Being in the profession that I am in and doing the work that I do has allowed me to see first hand what an excess of perceived stress does to your body and your life. Knowing this, I put into my life, many ways to combat and release my stresses. My best practices being: spending quality time with my family and friends, exercise, journaling, meditation, reading, sleep, good nutrition, massage and regular chiropractic care.
With all these safeguards in place, it’s not often that I feel my stress is unmanageable or “getting to me”. In fact, it’s been years…..until recently. Don’t get me wrong, stress still comes about and short term stressful events will always occur, it’s all a part of life, but how it affects your body can be mitigated.
Recently, I started to notice that little things were effecting me. I was quicker to anger with my family and friends, people were started to annoy me easier at work, I was less patient, and I was having less fun in life. Even playing with my child seemed like it would require too much energy….a huge sign that I was not myself. I had to take time to pause and see how I got to where I was.
It hit me that my safeguards had slowly been falling away and I didn’t notice because the process was gradual. My exercise and sleep have been severely lacking since giving birth. My meditation has gone out the window. This was a practice that I had been doing at least 3 times a week for the past 5 years. All these I had expected to change due to a new shift in priorities i.e. baby. What I didn’t take into account was how I was going to feel having lost some of these.
Now that my son is a little older, sleeping a bit better, etc. It’s time that I start to get back on track and reconnecting with me. I am grateful for the contrast in how I was to how I am now. When things are gradual, it’s harder to notice the day to day changes. It takes a larger gap before we realise the contrast. I also recognise that the frequency that I used to do things may no longer be the same however, the elements still need to be there.
I am grateful for the awareness and the opportunity to change my habits and all the support that I have to do so.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.