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New Beginnings Starts With You

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It’s interesting to know that you can actually run a self-analysis without having to be a professional Psychologist. Yes it’s possible.

So let’s talk about you… Give yourself a sincere answer to these questions.

How well do you know yourself?

How much can you really say about yourself?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Do you know your limits?

Do you know when you need to stop and take a break?

How much pressure can you really handle?

How much warning signs are you ignoring?

It’s funny how we can easily say that people don’t know us when we actually don’t even know ourselves well enough. As a matter of fact, when you don’t know yourself, you’ll always want to live your life like someone else by striving to do what others are doing regardless of your own capabilities. This fruitless effort often results in stressful living. What you are unaware of is that such individuals that you are trying to emulate have possibly developed resilience over the years as a result of their experiences in life.

Keep in mind that we are all unique and therefore what applies to one may not necessarily go for the other. This is why it is expedient that we learn to study ourselves in order to gain an understanding of what we can handle and vice versa.

So also it is with how well we can handle events in our lives that have potential to cause stress. Remember that stress is our body’s reaction to events that are perceived as threatening.

The first step towards solving any problem is to identify it!

There are various common stress triggers encountered daily and being armed with a wealth of knowledge regarding your own bodily “perception” and “reaction” to these events will surely keep stress away. Ignorance should therefore no longer be an excuse for becoming weighed down with stress.

How do you perceive and react to the following common events of everyday living:

  • Relationship demands (commitment and expectations to family, marriage and other relationships)
  • Work demands (increased work load, long working hours, dead lines)
  • Major life changes (relocation, marriage, getting pregnant, loosing a loved one)
  • Environmental triggers (traffic, unstable cost of living, noise, pollution)

perceptionTake out time to become conscious of your physical as well as emotional responses to these common stressors. Become aware of events that cause your heart to pound, make you anxious as well as change your mood.

If you perceive these events as being capable of getting you overwhelmed and you ALLOW them, then they will. Adjust your perception because not all life’s events are aimed at defeating you!

Remember to follow me on twitter at @Drmorayojimoh for more life changing updates on #NewBeginnings.

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New Beginnings…

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Enough of living life like an ambulance, always being on an emergency mode.

STOP! …

There must be an explanation for the nagging headaches, constant mood swings, disorganization, unexplainable forgetfulness, unproductiveness, nervousness, overwhelming feelings, sleeplessness, frequent illnesses… because they cannot all just be coincidences.

It has become quite worrisome that a lot of people are really unaware of the adverse side effects their lifestyle has on their well-being only to realize when it’s too late.

Stress is a thief, don’t let it steal away your happiness and fulfillment in life. It should rather be nipped in the bud! But first, let’s understand what stress really is. It is simply our body’s reaction to circumstances of daily life especially ones that are perceived as threatening.  When this happens, certain stress hormones such as Adrenaline and Cortisol are released into our blood stream aimed at preparing our body to either face or run away from the challenging circumstance. That’s why this response is called “the flight or fight” response.

For example,

If you were faced with a threatening situation such as:

being confronted by a large snake on your way home, you will typically get frightened and notice a speedy increase in your heart rate. You’ll also begin to sweat instantly and have various thoughts running through your mind.

At that time, Adrenaline surges through your body and you may find yourself running away from that situation or at least making an attempt to escape.

Also,

A less threatening situation like getting a new job can cause some level of stress as you prepare to face the new job and prepare to fit into the work demands of the new place.

This can also be experienced in other life’s event like getting married, having children, raising children and other day to day activities.

It is important to understand that stress hormones are not necessarily “bad hormones” in fact, they are necessary for our survival as humans but when our brain is constantly required to secrete more and more of these hormones, it hinders the performance of our immune system thereby causing us to be more susceptible to physical as well as psychological illnesses.

Remember that stress hormones are released when we perceive the circumstance as threatening. It therefore means that our “perception” of every single thing we go through is key in determining whether we become stressed or not. Also, our “reactions” to situations either cause us to accumulate stress or relieve it. Sadly, more people are accumulating than relieving.

The first step towards creating a new beginning is to take out some time to become aware of our stress triggers by studying our perception and reactions to events that we are faced with every day. Also, observe the impact of your perception and reaction to these events on your well-being.

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Feel free to share your own experiences with us as you learn to become more conscious of the impact of your perception and reactions to daily life events.

Kindly follow me on twitter @DrMorayojimoh and follow our blog for more juicy updates on #NewBeginnings   

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Making the most of the holiday

happy holidaysThe holidays are here already and for some of us, it is a passport to work and more work. Sometimes it may be difficult to take time out to rest especially if one is a workaholic. This can be dangerous to one’s health and  relationships. Having time for self and others is an important part of life and should be set as top priority on our to do list. However, it is common place to see many work round the clock, in the name of making more money. It is true that there is so much to do, but someone once said that the best time to relax is when you feel you have no time for it. It is therefore paramount that you rest and create time to relax, so as to prevent the harmful effects of stress as we saw in our last series.

The year 2014 brought with it a number of good and bad times, and as the year slowly inches to an end, it would be beneficial to hibernate for some days.  Here are 10 ways  you can explore making the most of the holiday season:

1. Spend time with family

Interpersonal interaction has a therapeutic effect on our emotional health especially when with loved ones. It brings a  sense of calm, peace and love. You feel at home and secure when with your family.

2. Go to the beach

A trip to a natural and serene environment can do your body and mind a lot of good. Either with loved ones or by yourself, you can ease a lot of stress by enjoying the cool air at the beach.Relax

3. Visit a spa.

Why not give yourself a treat to a spa this season.  You may  go out to one or you can create one yourself at home.  Get a massage which can help reduce, stress, headaches, pain and anxiety.

4. Practice relaxation techniques.

Breath in. Breath out.

This simple mantra has tremendous benefits. Relaxation technique works by counteracting the effects of a stress response. While stress activates the sympathetic nervous system in a fight or flight response, relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system and brings the body back to normal.

5. Surprise yourself

Surprise? While it may seem impossible to surprise oneself, you can decide to get yourself a gift. For all the hard work during the year, you sure deserve that one thing you really desire. Don’t wait for anyone to get it for you. Show yourself some love.

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6. Do something you are passionate about.

This holiday, engage in an activity that you have always wanted to do however productive. This can be singing, writing, participating in a sport, traveling, learning to knit, play an instrument, etc.

7. Keep a positive attitude, be happy!.

Laughter they say is the best medicine. Having a positive outlook to life is crucial in combating stress. When you are optimistic, then it is not likely that the slightest obstacle will dampen your day. Always keep a cheery smile on your face.

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8. Exercise

When stress weakens you, exercise invigorates and energizes you. It improves your concentration level, makes you alert enough to perform the day’s activities and what’s more, it refreshes you. Consider doing it regularly for at least 10 minutes each day this holiday.

9. Get enough sleep.

This holiday, you would do well to ensure you get adequate sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours. Lack of sleep has been linked to hypertension, increased production of stress hormones.

10. Plan ahead.2015

As the new year approaches one way to ensure a stress free 2015 will be to plan ahead. Management of time, resources, setting goals and priorities are important in ensuring a life that is free of stress.

Watch out for the next article, as we consider how we can make stress-free  new year resolutions.

Again, you can follow @drmorayojimoh for interesting tips that can help you make the most of this holiday.

Compliments of the season!

From Mobile Health Consult! seasonsClick on here  to download  a gift from Mobile Health Consult.

Enjoy!