Author Archives: Tamas Acs
Author Archives: Tamas Acs
Continuing with stress relief, let’s get onto eliminating a stressor.
Wrong muscles used and overworked cause chronic stress. The little aches and pains in the shoulder, base of your neck as well as base of your skull. Those small muscles were never meant to do so much work.
Full deep breaths should be 2/3 in lower belly, 1/3 in lungs. In reality, it all goes in your lungs, it just feels as if you were breathing into your lower belly or upper chest.
The easiest way to practice is to:
– Lie on your back, knees bent, one hand on your tummy
– Fill up your stomach first, feel it rising up
– push the air down as far as possible
– Exhale ALL the air as you feel your tummy go down
Practice this for 3 days, best time is at the end of your day in bed, just before you fall asleep. It helps wind you down.
On Day 4, at the end of each of your inhale to your belly, begin increasing the air intake into your upper chest. You’ll notice you can take in quite a bit more air with just one deep breath.
Remember children breathing before they’re self conscious. All the air goes into their belly.
What if I have trouble with breathing into my belly? It’s impossible.
It is definitely frustrating in the beginning to overcome the millions of breaths you’ve taken the “wrong way”. If you persist and continue practicing, you will make it through. You’ll notice you’ll be a lot more patient the deeper you’re able to breathe.
One thing to be mindful of is if you take in more air than you usually do, you may get light headed but the additional oxygen. This is a good thing, you just need to work up to it slowly.
Go ahead and give this a try for the next week and comment below this post on what improvements you notice, if any.
Before I get into ways you can reduce your stress, let me emphasize the need for stress. It is imperative we have some sort of stress. It can be life saving. We need it.
If there was no stress we’d accomplish nothing. Someone’s internal drive is a form of stress. It’s used for innovation, exploration as well as preservation. The key is to have a balance of stress and relaxation. If you’re going to play hard you must rest just as hard to keep things in equilibrium.
Luckily in today’s society, we rarely have to concern ourselves with having too little stress. Heck, stress comes from everywhere. Your mobile phone, the weather (too hot or too cold, rain, snow, hail, humidity), exhaust fumes from cars along with other pollutants in the air especially if you’re in a big enough city. Rain adds stress to most people’s lives, so does traffic or crowds in public transportation. Lack of money is a big one and so is work and most types of relationships too.
The curious thing is your body has little concern for the source of your stress. It’s pretty much all the same to it. It needs to release some hormones to save your life, then once the danger is gone, other hormones to relax you and get you back to where you were.
The problem these days is, before you could relax, another stressor hits you and your stress hormone levels never get to settle down. This puts you in “over-stressed” mode for most of the day. Always in survival mode without a break. It’s the vicious cycle, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. If you’re in this mode for a prolonged period of time, your body adapts and sees this as normal so it uses up more nutrients in your system to combat the oxidation your body is going through. So you tend to deplete your anti oxidant stores quicker and without additional (or even adequate) nutrition, you start wearing your body down. You become more susceptible to catching the common cold, you feel more worn down, you increase your chances of injuring yourself, be it doing regular daily activities or maybe something more strenuous. Your energy levels drop and it’s a chore just to get out of bed to face the day.
At this point, you’ve “spent more of your life force than you have in the bank”. The balance is literally like a bank account. Stress is withdrawing money, rest is depositing money. Ideally you would deposit more than you withdraw so you build up a reserve for times of unforeseen stress (for whatever reason they tend to happen frequently enough.)
I started writing this post to give you some ideas on how you can fill up that “health bank account” and become more resilient to the daily onslaught of stressors, of which there’s never a shortage.
I can read your mind from a distance saying something like “Oh crap, now he’s going to tell me to do something MORE”. Partially, that voice inside is right. The surprise is, you may even enjoy some of these.
Let’s start with
You can start with 1 minute of solitude a day where you’re alone with no one you know around or even if they are, you block them out (it’s easier to be alone at first, just a heads up) You can sit on a park bench and close your eyes or in your car, with your engine off in a park or even just by the curb before you get home. You can do it in your bedroom or even bathroom (sadly that seems to be the only time we’re alone these days – as long as you go in their without your cell phone!)
