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Lasting Solutions for Stress

Stress Only Natural

 by Calodagh McCumiskey, Spiritual Earth

Stress is the epidemic of our time.  75 to 90 percent of GP visits are stress related.  22 percent of employees in Ireland are stressed all or most of the time at work.  Anxiety and stress are on the increase in schools and third level institutions with 50 percent of students saying they have difficulty concentrating in class because of day to day stress.

Unhealthy stress affects everything from our sleep, to food habits, alcohol and sugar consumption, our biological age, mental and physical health, our ability to focus, our relationships – and our joy.   Unaddressed, unhealthy stress can take over your life and cause a host of debilitating problems. read more →

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Don’t worry, be happy!

Whether we like it or not, stress is a fact of modern life, whether it’s the ongoing challenge of ‘managing’ life in this increasingly frantic world or coping with individual high stress events as life throws them at us. It is a natural reaction to events, our mind telling us to be alert and ready to navigate life’s difficulties. It only becomes a problem when that state of alertness becomes habitual. When we experience prolonged periods of worry and anxiousness so great that we start to become overwhelmed by them, then all sorts of things can go wrong. Firstly there’s the feeling itself, life’s joy becomes overshadowed by fear and worry and then other areas of life become affected. We don’t sleep well and don’t have the energy to function properly and our immune system brain fog imageand digestion come under pressure leading to sickness. Mental fog and poor or no decision making replace clarity of mind. Long term unresolved stress can lead to depression and isolation, not a pretty picture!
So whether you’re trying to cope with a tough period or event or fighting a longer battle to feel better remember the natural strategies and aids that can help. There are many herbal, homoeopathic and nutritional aids to combat excess stress, see our product of the month to see the effect some of these have on the body.

These are some lifestyle recommendations.

Eat plenty of whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables, they provide B vitamins and Magnesium to support the adrenal glands. Fish, nuts, seeds and good vegetable oils help to balance your mood. Avoid tea and coffee which jangle the nerves (while matcha or powdered green tea can actually help them!) and be wary of alcohol (it’s actually depressive and in troubled times we’re more open to addiction).

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Product of the Month, Higher Nature Balance for Nerves

We think it does what it says on the tin!

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We are often asked for something natural to deal with stress and, despite the fact that there are many great products on the market to do just that and it’s never a one size fits all situation as everyone’s needs vary, I often find myself recommending Higher Nature’s Balance for Nerves Capsules as one of the best of them.

The formula contains, among other things, the following :
A number of nerve soothing B vitamins including 50mg of Pantothenic Acid (B5) per capsule to support the adrenal glands and, over time, bring down the body’s production of ‘cortisol’ the ‘fight or flight’ hormone so relieving us of the Higher-nature-balance-for-nerves-imageneed to be on ‘alert status’.
Magnesium, calms the muscles, nature’s relaxant.
L Theanine, an active principal of green tea, increases the body’s production of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are important in relaxation and mood stabilization. L Theanine is thought to affect the body in the same way as meditation does by leading to a state of relaxed alertness.
Lemon Balm which is regarded as a calming herb to reduce stress and anxiety and promote sleep.
Passion Flower which is also beneficial for anxiety and insomnia.
Taurine is an amino acid which encourages the production of the neurotransmitter GABA which in turn decreases the production of cortisol and adrenaline. This allows the body to manage anxiety so that thoughts don’t go spiraling out of control.

So if stress is an issue for you either in the shorter or the longer term consider a natural supplement to help bring you back into balance and remember how good life can be. We think that Higher Nature Balance for Nerves might just be a good first port of call.
30 capsules (two  or four daily) retail for €7.99 and 90 capsules for €21.99.

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Featured Therapist – Gráinne Thompson

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My understanding of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) is that it involves invoking angelic help to work on a cellular level to replace negative energy imprints left by emotional or physical traumas with more positive ones and I certainly found myself very relaxed after I received an IET Session from Gráinne Thompson.
This fuller description is from an Irish website lightingtheways.com.
IET is a hands on healing modality that helps clear away the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual energy blockages while relaxing in a warm comfortable setting. Nine healing Angels are invited to assist in removing the blockages by working with the healer. It is performed on a fully clothed body and it is a very effective healing treatment based on integrating the pain of the past into the present to clear the energetic path at cellular level for a happy and healthy future. There are nine specific points where we suppress trauma and during this healing the old energy is removed at cellular level and replaced with the opposite. For example in the stomach area we hold onto stress and powerlessness- during an IET healing session this is energetically teased out and replaced with ease. It is a very popular and effective treatment for anyone who may be feeling stuck or unhappy in their life.
These are some of the benefits listed too :

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Featured Therapist – Kinesiologist Nuala Sammon

Holistic health imageNuala Sammon RGN Dip AK is a Systematic Kinesiologist whom I went to visit in her own home a few miles outside Enniscorthy in late January. Her background is interesting in that Nuala is both a highly specialised nurse in a Dublin hospital as well being an alternative practitioner. For me at least the obvious passion and integrity that Nuala brings equally to both aspects of her therapeutic life give me great confidence in her motivations. Nuala’s primary diagnostic tool is that of muscle testing, a non invasive method of determining both the current level of function of the bodily systems and the appropriateness of specific remedies for patients. Working with her observations based on muscle testing Nuala recommends both nutritional supplements for their effects on the physical level and vibrational, energetic remedies such as Australian Bush Flower remedies for their emotional and spiritual healing properties.

According to the website of the Association of Systematic Kinesiology in Ireland, of which both Nuala and Finola Foley who practices in Fethard on Sea and who was our featured therapist a few months ago are members 

“Systematic Kinesiology can help with more than 80% of all the health problems that most people put up with, either because it isn’t bad enough to go to the doctor, or because they have sought help but received no relief.

Almost everyone you know suffers from some sort of discomfort as a result of stress. As many as 50% of people suffer from back ache at one time or another, almost everyone gets colds or the flu.  Just feeling unwell, or a bit tired, seems almost to be the norm.

It need not be! Systematic Kinesiology can help you balance your body’s systems, and enjoy a level of health and well-being you may not have experienced since you were a child.”

kinesiology imageKinesiology offers gentle and effective treatments for many health problems such as Headaches, Food Intolerances, Digestive Problems, Bloating, Neck & Shoulder Problems, Sinusitis, Pain, Sleep Problems, Learning Difficulties, Reflux, Fatigue, Anxiety, Fears & Phobias and Vertigo.

Here’s Nuala’s own take on what she offers:

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