04 Jun Are You Addicted to the Hustle?
Do you look at your phone first thing when you wake up?
Find it difficult to turn your multitasking brain off?
Do you feel like you are always just catching up?
Got jaw, back or neck tension/tightness? TMJ?
Do you give yourself even 10 minutes a day to just sit and to eat or to have a cup of coffee or tea?
Who’s driving your life right now? You or your phone?
You or your hustle?
I only ask because, over the last year, I have seen a change in how my clients’ bodies exhibit stress. ALMOST EVERYONE comes into my office with their Central Nervous System in a state of overwhelm. Even people who don’t particularly feel stressed are exhibiting physical stress responses. It’s not until I do a stress relief exercise with them and help them relax that they even realize just how wound up and tension-filled their bodies have been!
As they start to relax, they notice themselves taking deeper breathes, realizing just how shallowly they were breathing before. They comment on how they can feel their bodies letting go, their bodies relaxing into the into the table. They are surprised how tight their muscles and jaws were, as they relax.
Often, you don’t know how tense or tight you are, until you let it go.
Listen to the sound of your voice? Is it grounded in your body or more high pitched?
Is your breath shallow and fast right now?
It’s amazing the tension and discomfort with which you can unknowingly live. Don’t worry; you too can have this kind of relief and relaxation.
I have created a quick and easy way for you to break the cycle and relax, you can access below.
You might expect this exhibition of physical stress if you were going through a rough patch, or had a recent upset, but the crazy thing is, most of us are living our lives in this state!!!
Then, of course, we wonder why we got sick, have stomach issues, headaches, TMJ, neck and back pain, insomnia, fertility issues, food sensitivities or anxiety.
Just being “on” and having so much interaction with electronic devices with not enough “down time” can cause your central nervous system to become overactive, and exhibit Sympathetic Nervous System or stressed reactions.
In this state, more blood and energy goes from your brain to your limbs, which can cause tightness if it’s not released. Your eyes dilate. Your heart rate and body temperature both increase. And, energy gets directed away from digestion, detoxification, and immune function to fuel your stress response, fight or flight. When your stress is not life-threatening, these physiologic reactions can tire and drain your body.
Think about how much more energy it takes to carry tense muscles and a tight jaw! And stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia and a host of many other diseases.
Doctors will tell you that it is essential to cut down your emotional stress and urge you to better control it, but they don’t tell you how. Exercise and meditation can help. Doing intense cardio like running on the treadmill can help to alleviate anxiety in the moment, but when you think about that issue that has been bothering you again, that same anxiety comes right back. It never helps it go away. Meditation can help you be more present to what you are feeling, to notice what is stressing you out, and be less reactive, but the physical effects of your stress may not be released by it. The practiced meditators I see are often relieved when they feel their bodies relax, and tension leave them in a session.
You can train your body to relax just the way you train it to ride a bike or run a marathon. And, doing the quick and easy exercises, to which you have free access below, on a regular basis can take the intensity out of situations that have been stressful or anxiety provoking for years. So when you think of them, they don’t bother you anymore.
Using this work, my clients have reported:
-Transforming anxiety into calm before a speaking engagement.
Jess Abo, News Correspondent, and Millennial Expert
-Alleviating food cravings and the emotional stress and limiting beliefs that drove them.
Kate Duff, CEO Vizability
-Being able to sleep peacefully through the night after having long-term insomnia while caring for a sick parent.
Antonio Russo, Style Expert NYC
And many more;)
Although no one ever taught you how to release stress physically, you can see how it’s an important skill that can affect your health, your relationships, and your productivity.
It’s my bet that doing the energy based stress relief exercises; you can access for free below, will be as common as yoga in a few years.
Want to get ahead of the curve?
So much peace, love and energy!