Are you running just to keep up with the pace of life at the moment? Is the pressure of juggling work, home and your other responsibilities beginning to feel overwhelming? Have you lost your sense of humour?
Yes? Then you may be more stressed than you realise.
If you can't remember the last time you felt TOTALLY relaxed, you probably have no way of knowing just how stressed you actually are.
STRESS IS BAD
We all know stress is bad because:
It's important to be self-aware because that allows you to manage pressure and avoid stress. But if life is a blur of activity, it can be difficult to find the time and peace to tap into that self-awareness. And I want to emphasise that pressure is good - without a bit of pressure we wouldn't be as efficient - but too much pressure for too long can create stress.
REFLEXOLOGY - THE ANTIDOTE TO STRESS
So why is Reflexology the antidote to stress? Well, you can't be stressed and relaxed at the same time, it's a physical impossibility - your body won't accommodate it. So, when you are totally relaxed, you release all stress and tension from your body.
And of course, there are many ways to relax - yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc - but often they take some serious personal effort and commitment to master.
Or, if you want to do yourself a favour, you can have a relaxing Reflexology treatment. If you're feeling very stressed, sometimes it's too big a stretch to get relaxed all by yourself, so why not accept a helping hand.
And relaxation doesn't just help you destress, it also:
HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY HELP YOU RELAX?
It's about intention: the very act of booking a treatment can help you feel you're taking action to deal with the problem of stress. And then you don't need to do anything except turn up at the appointed time because someone else is there to do the work. Phew! What a relief.
It's physiological: there are more nerve endings per square centimetre in the foot than any other part of the body. Our feet constantly supply us with information and our feet, hands and face account for two-thirds of the sensory information to the brain about stress/relaxation. Reflexology helps to relax the feet and biofeedback from the brain consequently sends our relaxing chemicals and hormones throughout the body.
It's healing: touch is healing and soothing and because foot reflexology is remote - how many other treatments happen 5-6ft from your head? -it's easier to relax and it's perfect for those of us who don't like "hands on" therapies.
And, when you relax physically, your mind begins to slow down.
So, what if Reflexology could help get you started in really managing your pressure and avoiding stress?
Or, maybe you're already pretty good at managing pressure and avoiding stress, but think how much better you'd be with some regular support.
Managing pressure and avoiding stress as best you can will allow you maintain a balanced approach to life and help keep you in the driving seat. And if you hit one of those unavoidable stressful situations, then at least it's less likely to be the last straw.
To encourage you to reduce your stress levels, improve your health and nurture your self-awareness with Reflexology I'm doing a special offer:
3 Reflexology treatments for the price of 2 - that's a £35 discount ...
PLUS you'll also get a free relaxation CD, worth £10, that you can use any time you need. The relaxations only last 15 minutes, so they're short and easy to do.
To take advantage of this offer, just give me a call on 07724 197627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's an article which underlines the important of timing if you're trying to conceive.....
And this is an extract:
"Conclusions and recommendations for those trying to conceive:
The combined results of these studies indicate the following:
"We are lucky to get half the nutrition our parents and grandparents did in the Fifties and Sixties," said Amanda Williams, managing director of Cytoplan, a UK distributor of the "food-state" supplements in an article in The Independent today.
Over the last 60 years the food chain has changed out of all recognition, becoming industrialised and chemicalised, and causing depletion of the nutrient levels in the soil. This, combined with an increasing trend towards food production becoming more and more processed, makes it ever more difficult to be sure that our food is providing all the nutrients we require.
Our body is designed to live on fresh fruit and vegetables and the more natural the food, the greater the benefit it provides to the body. We need our food to provide essential vitamins and minerals or we need to find alternative sources of these essential elements to good health in the form of supplements.
But are supplements all they’re cracked up to be?
Most vitamin supplements are synthetic and as such may have limited benefits: they do not contain the complex mixture of factors that are available from nature, and may also contain fillers or binders and artificial flavourings. Some claim that these synthetic vitamin supplements act as free radicals in the body increasing toxicity.
