Many Hats

Wearing many different hats means you have several different jobs or roles – sometimes performing at once. We all have more than one facet to ourselves, there is the professional, the homebody, the prankster, and the comforter in all of us. 

When we are busy it can be difficult to decide which hat to put on next. Wear one hat at a time – hard if you are a multi-tasker. Focus on the task at hand do that with all your energy and love. There will always be another opportunity for your other hats! When you are in the moment, be in the moment. Don’t try and juggle jobs as something will inevitably get missed, this will only cause you to feel pressured and stressed. 

The symptoms of stress include, low energy, headaches, upset stomach (including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea), aches and pains, tense muscles, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent colds and infections, difficulty concentrating, struggling to make decisions, feeling overwhelmed, constantly worrying, being forgetful, being irritable and snappy, sleeping too much or too little, eating too much or too little, and avoiding certain places or people. Getting stressed isn’t worth the bad health – just think about what it takes to try on a hat that doesn’t fit: it either swamps you or it’ll tear apart.

You need to be open to new experiences, humble enough to recognise that you’re out of your element, and quick enough to catch the mistakes and hang that hat up that isn’t working. Don’t try to do everything at once; set small targets you can easily achieve, and don’t focus on the things you can’t change; focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better. Remember some things can wait and nothing bad will happen if you don’t get it done right away. There is always another day to put on the career hat, the relationship hat, and the best one of all, the relaxation hat! 

Which aspect of your life do you want to invest time? This is very important question that will lead to your personal growth. Staying positive is key: find the optimistic viewpoint in negative situations, cultivate a positive environment, go slow (there’s no rush), don’t make a mountain out of a molehill, add value wherever you can, exercise and eat healthy, sleep well, don’t allow fears to hold you back from your dreams, and relax!

Try relaxing your mind by taking slow, deep breaths (or try using breathing exercise apps), practice meditation to focus on the present moment, soak in a warm bath, listen to soothing music, write a daily journal.

Remember stress acts differently in different people – what causes stress in one person may not bother another. Don’t worry though because not all stress is bad – in small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. 

Simple tips to help reduce your stress levels are to avoid caffeine, avoid alcohol, avoid nicotine, exercise, take control and manage your time, talk to someone, keep a journal, get more sleep, say ‘no’ when you need to, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and massage.

Take one day at a time and one task at a time, wear just the one hat on your one head – and go get yourself a hat stand!

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The Cuteness Exponential

Take a deep breath… in through the nose and out through the mouth. Sit down, prepare yourself. The first step is admitting that you have a problem – a very cute problem.

You’re not alone, when something is so totes adorable, we all get the urge to squeeze it and squish it. This reaction to overwhelming cuteness is called, ‘cute aggression.’ It is where you just have this flash of thinking, ‘I want to squeeze it until pops.’

Those who have extremely positive reactions to images of cuteness also displayed stronger aggressive expressions, such as wanting to pinch and squeeze.

So, what explains our impulse to squeeze or nibble or crush or bite unquenchable adorableness? Well, cuteness often elicits a reaction that appears aggressive, such as clenched fists, barred teeth, and growling.

Our initial reaction may be tears of joy, nervous laughter, or cuddling something the unbearable cutie. If it is just too damn cute, then our secondary reaction is to hurt it – even if you’d normally protect it.

This serves to scramble and temper the initial overwhelming emotion, thus bringing us back into balance.

Studies have shown that people who had such positive and negative concurrent reactions regained their emotional equilibrium more quickly. This is important when you’re caring for something adorable.

Come on, we’ve all once uttered, “You’re so cute, I could eat you up!” We’re not actually going to do this, we are just expressing the aggression. This is called, ‘dimorphous expression.’ It is when you express something different than what you’re feeling, such as crying when you’re happy, or laughing when you’re nervous.

Dimorphous expression is also behind another common reaction to cuteness. The expression of sadness even though happy, which involves the sound, ‘awww,’ and an exaggerated frown. So, when you encounter something unbelievable cute, you’re filled with positive feelings, but they can come out looking like aggression or sadness.

