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Developing Resilience

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Developing resilience in a busy hectic life is as important as balancing my microbiome! How is this done? We all have busy times and how we respond in those busy times is the key to a less stressful existence.  How can we ensure that we respond in positive ways when things are hectic or going awry?

With current on-going social and climate change, we live in a world where aspects of daily life can change in an instant.  What was normal on one day can completely change the next. Fires have ravaged through Queensland this week and as I was heading to a conference yesterday on the Sunny Coast a semi-trailer ran off the road closing the M1 (the major highway) for hours yesterday and I was stuck in it.  We had diversions and detours for hours. It reminded me of what I was writing about. In these times of potential change with added stressors it is how we respond that truly matters! I decided to pass the time away calling my family for a chat, listening to my favourite podcasts and enjoying the beautiful scenery surrounding me as I passed through the Glass House Mountains. I could have become completely flustered and frustrated however I chose to remain calm as I continued to move forward. I am not going to say that I was completely oblivious to the added burden (the added stress) however as much as I could I chose to remain calm and centred.  Whilst driving I was reminded of the tremendous power of the Adaptogenic herbs I dispense.  In the herbal medicine world, we call these herbs adaptogens as they do just that: they help the stress response, adapt to alleviating stress in positive ways such as: reducing fatigue, improving endurance and mental health.  More on the adaptogens below!

Without getting to technical developing “resilience” is being able to adapt in an ever-changing world.  The aim is to make better decisions under times of uncertainty. How do we do this?  My aim is to help people make better health choices, in other words become more resilient in life. Developing Resilience

Do one thing for yourself every day that sustains you! One simple thing that creates peace and serenity that helps toward developing strength through consistency. If this means making sure you eat healthily then do it, if it means walking every day for 24mins then do it, if it means meditating for 24mins then do it. If it’s complex, then it’s probably not it. Make this a simple one thing, one action that you consistently attend to like watering a flower until it blooms!

Each day this means to me:  

I meditate or a walk on the beach with Erik (the wonder pup), ride my bike or do yoga. When I don’t do this something just doesn’t feel right. This practice helps me to be strong enabling me to handle the challenges of the day, helps me to develop my resilience so I can respond in a positive way in this ever-changing world.  Commit to yourself – you are the only person you have really!

Here’s a few tips on how to develop resilience:

  • Get enough sleep and exercise, and learn to manage stress
  • Practice thought awareness
  • Practice cognitive restructuring to change the way that you think about negative situations and bad events
  • Learn from your mistakes and failures (it’s okay to fail as that is how we learn)
  • Choose your response
  • Maintain perspective
  • Develop strong relationships with others (friends and family)
  • Take Adaptogens! and B-Complex vitamins (you utilise more during times of stress).

Which herbs are adaptogens? I call these herbs the ‘’modern’’-day herbal medicines of the plant kingdom.  A little bit of stress is a good thing for the body. It keeps us alert and enables us to move out of situations that may potentially hurt or put you in danger. It is when stress is on-going over time that it can cause exhaustion and fatigue, high blood pressure and heart disease, obesity (as cortisol remains high), and mental health issues. High stress impacts immunity and your gut bacterial balance. Here are a few of my favourite adaptogenic herbs. Like all herbs they perform more than one action.

Rhodiola (known as Artic Root or Rose Root grows in the Arctic cold regions of the world). It enhances physical work performance and improves endurance exercise and muscle strength. It calms and enhances learning, cognitive and memory performance, and protects the nervous system from oxidative damage.

Please read more on how Schisandra, Rhodiola and Siberian Ginseng were used by the Russian Army.

Russians were studying herbs

Withania (commonly known as Ashwaganda) is used to enhance longevity and is used in stressful times (as an adaptogen). It also helps in times of both physical and emotional exhaustion and fatigue. It can be used as a tonic for the elderly.

Gotu Kola (commonly known as Centella or Indian Pennywort), supports adrenal exhaustion, fatigue and nervous breakdown. It supports healthy memory function, whereby studies have shown it improves speed and accuracy of working memory and the mood in the elderly. It provides relief of skin conditions, promotes healthy connective tissue, reduces swelling and provides support for vascular integrity. Topically it is known to help wound healing.

Rehmannia (commonly known as Chinese Foxglove) is an excellent herb for autoimmune diseases as it suppresses antibody formation. It is a major adrenal tonic and anti-inflammatory. It helps to increase stamina and improve general well-being. It can assist with vaginal drying and night flushing in menopause.

Siberian Ginseng helps to balance the ‘’on/off’’ switch when stress engages. It balances the hormone interplay. It restores vigour, improves health and in Chinese Medicine promotes a long life.

Schisandra also known as Magnolia vine has bright berry fruits that are used to make the herbal medicine. This digestive herb enhances phase 1 & 2 detoxification, relieves chronic fatigue, physical stress and debility.  It improves physical and mental performance and concentration. It is considered a nerve and adaptogenic tonic.

Gynostemma (also known as Southern ginseng) has been used as a rejuvenating elixir by the people in the mountainous regions of Southern China to increase endurance, strength and to relieve fatigue. It became known to the local people as ‘xiancao’ or the ‘Immortality Herb’’. As an adaptogen, Gynostemma help to manage the stresses of modern life.

If you need help at this time of year as the Christmas Festivities start, why not call to have your personalised adrenal mix made up. For December 2018, mini consults are available – 30 mins – Blood pressure, blood sugar balance, urine analysis (dip stick) and tongue and nail analysis. Why not have a herbal adaptogen with digestive herbs made for you to help you through the busy period.  Please note if a full consultation is needed then please make an appointment for this.  Available until end 18th December 2018.

Cost: 30mins – $60.00 plus your herbal $40 to 95.00 depending on the size and the herbs used.

Call today: Karen 0400836254

Gaining Health Naturally Naturopathy Brisbane, Sunshine Coast Qld

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