Why Stress Management Is Important for Our Emotional Wellbeing and Health [Episode #712]
This week’s topic is: Why Stress Management Is Important for Our Emotional Wellbeing and Health
This falls into our emotional wellbeing cornerstone, as we rotate around these Q&As between our four cornerstones of food, body, emotional wellbeing and spiritual growth. This is because we wholeheartedly believe that taking this holistic approach to self care and wellbeing and health is how we really do feel our best. It’s how we really create our best life. We’re never going to get there just by focusing on one thing like diet or exercise. It really has to be this whole picture.
Emotional wellbeing is so powerful because the energies that we create through our feelings and emotions have such a visceral effect on our physical body, particularly in ways that stress can really break down deep into our bodies. This is just as we know that joy, euphoria, awe, gratitude, and love can actually strengthen our bodies. And there’s so much incredible scientific research that is backing up all of these ideas, things that we can feel though from the inside, from our own intuition.
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Namaste loves and welcome to our Thursday, Q&A podcast where our topic this week is Why Stress Management is Important for Our Emotional Wellbeing and Health. So of course, this falls into our emotional wellbeing. Cornerstone, we rotate around these Q&A, between our four cornerstones food body, emotional wellbeing and spiritual growth, because we wholeheartedly believe that taking this holistic approach to self care and wellbeing and health is how we really do fail our best. It’s how we really create our best life. We’re never gonna get there just by focusing on one thing like diet or exercise. It really has to be this whole picture. And emotional wellbeing is so powerful because the energies that we create through our feelings and emotions have such a visceral effect on our physical body as we’ll get into today in our show, particularly in ways that stress can really break down deep our bodies, just as we know that joy euphoria, awe gratitude, love can actually strengthen our bodies. And there’s so much incredible scientific research that is backing up all of these ideas, things that we can feel though from the inside, from our own intuition.
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Question around the topic of: Why Stress Management Is Important for Our Emotional Wellbeing and Health: I have a very busy life between my career and family and find myself under constant stress. What can I do to help reduce constant feelings of stress?
All right, so let’s get into our show today. Our question comes from Susan who lives in North Carolina. So Susan, thank you so much for writing in sending you lots of love over there to the other side of the country. And your question is I have a very busy life between my career and my family, and I find myself under constant stress. What can I do to help reduce constant feelings of stress?
So thank you so much, Susan. And of course your question is one that many of us feel as we try to navigate life, juggling many different things. When we look at the scope of our day, sometimes it is just overwhelming thinking about [00:04:00] all the things we’re trying to jam into one day, such as driving the kids back and forth to school work projects, getting to the office, laundry, any sort of exercise, downtime, cooking, healthy meals. I mean, there really is a lot. So what we want to start to discern is that it’s not the events in, and of themselves that are creating the stress, but it’s the way that we are approaching life with [00:04:30] the patterns, with our thought patterns, what we’re telling ourselves, we’re telling ourselves it has to be this way. It, you know, we have to pack in this much. We have to get this much done of our to-do list.
It creates this very rigid energy. And this is the energy of stress it’s related to the energy of control, wanting things to be a certain way, which by the way, going beyond control is our theme this month in the Solluna Circle. So we take a deep dive of going beyond [00:05:00] it. If you’re interested, please check out our online, uh, amazing community, which is there’s information on our app. But in order to move past stress, we wanna transcend this rigidity of the way that we’re holding energy. And you can feel that rigidity in your body as stress accumulates into tight shoulders and a tight, almost a fused neck, right? And other places in your body that you may be holding this energy pattern. [00:05:30] So from a scientific perspective, we know that, um, stress again, which comes from these thoughts, it actually changes your functioning, both on a chemical and physical level.
We start to secrete different neurotransmitters stress hormones in our body hormones like adrenaline, which are released by the adrenal glands, telling our body fight or flight. And this really does lead to many different physiological, um, effects, [00:06:00] including our heart rates, starting to really ramp up higher blood pressure. The body’s just cursing through more energy. We’re starting to deplete vitality by this surge. And also it weakens our immune system over time. This stress leads to anxiety, stomach ulcers, stroke, heart disease, even cancer. So we need to go beyond stress to feel that peace [00:06:30] that we’re really seeking in our lives and also to increase our physical health and wellbeing. Everything is so intimately related that we can’t have a conversation about one and not the other.