Looking at cute images also makes us more attentive to detail, due to the positive feelings created. This triggers a strong ‘approach motivation,’ which is the desire for a good outcome. There is no desire to cause harm. Any aggression is an involuntary response to being overwhelmed by a positive emotion.

Cute aggression is often baffling and embarrassing to the people who experience it. It’s a conundrum; the cuter something is, the more you want to (involuntarily) hurt it.

Studies show that seeing cuter creatures produces greater activity in brain areas involved in emotion. The more cute aggression a person felt, the more activity there is in the brain’s reward system. Our brains make us enjoy looking at cute things by rewarding us with dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel intensely happy. This suggests that people who think about squishing puppies appear to be driven by two powerful forces in the brain; emotion and reward. The combination can be overwhelming, and this may be why the brain starts producing aggressive thoughts. The production of negative emotions helps people get control of the positive ones that are running amok, like a chubby piglet wearing wellies trotting about in a candy store.

Adorable features that we just can’t resist include, big head relative to body size, larger forehead, large eyes, round cheeks, small chin, and small nose. We see these features and our brains want to give cute things extra attention over non-cute things.

The cute aggression reaction is also heavily linked to feeling a caretaking urge towards the cute thing. So, next time you want to nomnom on chubby cheeks, cry at a wedding, laugh inappropriately, or squish a floof, know that it’s normal to deal with strong emotions in this way.

Now, go have a nice cuppa and pop some bubble wrap to calm down xoxo

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Full Body Benefits

A full-body massage will put you in a state of total relaxation, with soft music, low lighting, and a feeling of tranquility. It will also put your body into full activation mode. A massage stimulates your:
☆ nervous system
☆ wakes up your muscles, organs, and glands
☆ moves blood and lymph fluid
☆ stimulates cells to produce
☆ releases chemicals and hormones

So, your body needs a massage to renew itself and reverse the effects of stress. Benefits include:

☆ The slight friction of your massage therapist’s hands along with the massage lotion and oil causes gentle exfoliation, allowing fresh skin cells to emerge.

☆ As you relax, your nervous system enters a ‘rest and digest’ mode. This means that hormone production will balance out. Production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids (LDL) decreases, as feel good endorphins increase. Hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles, menstrual cycles, immune cells, blood sugar, and even how much food you eat, all react positively to the relaxation that accompanies a full-body massage.

☆ If you have areas of pain and tension in your body, it’s possible that they are the result of pressure on nerves caused by tight muscles, and massage may relieve it.

☆ When your muscles contract, blood and lymph fluid are squeezed out, and when they relax fresh blood enters bringing fresh nutrition, oxygen, and immune cells. Massage incorporates stretching and a range of motion movements, which mobilizes the joints and places beneficial tension on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

☆ The lymphatic system balances the fluid and the function of your immune system. Massage aids the flushing of blood through muscle and tissue, which also drain the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes filter out dead cells, waste products, and possible pathogens. Sluggish lymph flow contributes to fluid retention.

☆ Massage encourages blood flow, which brings calcium and other minerals to your bones to support their strength and function, so your skeletal system receives a major boost.

☆ Massage is good for your heart as the vasodilation produced increases your venous return, which increases blood flow and delivery of oxygen to all your organs. Your entire cardiovascular system relaxes and circulation improves, which helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate.

☆ Stress negatively impacts the digestive system. Massage helps how your body processes food and nutrients. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates your digestion and stimulates peristalsis, which moves food through your intestines. When food moves smoothly through the digestive system your stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines work together for maximum nutrient absorption, which supports your overall well-being.

☆ Unrestricted breathing relieves stress. Tension accumulates in the shoulder, chest, and neck muscles, so breathing becomes restricted when we’re stressed. Massage relaxes, and so, breathing deepens and evens to a natural breathing rhythm.

☆ Massage improves muscle flexibility by increasing blood-flow and oxygen circulation to the muscles, decreasing muscular tightness, and lengthening tissue. Maintaining flexibility is key as we age.

☆ Massages boosts the immune system, due to an increase in blood circulation, blood oxygenation, and healing cells, and a decrease in cortisol. The immune system is what fights off viruses and diseases, so give it a hekping hand ti work at it’s best capacity.

