Understanding Trauma: A Deeper Dive

Understanding Trauma: A Deeper Dive

Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think.

In this blog, I cover 3 things:

✅   What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it?

✅  What happens when our nervous system gets stuck, because of trauma?

✅  Why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

Hi and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, massage and craniosacral therapist at BlossomingMe and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Today I’m wanting to talk to you a little bit deeper about trauma.

What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it? What can you do about it and why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?

Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think. 

The easiest way to explain Trauma is with a picture of the Sahara Desert, where you might find an Impala, beautifully surrounded by its whole community. It’s relaxed, it’s eating grass it’s totally fine.

At some point it hears a noise and so its ears prick up, lifting its head. It’s come out of the rest and digest phase, into an alert phase. If danger then is spotted, found, seen, heard; then that will turn into flight from the impala and its whole congregation. As they fly, as they run away from the lion that is chasing them.

The Incompleted Cycle:

If they are successful, the impalas will all manage to escape the lion and they will go back to eating their grass. In that rest and digest phase. 

They have completed that loop. The fast heartbeating, the shallow breathing, all of the blood and everything going into their muscles to get them out of there, is now calming down. Slowly they are breathing more deeply. They are coming out of their sympathetic fight, flight response, into the parasympathetic response of the nervous system, which grounds them. That’s where we are resting, where we are digesting, and where our body is able to repair. So that is also where our healing goes on.

But, unlike the Impala who is naturally going back to the rest and digest phase, many of us get stuck in that step of flight. Where we don’t feel that we have completely run away from the lion. Where that lion is still possibly around, and we’re in that heightened, hypervigilant, alert phase. The loop is open, it does not complete. It does not go all the way around to the rest and digest phase. It doesn’t actually reach there, so we get stuck in this fight, flight, or freeze mode.

When We Are Stuck In Fight, Flight, Freeze Mode:

When we are stuck in this fight, flight, freeze mode, our thinking can get stuck, and we get stuck on beliefs that are not necessarily useful. We can get stuck in emotions, like really deep sadness, like anxiety, or really deep fear. Where we can’t move through. Moving through feels impossible. We are hypervigilant, so we are stuck in that. Because we are looking for possible threats all the time, not only are we unable to heal, because we are not yet back in the rest and digest phase. Our immune system is both constantly on and looking for things. But it is also impaired. It is on, but it is not on well, it is not fully functional. So it’s looking all the time, but it isn’t necessarily finding what it’s looking for. Or it’s overcompensating, and finding things that it shouldn’t be looking for. and that is where we can fall into issues like autoimmune diseases.

And because we are on all the time, alert, and looking for threats, our body posture can be tight. Our muscles rigid, our whole muscular skeletal system is not flexible, not able to move easily. And that can lead to aches and pains, headaches, migraines, and other physiological symptoms.

This is where the power of relaxation, in order to heal, comes to the fore. Where we’re able to help our body, not just our mind, but help our body; where that trauma is stored.

So I hope this story of the Impala and the lion helps to illustrate for you how this cycle [of] trauma can be impacting your life.

I hope today’s video is impactful and helpful for you. If you did like today’s video, please like, and share it, and join us next time, when we look at other ways to support and nurture you and your body to health, and well-being, and a positive mindset.

From my heart to yours, namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Release Shoulder Tension and Unblock Energy Flow in Your Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

Release Shoulder Tension and Unblock Energy Flow in Your Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

Are you been suffering from sore thumbs, elbow or shoulder issues? Cold or flu symptoms like a tight chest, nasal congestion, a heavy head, or even insomnia? Maybe you’ve been struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? 

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅  Ailments that commonly show up when your Lung or Large Intestine meridian channel energies get stuck.

✅  What can you tap into during autumn, that can help you release these?

✅  One thing you can do to help clear these ailments

 

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Here it is…

In the season of autumn, where in Traditional Chinese Medicine the lung meridian channel, as well as the large intestine meridian channel, can be both vulnerable. Meaning that we are prone to certain issues that can come up. But also, they can be very helpful to deal with said issues. 

