Our reflective phase starts towards the end of our financial year, and we use the time to assess how we feel we've done in the business; what things we can change to better Clean & Natural for our customers, ourselves, and of course our family.
Last edition, we were discussing detoxing the body, this edition, we'd like to discuss detoxing the mind and soul! When I talk about detoxing the mind and soul, I should probably explain that this is a step by step process. Detoxing the mind and body of stress, is so vitally important to the general health of a person, because stress is fast becoming the biggest killer in the UK. You may already be aware, but when stress builds up, so do stress hormones, which in the long run can cause many health issues, including heart disease, cancers and other terminal illnesses.
If however, this occurs too frequently, or unnaturally (through stimulants such as caffeine, sugar etc), then free radicals build up in the system. With these free radicals comes more defense systems from the body, and these can eventually cause fatigue, exhaustion, irritability, and heightened emotions, as well as insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
Below is an excerpt from Helpguide.org, and offers a comprehensive guide to stress and symptoms to look out for.
"...Signs and symptoms of chronic stress or stress overload
The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Anxiety and agitation
- Moodiness, irritability, or anger
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Loneliness and isolation
- Other mental or emotional health problems
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds or flu
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Withdrawing from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)..."
We are constantly under pressure to better ourselves; to get that better job; to have better behaved children. You have to put on this front that everything is fine despite it feeling that everything is about to crumble before your eyes, if you let go of just that one thread. Modern living is busy; information overload springs to mind; constant noise; constant media in your face; email/facebook/twitter/message alerts constantly. Always on the go, always juggling, frantically pulling at all the strings to keep them together.
Open your mind
IN CONCLUSION, STOP & BE MINDFUL OF THE MOMENT.
SIMPLE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION:
As a business owner, a mum of three noisy children, and a constantly busy, noisy, chaotic house; I have trained myself purely by accident to truly appreciate those precious seconds of peace. Without that, I would be sending myself to an early grave. Those microscopic moments of calm are what keep me sane! For more in depth ramblings on my constant juggling act, i will soon be starting a more personal blog as well, so keep your eyes peeled!