☆ Massages promotes the production of serotonin, which is a feel good neurotransmitter, and helps to increase melatonin, which leads to a better sleep cycle.

☆ Massage reduces pain. It decreases muscle tightness and pain related to trigger points. It can also help to desensitize areas that are painful, and reduce the mind-body hypersensitivity related to chronic pain. Reduced pain can lead to an improvement in quality of life, increase in activity level, improved mood and much more!

As you can see from this list, massage therapy produces many benefits, and these are just at the top!

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Self-worth is worth it

Self-worth means that you value yourself. It is an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. It encompasses beliefs about yourself, including emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame.

Here are some ways to nourish your sense of self-worth when it is low:

• Use positive affirmations correctly

• Identify and focus on your own goals and achievements, rather than measuring them against someone else’s

• Practise setting goals and build confidence

• Learn to accept compliments

• Eliminate self-criticism and introduce self-compassion

• Affirm your real worth

• Be nice to yourself

• Challenge any negative

• Speak to yourself in the same way that you’d speak to your mates

• Write down things that you like about yourself

• Get moving! Exercise is a great way to increase motivation

• Strive to be the best version of yourself

• Accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal – everyone makes mistakes

• Focus your energy on the things that are within your control and seeing what you can do about them

• Do what makes you happy and schedule in a little you-time every day

• Celebrate the small stuff

• Surround yourself with a supportive squad who make you feel good about yourself

People with healthy self-worth feel confident in their own opinions, interests, and beliefs. They are capable of making their own decisions, regardless of what the crowd is doing, and are happy within themselves. We all deserve to be happy.

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Help from Dr ED

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Let’s get technical: Erectile Dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. ED can result from a problem with any of these. Stress and mental health concerns can also cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues causes ED; a minor physical condition that slows your sexual response might cause anxiety about maintaining an erection, and resulting anxiety can lead to or worsen ED.

In many cases there is a physical cause like:

• Heart disease

• Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)

• High cholesterol

• High blood pressure (hypertension)

• Diabetes (diabetic neuropathy)

• Obesity

• Metabolic syndrome is a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol

• Parkinson’s disease

• Multiple sclerosis

• Kidney disease

• Certain prescription medications including antidepressants, antihistamines, and medications to treat high blood pressure, pain or prostate conditions

• Tobacco use which restricts blood flow to veins and arteries causing chronic health conditions

• Peyronie’s disease is a development of scar tissue inside the penis

• Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse

• Sleep disorders

• Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate

• Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord, particularly if they damage the nerves or arteries that control erections

• Low testosterone

Put your big boy pants on and get a physical exam. Your doctor will listen to your heart and lungs, check your blood pressure, and examine your testicles and penis. They may also recommend a rectal exam to check your prostrate.

The brain plays a key role in triggering the series of physical events that cause an erection. A number of things can interfere with sexual feelings like:

• Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions

• Stress

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns

Talk therapy can help here by discovering:

• major stress or anxiety factors

• your feelings around sex

• subconscious conflicts that could be affecting your sexual well-being

Some questions that you may be asked include:

• How long have you been experiencing ED? Did it come on suddenly or gradually?

• Are you having any problems with feeling sexual desire, ejaculating, or reaching orgasm?

• How often do you have sex? Has this frequency changed recently?

• How firm are your erections? Is this affected by particular situations or types of stimulation?

• Do you wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night with erections?

• How’s your current relationship? What expectations do you and your partner have for each other? Have there been any changes?

• Have you recently been experiencing a lot of stress?

• What medications are you currently taking? Do you use tobacco, alcohol, or nonprescription drugs?

• Do you have any underlying conditions or have you had any surgery on or injury to your pelvic area?

ED can be caused by only one of these factors, physical and psychological, or by several of them. Consult your doctor so that they can rule out or treat any underlying medical conditions.

As you get older, erections take longer to develop and might not be as firm. You might need more direct touch to your penis to get and keep an erection. Also, sorry lads, your penis does naturally shrink.

