De-stress your health in 6 simple steps

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De-stress your health in 6 simple steps. November 2020 International Stress Awareness Week seems to be the culmination of the mother and father of a long and stressful year! I’m putting my hand up - I’m stressed out! And before long it’ll be December, Christmas, New Year and…. arggh!  When will it stop?!

Yep, I’m stressed out – but what am I actually doing about it?

 “Stress is not a state of mind… it’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch”

 – Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

I’m not doing enough! Like many of us, over the last few months my stress levels have been steadily rising…  and my body has been telling me loud and clear to ‘Do something about it NOW!”

And have I listened? No!

Even with an autoimmune condition, I’ve been ignoring the signs. I’ve been trying to power through with the peddle to the mettle, getting stuff done before I ease off – like driving a car that’s low on fuel even faster to reach the petrol station before it runs out!

Trying to outdrive stress is like driving a car that’s low on fuel even faster to reach the garage before you run out… Click To Tweet

BIG mistake. I ache: My head is aching, by body is aching, my fingers and joints are aching and my inflammatory markers must be high. as. a. kite.  Needless to say, I’m pretty cross with myself.

So… what’s the plan? I’m going to re-build my resilience and re-create health by taking my own (very good!) advice – and I invite you to join me.

6 simple steps to de-stress your health

Step 1: Get mindful on creating resilient, whole-health


Step 2: Revisit my story - Making nutrition and lifestyle changes is life-changing! It’s just too easy to take our progress and health achievements for granted. My story charts the long hard work I had to put in to recover – I need to remind myself of this journey regularly!

Step 3: Re-visit my articles on stress - I'll start here - it sounds like a work-focused article, but it’s a really good foundation and an actionable summary. - I can’t over-emphasise how our gut health impacts every aspect of our health and how much stress knocks out our gut function.  - The physiology of chronic stress promotes disease and prevents healing. Flooding our body with stress hormones which break down muscle for energy, reduce our thyroid function, slow, or shut down metabolic processes and provoke systemic inflammation… pre-disposes us to chronic illness – as I know! - Movement is medicine. Moving in nature is the best medicine – as I know!

Step 4. Pick one (achievable!) action from each of the 5 elements of whole-health and commit to it. - I’ll re-organise my daily routine to incorporate these actions – it’s what we do every day that sends our body ‘safety’ signals, allowing the rest-de-stress-digest to heal inflammation and pain.

Step 5: Find an ‘accountability-buddy’ for support and to keep on track.

Step 6: I’ll JUST DO IT!

Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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