The impact of stress on the body

Full Body Stress Response – The Real Reasons Why You Feel So Terrible!

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on stress and it’s impact on your body AND mind…

 

According to the Australian Psychological Association (APA),

“Seventy-two percent of Australians admit that stress affects their physical health, and 64% of us claim it’s not doing us any good in the mental health department, either.

The three main causes for stress in Australia are: financial concerns, health issues and family issues.”

Considering that being chronically stressed has become so mainstream these days, and it is such a regular (daily) occurrence, you might think that stress only affects your nervous system?

 

After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it is quite literally unnerving!

 

In actuality, stress, whether the source of it is physical, mental, real or imagined – also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, most major organs, and even your posture and alignment. It really is a full body response!

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Emma Simpson self care & me time

How looking after myself makes me a better Mother & Health Practitioner

This has been a hot topic to say the least these days…self-care, self-love, me time, putting yourself first before others. No matter which way you want to spin it, it’s become a “thing”. But, here’s the definition of Self Care that I identify with the most:

 

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept, in theory, it’s something we very often overlook.

Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”

~ World of Psychology

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What Does Posture Have To Do With Mental Health?

What Does Posture Have to Do With My Mental Health?

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

Here’s what Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy had to say about this in her 2012 TedTalk “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”

“Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Power posing — that is, standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.”

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What the Fascia?!

In terms of physical anatomy, we’re all likely very familiar with the skeletal system, circulatory system, immune system, digestive system as well as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

But, what if I told you that an entire body system (that affects virtually every other system) – has been left off that list?!

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