The best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and to manage any existing health conditions:

• Work with your doctor to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health conditions

• See your doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests

• Stop smoking, limit or avoid alcohol, and don’t use illegal drugs

• Exercise regularly

• Take steps to reduce stress

• Get help for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns

Your doctor may prescribe medication to help. The following oral medications stimulate blood flow to your penis:

• Avanafil (Stendra)

• Sildenafil (Viagra)

• Tadalafil (Cialis)

• Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)

Alternative assistance:

• Alprostadil (Caverject, Edex, MUSE) can be administered as a penile suppository or as a self-injection at the base or side of the penis.

• Testosterone therapy (TRT) may also be recommended if you have low levels of testosterone.

• Vacuum pumps uses the creation of a vacuum to stimulate an erection by blood being drawn into the penis by a device. A plastic tube is placed over your penis, then a pump creates the vacuum by drawing air out of the plastic tube, an elastic ring at the base of your penis functions to maintain the erection by holding the blood in the penis and preventing it from returning to circulation.

Additional tests:

• Ultrasound can be used to examine the blood vessels of the penis to determine if there’s a problem with penile blood flow.

• Nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test. A portable, battery-powered device, worn on the thigh, is used to evaluate the quality of your nocturnal erections. Data is stored in the device, which your doctor can access later.

• Injection test. During this test, a medication is injected into your penis to stimulate an erection. This allows your doctor to evaluate the firmness of the erection and how long it lasts.

• Urine tests can be used to check for diabetes or other underlying health conditions.

• Blood tests can be used to check for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, and low testosterone.

Now where are those big boy pants? If your butt is puckering at the thought of your doctor’s probing, then start with diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle (including yoga, meditation, and massage) changes first.

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Erectile Remedies

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is often a symptom and not a condition. An erection is a result of complex multisystem processes, and sexual arousal involves the interaction of your body, nervous system, muscles, hormones, and emotions.

Research shows that ED is mostly due to problems with the blood vessels. In fact, plaque buildup in the arteries causes ED in about 40% of men over 50 years old.

Lifestyle treatments include sexual anxiety counselling, psychological counselling, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing tobacco and alcohol use.

Herbal helpers:

Panax ginseng, the herbal Viagra, has solid research behind it. Korean red ginseng dosages from 600 – 1,000 mg taken three times daily shows effectiveness in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Ginsenosides act at the cellular level to improve erection.

It also has an anti-inflammatory action, improves lung function and blood flow, which may reduce ED. It’s beneficial for stamina, concentration, stress reduction, and overall well-being.

There is significant improvement in penile rigidity, girth, duration of erection, improved libido, and overall satisfaction. It releases nitric oxide that helps erectile functions. In human trials, participants took 900 milligrams of Panax ginseng 3 times a day for 8 weeks. Note: This is considered a safe treatment, but on a short-term basis of 6 to 8 weeks, and consult your doctor before use.

Rhodiola rosea dosages of 150 – 200 mg daily (after 3 months) shows improved sexual function and increased energy.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands. It can be converted to both oestrogen and testosterone in the body. The dietary supplement comes from wild yam and soy. Men with ED are more likely to have low levels of DHEA due to hormonal issues as well as poor blood flow to organs. Men taking 50 mg DHEA once a day for 6 months were able to achieve and maintain an erection.

L-arginine is an amino acid naturally present in your body that helps make nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels to facilitate a successful erection, and is essential for healthy sexual functioning. Men with ED taking 5 g of L-arginine daily had improved sexual function. L-arginine combined with Pycnogenol restored sexual ability to 80% of study participants after 2 months, and 92% had restored sexual ability after 3 months.

Acupuncture shows positive results when acupuncture is used to treat ED. Improvement in the quality of erections and restored sexual activity was found in 39% of study participants, and 21% of men who received acupuncture had improved erections.

Maca, or Lepidium meyenii, is rich in amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium. There are three types of maca: red, black, and yellow. Men who took 3 g of maca daily for 8 weeks reported an improvement in sexual desire. While maca is safe, it can elevate blood pressure in people with heart conditions. Please consult your doctor before use.

Ginkgo biloba may increase blood flow to the penis. Improved sexual function in 76% of the study participants was noted in an antidepressant medication study. This is why researchers believe that ginkgo may be effective for men who are experiencing ED due to medication. Positive response when taking 40 – 60 mg capsules twice a day for 4 weeks. Note: Your risk for bleeding may increase, especially if you are on blood thinning medications.

