Author Archives: Lisa Tan-Koh

Virtue of Slowing Down

It’s bang, slam, go, chop-chop and similar words that denote the fast-paced
frenzy of living in a high expectation society or city. City living is great
with all the virtuous conveniences it offers, so what more could one ask
for?

Well, for me, it’s become draining. Almost as if fast-paced living has
sucked the life out of one’s soul and energy reserves. As if that were not
enough, the thought of all the pent-up frustrations we live with, with no
avenue of release, without anyone thinking you’ve just gone plain bonkers is
enough to drive one up the wall literally and figuratively.

Then comes the question of what such a stressful life does to our bodies. It
is almost as if our emotions become more fragile – we get angry more easily,
we lose our patience with the slightest things, or we plunge into depression
unconsciously, triggering more illnesses and diseases by simply the high
stress levels. I’ve been hearing of stories of cancer occurring in perfectly
healthy individuals with no history of the scary disease in their families.
Do we even realise what our fragile emotions are doing to our bodies? Do we
care enough to do something about it?

Scientific researches have been showing the connection between unhealthy
emotions such as fear and sickness. There are so many different diseases yet
science proves that more than 80% of today’s diseases are connected to
unhealthy emotions.

These emotions are called toxic emotions and create a chemical reaction
within the body that results in all types of sicknesses including multiple
sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, and
more. Emotions affect our physical health through the autonomic nervous
system, which controls everything that happens in our bodies except
voluntary movement and conscious thought. The autonomic nervous system has
two parts: the sympathetic division, which prepares us to escape from
threats (the ‘fight or flight’ response) and the para sympathetic division,
which controls things like breathing, circulation and digestion while we get
on with other things. In healthy people these two systems work in harmony.

One of the best ways I have found to help with overwhelming emotions or
nervousness running through the body is to simply slow down and take
ourselves out of the ‘rat-race’ and take our time to simply breathe deeply
(which we often forget to do when we’re all stressed up). Calm your mind and
body with relaxation methods, such as meditation or similar practices. These
are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. For example, you may do
it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply when slowing down our
bodies and bring it into a more ‘peaceful state’. For city dwellers, the
biggest challenge is usually making the time to do this. However, I know
that it’s worth the commitment to regularly slow down every few days and
take the time out. This ensures that our emotions are not accumulating in
the toxic manner and we remain healthy in both mind and body.

Fatigue in Pregnancy

I’m tired. No, that’s an understatement. I’m down right fatigue as I’m really pregnant.  It’s 2am in the morning and the baby’s kicked again. It’s time to roll out of bed and head for the loo for that time to release again. However, the mind is willing to drag me out of bed but my body isn’t – what can it be this time for me?

Many women report fatigue during pregnancy as one of their most trying symptoms. After all, it is hard to get up and go when all you really feel like doing is sleeping. The body is working twenty four hours a day seven days a week creating a new life inside. That’s enough work to make anyone tired and cranky!

During pregnancy many women also have more difficulty sleeping at night, and this can contribute to pregnancy fatigue. Hormone changes including rising levels of progesterone can contribute to feelings of fatigue in pregnancy as well.

There are many ways to cope with fatigue at your own pace:

  • Go to bed early. There is no reason to stay up until 11 because that is what your normally do. During pregnancy your body needs as much sleep as possible, so there is nothing wrong with turning in early. Don’t feel guilty
    for taking care of yourself and your baby.
  • Take a nap. You should try to take a catnap each day if possible during your pregnancy, particularly during the last trimester. Even 15 minutes of downtime can improve your spirits and provide you the pick me up you need to get through the day.
  • Eat several mini meals per day. This will help keep your energy reserves up and prevent you from feeling sluggish due to inadequate nutrition. Do not worry too much about putting on weight. Sensible eating nourish yourself and your baby and will not cause excessive weight gain. There is such thing as pregnancy without pounds
  • Invest in a body pillow. This will help alleviate some of the backache and leg cramps you experience during the evening and may help you sleep better despite your growing belly.
  • Ask for help! Get some help around the house. The less work you have to do the more rested you will feel. Your baby will appreciate a rested mummy more than a clean house after all.

There are many other ways to stave off the fatigue but these are really the basics that should make you feel better immediately.

Additional Reading:

If you are worried about gaining weight from eating during pregnancy, check out Michelle Moss’s Pregnancy Without Pounds

If Your Baby Is Suffering From Rashes, Eczema or Dry Skin.. Then It Could Be Because of Your Baby Care Products, check out Maggie Schulz’s Organic Baby.

Get Pregnant Naturally Using Powerful Holistic & Chinese Medicine Protocols.

Breast Feeding Timing is not Everything

For all those mothers who have heard all the talk about looking at the timing of feeding your baby – even during breastfeeding moments, well, the truth is out …. you will go insane.

The truth of watching the clock and figuring out the timing of when to breastfeed is one of the fastest way to put yourself in an asylum. Imagine getting up every two hours just to check the time and then even if you aren’t suppose to get up at that time, your own bioclock will wake you to just check on the time.

Here’s advice for those breastfeeding – throw away all those timing pieces you have in the house. The baby doesn’t need to know the time and neither do you. That’s what the principle of breastfeeding-on-demand is for! When the baby is hungry – feed. When the baby is suppose to breastfeed – feed! Don’t start keeping checks on the time or whatever else distracts you from the big and only objective – that is to keep the baby fed and eating whenever he/she wants! Good luck on the feeds – without the time guards please.

While you are feeding your baby, remember to feed yourself because you would need as much nourishment as your child. Worry not about putting weight because you can take care of that easily.

Additional Reading:
If Your Baby Is Suffering From Rashes, Eczema or Dry Skin.. Then It Could Be Because of Your Baby Care Products, check out Maggie Schulz’s Organic Baby.