One issue that has arisen from this pandemic is definitely weight gain. It’s the most prominent and consistent complaint amongst my clients of late.
Stress has certainly taken its toll, activating a very strong fight-flight mode within us all with excessive amounts of stress hormones like cortisol being released. The result is an increased armour of defense against COVID – or simply added fat – to distance the virus from entering us.
Our bodies do what they are designed to do. Conserving energy for a possible famine whilst going through lockdowns is a protective mechanism that our primitive genetic makeup does very well.
Calming the stress response can actually have a profound effect on how weight is deposited in our bodies. One of the most accredited and sought-after ways to relax the body is the ancient practice of yoga.
The years have passed mighty quick for me as I find myself now aged 53.
I’ve been super busy raising a family, as well as running my clinic and the continuing education that goes along with that.
Just recently, I have noticed my menstrual cycle has disappeared.
My goodness, I am beginning menopause – I am perimenopausal!
Other than an obvious weight gain (which I put down to the pandemic stress), I personally haven’t had many other obvious signs to suggest this.
However, this is not the norm I can tell you now. So many of my clients come to me for help in relation to so many menopausal symptoms. The most popular being excessive menstrual bleeding, hot flushes, headaches, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and low libido.
So, let’s dive in ladies and learn just what goes on in our bodies as we mature.
No-one can deny a food craving when the desire hits right? We all know pregnant women have regular (albeit unusual) cravings, but what about the rest of us in our everyday life?
Why do we then crave certain food?
A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and the person’s hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food.
Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are in fact normal and are your bodies way of communicating its needs. A strong craving can indicate that your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral.
Understanding the reason behind a craving can point us in the direction of feeding the body what it actually needs instead of a temporary ‘fix’.
In our current uncertain climate, many of us may be feeling disconnected from our family and friends, whilst juggling home, work, and school commitments, inevitably impacting our stress levels and self-esteem.
How we cope during this time is based on how well we can adapt.
Abraham Maslow, a psychological theorist, developed a hierarchical representation of human needs and motivation in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.
He later explained in his book, “Motivation and Personality”, that individuals need to satisfy basic needs (such as food and shelter) in order to progress to higher-level growth needs. The feeling of frustration and uncertainty we are encountering in our daily lives can be linked to this theory.
The recent stress of COVID-19 that has swept across the world has left many feeling anxious and full of fear.
It’s hard to know how to process these emotions, let alone function with them, or best how to get rid of them.
But there is a way to release the magnitude of this stress.
The process involves tapping, or more precisely EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping – and the results are extraordinary.
The term ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’ or simply ‘ACEs’ refers to a range of negative situations a child may face or witness throughout their childhood and before the age of 18.
ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being, and they can have long-term effects on adults’ health and wellness. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society.
The term ‘ACE’ comes from a study that was conducted in the United States in the 1980s that found a significant link between a person’s exposure to ACEs and their physical and mental health throughout their lives.
These experiences include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence.
Have you noticed yourself being more snappy than normal, getting irritated at the drop of a hat at even the smallest things?
The emotional strain of the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people on levels they have not encountered before and coping with the increased tension is reflecting as increased anger in our society.
You might think that venting your anger is healthy, that the people around you are too sensitive, that your anger is justified, or that you need to show your fury to get respect.
But the truth is that anger is much more likely to have a negative impact on the way people see you, impair your judgment, and get in the way of success.
If you’ve felt off lately, you’re not alone. I feel it too.
I don’t think there is a person out there who is coping well with this new lifestyle and situation.
As we navigate through our new normal of a COVID-19 world, the uncertainty of this pandemic is taking a toll. The majority of people are suffering financial hardship, with job losses, business closures, decreased work hours, forced usage of entitlements and the need to access funds wherever possible, such as early superannuation payouts, Centrelink support, and even new loans.
Scary times indeed.
Adding to this already difficult situation is the horrendous hoarding of staple grocery items (such as toilet paper, cleaning goods, pasta, rice & flour) and even medication, sending everyone into further panic.
We are told that dogs are man’s best friend. These cuddly companions with their adorable faces and happy go lucky attitudes certainly fill our lives with such joy.
Nothing beats a long walk with your four-legged friend or seeing the joy on their faces when you pick up a ball and they know it’s playtime. The greeting that meets you when you arrive home is priceless and even just relaxing at home feels better in each other’s company.
Dogs provide us with a sense of emotional wellbeing thanks to the unconditional love they give, making them great company and comfort for so many people.
Countless research shows that dogs bring real health benefits to their owners.