Other herbs reported to treat ED are horny goat weed (epimedium), musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), and saffron (Crocus sativus).

Always talk to your doctor before trying a new herbal supplement as they may interact with your medications or cause unintended side effects.

Overall though, men just remember to have fun! Stressing won’t help so enjoy fooling around. After all, you have 2 hands and a tongue that you can call off the subs bench to play!

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Dentist Deliberations

So, a recent trip to the dentist has me pondering upon this topic. It’s not massage but it does fall into holistic spectrum because oral health can effect our bodies in so many ways.

It’s important to look after your oral health because our mouths are the gateway to our digestive and immune systems. Our whole body health needs more than lip service when it comes to taking care of our teeth and gums.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Other bad effects are: ulcers, sores, bleeding/swollen gums, chronic bad breath, temperature sensitivity, toothache, broken/loss of teeth, receding gums, pain while chewing, jaw clicking, and dry mouth.

Your oral cavity collects bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Some make up the normal flora of your mouth and are generally harmless in small quantities. If you have a diet high in sugar, this encourages acid-producing bacteria, which dissolve tooth enamel and produce dental cavities.

Gumline bacteria thrive in plaque (a sticky matrix). Plaque accumulates, hardens, and migrates down the length of your tooth. This can be removed by regularly brushing and flossing. Plaque can inflame your gums and cause the condition known as gingivitis. Increased inflammation causes your gums to begin to pull away from your teeth creating pockets for pus to collect (known as periodontitis). Oral bacteria and gum inflammation may also be associated with heart disease, endocarditis, and even premature birth.

Researchers have discovered a connection between poor oral health and underlying systemic conditions.

Keeping your mouth healthy is a daily commitment, and in addition to brushing and flossing, your daily routine can include a good dose of mouthwash. Although certain mouthwashes should only be taken periodically, always check with your dentist which is best for you.

It’s also important to have a professional cleaning twice a year during a routine visit with your dentist, in order to detect early and treat signs of gum disease, infections, or other problems, and of course, to keep you smiling.

#smile #oralhealth #wholebodyhealth #massagehealth #bodyconfidence

New Mantra

What’s the biggest obstacle in your way? Of course, the answer is, you. Move out of your own way, get out of your own head space, hush that nagging doubt. If there is something you’ve always yearned to try, then go for it! Just do it!

What’s the worst that could happen? Oh, you might enjoy yourself. Most adrenaline fuelled activities are so safety conscious nowadays that you can be fearless, so take that step off the parapet, high board, or plane. Don’t regret the chances you didn’t take.

Really it’s just yourself stopping you from acquiring some brilliant fireside stories to tell when you’re in your rocking chair. You’re never too old to live life.

If there’s something lingering on that bucket list, from learning crochet to rally car racing, figure out how to achieve it. We all need a hobby, right? Life’s too short to not live and learn.

Find the mantra that fits you; now is your time, trust your gut, lead by example, don’t take no for an answer, be your best self, and live a purposeful life – the choice is yours.

#mantra #beyou #takechances #livelife #mentalhealth #positivementalhealth #meme

Hydration

Water makes up two thirds of our body! You can’t survive without water. So it’s vital to drink enough fluid to maintain good health and avoid urinary tract infections, headaches, constipation, dizziness and confusion, kidney stones, pressure ulcers and more.

Water has a wide range of benefits for your body, everything from removing waste products in urine to lubricating your joints, and keeps your skin healthy.

Water transports nutrients and oxygen around your body, gets rid of waste products, controls your temperature, and aids the function of your digestive system.

Symptoms of dehydration include pain when urinating (UTIs), dry lips and eyes, thirst, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration, not passing urine for eight hours, a weak pulse, a rapid pulse, seizures, and a low level of consciousness.

You should drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash and fruit juice to stay hydrated. The key is to drink regularly throughout the day. Most people need about 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day, which is about 8 – 10 glasses.

Water in food also counts; fruit and vegetables contain lots of water. Cucumber and lettuce have the highest water content of any food at 96%, tomatoes have 94%. Keep your hydration levels topped up by adding them to a salad or a sandwich.

