Healing from stress is one of the most poignant topics of today – why? In our society, stress and anxiety are very prevalent, mainly due to how we choose to live our lives. Stress lowers your immune system making you more susceptible to illness, that is why a lot of people get sick after they have been through something stressful in their lives.
Effects of Stress
The effects of stress can cause nerve damage, which then causes insomnia, depression, anxiety, lack of appetite, headaches, and pain in the body (just to name a few). So, what is causing us to be stressed out?
There are many factors that cause us humans to become stressed or anxious:
Healing from Stress with your Diet
Let’s talk about diet first. Consuming foods and drinks that contain caffeine and sugars – like bread, pasta, and pastries, which turn to glucose – cause the much-needed calcium in our body to go into overdrive and leach impurities. When this occurs the nerve sheaths (the tissue that covers and protects the nerves) become worn down or eaten away, causing our nerves to lose their energy and power. Without the sheath, our nerves are like uninsulated electric wires, which finally short out and can lead to anxiety and nervous problems. Staying away from processed foods, choosing to eat organic, fresh fruits and vegetables, and using herbs such as skullcap, valerian root, lobelia, shavegrass, and nettle leaf to heal and repair our nerves is essential, but that is only one piece of the puzzle.
Healing from Stress with your Thoughts
Now I want to talk about thoughts. When we have negative thoughts reeling through our mind’s day in and day out this kind of negativity can cause extreme stress on the body, mind, and spirit. A lot of people take to exercising, which don’t get me wrong is a great way to keep yourself healthy and strong and allow the physical energy to flow through, but if you are using it to run away from your thoughts and feelings then it will merely be counterproductive all together. It is very important to not judge your feelings as right or wrong as this can cause you to feel shame and guilt. Have compassion and forgiveness for yourself, as you do for others. We are multi-faceted with many behavior patterns and emotions – we must accept all of ourselves to be whole. The other side of shame is true accountability.
Allowing our feelings to come, and moving through the center of them with understanding and compassion helps us to move through our feelings faster and without negative effects. Recognizing our triggers and talking about our feelings, journaling, and meditating are also very healthy ways to deal with emotions. When we don’t want to truly feel our feelings and we push them deep down inside or try and numb them they can manifest physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Healing from Stress by Living through your Heart Space
When we are true to our authentic selves and we stand in our own power, our nervous issues can go away. We must always remember that we are responsible for our own happiness, health, and well-being, and no one else. The more you live in your heart space the more your life will reflect that, everything from the work you do to the people that surround you in your life. So, try to make sure that you do something every day that feeds you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually!
For more information on which herbs can help you heal your body from the effects of stress, or the other modalities that I use you can contact me at email@example.com or visit my website www.mauiherbalist.com
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