So how do we break this pattern of stress? How do we start to go beyond it? So, as I mentioned, we’re gonna get into some practical tips. Now, as I mentioned, one of the things that we want to feel into [00:07:00] is what stress feels like. What does it actually manifest in our, how does it manifest as a phenomenon in our lives? In our minds, in our bodies, awareness is really, really important because when we can start to be aware at the beginning of when stress is starting to take hold, what thought am I telling myself, am I pressuring myself to get all of these, um, to do list items done? Am I pressuring [00:07:30] myself to get there faster? Even though there’s so much traffic outta my control, am I stressing myself out so much that I feel so disconnected from my body that now I’m just wanting to eat this whole big pile of food over time, we just wanna start to observe.
What is that like? Does it feel like a tightening in your belly? Are your shoulders clenching? Are you feeling that racing heart and your elevated heart beat and your pulse rate? [00:08:00] It is over time. We wanna start to catch ourselves before we go deeper into that pattern versus trying to correct it and come out of it afterwards. And of course on the journey, we are gonna fall into the stress and then try to climb out of it, you know, as we’re shifting patterns, but at the beginning starts with real just awareness and paying attention. What is going on? What is this feeling? And as I mentioned, you’ll notice that stress is a clamping down. It’s a control. [00:08:30] It’s a constriction, which is very different than flow. The opposite is the waterfall energy. I call it just this open, abundant, magnetic, beautiful energy that flows through us and around us, where we pivot in every moment we are arrive in every moment in the present we breathe, we see what’s needed. We’re not over planning. We just let
This flow of Chi universe source God, move through us. This is what the [00:09:00] Dow day Ching is about this beautiful, uh, treatise from LA LA zoo from thousands of years ago, talking about moving into this flow. And as we talk about in the circle this month, the Dow is, is a central text that we’re working with. One of the lines says doing nothing and yet nothing gets undone. So we just need to realize there’s a different way of moving through life, where we just show up in each moment and things start to [00:09:30] unfold. So in a PR in practical terms, number one, this mindfulness, I just talked about linked to a study in the re in the show notes firstname.lastname@example.org where researchers Reacher researchers have reviewed, reviewed more than 200 studies around mindfulness and mindfulness based therapy, which is very helpful in helping to reduce stress and anxiety and depression.
So in your life, our [00:10:00] first takeaway tip in reducing stress in your life is just starting to be aware of the signs of stress in your physical body and what that feels like. Just be, be aware. Number two, when those feelings start to come in, or once you notice you are in it and you’re fully in it, we wanna start going into the breath. We wanna start focusing on regulating our bodies instead of trying to control [00:10:30] or micromanage the situation outside. Now, of course, there may be an email that you need to respond to, or maybe there’s something very immediate that you need to respond to in a conversation. But a lot of the times you that can wait five minutes or 10 minutes or more. So what we wanna do is we wanna start regulating our body as quickly as possible by tuning into the breath.
And here we can use the expanding, the gaps technique, which is in one of the chapters. I believe [00:11:00] it’s chapter five of the new book. You are more than you think you are, or we breathe in for a count of four. We put the full focus on the breath, nice and slow 1, 2, 3, 4, and then we pause at the top with the lungs full. And then we exhale for count of 4, 2, 3, 4, and then we pause at the bottom and then we continue that flow again. And what this does is we start to calm [00:11:30] the body down. We take that break away from getting into even more deeply consumed with the minutia, with the details of whatever the situation is, whatever the thought pattern is. And a lot of it’s old, let’s be honest. A lot of it’s react, you know, reactions from the past, from wounds, from our childhood, causing us to feel like we have to rev up right away to defend ourselves, which to create safety.
But the truth is we wanna regulate. We wanna calm down the breath. [00:12:00] And then when the breath is settled down, then we can move from clarity from a much higher point and place of power where there’s more power behind our words. We are more clear about what we wanna communicate and how we wanna move forward. So that’s the first things is be aware, notice the signs versus just letting it build up. And suddenly your cardiologist is giving you a really, [00:12:30] um, dismal report or over time, you know, you wake up and you can’t even move your back. We wanna just start to be aware, moments to moment, day to day, what’s coming into my body. Where am I tightening? What’s the thought pattern here? So we start to break it. And then number two, when we notice it’s coming or it’s about to start, or maybe we’re in it, we go into the breath, we practice the expanding, the gaps technique.
And then number three, we want to support the body through our food. Cornerstone, a more resilient body [00:13:00] will be able to cope better in this fast paced modern world, which is why green vegetables are so powerful. And they’ve always been such a, um, a real foundation for our beauty detox and so Luna diet. So in particular chlorophyll, rich foods, foods that are holding the sun energy, this powerful energy of nature, rich in antioxidants, help to reduce inflammation in the body. Um, they have important, uh, [00:13:30] minerals like magnesium and mag magnesium has been shown to even help us with resiliency and protecting against anxiety. So it’s really important that we drink our Glowing Green Smoothie® or drink true, shall I say we don’t wanna chug it. It’s important that we’re adding micro green sprouts greens into all our meals throwing in that broccoli, sauteing the kale or having kale salad with dinner, work them in, rotate them.
