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What to do to reduce overwhelm

What to do to reduce overwhelm

Do you ever feel that there is “just too much to do and not enough time?”

I felt that way last week, leading up to the 7th Annual Naturopathic Conference in NYC (continuing education for NDs held on October 9th, 2011) that I plan and direct as President and Executive Director of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

If you are wondering whether that feeling of overwhelm can have a negative impact on your health and your effectiveness, you are right!  

Stress, in the form of “too much to do,” can raise your cortisol and adrenaline levels, lower your immune function (making you susceptible to infections), disrupt your sleep and digestion, and throw off your hormones.

Luckily there are things you can do to reduce the feeling of overwhelm and the impact of stress on your body.

I’m going to share with you what I find to be helpful, and I’d love to hear your strategies too. Please share your comments below.

How do you know that your body is stressed? Here are the most common symptoms I hear from patients: racing heart, heart palpititaions, can’t sleep, chest pain, stomachache, heartburn, headache, dizziness, and decreased memory.

Your body will tell you when it needs attention.  The key is to listen and respond by being patient with yourself. You are only human afterall! Rest, fuel (food and water) and mental breaks are essential for optimal functioning!  Otherwise, our bodies go into a constant stress mode and can’t turn it off.

If you have a feeling that you need to “push the reset button” and turn off your stress response, please know that it is possible. Set up a time for us to meet and let’s create a plan for your body, so that you can keep up with the “to-do” list without knocking yourself out.

For those of you who are wondering how the conference went, I am excited to report that we (my conference planning team and I) received extremely positive feedback and had more attendees than in past years, which is all outstanding because the proceeds from the conference all go towards the effort to license NDs in New York State.

Healthy regards,

Dr. Doni

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