As I was sitting in the woods by our house the other day, enjoying the stillness, I began to notice that even in the relative quiet of this space, there’s lots of activity going on: birds singing, bees buzzing, squirrels scampering and insects crawling around in the leaf litter at my feet.
It got me thinking about balance – as I so often do 😊
I had become aware of the activity of these other creatures because I was taking time to be quiet. And perhaps they felt safe to be out and about because of my stillness. If I’d been busy and making noise, they’d probably have been scurrying away to hide.
Something similar is actually being seen on a larger scale in many places at this time. As humans have entered a state of ‘lockdown’ in countries across the globe, animals are coming out of their more hidden spaces and entering towns and cities, because of the reduction in our activity:
- Fish and dolphins have been seen swimming in the Venice canals
- Wild goats have been eating garden hedges in a village in Wales
- Deer have been resting in a housing estate in London
- You can see further examples from around the world here
It reminded me of how our bodies work.
The ‘cycle of wellbeing’ includes periods of activity, which need to be balanced out by ‘rest and repair’. A certain amount of ‘stress’ is necessary for our activity, in order to motivate us and get us moving. That’s ok, as long as we then make time to be quiet and still and to allow our body to recharge and to engage in any necessary maintenance.
However, the further we swing into stress, the further we need to push into rest in order to regain our balance.
The tissues of the body can only be in either stress or rest at any one time. We therefore need to make time for quality times of peace and quiet in order to allow the necessary repair activity to take place.
It’s also worth noting that the further into stress we go, the more our body is having to make adaptations in order to cope, and therefore the more we will need to undo in ‘rest and repair’.
Higher levels of stress can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, sleeplessness and obsessive thinking.
When the body shifts into rest and repair it can then experience what we often refer to as symptoms of dis-ease – such as inflammation and pain – as it undoes the adaptations from the stress phase, eliminating anything that is no longer needed, and working to restore balance. It’s not that something has gone ‘wrong’, or that the body has made a mistake of some kind, it’s actually doing exactly what it’s designed to do!
The body is, in fact, working in synergy with bacteria, viruses and fungi, using them to help with this elimination and restoration process. (You can read a little more about this here.)
It’s all about balance, and the closer we can stay to this, the healthier we will feel.
Stress in itself isn’t the problem, as long as its short term. It’s when it lasts over a period of time, or even becomes chronic, that it can seriously impact on our health.
So, it’s good practice to tune in to your body on a regular basis to check in with how you’re feeling. Listen to any little niggles of tension, tightness or physical or emotional discomfort and take steps to address these. The earlier you can do this, the less effort it will take.
But if you realise there are issues that you’ve been carrying for a while, don’t worry. It’s still possible to address these effectively. It might take a little longer, but every step along the way will bring valuable learning and growth, and will help you to develop tools that will last you a lifetime.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me.
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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