How to Tell if Stress is Impacting Your Health

How to Tell if Stress is Impacting Your Health

Stress is something that we hear about ALL THE TIME. It’s definitely something that we need to be aware of because it is a main contributor to a variety of diseases. And while we’re fortunate enough not to experience the type stress that was meant to trigger the stress response in the body (being chased by lions) — we do experience lots of emotional and mental stress in our daily lives.

The thing is that if we don’t figure out a way to cope with stress and regularly discharge and shut off the stress response — we are at risk for illness to develop.

Stress is connected to cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and a host of other issues such as premature aging.

So how do you know when you’re feeling stressed?

Signs That You May Be Feeling Stressed:

  • You have trouble shutting down your monkey mind at bedtime
  • You wake up multiple times throughout the night
  • It doesn’t take much to set off your emotions — crying or angry outbursts
  • You feel like you’re always full of tension – arms and shoulders are always tight and sore
  • You frequently get headaches – the ones that feel like someone is squeezing the back of your head
  • You often have a sense of dread — like something horrible will happen
  • You are unable to fully relax even when there is no immediate reason not to
  • Pounding heart, shaking hands and sweating..
  • Increased numbing behaviour such as eating and drinking

 

Does that sound familiar?

Yeah I get it. As an HSP I tend to get stressed so much easier than my family and friends and sometimes over the littlest things. It’s a fact that its HSPs enter into the stress response much easier than their peers AND tend to stay in it much longer.

The thing is that our body is not meant to stay in the stress response for prolonged periods of time and when this does happen — which is quite common these days — it puts our body at risk for dis-ease

Some of the Consequences of Prolonged Stress Include:

  • Fluctuations with blood sugar levels — insulin resistance
  • It can change blood pressure, blood sugar levels and insulin levels — which over time can cause inflammation in the blood vessels leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • It slows down the digestive system which over time can decrease hydrochloric acid production — impacting digestion and absorption of nutrients — imbalances
  • It can also cause a host of digestive issues — IBS, GERD, ulcers
  • Changes to the immune system putting you at risk for illness
  • Impairs memory and concentration
  • Decrease in sex drive and libido
  • Issues with migraines or chronic headaches

 

I know that it sounds a bit scary but that’s not my intention — by bringing awareness to how you’re feeling and whether you experience chronic stress — it allows you to make changes to help reduce these effects.

Are you looking to take the next steps in your health but don’t know where to start?

 

Are you ready to have more energy and kick the sugar & caffeine habit but are feeling stuck?

Are you tired of being tired and are ready to increase your energy naturally?

If so let’s get on a call to discuss how I can help.

Book your FREE 30 Minute Energy & Nutritional Consult below!

 

 

Well until next time my friends,

 

Remember …. It’s about loving yourself where you are so that you can get to where you want to go…one step at a time, one change at a time.

 

Gratitude & Hugs

Jenn Berkelmans

Jenn Berkelmans

Body Awareness & Wellness Coach

I help women with sensitive souls who struggle with overwhelm & emotional fatigue. I help them to reconnect to their inner wisdom and find the stillness within that will allow them to thrive in this chaotic and loud world while helping them to create their own map to health and wellness.

What is Holistic Health and What Does it Stand For?

What is Holistic Health and What Does it Stand For?

Holistic Definition: relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts 

So How Does That Relate to Our Health?

Holistic health as a definition means to approach health as a whole; meaning that when we have a health issue such as digestive issues — rather than just looking at the digestive system similarly we look at the body as a whole to see what other imbalances (lifestyle, emotional, stress, other areas of imbalance) could be impacting the digestion.

In my field of study that means approaching health — by looking at the mind, body & spirit/soul connection

 

The Holistic Triangle (Mind, Body & Spirit) 

These are the three areas that all influence each other and have an impact on our overall health. Down below I’ve listed the individual things that can impact each part of the holistic triangle.

Mind

  • Mindset
  • Preconditioned thinking
  • Our thoughts
  • Negative thinking
  • Our influences (people, stimulus, what we do on a daily basis)
  • Addictions
  • Past traumas/experiences

Body

  • Diet
  • Body
    • Posture
    • Activity level
  • sleep

Spirit/Soul

  • Conditioned self vs true self
    • overthinking/overanalyzing
  • Beliefs
  • Doing what’s expected vs what our soul is calling us to do
  • Disconnection from self
    • Not knowing our purpose
    • Not being true to ourselves and our needs
  • Chakras
  • Energy –
  • Trying to fix things vs viewing them symbolically
  • Emotions
    • Suppress — dis-ease
    • Feel – ease

 

How It Can Hold Us Back From True Healing?

All three sides of the triangle are important to our health and if one side of the triangle is neglected than it will have an impact on the other sides. This can be seen when someone shows signs of “dis-ease” in the body and only one side of the triangle is worked on. 

A good example with this is eating disorders — we can change how much or what a person eats and it may help for a time but if we don’t get to the root cause of what caused the eating disorder to develops (nutritional deficiency, emotional blockages, past trauma etc) and work on those areas then the person will most likely struggle even more to make changes. 

Holistic Health Practices allow us to approach our health as a whole we are able to look at the true “root” cause rather than simply looking at the surface issues. So rather than just putting a band aid on the situation (focusing on one aspect) we can look at what the root cause is and use the holistic triangle to help solve the deeper issue(s).

Lastly, it’s when we are able to approach all three sides of the triangle together, that we will see an impact on our health as a whole. 

Are you looking to take the next steps in your health but don’t know where to start?

 

Are you ready to have more energy and kick the sugar & caffeine habit but are feeling stuck?

Are you tired of being tired and are ready to increase your energy naturally?

If so let’s get on a call to discuss how I can help.

Book your FREE 30 Minute Energy & Nutritional Consult below!

 

 

Well until next time my friends,

 

Remember …. It’s about loving yourself where you are so that you can get to where you want to go…one step at a time, one change at a time.

 

Gratitude & Hugs

Jenn Berkelmans

Jenn Berkelmans

Body Awareness & Wellness Coach

I help women with sensitive souls who struggle with overwhelm & emotional fatigue. I help them to reconnect to their inner wisdom and find the stillness within that will allow them to thrive in this chaotic and loud world while helping them to create their own map to health and wellness.

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