Posted in Chakra healing, Emotional Healing, Healing Emotional Pain, Massage Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, peace and tranquillity, Stress, Anxiety, and Mindfulness, Toxic Stress

Self Love

Self love is completely healthy because it provides a healthy level of self esteem. Self esteem is what we believe about ourselves, for example, if we believe we are deserving of love, we will feel loved. Self esteem also helps us believe in our own value and worth as deserving human beings. We all deserve and need love. Healthy levels of self love and self esteem create a loving, caring world in which others are drawn towards us. This is where we connect with like minded individuals so self love heals, nurtures, protects and validates.
Hopefully by now you can see the difference between the unhealthy traits of narcissism which is about obsession, control and a lack of love versus the healthy traits of self love which is essential to us all if we are going to feel welcome in our own world and welcome those who want to share our world with us.

Posted in stress research, Stress, Anxiety, and Mindfulness, Toxic Stress, Yes You Can Heal Your Life

The impact of stress on body function: A review

Any intrinsic or extrinsic stimulus that evokes a biological response is known as stress. The compensatory responses to these stresses are known as stress responses. Based on the type, timing and severity of the applied stimulus, stress can exert various actions on the body ranging from alterations in homeostasis to life-threatening effects and death. In many cases, the pathophysiological complications of disease arise from stress and the subjects exposed to stress, e.g. those that work or live in stressful environments, have a higher likelihood of many disorders. Stress can be either a triggering or aggravating factor for many diseases and pathological conditions. In this study, we have reviewed some of the major effects of stress on the primary physiological systems of humans.

Posted in early childhood toxic stress, Toxic Stress, Well-being

It’s possible we’ve underestimated the importance of childhood.

All children differ in their biological susceptibility to life experiences in a ‘for better and for worse’ manner. Some kids are particularly sensitive to both highly stressful and highly nurturing environments. Like orchids, such children bloom if lovingly cultivated, but wilt and wither if neglected.

In contrast, adaptable resilient children who don’t get easily stressed are like little dandelions, they’ll grow and thrive anywhere.

Studies are now showing ‘orchid’ and ‘dandelion’ genes linked to particular enzymes or brain chemical receptors, if and only if combined with early childhood toxic stress, can trigger behavioural problems and mood disorders later in life. Continue reading “It’s possible we’ve underestimated the importance of childhood.”

Posted in Emotional Healing, Fibromyalgia, Physiological Symptoms, Toxic Stress

Does Meditation Alleviate Anxiety and Physiological Symptoms Related to Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a stress-related disorder characterized by chronic pervasive pain, fatigue, and impaired functioning. Fibromyalgia patients often report increased distress and anxiety. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intervention is an eight-week program originally designed for chronic pain patients. MBSR teaches participants to redirect attention in a moment-to-moment fashion towards the body in an effort to alleviate distress and anxiety. Continue reading “Does Meditation Alleviate Anxiety and Physiological Symptoms Related to Fibromyalgia?”

Posted in Lifestyle, Meditation, Mindfulness and Meditation, Toxic Stress, Treatments - Meditation, Well-being

Meditation practice help promote mental health and well-being in aging?

In line with this, we showed in a pilot study that gray matter volume and/or glucose metabolism was higher in six older adult expert meditators compared to 67 age-matched controls in the prefrontal, anterior and posterior cingulate cortex, insula and temporo-parietal junction. These preliminary findings are important in the context of reserve and brain maintenance as they suggest that long-term meditation practice might help preserve brain structure and function from progressive age-related decline.  Continue reading “Meditation practice help promote mental health and well-being in aging?”