There are times where, if you’re like me, you just really don’t feel like it. What is ‘it’? ANYTHING!
Working, socializing, cleaning, cooking, and all the stuff in between.
For me, it happens when I’m either really stressed out or when I’m not being challenged (mind and body). These days, it’s more a stress related response as I busily prepare to complete and test for my designation to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Stress and anxiety have such a profound impact on the digestive system and in case it hasn’t been emphasised in prior posts, I wanted to touch upon this again. When we are stressed, our body shuts down systems that are not vital for survival. The two systems of the body that are commonly impacted by stress and emotional distress are the reproductive and digestive systems.
Our digestion becomes compromised and leads to malabsorption of nutrients which cascades into a ripple effect because we need the right nutrients, in the right proportions to thrive. For example, not absorbing enough Vitamin B12 will have a negative impact on our entire nervous system which is already likely weakened due to feeling stressed in the first place. Aside from digestion and reproduction, stress and anxiety negatively impact the endocrine, cardiovascular, nervous, immune, and respiratory systems so you can see how your entire balance can be thrown off.
Once of my teachers likened feeling anxious, stressed, or even depressed to having a blockage that simply needs to be released. She said that the stagnating energy needs to be moved and actually suggested simply jumping up and down on the bed. By the way, if you just google “Jumping on Bed” you’ll get a good laugh which should cheer you up!
I’m not into jumping up and down on a bed (what would my cats think!?) but it’s helpful to simply move when you feel emotional distress. Do some yoga (click here for my favourite FREE online yoga resource), go for a walk, move around your kitchen (cook!), or dance (I just found this gem…you can thank me later because I’m busy getting my moves on), cycle, swim…whatever it takes. While petting cats is the number one stress relieving mechanism (so says The Health Junction) moving is a close second in stress reduction. So close this post down and get moving!
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)
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