Last nights class was a continuation on the digestive system, although a very important topic and one I will definitely touch on again, there is something we briefly spoke about on the first day that I think is more important at this point.
Holistic nutrition is not just about nutrition; it is about a persons environmental, emotional, physical and spiritual components.
In today’s fast paced, rat race world stress rules our lives. Most people struggle to find just 5 minutes a day to slow down. It seems like its go go go from the moment your alarm goes off in the morning to the moment your head hits the pillow at night. All of this stress wreaks havoc on our bodies; stress is basically our bodies natural response to danger, also known as our ‘fight-or-flight’ mechanism. Stress can affect your digestion, sleep, mood, hormones and skin, just to name a few.
We need to realize that stress isn’t the actual situation itself; it is how we react to them, so how can we manage or reduce our stress? Well there isn’t a one-fits-all approach– it is very individualistic. Some people find relief through exercise, through yoga, through meditation, reading a good book, having a bubble bath, chatting with good friends, taking a few really good deep belly breaths, it can be anything that makes you feel grounded and allows you to just be in the moment and slow down. What would happen if we all took a few minutes a day to slow down and be more mindful of the moment? To be honest I don’t know, I’m just as much at fault as everyone else, I need to prioritize time to slow down and breath. So that is my homework for myself, I’m going to focus on finding more ‘me’ time and see how it makes me feel.
Sometimes we all just need to take a step back and realize we are too blessed to be stressed!
what are your de-stress methods? do you daily find time for yourself?