In the first part of this 3 part series I spoke about the importance of not scaring yourself into survival energy states 24/7, especially when there is no real, imminent threat coming at you.
I dove into the importance of learning how to listen to your stress chemistry so you are aware when your system does scare itself.
In the second part,
I broke down the paradoxical nature of the stress chemical cortisol and why we need it in just the right amounts, the goldilocks amount, so our body can repair and heal with ease.
In this third and final part, I want to keep things simple and share what I believe are 7 ways to start on this path of living longer with less sickness.
1 – Self-awareness & awareness.
1a. Self-awareness basics:
Feel the pressure between you and the surface you are on (your butt on the chair; feet on the ground; back of your body against the floor if you are lying down etc…).
Let the ground support you, fully. In other words, notice if you are using extra muscles that you don’t need to be using. Are you holding in your belly, clenching your jaw or fists?
1b. Awareness basics:
SEE. LOOK. LISTEN. (Also called, orienting.)
Pause and notice your body pressure against the surface you are on WHILE seeing the world around you.
2 – Follow your impulse
This isn’t the impulse to eat all the cookies in the cookie jar. It’s those biological impulses like:
Going to the bathroom when nature calls, rather than waiting until you are bursting and hurting.
Passing gas and burping
Crying when the tears are present, rather than holding them in.
Laughing out loud and speaking up for yourself and your ideas.