20Week 5: Creating a Lasting Foundation

This is a great time to be looking at how you are integrating The De-Stress Effect into your everyday life. It’s always good to check in with the basics, so do consider revisiting The De-Stress Effect Principles on page 19 in the book to help remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s easy to sometimes find ourselves doing something without quite connecting as the reason has slipped away………very human indeed!

The best motivation for continuing anything is that it makes you feel good. The De-Stress lifestyle factors have contentment, awareness and ‘what we were designed to do’ at their core and it is important that you find the aspects within these that work for you. Life and its stressors will always try and keep us away from mindfulness and self-care when the pressure is high, so ensure you have good systems in place to come back to them when you go through a period where they are less easy to achieve. A consistent mindfulness practice, walk locally, short yoga sequence at home or simply stopping to take stock can get the ball back and rolling.

If you’re feeling you need some fresh inspiration, connect back to body, breath, movement and fun in chapters :

  • Chapter 3: Enjoy Each Moment
  • Part III: Living The De-Stress Effect – chapters 15-18

 

What Works for You – Finding Your Personal Health Path

In this podcast, Charlotte Watts talk to Anna Magee about how to consider and evaluate what suits you as an individual, within your life and its usual ups and downs.

 

16Which Lifestyle Check is key for your specific Stress Suit(s)?

By now you’re probably working out which De-Stress lifestyle inclusions you are likely to fit in and enjoy long-term. If you need to connect back to one specific aspect for you, consider:

Stressed and Wired

Keep paying attention to your breath and giving yourself some space to check you’re not habitually holding or breathing through your mouth. Key consistency practice: Positive Visualisation practice pages 192-3, deeply sigh out whenever you feel stress accumulating and connect to your belly as on page 208.

Stressed and Tired

Keep moving, even when you feel tired but not past the point that wears you further. Key consistency practice: revisit the Listen to Your Body table on page 248.

Stressed and Cold

Keep your circulation flowing by ensuring you move every hour, especially if you’re at a desk and get stuck in your head with work pressures and deadlines. Key consistency practice: get outside whenever possible and practice Viparita Karani on page 231 to invert and encourage good blood flow to the thyroid.

19Stressed and Bloated

Walk, walk, walk to move the body as intended and ensure good circulation around digestive organs and liver. Key consistency practice: spine undulations on page 210 and connect to your belly as on page 208.

Stressed and Sore

Dry brushing (with linseed or sesame oil applied after) can help direct the immune system and circulation towards the skin with good natural stress, shown to help bring down inflammation – see page 111. Key consistency practice: keeping up sugar avoidance is foundational to bringing down inflammation.

Stressed and Demotivated

Get outside, find social activities, a dance class you like…….anything life-affirming that raises those happy beta-endorphins and makes you want more. Key consistency practice: find contact, laughter and joy with people who you trust and love as often as possible.

Stressed and Hormonal

Any of the self-care, detoxifying methods – sauna, steam, Epsom salts baths – on page 111 both help you cope better with any hormonal symptoms but also support good balance through liver support. Key consistency practice: keep walking regularly and daily to keep lymphatic movement around the lower abdominal and reproductive area.

 

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