I thought everything was going well and that I was on the right track, and then BAM out of the blue, the proverbial hit the fan.
The body is designed to be able to deal with stress. It has a mechanism. The problem is, we are always under stress now, constantly our bodies are exposed to this low grade stress whether it be emotional, physical or from toxins in the air, water, food, skin care etc etc.
This is life now, it’s how we live, it’s how things are now, right? Regardless of where that discussion can lead, let’s talk about what we can do to build our resilience right now!
On Sunday, Adelaide Paleo held a class about Paleo DIY Skincare and where we learnt how to make our own toothpaste and deodorant which is a great way to start to reduce the toxic load on our systems, but also we learnt about SELF-CARE.
What is self-care? Is it something you do, just for you, that makes you feel better, is good for you and helps you stop and relax and take a breath. Well, that’s what it means for me.
Some super smart people I know have given me a few tips I found helpful and I am going to share them with you:
- Be mindful. When you are eating dinner, brushing your teeth, playing with kids. Just be present and focus on the one activity. I know it is diffcult, we have distractions, especially our phones.
- Meditate. It’s not as bad as you think. It takes time to retrain the brain. It’s a muscle. Use it. Try using the app Headspace. It’s brilliant.
- Make a list by googling or thinking about the best ways to help you de-stress. Print it out and put it somewhere you can see everyday, like the wardrobe door. So when you are feeling stressed, go to the list and pick one thing.
- Do something for you, with just you. Take a bath, go for a walk, mindfully moisturise your body saying how brilliant your body parts, get a massage, a pedicure, have chiro, sniff some essential oil.
- Eat real food. Overloading your body with processed, chemical laden filled “food” only adds more stress to your body and immune system as it attempts to deal with the unrecognisable ingredients in those foods, not to mention when they enter the blood stream due to intestinal permeability.
- Get moving. We have heard it for a while now, how exercise releases ‘happy hormones’, but it also helps to move lymph fluid around and helps to encourage the removal of toxins. Just a brisk 5 min walk is a good start. Or do some squats whilst you are rocking the baby to sleep or some pushups whilst the ads are on.
- Laugh. Watch a funny movie, or play with the kids (my son is super funny and cracks me up all the time – I get to laugh a lot).
All of these super simple tips really help to build your resilience and don’t take much time at all.
And then there is this:
“We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and more joy. I hope something here can help you to become stronger. I look forward to walking with you on this path.”
― Eric Greitens,
I was told about that book by one of the same smart people I have derived some of these tips from. I haven’t finished reading it as of yet, but my goodness, it puts things into persepctive and opens your mind. Sometimes when things get tough, it is easy to tuck your head in and hide in your shell and let the struggle fester and eat at you. Instead, poke your little head out and start looking after you! It really will help, it won’t change the struggles, but it can help change how you look and feel about the struggle.