Monday, February 23, 2015

Does Our "Over Thinking" Cause Major Health Problems?

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Over the weekend, my mother had to be taken to the emergency room for her blood pressure, which was 170/118, which is extremely high. Typically, my mother is a pretty healthy person. She is the one that encouraged me to stop eating meat, and to take my health more seriously, since I spend most of the day sitting while I work. For Christmas, she went to the extent to purchase a Nordictrack bicycle for us to both stay in better shape during the colder months. I'm painting this picture so you can begin to understand where I'm going with this.

On Saturday, she just felt something wasn't right, and decided to get her blood pressure checked at one of those setups you see at Walgreens or CVS. If it wasn't for her paying attention to that weird feeling, we don't know what would have happened.

After all the blood test, loss of sleep from waiting for hours to be seen and evaluated, the results turned out inconclusive. They couldn't find anything wrong with her. She took a pill that dropped her blood pressure down instantly, and was sent home.

As my mother and I talked about what could have caused it, we came to the conclusion there where 2 factors. One was stress from work and family members, the other was from consuming teas that had caffeine in it such as Black Chai tea, which is something she started drinking 2 weeks ago.

I wanted to share this so we as women will pay more attention to our health, and what we choose to think about. Even the most fit people who eat nothing but organic foods, and use gluten, paraben free or all natural body products, still suffer from illnesses. Why is that? My conclusion is OVER THINKING, which results in fear, stress, anxiety, heartache, stomach ailments, hair loss, weight gain, and so on.

From my personal experience, I can attest to this from my experience with a painful stomach issue I had back in 2009. I went to the extent of changing my diet, eating smaller meals, drinking aloe juice, and trying all these different things that never really solved the issue entirely, it just soothed it. It wasn't until the week in the beginning of 2010 that I quit my job, cut my hair, and ended a 2.5 year relationship, that all of a sudden my stomach pains went away immediately. I even lost 20lbs. two months later. This all goes to show you that even with the proper diets and exercise, you still need to work on you mind. The mind is a powerful thing, and if left to run rapid about our past, what others have done to us, and whatever else it can come up with to distract you, it will lead to major health problems.

Over the years, I've learned different ways to help maintain my stress levels, but most importantly, recognize the signs when it is starting to get out of control.

Here's a list of a few things that has helped me relieve stress over the years:
  • Reading spiritual books.
  • Going for a walk outside, if the weather permits.
  • Going to a spa like JeJu Sauna, which is really affordable, and a great way to detox the body.
  • Learning how to sit still to quiet all the over thinking, and breathe.
  • Quiet the thoughts toward others and myself.
  • Go on a yearly vacation.
  • Hang out with a friend.
  • Go to a part of town I've never been, or a coffee shop and read.
  • Volunteer or do something for someone I know.

What are you doing to relieve stress?

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