By Kate Reardon is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Intuitive Metaphysical Healer
Stress is a term that gets tossed around again and again in our daily vocabularies and something many of us deal with daily.
Stress affects our system as a result of stimulus, which can be anything from biological, physical, emotional, mental, environmental, internal or external factors. Stress affects us all so differently and has deep profound changes on the biochemistry of our body, our moods and our normal everyday behaviours.
When we are under constant stress the body releases a hormone called cortisol which switches on the sympathetic nervous system and results in a ‘flight or fight’ response.
In its early stages this is a good thing as it gives us a good kick into drive and initiates motivation, action and energy to do whatever it is we need to do. However it becomes extremely detrimental when we stay in ‘flight or fight’ constantly.
This is where most people spend the majority of their time in our modern day living and it has detrimental effects on the mind, body and soul. We work too much, over-stimulate ourselves in all kinds of ways, don’t rest when we need to and continue to push ourselves to beyond our limits.
Biochemically this means that cortisol levels are too high for too long in the blood stream and can lead to inflammation, hormone imbalances, poor digestion, headaches and tension, depleted immune system, muscle aches and pain, sleep disturbances and the inability to ‘switch off”.
Remember to take the time to slow down, tune in and really nourish yourself through times of stress because that is when we really need our self-care practices the most. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it.
Kate Reardon is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Intuitive Metaphysical Healer. After many years of tertiary study in alternative and mind body medicine, Kate set out in search of finding the most dynamic way of helping people achieve radical healing and transformation throughout their lives on a mind, body and soul level.
This journey which started in her own clinical practice in Australia has lead Kate to managing health retreats in Thailand, seeing personal one on one clients in UK, USA, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Indonesia, presenting health workshops and seminars in Thailand and Australia to eventually founding Natural Instinct Healing Health retreat which runs fasting, detox, raw food and yoga in Bali.
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