So issues that can come up,that are connected to the lung meridian channel, are things like sore thumbs, weak arm muscles, droopy shoulders, even a heavy head. This can leave you feeling depressed, and give you the sense of hopelessness. 

If your lung meridian channel is actually excessive, rather than deficient, that can leave you with a tight chest, or nasal congestion, even, insomnia. It can even result for you in things like anxiety or an obsession with minor details, small details, so you come across like a micromanager. With a large intestine meridian channel, that can show up as things like confused thinking, or poor judgment. It can even show up as constipation. 

3 common postures that can lead to pain and dysfunction

Hi and welcome I’m Sarah Gowans massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and The Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we are a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your health and well-being, and a positive mindset. To help you clear the stresses stopping you from living your most fulfilling life.

The Strength of Autumn and the Meridian Channels Lung and Large Intestine is Letting Go

Welcome. Today I wanted to talk with you about the season of autumn, and how it can help us to clear issues like shoulder and arm issues, like nasal and chest congestion issues. The season of autumn, is a great time for letting go. This is one of the strengths of the meridian channels of lung and large intestine. When these meridian channel energies get stuck, they can often show up not just as these physical ailments, that I talked about a moment ago; emotions like sadness really deep sadness and grief.

Autumn being their season of strength, and the action that they are most effective at is releasing and letting go. So that makes autum a really great time to let go of anything that you no longer need. Anything that you are ready to, or your body is ready to, let go of. 

Different Ways You Can Release And Let Go:

There are a couple of different ways that you can focus this energy of release and letting go. One is to declutter your home. You often think of this as spring cleaning, but actually the season of autumn can make this process much easier, more flowing. By tapping into the natural strengths of the season of autumn, this can make this process much easier; both physically decluttering as well as from your heart, to to let go of things. Whether that’s a space in in your house, a whole room or even a small drawer. If you want to go hell for leather, do your whole house. You can release these items, and help save the planet, put them through an OP shop of some description. Donating them to somebody who can use them, or reuse them. 

Another thing you can do, is nourish your body with warming foods. Things like steaming hot soups. Anything to really nourish and warm your body. You can also do a meridian brush.

Meridian Brush of the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians:

So your lung meridian channel starts just above your armpit. From the front of your chest, go around the armpit, down the inside of your arm, inside of the thumb side of the elbow. All the way through that fleshy part of your thumb, and out the other side of your thumb. 

For the large intestine, on the out outside of the arm. Start at the pointer finger on the outside. Coming up that same side of the elbow, but on the outside of the arm. This time going around the back of the shoulder, up the side of the neck, across that corner of your mouth. Top of the lip to the corner of your nose on the other side. 

Whichever way you would like to help your body release this autumn, remember to do it with gratitude and love. Feel it warming your heart, your whole body, and your soul.

So I hope you found this video helpful. And if you liked it, please like and share it, and join us next time, when we talk more about trauma and about how we can support and nurture your body to health and well-being. 

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
3 Common Postures That Could Be Causing Your Migraine

3 Common Postures That Could Be Causing Your Migraine

Are you been suffering from neck or upper back pain? Or frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome?

This video can help you understand where it may be coming from.

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅ 3 Common Postures that could be causing these issues.

✅ How they can cause them

✅ Why your body may be in these postures, in the first place

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

Hi there. 

Have you been suffering breathing issues or respiratory issues? Maybe you’ve had headaches or migraines. Even a frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome, [or] emotions like depression, anxiety and even more. 

If you’ve been suffering issues like these recently, you’re just the person I want to speak to. 

Did you know that what may have started out as psychological body armor, protecting ourselves against the outside world, maybe causing your pain, and dysfunction in your body? 

Hi, I’m Sarah Gowans massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we’re a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your journey to health and well-being and a positive mindset. To clear stresses that might be stopping you from living your most fulfilling life. 

Today I want to share with you three common posture misalignments that might indicate that you have trauma stuck in your body unresolved and sitting in your nervous system, causing problems like these.

