The Dentist Inspired Me

I was at the dentist this morning, I've suffered with teeth grinding (bruxism) since I was very young - it used to drive my family crazy to hear me grinding at night - apparently, I used to have my 'ass' in the air whilst making the hideous noise. Fortunately the raised ass is something of the past and whilst I wear a mouth guard almost every night my teeth have realigned; the enamel has worn but worse is as I get a good grip on the rubber by morning I wake with a headache.

The dentist suggested I reduce, we laughed as I explained that I have a yoga practice, meditation, use essential oils.  Around 20 years ago when I first had the mouth guard I tried hypnotherapy, I used a couple of tapes - yes, tapes morning and evening which did help my overall character, now whilst I don't have those tapes nor could I play them now; it is super easy to jump on YouTube and find guided relaxation.

April is Stress Awareness Month

Over the course of the coming month, you’ll be seeing a lot of content about relaxing and reducing stress here at It’s an important topic and something I’ve given a lot of thought over the years!  We live in such a busy world where we’re always reachable, constantly bombarded with news updates, email alerts, and of course advertisements. Social media puts us under a lot of pressure to document the perfect life, and in between all that we’re juggling family and career, while

paying off perhaps student debt, a large mortgage or property rents. No wonder we’re more stressed than ever and stress related illnesses are on the rise.

It’s high time to relax more and take a more active approach to stress reduction. I invite you to do just that right along with me over the course of the next 30 days. Each day I’ll have a new tip or idea to share with you on the topic. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, sign up here for daily email alerts.

Today, let’s look at how making an effort to relax more can help us reduce stress. Feeling stressed is an ancient biochemical process that has served us well over the
millennia. It’s a way of quickly putting our body on high alert. It is designed to get us ready for physical activity like running away, or fighting. This has
worked well in the distant past, but outside of a sporting event, it doesn’t do us much good these days. We have to find other coping mechanisms and different
ways to calm back down and that’s where making an effort to relax more comes in.

Have you ever gone through a period in your life where you drank way too much coffee (or other caffeinated beverage)? At first, a cup of coffee in the morning will wake you up and keep you alert for a couple of hours. Then, as you start to drink more and more throughout the day, it takes larger quantities of coffee to get the same effect. Your body builds up a caffeine tolerance. It works the same with stress. The more often we are stressed, the more adrenaline and other stimulating substances and hormones the body has to dump into our system to get the same reaction. The problem is that being too stressed too often takes its toll on the body. We need to get down to a safer level of stress.

With the caffiene addiction, we may choose to drink a more calming herbal tea for a while and greatly cut back on the coffee, tea, cola or even just slowly work our way down to 3 cups a day. After a while our caffeine tolerance goes back to normal. Stress works the same way. We can down-cycle the hormone release by making an effort to relax more and stress less. Not only will it greatly benefit your overall health, you’ll also feel better without all those extra stimulants coursing through your system 24/7. I hope you join me and give reducing stress by relaxing more a try over the coming 30 days and beyond.

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