Water-rich fruits also include grapes, watermelon, kiwi, and oranges. Water-rich vegetables also include iceberg lettuce, and celery. 

The exact amount of fluid you need depends on things like:

• Your age – this affects how well your body is able to balance water and salts, and as you get older you store less water

• The amount of physical activity you do – you need to drink more if you exercise more

• The climate – you need to drink more if it’s hot and you’re sweating water out of your body

• If you’re pregnant – you’re more likely to develop constipation during pregnancy so you need to drink more

• Your diet – if you’re following a special diet or very low-calorie diet, you need to drink more

What to drink:

• Water is the best choice to meet your body’s needs for fluids. It doesn’t have any calories and is free from the tap. Dilute squash or fruit juices, and make teas to top up your fluid levels.

• Coconut water is rich in the mineral potassium, contains sodium, chloride, natural sugars, and antioxidants.

• Fruit juice and smoothies contain lots of vitamins. One glass (150ml) can make up one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Try using crushed ice to thicken smoothies rather than yoghurt or milk. 

• Tea and coffee both contain caffeine, which is a mild diuretic increasing the amount of urine produced. It is recommended to only take in 400mg of caffeine a day, which is about three cups of coffee or four cups of tea. Pregnant women should stop at 200mg a day. Try herbal teas or decaffeinated alternatives.

Now it is possible to drink too much water. The reason it can be dangerous is that it can cause the level of salt in your blood to drop too low; a condition called hyponatraemia. If your urine looks really pale, you might be drinking more than you need.

Bonus though is that water can help you lose weight! Water can increase satiety and boost the metabolic rate by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours.

Drinking water half an hour before meals is the most effective. It can make you feel more full, and cold water will encourage the body to use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature.

In summary:

• Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can significantly impair physical performance.

• Mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood, lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance.

• Drinking water can help relieve headaches, prevent constipation, and decrease the risk of kidney stone formation.

Mad March Hare

Do you feel a bit like the Mad March Hare at the moment? With so much in everyday life to manage, it’s difficult to keep the teacups spinning.

We’ve already had Valentine’s day, random act of kindness day, love your pet day, pancake day,  Ash Wednesday, and this year is a leap year in February! Here are a few more days to be aware of coming up in March:

1st St David’s day

8th International women’s day

14th No smoking

15th Red Nose Day

17th St. Patrick’s day

20th International Earth day 

20th First day of spring

22nd Mother’s Day

26th Make up your own holiday day!

By the end of March we may need to make up a holiday to recover! Celebrations are great of course, but more often than not, also stressful. Some of the symptoms of being stressed are:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, worry, and a lack of control
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling/staying asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and digestive issues
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension

There are 3 big players in this stress response:

  1. Norepinephrine grabs attention and gives you focus, becoming more awake and aware of the surrounding situation. It moves blood flow away from areas where it might not be so crucial, like the skin, and toward more essential areas, like the muscles, in times of trouble.
  1. Adrenaline is responsible for our immediate reactions when stressed or scared. It increases heart rate, blood pressure, and energy supplies. 
  1. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugar levels in order to enhance brain function and tissue repair., while decreasing nonessential functions, like the digestive and reproductive systems. In survival mode, the cortisol can be life saving.

Depending upon whatever is stressing you out, it could take anywhere from half an hour to a couple of days to return to a healthy resting state. When you stew on a problem, the body continuously releases stress hormones, and chronic elevated levels can lead to serious illnesses, such as,  Continuously high cortisol levels can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and sugar, decrease libido, produce acne, contribute to obesity, and more.

We need to relax! The relaxation response is a state in which the heart and breathing rate slows, blood pressure lowers, the production of stress hormones decreases, and muscles relax. It also increases serotonin, which positively affects emotions and thoughts.

Massage is a relaxation technique that reduces tension, fear and anxiety, while promoting feelings of calm and wellbeing. It lowers levels of stress hormones, and boosts dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. 

So, massage makes you happy! Book today at http://www.beholisticmassage

So now that we’re relaxed again, let’s look forward to the all the fun of April with Palm Sunday, World health day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and St. George’s day.