Last week we talked about that wheel of life. I gave some extra time this week before posting this week's assignment, because I really wanted everyone to take that time to exam what that wheel of life and the meaning it has, as you travel in your journey through life. What roads it has taken you on and where you need to focus. That focus leads to this week!
This week is all about SELF CARE!! This is physically and psychologically! This week's goals are pretty simple, and the main goal is to try to make these suggested items a habit, therefore you will continue to have self care through out your life. After all, we want to have a full balance in our wheel of life.
SELF CARE TIPS!
Next week is the last week of the workshop!
One humans stress is not the same as another. Differnt things in our life trigger the stress hormones to be released within our bodies. This causes a chain reaction of cortisol levels to surge through our body. Stress is just not physical, it is mechanical as well. Our body will react causing primary and secondary stress responses. What is all these stress factors doing to our body?
PRIMARY STRESS RESPONSE
IMMEDIATE & URGENT RESPONSE to SERIOUS THREAT
MUSCLES: tense in readiness for action.
SWEAT GLANDS: start up to cool the underlying and overheated muscles.
BLOOD: thickens to help it carry more oxygen, fight infection & stop bleeding
CHOLESTEROL: high cholesterol in blood can cause hardening of the arteries.
BLOOD: heart works harder due to thickened blood.
LIVER: body’s own fats and proteins broken down and released to provide further energy.
HEART: begins to pound, sending blood around body carrying sugar (energy) and hormones (eg. adrenalin)
SKIN: pales as blood diverted to vital organs.
SECONDARY STRESS RESPONSE
ONGOING RESPONSE to UNDEALT WITH STRESS
HEART: racing heartbeat and high blood pressure can lead to strokes or heart attacks.
SKIN: less blood supply can lead to diseases developing
LIVER: glycogen converted to blood sugar to give ‘short distance’ energy.
LUNGS: air passage dilates, breathing more intense to provide more oxygen to feed increase blood supply.
MUSCLES: ongoing tension leads to aches & pains, even muscle strain.
LUNGS: super-oxygenated blood can lead to blackouts and upset heart rhythms.
DIGESTION: processes shut down as blood diverted elsewhere. Mouth goes dry to avoid adding extra fluids to stomach.
BLADDER & RECTUM: Muscles relax to release any excess load.
DIGESTION: shutdown can lead to stomach problems, particularly if you eat on the run. Increase in acidity can contribute to stomach ulcers.
However, our body is designed to give us "warning signs" these are the emotional and physical attributes our bodies will process.
Below are some of the messages our bodies send to tell us we’re stressed.
KEY: Early Warning Signs, Secondary Stress Signs in italics
You can download the effects of stress and warning signs, to review and check mark on your own time. This little poster is just a reminder. Add it to your wellness journal.
I am currently reading some books for my Masters thesis, one of them is The Science of Self Affirmation by Steven Handel . I really loved the suggested list of self affirmation so wanted to share with my blog readers. For those whom are new to affirmations, affirmations can be written and posted on dream vision boards or said out loud. The key is to make it a conscious habit. All you need is at least 5 minutes of your day.
This is a list of suggested self-affirmations. Try to use these as inspiration to come up with self-affirmations of your own. Or if you are really having trouble creating your own, then feel free to use some of these for now.
I hope after reading and using these 100 affirmations for self improvement you have a sense of finding your power within you. Namaste!
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