As I was saying, we often create for ourselves a perceived physical barrier, to protect us against the outside world. Against threats and things that can make us vulnerable. This can actually makes us feel more protected and in control. So It’s a useful thing. It’s a really clever thing, that our body is doing, in order to protect and defend us. But these same postural adaptations can actually cause postural misalignments in our body. And they can contribute to our musculosceletal pain and dysfunction.

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

3 common postures that can lead to pain and dysfunction

Forward Head Posture:

The forward head position is really typical when you have small trauma, and constant tension and stress going through your body. We tend to lean forward concentrating, particularly into computer screens and things like that. It pulls the shoulders forward, as I mentioned, and it can come about, or cause, a sense of overwhelm. It can come about when you’re hypervigilant, looking everywhere for threats, we’re constantly on guard. Our body is protecting us all the time. This can contribute to neck pain and stiffness. Where you can’t turn your head well.

 

Elevated Shoulders:

The elevated shoulders, where we’re carrying our stress and tension in the shoulders, can get into that hunchy sort of position. We’re walking around like this. Again it’s an attempt by the body to shield us from perceived threats, This shoulder position can lead to pain in the shoulders, as you can imagine, and restricted motion. Because the shoulders,get up high, now we’re trying to move the arm, and it’s not in its right position. So it has a restricted range of motion, range of movement.

 

Kyphosis: Exaggerated, Forward Rounding, Upper Back:

With the kyphosis that upper rounded back, where we’re leaning really forward. Shoulders forward, everything is leaning forward. It often comes about with chronic, so over a long period of time, chronic stress, chronic emotional tension. Tthat can cause this kyphotic posture. It’s a protective mechanism again. Particularly where the body is trying to shield and protect our heart and lungs. Our vital organs within our chest. And this as you would imagine can cause neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder discomfort, shoulder restriction, as well. And it can collapse our chest, that can cause breathing and respiratory disorders.

 

All 3 Postures Can:

By putting our rib cage out of position, and tightening the muscles between our ribs, this can create restricted movement within the rib cage. That affects our collar bone, our shoulder blades as well as the ribs themselves. And by putting everything out of alignment or into a misalignment everything is not where it’s supposed to be. Which can create a physical issue, when you’re trying to move your arms, your head. Your breathing, can all be compromised, because your spine [and] your rib cage is not where it’s meant to be. 

So not only are the muscles tight and sore, but it can lead to other problems such as frozen shoulder, elbow issues like tennis or golf elbow, even wrist issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. Especially when you’re in those positions for a length of time. 

When the chest is compromised as well, that can impair your breathing. [If] the rib cage is almost crushed, that stops it from being able to expand when you take a deep breath in, or contract effectively. The natural mechanics of breathing are interrupted. The tension in the big muscle for breathing, the diaphragm muscle, is less effective. And it just makes breathing really hard work. This restricted air intake can lower your oxygen levels, and also promotes really shallow breathing. You often see that with people who are anxious. Their breathing is really shallow.

The trick is, shallow, rapid breathing can also bring on anxiety. It’s a two-way street. This can lead then, to fatigue because you’re not getting enough oxygen in the system as well as other breathing and respiratory disorders; and emotions like depression, like high stress and anxiety, and more. When we’re in these postures for a length of time these problems can become habitual.

So you can see that there’s a whole lot of things, all connected into our upper body posture, and these three particular posture on misalignments: the head forward, the shoulders elevated, and the hunched or the kyphosis position.

I hope you enjoyed today today’s video, and found it useful. If you did, please like it and share it. And join us next time when I talk about the season of autumn, which we have here in Australia at the moment, and how it can help us reduce issues like these for our body. 

I look forward to seeing you then. 

From my heart to yours.

Namaste

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Beyond Stress

Beyond Stress

We all know that long term stress is bad for us. But beyond stress, there are other factors that can wreak havoc in your body. In combination with trauma and/or stress, these hidden culprits creating devastating symptoms associated with and contributing to, burnout and other fatigue based conditions.

