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How to shift from stress to power

Do you find it hard to keep up with the school notes from your kids? Are you overwhelmed with work commitments? Are your house chores seemingly never ending? How many friends have you not caught up with in ages? Do you feel like whatever you do, it just doesn’t seem to be enough!?

If that’s you, then you are prone to adrenal fatigue: It’s a naturopathic term for people experiencing tiredness caused by stress. Your adrenal glands producing cortisol struggle to supply the body with the demand during prolonged periods of stress. Some of the symptoms include mild depression or anxiety, putting on belly fat and not getting it off, and lack of energy.

If you suffer extreme fatigue, go and seek help from a local natural health practitioner. For milder symptoms, consider learning how to deal with your stresses. Let’s face it, we live in a fast-paced world: it’s not going to change. But you have the power to change how you respond to the stress triggers around you.

Yoga and meditation, helps you learn how your stress is triggered and develops alternate neural pathways gearing your mind towards more useful responses to stress. Most people who practice yoga find an instant calm after a class. Yoga is also commonly prescribed by psychologists for having the same effects on depression and anxiety as medicine. Apart from giving health, strength and flexibility, yoga gives you a more fulfilling outlook on life where you- after all- feel that you are enough.

This article can be found in the next Focus Magazine published December 2.

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