Good Stress or Bad?
As we Jump into July here in NE Ohio there is so much to enjoy in the upcoming few months, so many projects to finally get to and places to see. Does the sound of this encourage you or stress you to the point of no action?
Think about how you perceive or react to minor stressful events, such as waking up late, getting into traffic, an argument with a loved one, planning an event party, all somewhat stress causing Right?
Then step it up to stress on the job, all day long stress, living in an environment of perpetual turmoil or abuse.
Now Imagine you are suddenly confronted with a hungry lion, and it jumps at you and you begin to run, Would this stress you out?
When we experience stress our bodies go into a protection mode, done through a perfectly made internal chemical reaction we come equipped with and don’t have to think about. This reaction is turned off and on by how we perceive our situation.
When we see the Lion, our bodies need to prepare us to get to a Safe place. in doing this we undergo a perfect system change to protect us
-Our Heart rate speeds up
-Our Blood pressure increases
-Our breathing quickens
-Chemicals Adrenaline, and Cortisol are released
-Blood flow is routed away from our digestive system and to our arm and legs
-Digestion shuts down
-Pain perception is decreased
When we escape and the lion/stressor is gone, our bodies then go through recovery, reversing the reaction to put us back to a normal resting phase.
These are all actions our bodies take on without our control to protect us based on how we perceive “danger”.
This is Fabulous right? Well it is as long as we can get in and out of the stressful event in a timely manner and fully recover we decrease any long-term issues caused by remaining in this mode.
The problem arises when there are no Lions in the midst yet we have a multitude of other stressful events that constantly plague us, leaving our body in this state for long periods of time.
Our Brain cannot differentiate the difference of REAL Lion chasing stress or the perceived stress of being late for work, or that near miss fender bender.
When we don’t fully recover from the stressor and living in this state of constant stress can takes a toll on the whole body.
This can manifest into weight gain, brain and body fatigue, digestive issues, poor thinking, heart and blood pressure and blood sugar imbalances.
Ok good news!
How our body reacts to stress is normal and protective, can keep us safe and get us motivated to do the things we need to get done.
If you see you may be in this perpetual mode of stress it is wise to recognize this and agree to take action on stress relieving activities and techniques.
Everywhere we turn there are suggestions for getting “downtime” this is when we can relax, decompress, meditate enjoy something we like
As a Functional health coach, I get clients who cannot get rid of unwanted weight especially around the middle area and much of the issues are undiscovered stressors that can be negotiated.
No diet or exercise will help until the stress response is regulated and the body can work properly.
If you or someone you know would like to have a more vibrant and deserved life, reach out to me for a fun, relaxed Discovery session. This is a conversation and an opportunity to explore what areas in your life that needs recognition and support to attain your Health Goals.
-Discover what’s stopping you, slowing you down and keeping you from having the health/life change you want.
-Identify which foods, lifestyle habits you currently have that maybe bring you down And what to do about it
-Develop a step-by-step plan to create a total body and lifestyle transformation.
My whole heart is in contributing my life passion, helping people through being stuck and feeling let down from not following thru on their goals, we struggle to make changes even though it’s imperative to our health and wellness.
Working as a practitioner and coach, I see doctors, dietitians and other healthcare professionals do not have the time or the skills to help people stay encouraged to get lasting results for what is expected for their health.
I found patients feel It is easier to default to old “safe” habits even though they make them feel worse.
You get the right system, support, and accountability so simple actions can result in big accomplishments.
Stop beating yourself up by making promises to yourself that sound good but do not last.
Slow down to the speed of life and see what you will discover.
Let’s Move That Mountain! One little push is all it takes.
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Natalie-Jo Flynn, MSN, CHC, Functional Health Coach
I am Natalie-Jo, a Personal Health and wellness Coach.
A Health Coach is a master of habit change, an advocate for living a healthy, happy lifestyle, a teacher of transformation, and an accountability partner to keep clients striving to reach their ultimate goal.
A Health Coach does not prescribe medicine or take the place of a medical professional, they are the motivators to push the client toward lasting results and lifestyle change using holistic and natural methods.
A Health Coach sets attainable goals for their clients, suggests alternative ways to cope with setbacks, and supports their clients in the unmasking of the true meaning behind behaviors - unconsciously or in reaction to external demands. A Health Coach firmly believes that change cannot occur without accountability and sustained motivation, thus the important role of a Health Coach.
I've had 23 years in medicine and have taken a new path thats best for the those I serve. My mission is to Share my Passion and knowledge, strengths and experiences to connect people with their will to be well. Its easier to stay well that to get well, I guide, advocate, teach and support our community the best way I know how and I keep learning an improving myself in order to be my best for others.