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.
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.
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.
Emotions are such an integral part of being human. We adore the good feelings no doubt and wish they would last forever. But sadly, the reality is that life lessons force negative emotions to rise and often, even engulf us,
We naturally look for ways to release the turmoil in our body’s when stress hits. Traditional methods often include practices such as counselling, meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), reiki, acupuncture, massage, and even hypnotherapy.
There is also a tool which is not often used for letting go but can be very beneficial in the release of toxic emotions – that tool is essential oils.
Essential oils can help release all the emotions that keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
This is because your sense of smell links directly to the limbic lobe of your brain which stores and releases emotional trauma. Smelling essential oils can help you mobilize and release the negative emotions like anger, fear, shame, guilt or grief so that you can move forward and heal.
I am always amazed by the human body and how it “speaks” to us about what is wrong with it. My traditional education as a pharmacist did not educate me with the understanding that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has known for over 5,000 years. Studying natural medicine enlightened me tremendously, but it was own personal search for answers that opened up my mind to the bigger picture of well-being.
According to ancient healing wisdom, each emotion is associated with a specific organ, which, if out of balance will cause specific symptoms.
Emotions are of course a natural part of being human. It is when these emotions become excessive or are repressed and turned inward that they become pathological and cause disease. It is not the intensity as much as the prolonged duration or an extreme emotion, which causes damage.
I have spoken with so many people over my 27 years in pharmacy. I have heard just about everything. Customers have shared their most happiest moments, as well as confided in me their most horrific events. Looking back over all of these stories, it’s clear to me that the human spirit cannot be broken.
I have learnt that if you just take the time to speak with someone, you soon find that everyone has a dark history they are trying to forget or a current challenge they are desperately coping with.
We all have inside of us an infinite amount of strength. We all possess an ability to face even the most difficult obstacles and to move through them with grace and tact.
I turn the key in the shop door around 8 am and enter into a new day. Today is a fresh day and I take a moment to bless myself and the pharmacy with positive thoughts and a clear mind. Retail can be very draining on the soul.
I rev up the computers and tills, play a list of my favourite pick-me-up songs on YouTube and I’m off and running.
We live in an information technology age where ‘Doctor Google’ gets more visits than an average health professional. Consumers are desperate for help and advice in healing themselves from modern day ailments. I know I was when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
However, getting the correct information from trusted professionals is paramount in order to avoid doing harm rather than good. Strangely, finding the right help is like finding a needle in a haystack these days. There just doesn’t seem to be enough health professionals who really know how to treat chronic illnesses.