If you experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis you may be putting yourself at risk of increasing your chances of heart disease, diabetes, obesity or depression.
Over time, the effects of chronic stress are insidious and can be reflected back to us by our daily lifestyle choices. You may find that sleeping can be difficult, you either crash and burn only to wake up at 3am with a racing heart and looping thoughts. Perhaps you lay in bed wide awake waiting for the sleep fairy to come only to doze off right before the alarm. Or, you tend to be a ‘light sleeper’ and whilst asleep you have the feeling that you know you’re sleeping or are woken up easily.
Does any of this sound familiar?
These sleeping habits will usually lead to the overconsumption of caffeine, alcohol, or sugar as a way to deal with the constant feeling of fatigue. This is where you become more susceptible to some of the severe health implications I mentioned above.
The solution is simple, but not easy. Firstly, daily informal or formal mindfulness practices will help to dial down the stress response which will assist in getting a good night’s sleep. Secondly, mindfulness will also improve your ability to be more present and aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You become less inclined to react and reach for the coffee pot a second time and more inclined to take an action that’s in line with better overall health.
If you could use some help, reach out, I’d love to assist. Book a free clarity call with me to find out how