womens health week resilience

We see so many tired, busy, stressed women in our clinic and the recurring statement is “I just can’t cope anymore” or “I have lost my patience” or “I am just so exhausted”.

The ability to bounce back from stress or adversity is important throughout life, especially in our older years.

Like many other aspects of health and well-being, your level of resilience is not set in stone. Instead, think of it as a toolkit you have access to during these times. Spring is a great time to draw on our toolkit and let the winter blues go.

What’s in your resilience toolkit?

You already have a unique set of tools in your toolkit, which can be summed up as;

  • Your personal strengths and characteristics (I AM courageous, optimistic, persistent, hardworking, self-disciplined)
  • Your skills and know how (I CAN control myself, ask for help, find ways to solve problems)
  • The external resources available to you (I HAVE people around me who I trust, ongoing relationship with health professionals, support available from peers)

The above statements become stronger every time you use them, especially when they are woven together. Practice them when you feel stressed or experience a setback.

Nourishing nutrients

Make sure you consistently fuel yourself with nourishing nutrients such as;

Magnesium – increase cellular energy, reduce feelings of anxiety, support for muscle tension

B Vitamins – Support a healthy nervous system and symptoms of low mood, headaches, poor concentration, irritability.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – help reduce anxiety, reduce mood swings and improve sleep.

Leafy greens are high in magnesium

Contact us if you would like to be emailed a “Resilience Shopping List” for easy reference.

Last, but not least,

Set yourself up for a healthy sleep

A home environment and daily lifestyle that’s conducive to a healthy sleep is essential for recovering your resilience.

  • Reduce Alcohol – NO more than 2 std drinks a day – if any!  Essential for reducing anxiety, stress, improving sleep and ensuring restorative sleep.
  • Unplug devices before 9pm
  • Develop an evening ritual to prepare yourself for sleep. Shower, drink a herbal tea, read a book
  • Journal – jot down your worries, thoughts and to-do list to prevent over thinking and that 2am wake up! Most importantly write down what you have gratitude for.

When you are challenged in life, consider it is an opportunity for renewed appreciation and recognition of your strength. You have been planted. Use it as an opportunity to flourish and grow.

“Grow where you are planted”

Yours Naturally, Carmen Cooper

Read more about Carmen on her Yours Naturally website, see Home

There is much to say when it comes to addressing mental health. Our psychologist Jacqui Manning talks about women communicating anger and healthy ways to communicate emotions in the link below:

Jacqui Manning talks healthy emotions

Nourishing the gut is important not just for digestive health, but for our nervous system and more. If you feel tired, depressed, stressed or anxious, the chances are you wouldn’t consider your digestive system or a food you have eaten to have anything to do with it. See more:

Naturopath Carmen Cooper talks happy guts