces chemical messengers, adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline with a rapidly released from your adrenal glands, and this gives you the ability to either stand and fight or run as fast as you can. 

In today’s world, the threat of been killed by wild animals is extremely low. The stress is constant, whether it be from work, family or financial pressure your body interprets this the same way as if a tiger was constantly stalking you, your body is always on high alert. Stress may be the underlying reason for a wide range of what appears to be unrelated symptoms like fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, constipation, reflux, weight loss gain.


What the Heck – Stress Is Damaging My Body!

  • Stress producers cortisol signals that release of sugars into the bloodstream in too activate the muscles so you can run away from Mr Tiger. If the sugar spikes are not used as fuel by the muscles, the sugar will convert into fat and weight gain.
  • If left unchecked longterm stress producers a state of widespread adverse effects in areas all over the body such as:
  • Nervous system: fatigue, mood swings, insomnia
  • Digestive: constipation, IBS, reflux, bloating
  • Endocrine: irregular blood sugar control, low libido, menstrual irregularity, weight gain,  infertility, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism 
  • Heart: high blood pressure, palpitations 

The benefits in Breaking the Cycle

You can break the cycle. Nutrients and herbs can reduce the overactive stress response, which may be getting in the way of your health goals.

Minerals like magnesium are essential for the nervous system by supporting your neurotransmitters and resolved fatigue by increasing the available cellular energy. 

Activated B vitamins also support your nervous system as well as playing a role in energy production. Many patients comment to me how they feel so much better on their Activated Bs.

Adaptogens are a class of herbs that increase your body’s physical and mental capacity to cope with stress — herbs like Withania, and Rehmannia. 

These herbs don’t work all the time for everybody, some need different herbs and combined with nutrients depend on symptoms, others may need to detox first before supporting nervous systems. Pre-diagnosed medical conditions also need to be considered. Always check with a health care professional before taking supplements if you are uncertain if it will interact adversely with your doctor’s medication.


Smart Strategies to get Less Stressful

It would be wise to implement these into your lifestyle to help manage your stress. 

  • Eat healthily – It nourishes your brain function.
    • Protein – lean proteins, 
    • Complex carbs – from fresh vegetables high in antioxidant and fibre. 
    • Fats – healthy fats from fish, nuts and seeds
  • Exercise burns up excess adrenaline while releasing a ‘feel good’ hormone call endorphins’.“Exercise helps all conditions by 50% in almost all cases” Professor Kerry Bone. 
  • Sleep – we all now how ordinary we feel when we have a terrible nights sleep. Get seven to eight hours per night, it will make a big difference on your reactiveness to stress. 
  • Meditate – is essential in today’s world especially if you cannot “switch off” at night. There are lots of techniques available to help calm an overactive mind, such as relaxation meditations, mindfulness and creative visualisation. I practice Vipassana Meditation daily and have found that to be very useful. My wife thinks I am a better husband and mentor thinks I am a better student. If you want to chat about Vipassana give me a call, I more than happy share my experience with you.

Stress is an inevitable part of our modern life 

You don’t have to work it out all on your own. The purpose of life is not to be diet its to have a variety of experiences and to have the vitality to enjoy those human experiences. You have to have your health. Health does not mean you have to eat sprouts and stand on your head all day. It means something different for each of us.

I would love to support you with herbs and nutrients and technics that I have found helpful to manage my stress levels. If you got the time, I am happy to talk with you about how a naturopathic wellness medicine program could be of value to you. My doors always open and I am happy to discuss this with you so you can regain control over the stress in your life. 

In wisdom and good health
Phone: +61 409 278 320

Written by: Brendon Groves Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner and Founder of Groves Naturopathics