This is great if you’re a bit more adventurous. It’s a sensory deprivation “chamber” where you lie in warm salt water for roughly an hour at a time.
The simplest explanation is it’s a type of moving meditation. You have specific movements, breathing and visualization all at once to build up your life force.
You do this daily anyway, so doing it purposefully to reduce stress involves only a few modifications, then practice.
This is a big one. Meaning it has a massive impact on some stressors. The causes of your lack of energy could be your food choices. Maybe even one or two things that create additional stress for you.
Avoid pro inflammatory foods
Drinking too little (and sometimes too much) water can be stressful. Although I’ve only come across people who drink too little and therefore get dehydrated.
This one self explanatory, sounds simple and easy yet it has a massive return on investment. If you live in a large city, this is a really good “reset” for the daily hustle and bustle.
Imagine carving out a part of your day to do what you love. Doing it just for yourself for the pure enjoyment of it. How would that make your day feel?
Reading can be very relaxing (especially if you’re reading something you’re interested in and want to.)
This is where I tell you to do less. Go on a news-diet. Avoiding bad news (since that’s all news seems to be these days) will actually help you feel better.
As “relaxing” alcohol feels, it’s the opposite in reality. It wreaks havoc on your system. Avoiding it for a period of time will lessen the stress on your body.
This seems hard at first except you get to choose your pace. You can meditate any which way you like for as long as YOU are comfortable with. 1 minute is a good start. Just sit somewhere comfortable, close your eyes, breathe deeply and visualize your stress leaving your body.
What’s your favourite way to relieve stress? Comment below.
Unfortunately, some people think you “catch” back pain like a cold, or it hits you when you reach a certain age or your predisposed to it because of genetics…
None of those are true.
The main reasons are due to imbalances. Both physical and nutritional.
It’s a lot less glamorous than being at the wrong place at the wrong time and falling victim to the excruciating experience of lower back pain.
Here are the obvious reasons for a physical imbalance:
Trauma. Some type of accident where you hurt yourself and your back is in pain afterwards.
Wear/Tear: Repetitive movements wear out joints (including your vertebrae) overtime.
Less obvious ones:
Muscular imbalances due to overuse of certain movements and muscles. Especially if you do the same thing over and over for an extended period of time.
The obvious nutritional ones are:
Dehydration. Depriving your body of fluids (water) reduces the discs between your vertebrae allowing friction between them, resulting in inflammation and eventually causing pain.
Food allergies and intolerances. These also cause inflammation.
A less obvious and more insidious is the accumulation of toxins overtime.
Everything is connected. These are the foundations to a much higher quality of life. Before reaching for that magic pill or silver bullet that will solve all your problems (at least according to the advertising that tells you they do) have a look at the bigger picture. All of these 6 pillars are within your control. They give you tremendous power.
They all may sound overwhelming at first, which is why I suggest you pick one of the pillars and start examining how you could improve it. Take a few days and choose to change a small thing for the better. Drink a home made lemonade instead of a can of coke, for example or turn off the lights 10 minutes earlier than usual.
Let me know how I can help you implement some of these to increase the quality of your life, one step at a time.
Last week I got a more questions than usual about lower back pain. It prompted me to do some research and I was shocked to find these stats. I knew back pain was on the rise just from being in the industry and personally dealing with it since 2001. Some of the startling facts are:
Some of my clients have missed work because they woke up unable to actually get out of bed!
Other symptoms of low back pain I’ve heard include:
Unfortunately, you have 80% chance of getting lower back pain throughout your life. The chances get greater as you age. This is where an ounce of prevention is worth well over a pound of cure.
There are so many ways to get lower back pain, yet if you really look at the “cause” peeling back the layers, they all boil down to one thing. Something being out of balance. Discs are misaligned, muscles are atrophied or way too tight, lack of minerals or weak connective tissue… It could happen due to trauma, overuse, underuse, inflammation and even dehydration or food sensitivities.
The medical definition is:
“Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal symptom that may be either acute or chronic. It may be caused by a varietyof diseases and disorders that affect the lumbar spine. Low back pain is often accompanied by sciatica, which is pain that involves the sciatic nerve and is felt in the lower back, the buttocks, and the backs of the thighs.”
1) Drink more water (this is definitely number 1!)
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