Why prevention? Modern life has become much more complex. Most people live in the big cities where there is tremendous traffic. The problem is that often times there is a lack of organic food and products, as well as the scarcity of parks and green spaces. We tend to wake up with alarm systems and we are constantly bombarded with a variety of stimuli. I was 29 when I came to this country and I even did not have a cell phone. Today it’s unusual even for teenagers not to have a cell phone. I bought my first cell phone at the age 35. I have chosen not to answer my phone all the time as it can be very stressful and overwhelming. So can you.
Even though technological advances have helped us to modernize a lot of manual processes, I think we have lost touch with ourselves and our bodies. We don’t pay enough attention anymore to our natural rhythm. Many people work night shifts and are forced to sleep during the day which throws our internal body clock. When we are stressed, we reach for sugar and carbs and caffeine. This causes our immune system to be out-of-balance. That’s why we have many more chronic illnesses including anxiety, heart problems, diabetes, and even cancer all caused by constant high stress . Research shows that 80-90% of illnesses are stress related. These illnesses can be prevented if we take our health – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial – much more seriously.
Another issue that is very common is that people simply don’t take care of themselves and seek help when the conditions are still mild in nature and intensity. Instead, they wait until the condition is chronic and healing takes much longer and it is also much more expensive to get proper treatments. Actually, it is even worse when it comes to mental health. Even though celebrities have been advocating for more awareness when it comes to mental illnesses which they themselves suffered from, mental illnesses still remain stigmatized. It’s no wonder that people are reluctant to seek help. Some of the celebrities who suffered from mental illnesses, according to research reports, include Hillary Clinton, Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey, Dick Clark, Curt Cobain and many others.
Prevention is key in helping our bodies and minds to function optimally. I’ve been helping and educating people for over 20 years not only helping them to heal from trauma, abuse, and difficult relationships, but more importantly, what they can do to PREVENT the effects of chronic stress.
Some of the EARLY warning signs for anxiety and mood related disorders (such as depression) include:
1. Change in sleep habits (oversleeping or not sleeping enough)
2. Change in appetite, which includes weight loss or weight gain
3. Obsessive thinking, especially at night
4. Difficulty concentrating
5. Irritability and/or anger outburst
6. Crying spells
7. Loss of interest in activities that used to bring fun and joy
9. Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
Some of the tips you can use IMMEDIATEY to get back on track include:
1. Establishing a regular sleep routine and adding a relaxing activity (journaling, reading a book)
2. Eating healthy and enjoying nourishing foods which include whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Avoid white flour, sugar, and caffeine.
3. Exercising a minimum of 3 times a week for 30 minutes
4. Seeking support and talking to a trusted friend or a professional psychotherapist
5. Giving yourself permission to relax and have fun
Don’t wait for things to get better on their own if you are unable to get back on track. I am a phone call away! Call me at 561-299-1028. I am a licensed holistic psychotherapist and your “Stress to Bliss” Guide.