So you have different ones and different weeks, [00:14:00] but those green veggies are gonna be really supportive to you. And then number four, really working the stress out of your body through moderate physical exercise. This is so important. It’s like morphine, just releasing those positive feelings. We are meant to move. We are not meant to be constricted. So when we notice that little bits of stress that pile into our bodies and cause the shoulders to tighten or the belly to tighten or [00:14:30] wherever in your body, hold it, exercise is a way to just help dissipate that stress on a regular basis. So it doesn’t accumulate. And so we wanna make sure that our bodies are moving in dynamic ways. That feel good for me. I love to walk. I love to be outside gardening farming. We do a lot of barefoot hiking in Hawaii to the waterfalls, ideally every day in the mornings.
And it just feels really freeing to be outside [00:15:00] and to also move the body, which leads me to our next and fourth point, which is grounding in the earth. Nature is just so healing and a growing number of studies shown that visiting green spaces willing to this in the show notes, if you’re interested in the science can really help reduce stress. It is been proven by the way, the ions are given off from the earth and negative ions to help settle down [00:15:30] and balance the positive ions. This charge that comes from being around electronics, just being in this modern world of go go. The power of nature is the power of being. It’s just being, it’s flowing. It’s not trying. So stress comes from when we’re trying too much. We’re trying to do too much. We’re trying to make a situation fit our expectations versus just merging with what shows up [00:16:00] stress comes from trying to force our way.
Instead, we can realize by spending more time in nature, there is the way, the great way, the way of the Dow, the way of God, universe, spirit source, whatever word you wanna use. But the more we meld with this natural rhythm, which we pick up in nature, the more we just carry it into our day, the more we move more organically. And we start to say, oh, we, we stand up for [00:16:30] ourselves. And we say, Hey, I just can’t get all this done right now. We start to adjust timelines. We start to have less things that we schedule. We just start to eat more simply everything in our day just starts to adjust more around this beautiful, um, energy of natural timing.
And so lastly, I want to note, I think this is point number 5, 1 2, 3, 4, 5 or six [00:17:00] <laugh> is getting enough sleep. So we all know that we are more reactive and more inclined to jump around and to have our emotions feel like they’re going up and down when we haven’t slept well enough. This is so important for us to rejuvenate, to let organs like the kidneys and the adrenals have that restful part of the day. It’s funny in, uh, or it’s interesting [00:17:30] rather that in traditional Chinese medicine and there’s certain hours of the night and sleep that correspond to deep organ rejuvenation, I believe the lungs are something like one o’clock or the kidneys are two or three, whatever it is, I don’t know exactly off the top of my head, but it is this aspect
Of allowing the rhythm again, back to natural rhythm, just like the circadian rhythm, the rhythm of sleep come in to nourish all the organs. And so you feel just more resilient [00:18:00] as you go through your day more awareness grows and you are able to just start to break patterns. Awareness is key. If we don’t see how we’re constantly falling into the same pattern of stressful thinking, then we will continue to be stressed out.
So to review, number one is, um, being, creating more awareness. What does stress feel like when it starts to come in or when it’s already in number two is going inside, regulating yourself [00:18:30] through the expanding the gaps practice. Number three is eating lots of whole green veggies, which are full of chlorophyll and just so grounding and supportive to the body. Number four is moderate exercise. That feels good just to keep stress from building up in your body. Number five is grounding in the earth, spending time outside, preferably barefoot, if you can, or just walking, being in this environment of true being versus trying. And number six is sleeping [00:19:00] well. So you can really be more resilient and we have some specific, huge topic of sleep. Of course, we have some specific podcasts on sleep with sleep experts, which we will link to in the show notes. Speaking of which, please be sure to head over there at mysolluna.com for more podcasts. I think you would enjoy more articles, more information sending you so much love we’ll. We will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast.
Thought of the Week
Before we sign off, I want to leave you with our quote of the week. And this comes from page 137 of the new book, which is in the intuition chapter. And the quote is, “Let Spirit speak to us through our intuition instead of just pushing our agenda.” It means we humble ourselves to the true self, the great force, helping to guide [00:00:30] us, direct us and show us the way. So reminding us again, that stress comes from limitations, smallness thinking it has to be this way control versus opening up more and more expanding your perspective to the way. And so meditation is a really powerful way to tune in and realize we’re part of this whole. And so many of the things we tell ourselves and the schedules and the [00:01:00] ways things have to be really don’t have to be that way. They can just, we can enter the state of a lot more flow and harmony with each moment. Take care and sending you so much love Namaste.