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Life Today

In our modern world stress has become an ubiquitous part of life but what if I told you that there were hidden culprits lurking beneath the surface beyond the realm of stress that could be contributing to your burnout.

Possible Hidden Causes of Burnout…

  • Your gut microbiome is a bustling community of bacteria, yeasts, and even parasites that play a crucial role in your overall health. But when this delicate balance is disrupted it can wreak havoc on your body.
  • Digestive issues and gut imbalances can lead to inflammation; nutrient malabsorption; and a compromised immune system, all of which can contribute to abdominal discomfort; food sensitivities; fatigue; brain fog; vagus nerve disfunction. And overall ending in Burnout.
  • But it’s not just your gut that can throw off your balance. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and even mold-  can invade your body. Triggering this cascade of – inflammatory responses; digestive alterations; immune overreactions – all sending your body into a tail spin.
  • Post viral dysfunction in particular, can linger long after the initial infection has passed due to our immune system flipping into a dysfunctional state. And our mitochondria and inflammation levels become affected, leading to persistent symptoms such as – fatigue; muscle aches; and cognitive impairment.
  • An exposure to mold can sensitize your immune system, damage your mitochondria, damage and inflame your gut, and activate your Mast cells. Creating histamine issues which might show up as – allergies; reddening skin; inflammation; food intolerances; fatigue, and more.
  • And let’s not forget about the mitochondria themselves, the tiny little powerhouses within each of your cells, responsible for energy production. When these cellular engines malfunction, it can leave you feeling drained and depleted. Mitochondrial dysfunction can impair your body’s ability to generate energy; & heat and cool itself effectively, leading to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion which are the hallmarks of burnout. These small, essential tiny organs, of each cell are damaged by – toxins in our body; antibiotics; and by pesticides.

Ok, Not What

So we if you suffer from burnout; adrenal fatigue; chronic fatigue; fibromyalgia; rushing; or even just persistent tiredness –  You are NOT alone and it’s really important to understand that there is so much that you can do.

  • It’s important to give consideration to your life, your goals, and your values
  • it’s important to find time to -rest, rejuvenate, connect with friends/ family/ and yourself /and things that you that bring you JOY
  • it’s it’s important to ask for help when you need it and create boundaries so as to help to not spread you too thin
  • it’s important to eat well; and move; and boost a healthy mindset and
  • it’s important to look deeper into your gut function; your microbiome; your mitochondrial health; your vagus nerve; and parasympathetic system; and deal with any even small infections that may be lurking sort of hidden and stuck inside making things difficult using a thorough

With a multifaceted approach it is possible to find your way back from this combination of fatigue based syndromes to health and vitality; joy and energy.

If you’d like to learn more about rushing and these fatigue syndromes how they can be caused and what you can do about it – download my new e-guide (below) “Why We Rush: the Syndrome of a Modern Lifestyle”

So that’s it for today

Did you have a big takeaway or a special AHA moment or realize that there was something in there that’s a bit like you ? I’d love to hear, so pop them in the chat.

Thank you so much for watching, I hope you really enjoyed it. Please like, comment, and share!

and as always, in health, bye for now

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Chronically Wired and Tired

Chronically Wired and Tired

When we are chronically stressed, we find ourselves chronically tired, but in a hectic and wired state. This chronic overstimulation of the nervous system and of our adrenal glands can cause a devastating impact on our mind and body

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The World Today

In our fast-paced world chronic stress has become an unavoidable part of daily life, but what if I told you that our bodies are not equipped to handle this constant barrage of stresses?

When we experience stress, our nervous system goes into overdrive. Triggering a Cascade of physiological responses designed to help us to survive in a threatening situation.

Disrelgulation of the Nervous System

Chronic stress can lead to disregulation of our autonomic nervous system, resulting in prolonged activation of the sympathetic “fight-fright-flight” response and suppression of our parasympathetic “rest-digest-and-heal” response. Over time these changes in the nervous system can become maladaptive. Leading to a state of chronic arousal; hypervigilance; and this, even in the absence of real threats!

