The blessing of preparation.

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a restorative yoga retreat. For those of you that aren’t familiar with such an event, a restorative yoga retreat is a supported, restful body practice that allows your body to fully relax. We joke around that it is laying around in public with other people and calling it yoga.

I am at the retreat with about 20 other people. In our morning session, our instructor asked what brought us to the retreat. As we went around the room, there were a few common themes that emerged. Many people need to take time away from their stressful jobs and/or lives. Many are trying to get back to themselves and feel more relaxed. There are several people that are about to make big decisions, job changes, or life changes and they needed to slow down and prepare themselves for their next step.

But at the end of the day, the reasons are all the same… people need to get out of the stress response and get back to the relaxation response. They need to prepare themselves before they go back into their everyday life. They are taking time to prepare and plan what they need to do to create success in their lives.

What is wonderful about the people here is that they realize they need to take time out of their lives to slow down and relax so they can prepare for their next steps. This is the blessing of preparation. It sets us up for success!

I want you to stop and think about that as well.

Your health is no different. Here is a quick reminder of what happens when we are in the stress response for too long. When we are stressed, we move out of the relaxation response and into the stressed state. We release hormones that impact our energy levels during the day, ability to sleep or lose weight, our mood, food cravings and menstrual cycle. It makes any disease that we already have worse, like high blood pressure, heart conditions or diabetes.

If you don’t take time to prepare and plan for how to get your health back, it will not happen! It is just that simple. Are you ready to feel better and get your health back? If you are, contact our office so we can teach you our step by step method to prepare you for success.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae