The mind-body connection is so much more powerful than most of us realize. And for those of us who do know how powerful it is, we may not be consciously aware as often as we should.
When we embark on entrepreneurship while still working our corporate jobs, it’s usually because something inside us desires more. We have this yearning and know we’re meant for something bigger in life. To make an impact in some way. To make a difference in someone’s life. We often don’t feel as though we’re truly helping people in the corporate world. Some of us have knowledge and wisdom from life experiences. Some of us get certifications in things we’re passionate about. And most of us are bursting with ideas and a desire to truly help people.
So we jump into the online world energized and excited! We usually take it somewhat slow and steady as we learn and try to figure out our way in the online space. We have our steady paychecks and whether we loathe our jobs or are we don’t, but still want to dabble in the world of entrepreneurship, we often cling to the safety and security of what our corporate jobs provide (401K, pension, benefits, stock options, etc.), at least for a little while.
What tends to happen is that we start getting up early or staying up late or using our lunch time to work on our side business. Trying to figure out all the pieces and how they fit together and what the best order of progression is becomes overwhelming. And so we get up even earlier and stay up even later. And because many of us are driven and motivated, we push ourselves and push ourselves.
We work harder and longer. We research and research trying to digest the unending amounts of data and information out there. We are relentless in our pursuit to improve our lives and the lives of others.
Here is what begins to happen:
- Exhaustion starts to set in.
- We may even feed our bodies with processed, on-the-fly foods because we need to eat quickly and keep going.
- We’re constantly on fast-forward, trying to keep up with our jobs, our business, and our lives.
- Our sleep becomes shallow, restless, and interrupted.
- We likely let go of exercising because there “isn’t enough time” to fit it in with all we’re trying to accomplish.
- We lose focus frequently.
- Our heads feel like they’re in a fog.
- We get frustrated easily.
- We may even start to wonder why we’re doing this side business…and can we even do it.
- Our passion douses, our creativity becomes cluttered, our energy is drained, and our desire fades.
And down the spiral we go.
This stimulates the doubts, fears, and negative stories that are deeply seated in our minds and inflames old pain and unhappiness in our souls. A chain reaction occurs sending our bodies into fight-or-flight mode, putting us into a state of stress and anxiety. And when we are in this state, here are the types of things that happen in our bodies:
- Our immune system becomes suppressed and our chances of getting sick increase.
- Our kidneys and adrenals release cortisol and adrenaline.
- Our estrogen and progesterone production is halted, which signals more testosterone for fight-or-flight.
- Our thyroid glands pretty much shut down.
- We may experience heart palpitations or shortness of breath.
- Our gut becomes acidic and the good bacteria die.
- Our body fluids become acidic because our kidneys are busy in fight-or-flight mode and the filtering process is slowed.
- The production of eggs in our ovaries is slowed or even stopped because our bodies have become acidic.
- Our periods can become erratic or heavy because we are mineral-deficient.
- We can experience painful cramps, excessive blood clots, back pain, and headaches.
Whew! And these are just some of the physical impacts and torture that stress pounds on our bodies.
From your point of reading this blog forward, I want you to make a promise to yourself to honor your body and its powerful connection with your mind and thoughts. Make a point every day to manage your stress and anxiety in healthy and positive ways.
Make self-care a priority instead of putting it on the back burner. Give yourself permission to slow down and breathe. Here is a list of things you can do:
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
- Be sure you’re eating fresh, healthy foods. I’ve gone mostly organic and I feel great!
- Practice yoga or meditation. If you really feel that you don’t have the time for it on a daily basis, try to do it once a week.
- Say mantras and positive affirmations. You can do this anytime, anywhere.
- Listen to your body and rest when it tells you to.
- Take a calming, soothing bath once a week if you can.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- When you feel that brain-fog set in, stop, step away, and take a short walk.
We are in control of our thoughts and our actions. To put yourself in the best possible position for building a successful, thriving business and life you love, you must take care of yourself.
We can’t stop stress from occurring, but we CAN manage it in a healthy, positive way.
What are some of your practices or habits that help you manage stress and anxiety to prevent their negative impact on your body? Please share in the comments below.