Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Body Talk... What is your body telling you?


8/365 -- Prednisone: The Double-Edged SwordImage by jsrcyclist via Flickr
Here in our Western Culture we are advanced in many ways- yet in regards to our awareness about our body we are more than lacking!

We pop pills for every ailment we have with-out even trying to figure out what the cause is. One of the many problems with this is that there are so many side affects to these medications- and the greatest problem of all with this course of treatment is that we are not healing the cause.

What would your body say if it could speak? Is it speaking to you now and you just aren't listening? STRESS is a killer as well an instigator of disease and pain. There are illnesses such as Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure (only to name a few) that are directly linked and related to stress. If you don't believe me, ask someone who has one of these illnesses and ask them how stress affects their illness. Many of them can be helped greatly by the use of healthy stress management techniques and a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise).

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But what about pain? Have you ever heard the saying "He's a pain in the neck" or "My heart is broken"? We literally carry stress in our bodies! I am also a certified massage therapist and while I don't practice anymore, I learned a great deal from my many years in practice. I was able to clearly see the link between stress/ emotional pain and physical pain. Inevitably when I would work on a client who had pain in their shoulder's and neck, most often they would open up to me and discuss the stress they had that day or week. I could literally feel their stress!

Each of us has an area in our body that tends to hold stress. It may be your neck and shoulders or perhaps your stomach. Pay attention to your body's reaction when something stressful has occurred or is occurring. Do you get a headache? Does your chest start to feel like your having a heart attack (this is referred to as a panic attack and can mimic a heart attack)? Do you find yourself needing to run to the bathroom because your stomach is "in knots"?

I can go on and on here but the message is to listen to what your body is telling you- even if you don't want to hear it. Don't just pop a pill to mask the symptom because the body is smart and will start to yell and scream at you if it needs to.

Learn how to de-clutter and de-stress your life. Talk to a therapist or someone you trust about the stressors in your life and discover ways to cope with them in a healthier way. Perhaps you need to simplify your life!

Here are some things you can do today that will help:

- Go for a walk

- Take a hot shower

- Get a Massage

-Talk to a friend about what is really going on

-Journal

- Exercise (run, lift weights, etc)

-Take a yoga class

- Meditate

- Go visit the ocean or forest (somewhere peaceful and relaxing)

- Watch a funny movie

- Cry

- Talk to a therapist

-Paint

-Acupuncture

- Examine your life- are you doing what you want to do? Are you happy?

- Make some life changes you've been holding back on

I hope this list of stress management techniques can help you find some relief from your stressful day. You have more control over your stress than you realize. Listen to your body before it screams so loud at you that there is no turning back!

Wishing you a relaxing day,

Elizabeth
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Trusting the flow...

It is often difficult to trust the flow of life- as we often feel like we "have to" or "want to" be in control of things.  But when are we truly "in control" of anything?  I would wager to say "never".  We like to think that we are, that is for sure.  I think my life truly changed when I learned to let go and trust in God- or the Universe- (whatever terminology you like best).

Don't get me wrong, this is often one of the most difficult things to do, but it also the most freeing!  There is a wonderful prayer called the Serenity prayer that I would like to share with you:

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference."

I am not trying to say that we shouldn't set goals or work hard in life- in fact it is quite the opposite!  We reap what we sew- but the fact of the matter is we don't always know exactly what we will reap or if it will come in the exact package we imagine.  Sometimes it's better and sometimes its worse.  I've learned that often, the things I think I want really aren't what I want after all.  I have also learned that the road blocks I have faced and all the many times I have fallen have all been life lessons for me.  So now I pick myself up with grace and keep going- perhaps in a different direction or perhaps in the same direction with a different pathway in mind.

I encourage you to write down exactly what you want in life- spend some time on this- put your order out to God or the Universe and see what happens.  Remember although it may seem like you are in the driver's seat, you are really just along for the ride. But that doesn't mean that the driver doesn't hear you and won't take into consideration your ideas.  The key is though that the driver needs to know where you want to go and that you aren't going to complain the whole ride there or give up on the trip.

My message here is to be clear about what you want in life and not to give up. Pay attention to the flow of life because sometimes it can seem like every door before you is open and available to you and at other times it may seem like every door is closed.  I strongly believe that when this happens, life is heading you in another direction for a reason- a direction that may seem opposite of where you are headed or perhaps may seem like a road block- but in reality is an important step in your journey.

 

May you find your true path and passion in life!

Elizabeth

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mind your thoughts!

"If you think you can or you think you can't, either way you are right!"

If you believe in yourself, you may actually attempt things in life.  But if you don't believe in yourself, why would you ever try?  I realize some of us have grown up with people in our lives who didn't believe in us or who put us down- but just think, every time you put yourself down -in any way- you are letting them win!  You are just picking up where they left off.  You can be mad at others all you want, but the damage that continues with you becomes self-inflicted at some point!

Your thoughts do have the power to create your reality- so please, mind your thoughts and the words that are often repeated in your mind.  The other day I posted a video by Pink- and although the title was a bit intense, I loved the message of the song!  Stop beating yourself up- love yourself and start to believe in yourself- because if you don't it will affect you- and I can promise you that!

5 ways to change your thoughts:

1.  Spend time with positive and supportive people

2. Don't spend (or waste) your time with people who put you down or belittle you (or others)

3.  Make a list of 3 positive qualities about you

4.  Listen to empowering music

5. Start to notice how often you are putting yourself down in any way- and when you do, redirect your focus to anything else (i.e. something else in the room, a sound, a color- anything)- shift your focus!

Extra bonus:

Do something nice for yourself- just because you matter and its important for you to LOVE YOURSELF!

 

All my love,

Elizabeth Cappelletti

www.MYOCTherapist.com