The best way to top up your mineral and vitamin reserve is through a varied diet, high in (organic) fresh fruit and vegetables, white meat and whole grains, but if you feel you need a supplement, then seek out food-state supplements. These are nutrients which are combined with other appropriate food bases to ensure they come complete with the phytonutrients and associated food factors that are necessary for optimal absorption and use in the body.
The advantages of this more natural approach to supplements are:
1. They are easy for the body to absorb because the particles are smaller
2. They are more effective because they provide nutrients in a state as close as possible to food
3. They avoid increasing the toxic load on the body because they contain no GMO materials, synthetic chemicals, fungicides or herbicides
And if you’re trying to conceive, it’s important to get all the vitamins and minerals you need to improve fertility, in as natural a way as possible.
Looking for suppliers? Just Google food-state supplement suppliers, but be warned, they're expensive, very expensive!
Your body naturally strives to be in a state of balance and it's constantly adjusting to maintain that state of balance: your breathing, temperature, blood pressure, blood volume, fluid levels, cell life cycles, hormone levels and a multitude of other adjustments are being made by your body every minute. This balance is created from a dynamic process that responds to internal and external factors: what you eat, your level of physical activity, stress, environmental pollution, and a whole range of factors.
And your body needs to be in balance with your mental and emotional state - thought patterns and emotions have a physical impact – your thoughts and feelings can affect posture and chemical responses in the body: the stress response is a great example of how mind and emotions can affect physical state.
So here are a few ways to maximise your fertility, naturally:
When it comes to diet, go for organic, unprocessed, colourful food. If possible, cook from scratch to avoid additives, and have a wide variety of food. Avoid white or grey foods such as white bread, pasta and rice and avoid diet foods as they are likely to contain artificial sweeteners such Aspartame. Cut out crackers, pastries, cakes and chocolate as they are likely to contain transfats which are linked to lower fertility and avoid products with MSG such as chinese meals, flavoured crisps, meat seasonings and packaged soups.
Alcohol, caffeine, smoking, recreational drugs, and unnecessary medications are all no no's. Avoid stress or develop powerful coping strategies to deal with stress - try meditation to help detox the mind and take the edge off negative mindsets.
Avoid the gym and excessive exercise (long runs, rows, etc). Walking is great exercise and extremely beneficial, especially if you walk in a natural environment. Go for natural forms of exercise such as yoga and if possible find a fertility yoga class. Muscle building exercise diverts testosterone from the reproductive organs to the muscles. Avoid cycling and swimming.
Ensure A Natural Environment
Check your house for cleaning products - many of these contain toxic chemicals. Many of these chemicals were tested in the 1950's and 60's and not in the more stringent health criteria that exist today. Try cleaning your house with lemon juice and baking of soda or buy natural products from your health food store. If you feel like being a bit more creative, you can go online and discover how to make your own cleaning products.
And that goes for beauty and personal care products for hair, body and personal hygiene. Check online to see if you can find more natural versions of your beauty and personal care products.
Laptops should not be kept on laps and mobiles should not be kept in pockets - they give off low levels of radiation. If possible avoid low level radiation from TV, VDU, digital clocks and electric blankets and avoid living near pylons, radio stations/masts, phone exchanges for the same reasons.
Live A Natural Lifestyle
Be creative - draw or paint, sew, bake, write or do whatever you do to get your creative juices going. Being creative connects mind, body and emotion to your desire to create a baby. Look at your life and strip it back to the bare essentials. Look at your life and how you spend your time and ask yourself whether it gives you joy or if it's just there to fill in the time. Go for joy!
To help you work your way through this more easily, write down a list of all the things you'd like to do to establish a more natural lifestyle. Then work out what are the three easiest things to do and do them. Then work out what are the three most impactful things and work out a plan for implementing them. Then knock of the rest of the list at a rate of three items a week.
I hope you have joy in living a more natural life and maximising your fertility, naturally.