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WellbeingBlog: STRESS! (sponsored-blog)

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Stress. We all have it. Especially parents! And expatriates all the more so! Unfortunately, the body cannot separate good stress (e.g. planning a wedding, relocating to another country) from bad stress (e.g. bereavement, money worries, communication & language barriers, or challenging times with children). It simply reacts to all stressors in the same way. Your body’s reaction is also influenced by whether you “perceive” the stressor to be good or bad.   We can all view things differently.

The body releases the stress hormones adrenalin & cortisol from the adrenal glands (little triangular shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys) in order to manage your body’s stress. This is fine when the stress is short-lived. Such as the immediate stress you feel when you set up a new business or start a new job in a new country, plan your move, then eventually move and settle into your new home!  But most people are living in a constant state of stress whether they realise it or not. Simply managing your work/life balance, keeping your child(ren) happy, and earning enough money to live the lifestyle that you want can be very stressful!

It is important to know that excess stress hormones are catabolic (break tissues down).   And when the body is catabolic for a prolonged period of time, the immune system weakens and becomes susceptible to pathogens such as yeast, fungus, parasites and harmful bacteria.  These bugs can easily make a home in your immune-lowered body, causing symptoms such as chronic energy depletion, depression, anxiety, and/or weight gain.

Our most common stressors today tend to be emotionally driven.  Our psychology (our thoughts and emotions) drives our physiology (our physical body). Can you remember a time when you felt really nervous about something? Maybe a job interview, your child’s first day at school, your first parent-teacher meeting? Recall the emotion; now see if you can physically feel how you felt at the time. You may have had sweating palms, a sick knotted or churning feeling in your stomach or tension and discomfort in your neck and shoulders. This may be an extreme feeling, but many people experience this on a daily basis.

When the body/mind is experiencing stress, certain key functions in the body become impaired and in the case of prolonged stress, may eventually halt! Why is this? Well stress initiates a response called fight or flight. This is a protective in built mechanism, a way of the body coping with a perceived stress.

Now bear with me here, but I want you to imagine that you are back in ancestral times, you are out hunting for your family (normally the man’s job, but he is lying in the cave with a headache , a.k.a. manflu!). You are searching for food and to protect yourself you have a spear. Suddenly you come across a wild cat, you realise that you are no match to FIGHT the cat, so instead you wisely choose to take FLIGHT !

Now in order to flee (run fast!) form the cat, your body diverts blood to the peripheries (arms & legs) and away from your vital organs, at the expense of the digestive, detoxification & reproductive systems. This means poor digestion, low energy, PMS, low libido, constipation, headaches, to name a few (labouring women may also note a halt to labour!).

Our modern day wild cats may be screaming children, unreliable tradesman, arguments with our spouses, pain from injury, food intolerences, unknown surroundings, fear in general, etc.  Now you can see how these can quickly add up to quite a stressful situation.

There are 6 different groups of stress, take a look at this list and make a mental note of which may apply to you.

  1. PHYSICAL = body pain, injury or structural imbalance;
  2. CHEMICAL = toxins in our water, foods and personal care products;
  3. ELECTRO-MAGNETIC = pollution from X-rays, scans (including U/S), our mobile phones and laptops;
  4. MENTAL/EMOTIONAL= negative thoughts, over working, worrying about income security;
  5. NUTRITIONAL = under- or over-eating, eating the wrong foods for your body type, vitamin-mineral imbalances;
  6. THERMAL = sunburn or severe cold.

Are your scores adding up?  Read the ACTION LIST for successfully managing your stresses.

Want to learn more?   Try a FREE talk on “How To Reduce Your Stress & Balance Your Hormones Naturally“, sessions held regularly in Chavannes-de-Bogis and Bussigny.


This blog was contributed Jennie & Peak-of-Wellbeing an MiV Sponsor

GOLFBLOG: Flexibility the key to safe and efficient play.

A little bit of a different blog post today, this time contributed by Duncan of Peak-of-Wellbeing and edited by Michelle, and targeted to both the men and women who read this blog, but specifically the golfers!

As a parent, you likely don’t get onto the golf course as often as you used to, or even as often as you’d like to, and so you’ve probably also seen that your game has been affected. Did you know that existing muscle imbalances could also be hampering your swing, causing a potential injury and preventing you from improving your game? The full swing requires nearly perfect joint mechanics for optimum performance & injury prevention and those tight muscles from sitting at a desk all day or carrying around children and their equipment might mean that your joints and muscles are in “less than perfect” condition.

Through years of training golfers and working on rehabilitating their backs, shoulders, knees and hips, I have found that the majority of golfers could greatly benefit from improved flexibility in the hips and lower back. This lack of flexibility in the back often manifests as excessive movement from the hips, with too much sideways movement in the backswing, upper back and arms as the body tries to make up for the restricted movement from the core or centre of the body.

In fact, the number 1. Injury among both male and female golfers is low back pain (53 % & 45% respectively), followed by elbow pain (way behind at 24% & 27%) (Frequency of Golf injuries. 1996 Clinics in Sports Medicine).

Juggling family, work and free time, and thus with limited time on the course already, I am all too aware how frustrating it can be to either have your game affected or to miss time on the course altogether due to niggling injuries and recurrent back pain.

Through clinical experience of working with both male and female golfers, I have found that women benefit from increased stability in the hips, low back and core muscles. Whereas men tend to need more flexibility in the lower back and more mobility in the hips.   For Women,  work on stability can be done with carefully selected core stability exercises using a swiss or physio ball.  For men, flexibility and mobility can be achieved by stretching certain muscles of the pelvis and introducing some rotational exercises.

Men and women who pay attention to these muscles and joints can, after a few short sessions, feel and see an improvement, such as an increase in shot distance (I am sure most golfers would like to be able to increase their drives and fairway shots!) and a reduction in discomfort.

So this is why I believe that golfers (and all those involved in other sports) need to understand which muscles need to be stretched to achieve optimal performance and enjoyment. You can achieve pain-free, high performance golf without spending hours in the gym, you just need to know how. As I like to say, “Improve the body, Improve the golf”.

For more details on my Golf Talks and Workshops email: Duncan@peakofwellbeing.com or register to participate in a free “Whole in One” talk in Bussigny. Details http://peakofwellbeing.com/golf/

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Are you a golfer?

You might also be interested in the 3rd Annual LÉMAN EVENTS GOLF OPEN, as advertised on the Know-it-All Passport Website, which is being held on Saturday, 09 June at the Vuissens Golf Club.  This is promised to be a fun and competitive outdoor networking event with like-minded international golfers and amateur/beginner golfers.

A glass of champagne awaits all the players followed by a delicious lunch and cool prizes!