This maladaptation can have far reaching effects on our physical and mental health. Leading to devastating changes in our digestion; and our mitochondrial function. Causing: reduced energy production, and a feeling of exhaustion; digestive discomfort; and worse it also reduces our immune system. Leaving us open to infections and an increased risk of long-term post viral issues, as our bodies are unable to fully combat these illnesses. This all then can lead to a sense of deep bone tiredness, fatigue; an inability to cope – inability to deal with exertion from just everyday exercises and activities; an inability to concentrate; feeling useless and helpless; feeling depressed or anxious; multiple food sensitivities; skin irritation; and so much more. In other words – creating a state of chronic and devastating burnout also known as adrenal fatigue and not dissimilar with chronic fatigue which is really in the family of illnesses but different as it is caused by a postviral syndrome.

What is Rushing?

A simple term that explains the cause of these group of conditions – of a constant to-do list, of juggling too many things –  is rushing

This constant state of rushing that we have in the developed world and have become accustomed to, is increasing our risk of developing conditions such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases.

But there is hope!

Hope?

By understanding how our brain responds to stress, we can learn to support and regulate our nervous system. Reducing our perception of dangers the brain perceives – the Danger Response that we would constantly encounter.

  • Mind Body techniques such as
    • meditation,
    • deep breathing,
    • exercise such as yoga, and
    • progressive muscle relaxation.

Can all help to activate our parasympathetic nervous system. Promoting our relaxation and reducing our stress levels.

  • Mindset techniques that we (can learn to) use, uh, in triggering situations can help us to stay calm and maintain our parasympathetic response. So that we can be in control and respond appropriately.
  • Specific ways of exercising and of eating, can help our systems to
    • balance blood sugars,
    • build muscle,
    • nourish our cells, and
    • support energy production,
    • as well as tissue healing.
  • Identifying our
    • needs and our values, as well as
    • creating boundaries,
    • learning to say no sometimes,
    • asking for help when we need it, and
    • giving ourselves regular rejuvenation time.

These can all assist us to feel strong, and confident, in control, and able to succeed – in our own way.

So What Now?

If you recognize yourself in any of the above, know that you are not alone and that there is so much that you can actually do about it!

If you’d like to understand more about how rushing is affecting you and what you can do about that – download my e-guide (below).

So that’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Was there something that made you think – that’s me, or hmm, that’s interesting!? I’d love to hear – so pop them in the chat!

Thank you so much for watching I hope you really enjoyed it and please like, share, comment. Everything that you that you do to support us is so greatly appreciated!

and as always, in health, bye for now!

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

She Who Does It All

She Who Does It All

Are you a woman who does it all? Who finds herself constantly on the go. Always looking after your kids, your spouse, your parents… Rushing to stay on top of work activities, trying to stay involved in the school community, squeezing in the shopping and cooking and well, if you’re lucky some cleaning. And wondering where on earth you’ll find the time to stop, to maybe do exercise, to read a book or just relax. Come to think of if, you’re not sure you even remember the things you enjoy doing!? Are you a superwoman or a woman under so much load you are about to break? Burnout is becoming more and more prevelant in our modern world and women bear the brunt of it. It really is becoming the common struggle of the modern woman. If you relate…read the transcript below or watch this video

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The World Today

In today’s fast-paced world, burnout has become an all too common phenomenon – especially among women. But what exactly is burnout and why is it so prevalent in our modern society?

Burnout

Burnout is not simply just feeling tired or stressed out. It’s a complex, debilitating condition characterized by chronic exhaustion; feelings of cynicism and detachment; a sense of lack of control in your own life; as well as feeling ineffective or not able to get everything that is needed to be done, done.

It’s not just on the mental side though burnout leads to reduced metabolism causing increased weight gain, regardless of how much we eat or exercise. Further adding to our lack of self-worth. It also results in reduced digestion and detoxification as well as messing up our hormones. And this all spirals into digestive discomfort and complaints, food sensitivities,inflammation in the gut and throughout the body, increased pain and stiffness, PMS, other hormonal issues, mood disregulation, reduced immunity, and even autoimmune dysfunction. And all of this increases our risk of chronic illnesses. As well as an overall negative effect on our mitochondria, our energy production. Leaving us feeling unable to recharge our batteries, unmotivated, unable to exercise, or sleep effectively. And whilst we’re always tired, we’re also on edge and hypervigilant, and ready to rage at the smallest thing.

