When we think about the holidays, it’s easy to picture those idyllic moments: family gathered around the table; friends stopping by to exchange gifts; festive parties full of smiling faces and tasty treats.
Those moments do happen. But there’s another reality to the holidays. There are long lines and bustling crowds at the mall. Last-minute rushes to fit in errands you never seem to remember. Pressure to have a perfect, tidy home before the guests show up. And of course the inevitable family squabbles or strained dynami
As 21st century humans, we are in a paradoxical state – healthcare, technology, and access to information have never been better, and yet at the same time, we’ve never been sicker…
And I’m not just talking about physical diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Mental health issues are a huge issue not just in Canada, but in the entire western world.
The adrenal glands sit on top of both of your kidneys, and are little hormone factories. There are two parts of the adrenal glands; the cortex and the medulla. The cortex produces over 30 different steroid hormones most importantly cortisol (the stress hormone), aldosterone (helps regulate blood pressure), pregnenolone (sex hormone precursor), progesterone (female hormone) and DHEA (female health, memory). The medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are responsible for our “fight or flight” response. Even though your adrenal glands are only the size of a walnut, the hormones they secrete have an effect on every system in the body.
My very first Bikram Yoga class took place in Salt Lake City in July of 2001. I was there taking a weeklong course (if you must know: it was in Advanced Hypnosis, from the Anchor Institute).
Over 20 of us had flown in from all over the world for this course. During the day, we went through intensive training, and by the time evening came, we were looking to do something very different with our time at night. The teacher’s assistant, Ruby, asked whether anyone would like to join her that evening and go to a Bikram Yoga class. Ruby was suggesting we practice yoga in a room heated up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
We take our youth for granted until we see it slipping away. Then we fight like crazy to get it back. Stress can definitely make a mark on our youth, but here are four easy and enjoyable ways to minimize stress and help stop the clock.
Do something today you'll thank yourself for tomorrow. Worry and stress are never helpful. In fact, an article by the Huffington Post cites a study that says job stress can lead to cell damage and early aging. And chronic stress has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Breathe. Focus on the task at hand. Give it your deliberate attention and then let it go.