Life in Balance

Have you ever felt off balance in your life? Is your wellbeing out of sync with too many stressors pulling you off-balance? With my work as a wellness coach and background as a cardiac nurse, I have seen and heard many stories and a familiar pattern presents itself. Here are a few helpful tips to remember.

Nutrition plays a critical role since our gut is our second brain having more serotonin than our brain itself. Basically, serotonin regulates mood, appetite, sleep and much more. Moreover, inflammation is the root of many health issues such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Therefore, a healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, and lean meat (if you are a meat eater) can be the first thing to fuel your body.  A mindful diet leads to a happier gut and a healthier you!

Secondly, exercise has many positive effects as it increases metabolism, reduces risk of heart disease, regulates blood pressure, strengthens bones, and acts as a natural antidepressant. Why not spend half an hour a day doing something with so many positive effects?

Finally, a well-rested person deals with pressures and stresses more efficiently. Sleep is something that should be easy but isn’t for many people. Studies show that “sleep hygiene” regulates sleep patterns effectively. This means going to bed and waking up around the same time, eliminating light and noise distractions at the bedside, and writing a “to do list” on paper to unclutter your mind. In addition, the hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin, play a role in appetite and sleep. The less someone sleeps, the hungrier and less satiated they are. Optimizing sleep habits will improve overall well-being.

When I am coaching someone who is struggling with an issue, I start asking basic questions about overall wellbeing. I encourage striking a balance utilizing western medicine alongside alternative approaches such as a naturopath or acupuncture

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