A Possible Combination of Causes

Burnout is often the result of chronic stress overwork, coupled with a sense of perceived lack of control. It’s like running on empty both physically and emotionally, with no end in sight and it becomes self-perpetuating.

Why Women More

Women in particular are susceptible to burnout due to our unique demands placed upon us in today’s society. With our increase in women’s rights and an understanding that women can do everything that a man can. It means we have more opportunities open to us. But general roles and responsibilities haven’t quite changed as fast. Leaving women stuck in a place where they’re expected to do it all!

Balance career and child care and household duties and often caring for aging parents. Leaving women open to feeling overwhelmed, and unable to get ahead, and exhausted. The constant and unending to-do list, the inability to say no, our general unwillingness to create confrontation, leaves us stuck feeling hopeless and helpless, resentful, with a lack of control in our own situation and life. it’s common for women to have a sense that they can’t spend money on themselves or take time out to relax and recharge. Sometimes this is based in an old default that males bring in more family financial income and they therefore don’t feel entitled to spend on themselves. And this can even occur when finances are not like this, maybe even reversed. Sometimes it’s (due to) a feeling of unworthiness and sometimes it’s (because of) a lack of realization of the importance of looking after ourselves in order to do those billion other things that must be done now. And it’s easy to feel like our own needs just have to wait because there are so many other things that are really essential to our life as we know it, and consequences of them not being done feels unbearable.

The Danger

But not realizing that the more we do this, the emptier we become and the less able to achieve things.

The work then becomes draining, unfulfilling, and well, in fact our physical bodies just haven’t got the energy to keep going. Or if we can do them, well, our efficiency, and our actions, our thoughts, our decisions… They’re subpar, so things actually take us longer, use more energy, and potentially don’t get well done well enough either.

A Different Way

In fact if we took the time to recharge we could feel energised, and able to make more decisions, and perform better. Things will become faster, done better, and more easily. Plus we would have the brain space to realize or maybe decide that these aren’t really chores… These are things we want to achieve (just) because. Not cuz we have to, we want to! This flip in perspective allows us to feel more comfortable in our life choices, avoid feelings of resentment, and allows us to become more present in our own lives and with others. Helping us to appreciate the things that we do achieve, feel useful – important – productive, and even that we have a purpose.

The role of women has evolved dramatically in the last few decades and the more women are entering into the workforce while still bearing the brunt of household responsibilities. And this increases our pressure, our workload, the toll on physical, mental health, and increases our risk of burnout.

But there really is hope!

What Can You Do?

Recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to prioritize our self-care, and our health supporting Lifestyles, and seeking help when we need it. Can help us women to navigate the challenges of Modern Life and prevent burnout from taking over… and to fix it.

So to all the women out there juggling multiple roles and responsibilities. Remember You are not alone and it is not your fault! You can’t pour from an empty cup, but you can learn how to refill it!

      • taking time for yourself
      • setting boundaries
      • seeking support when needed

Your health and happiness are worth it!

So that’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Are there any bits that make you say “that’s me”. I’d really love to know!

And if you recognize yourself in any of the above, of what I’ve said. Know that you’re not alone, that there is a lot you can actually do about it. And if you’d like to understand more about how rushing is affecting you and what you can do…

Download my free e-guide- “Why We Rush: A syndrome of the modern lifestyle” below.

Thank you so much for watching, I really hope you enjoyed it.

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And as always in health bye for now

So if you are a superwoman

a she who does it ALL… but close to the edge of burnout… take a few minutes to read my e-guide and take a step towards creating a happier, healthier and more energised YOU. You ARE worth it.
(if you don’t look after yourself and you can’t continue… who looks after them?)

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.