Here we are at the end of the year and the end of my 6-part series on managing stress during the holidays. I hope you have gotten some helpful tips and have enjoyed the holiday season with a bit less stress and a bit more joy.
If you haven’t applied the practices I have suggested in this series, it’s never too late to start. Perhaps make it your New Year’s Intention to add just one practice for stress management and make it a habit next year. It could be as simple as taking 5 minute mindful breathing breaks throughout the day, or every Sunday taking a walk in nature with your phone turned off or scheduling a massage once a month.
The health benefits are enormous if you learn how to manage stress. Cortisol, the hormone that is released when the brain senses an emergency (which in this day and age, could be simply a confrontational email in your inbox or someone cutting you off in traffic), if left unchecked has many damaging effects on the body.
As I said in the first post in this series, chronic stress can increase heart rate, increase blood sugar levels, suppress immune system, create digestive problems, skin conditions and poor memory function.
The immune system is of primary concern if you are creating Permanent Remission. There are T-Cells in your immune system whose sole purpose is to seek out and destroy abnormal cells in the body. If the immune system is weakened by chronic stress, those T-Cells aren’t going to be doing their job as well. [Fun fact: T-Cells are activated by Vitamin D so make sure you are taking a supplement if you aren’t getting regular doses of sunshine this time of year.] We need to be boosting the immune system any way we can and one important way is to manage stress throughout the day.
Let’s make 2018 our healthiest year yet. Let’s do all we can to create the most inhospitable environment for cancer in our bodies that we can. Let’s boost those T-Cells through meditation, visualization, quiet time, exercise, creative time, and social time. Let’s also eat fresh organic vegetables, and reduce our exposure to chemicals, connect with loved ones, spread peace and love, positivity and optimism.
If you feel you could use some support in creating Permanent Remission, I have a new online coaching group forming for a mid-January, 2018 start. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the group.
Happy New Year!