21 Nov 19:00 - 20:30 - Luxembourg
A Magical Butterfly
Stress - we deal with it on a regular basis and hear about it all the time. It’s in the news. We read about it in magazines and see it talked about online. Your doctor may even have talked with you about controlling your stress. But, is it really such a big deal?
What is stress anyway? The Miriam Webster dictionary defines stress as “a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that this definition included the less obvious result of stress, which can, in fact, be disease. Not that I’m happy about stress causing disease, but I think most people don’t realise the huge impact it can have on our health. The definition went on to show examples of using the word ‘stress’ in a sentence: “Hormones are released into the body in response to emotional stress." So, as you probably guessed, the answer to the question “Is stress a big deal?” is “Yes” - if you care about your health.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system - and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones - can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
• Digestive problems
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration impairment
• Nutrient deficiencies as a result of decreased nutrient absorption
• Reduced gut flora (the ‘good’ bacteria)
• Increased levels of cortisol (which can inhibit weight loss)
• Lowering metabolism and increasing fat storage
• Increased oxidative stress (which causes premature aging)
Did you realise that stress could wreak so much havoc? Pretty incredible! Now that we know it can negatively affect many bodily processes including digestion, nutrient absorption, hormones, blood pressure, appetite control, aging and memory, we can put it towards the top of our list of things to address.
It’s not realistic to eliminate all stress from our lives, of course, but there are plenty of things we can do to minimise it. The first step is deciding that it’s important enough to do.
During this workshop, we will figure out your biggest causes of stress and look at ways you can reduce it.
Price: 20 EUR at the door and 15 EUR pre-booking.