Experiencing stress occasionally is not unhealthy. Stress helps us stay alert and perform well in challenging situations. But if you are exposed to stressful situations for a long time without time to recover, healthy stress can become unhealthy chronic stress. Balance is essential, after stress there must be enough relaxation to allow your system to recover.
Chronic stress can cause physical and mental problems, such as fatigue, lack of focus, headaches, stomach complaints, sleeping problems and rapid breathing (hyperventilation). It is important to listen carefully to these signals, to take a step back and take time for recovery. We help you recognise the signals, deal with the causes and re-discover your balance.
Everyone feels tired sometimes, after a long workday or full-on sporting activity. Tiredness is your body’s signal that you need some form of recovery. Sometimes fatigue lasts longer and you have trouble getting through the day. If that’s the case, then there may be an underlying health issue. For example, illness or recovery from an illness can lead to exhaustion or a general lack of energy. If you have low energy on a daily basis, you can do something about it. We help you find the cause of your fatigue symptoms and restore your energy levels.
Breathing is something we do naturally, we don’t have to think about it. It seems to take care of itself. But without realising it, you may be breathing too quickly, too deeply or not deeply enough. Good breathing is essential for our health. How are you breathing now? Are you breathing from your belly or from your chest? Do you breathe quickly or slowly? Do you often hold your breath unconsciously?
Research shows that even the smallest adjustments to our breathing can speed up physical recovery, increase energy and improve sleep quality. Breathing exercises are a great way to regulate your stress patterns.
When we sleep, we rest and recover in both body and mind. Everyone suffers from a bad night from time to time – difficulty falling asleep, waking up repeatedly in the night and waking up tired in the morning. You often notice this the next day: you are less alert, have trouble focusing and are hungry. This is not a problem if it only happens occasionally, but a long period of bad sleep can have a negative effect on your daily life.
Poor sleep is characterised by insufficient sleep or, conversely, too much sleep and/or poor sleep quality. Top athletes say: you win in your sleep. Fortunately, most sleeping problems can be easily remedied. We can help you find the right adjustments to your sleep routine and re-discover a carefree night’s sleep.
A healthy diet increases the chance of growing old healthily. But what constitutes a healthy diet is very personal. What is healthy for one person can trigger an inflammatory reaction in someone else. That is why it is good to learn to listen to your body and to recognise more easily what is good for you. Eating less often, chewing well and having a varied diet will contribute to your well-being regardless.
A healthy diet is rich in foods such as vegetables, fruit, unsalted nuts, water and wholemeal products. We help you adjust your diet step by step and live more healthily.
Exercise helps you sleep better, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, helps maintain a healthy weight and improves memory. It also reduces the risk of brain disorders, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Our bodies are finely-tuned instruments and exercise affects all our organs and physical processes. In the most direct sense, exercise strengthens our muscles and bones – the musculoskeletal system. The heart, blood vessels and lungs all have a role in supplying energy to the musculoskeletal system.
Every element of our physiology has its own effect and each is perfectly attuned to the other. Together we will investigate the steps you can take to achieve a healthier body and how exercise can contribute to this.