How the pace of modern life is impacting our health

I love this video (and I have fallen a little bit in love with this lady)! In the clip Dr Libby diagnoses “Rushing Woman Syndrome” and discusses its impacts on our health and happiness. I know you can all relate to this as the symptoms are everywhere. Trying to juggle EVERYTHING, feeling as though there are not enough hours in the day and living in a completely frazzled state. Letting your health slip and being consumed with fear of dropping the ball. And all of this because we are trying to please everyone and are seeking validation. We do not feel enough just the way we are.

What this TED Talk does is call out the health dangers this behaviour has on our beautiful, precious bodies. The biochemistry element of the talk helped me to really sit up and take note that we have to make changes. This can’t go on or we will take ourselves seriously ill.

Our bodies are absolute flipping miracles! We can’t mess with them! Living in a state of stress will have drastic impacts on our health and happiness so it is imperative that we get a handle on it. By calming things down, we give ourselves more space to look rationally at everything we are doing and really try and combat “Rushing Woman Syndrome”.

Here are my top 5 tips for getting into your calm zone:

Balanced breathing. Inhale through your nose for count of four and exhale out of your nose for a count of four. Repeat this 10 times.

Gratitude. When you are feeling stressed, think of three things that you are grateful for in that precise moment.

Be present. Take 5 minutes and focus on one behaviour with awareness e.g. notice your feet hitting the ground, the feeling of the wind on your face, the texture and taste of the food in your mouth.

Use affirmations. Repeat the following affirmation in your head and really feel and believe what you are saying; “I am enough just the way I am”.

Crank up the tunes. An oldie but a goodie. Create a playlist of your ultimate feel good songs and just ramp it up if you feel yourself spiralling into a stressed state. I might even have a little sing along too!

Watch here: Dr Libby’s TED talk

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