• Kim Noyce

Rest and Be Thankful!

Updated: Aug 31, 2019


At the ripe old age of 51 I've begun notice just how little rest we get!

Some personal background; up until recently I was an Operations Director and thrived on the adrenaline, the sense of purpose and identity I got from it. Life was very full, travelling locally and internationally, I was very fortunate, I met and worked with some very interesting people.

My idea of rest was to work on a flight, or write up documents for work whilst watching TV. Replying and sending emails off my phone, even when on the beach! Sleep was fractured and disrupted, my body hurt – painful joints, headaches/migraines, IBS symptons and the list goes on.

Then I turned 50, I’d worked and studied part-time since I was 18 years age. I started to wonder where I was travelling in life. My father had died from cancer aged 61 when I was just 41, a year later, his death had triggered my menopause – what fun that was!

The considerable mental, emotional and physical stress was taking its toll on me. Time for a change and ‘Complete Balance’ was formed and due to my personal experience I decided to specialise in pain and stress relief.

Rest – what does this mean? Oxford dictionary defines rest as ‘Cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength’. What did you last do this?

I see a number of clients who are suffering with symptoms of stress, pain and anxiety and I often wonder how much rest they are getting. As a society we struggle and feel guilty if we just stop and do nothing. Often using stimulates, such as caffeine, alcohol or tobacco to keep us on the go. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/#lifestyle-causes-of-tiredness

Do you find yourself thinking of rest is a luxury and indulgence that you don’t have time for or that you feel guilty if you were to take some timeout for yourself? Our self-worth is often measured in our ‘go go go lifestyle’, our constant ‘doing’ is a hard habit to break!

So what happens when we don’t rest?

Persistent lack of rest frequently results in us living in our ‘sympathetic state’ – fight, flight, fright part of the Autonomic Nervous System. The constant demands on our bodies and mind, can create painful conditions such as backache, headaches, painful shoulders, IBS, and Fibromyalgia. Stress and anxiety can create hormonal havoc in our bodies increasing our cortisol and adrenaline levels. This can cause adrenal fatigue which may lead to exhaustion, depression and weight gain.

We become stuck on this treadmill of pain and stress, constantly striving, seemingly unable to get off and slow down.

Sometime a crisis occurs, such as mine, with my father dying and we start to consider that there is more to life than than the constant merry go round of stress and anxiety. We begin to look for solutions to manage our pain, our stress levels and improve our mental and emotional health.

Here are a few ideas that I have used and recommended to others to help improve your lifestyle BEFORE you reach the crisis!

1. Get outside - go for a walk & focus on the steps

2. Learn to meditate - headspace or calm app

3. Sleep well - go to bed early and aim for 8hrs sleep

4. Massage - gentle or deep massage will ease physical tension

5. Restorative Yoga - supportive gentle yoga

6. Do what makes you feel good - what makes you happy?

7. Lighten the load - what can you delegate or stop doing?

8. Breathe - inhale through the nose to a count of 5/6 and exhale through the nose to a count of 6/7

At Complete Balance I use a number of Stress and Pain Relief techniques which includes the Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, EMMETT Technique, MyoFascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Energy Healing, Restorative Yoga and Chair Yoga.

Book in for a treatment and I can suggest stress and pain relief techniques you can take home and include as part of daily routine.

Book your balance at Complete Balance, Worthing, West Sussex.

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