Want to come back to your natural state of balance, calm, clarity and have the capacity to have more, do more without feeling burnout and depleted?
Tired and wired are words I would use to describe how I used to feel before I crashed and burned. Always in motion, moving in the direction of what was next and crossing off the never-ending “to do” list.
At one point I might have even considered myself an adrenaline junkie, constantly “doing” felt addictive, until I was forced to stop “doing” and my body completely shut down with adrenal fatigue and other issues as a result of always pushing my nervous system to its limit.
Because I was always in a constant busy state, my body was always in a heightened state of alert. I did not realize the impact on my nervous system. Our body’s natural fight-or-flight response means we are producing extra cortisol, a stress hormone. And if over-produced for a prolonged period, it has damaging effects on the body. The nervous system, our body’s command center, is always ON when we are in that automatic-pilot mode of doing – doing – doing, never having a moment to rest. My mind would never stop thinking, worrying, ruminating. I would start an activity, get distracted and then move onto another task, not always completing the one at hand. I felt as if I lived with this impending sense of pressure every day. My moods shifted from being super positive to feelings of sadness when things slowed down.
It was difficult for me to fall asleep unless I was completely exhausted and even then I would wake in the middle of the night and my mind would once again begin to race. I even experienced hot flashes, weight creep, and constipation.
Let’s face it, life for modern women can be tough and it is full of responsibilities, although we do not want to admit this because we are raised to be strong and not show ‘weakness’.
Perceived weakness seen as ‘nerves, anxiety, and stress are all completely normal factors of life. However, there are positive and negative stressors . And while a little stress is OK, too much stress can wear you down and make you sick.
Ongoing stress can feel normal in today’s society.
Let me tell you it is NOT normal.
Stress is a major factor impacting women’s health.
However, awareness is key to understanding how to manage stress AND rather than being afraid of these feelings you can learn to give yourself the space to ground and recenter, and avoid the many health implications caused by ongoing stress.
If stress is not managed then the long term consequences for your health could be:
For me, the link to re centering and grounding my nervous system was Ayurveda, living in rhythm with circadian rhythm was key. Ayurveda provided me with super simple tools to get back to feeling inner calm and to be at home in my body.
Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to healing, focusing on mind, body and spirit. Soothing the nervous system is crucial in balancing your health and aging gracefully. AND it is not about taking a pill or a special herb.
In Ayurveda the nervous system is ruled by VATA dosha. Vata is comprised of the elements of ether and air. If you recall the gunas, in my “What is Ayurveda blog?, the qualities of VATA are cold, light,, dry, moving and quick. If there is too much of any of these qualities then VATA is heightened and the nervous system is compromised.
If you are noticing that you are feeling:
These could be signs you need to reset your nervous system.
I am holding a workshop on 11/7 @7:30pm. Nervous System Reset to teach you all my simple and easy to adopt Ayurvedic habits- just in time for the holiday season.
Here are a few things you can do right now to support your journey to more calm and ease.
Come back to your natural state of balance, calm, clarity in my free workshop, sign up for free here.
I can’t wait to share these tools with you. See you there.