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“How To PERfoRM in THE SToRM”
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My mother who taught me to seek out the gift and wisdom of every adversity and embrace stress as an opportunity to do even better. In gratitude, I perform in the storm!SPECIAL THANKS ALSO GOES TO:
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What is adrenal exhaustion? 5
What is stress? 5
How to identify early signs of stress 6
Take a stress test 6
Dealing with stress 8
Types of stress 8
The impact of stress 10 Stress and the adrenal glands 12 Cortisol – A response to stress 13 The impact of emotions 18 What causes energy drains? 19 Balancing adrenal exhaustion 20 The role of bioavailable proteins 22 Choosing adequate fats 23 Drinks to avoid 24 Addressing emotional and mental stress 24 In summary 26 References 28 Contact Teya Skae 29 Testimonials 30
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Adrenal exhaustion can occur in anyone at anytime, depending on how much stress the individual has endured and/or enduring. The most obvious sign of adrenal exhaustion is a state of perpetual tiredness, malaise, a depressed state of being with multiple symptoms arising that can leave people feeling listless, exhausted and even struggling to find enough energy to get through the day. In short, adrenal exhaustion leaves sufferers just not coping or able to meet the demands of their daily life.
Adrenal exhaustion is a condition where there is just not enough energy in the body to complete the tasks we need to, and not enough energy for the body to function properly, even for everyday activities such as proper digestion, nutrient assimilation, muscle tissue repair, balanced hormone synthesis, coherent thought processes, task performance, work productivity, and even turning up for social and fun activities.
Adrenal exhaustion is a condition of our times, especially in people who regularly play sports, also many teenagers, as well as men and women of all ages and from various corporate background and socio-economic sectors of the population. According to quantum physics the whole lesson underlying adrenal exhaustion is to teach sufferers how to increase our energy for life, by recognising and preventing any stress-induced energy drains.But have you ever wondered what the real cause might behind this debilitating state of being? It may surprise you to learn that stress is the culprit underlying adrenal exhaustion. WHAT IS STrESS?
Stress is actually a technical name for pain, which can be experienced on physical, emotional or mental levels. The stress causes unease in our life, eventually, creating unease in our mind and body.
There are various kinds of stress but they all have one thing in common; stress is all about survival. Put simply, stress is when an impact or stimuli challenges our survival capacity which, in turn, causes an enormous amount of discomfort on all levels, including the unconscious level.HOW TO IDENTIfy EArLy SIGNS Of STrESS
Every time you worry about something real, perceived or imagined your body goes through a stress response. Stress is synonymous with change and change can bring a degree of worry, anticipation and, even, anxiety. Basically, anything that causes a change in your life circumstances will cause some level of stress in your mind/body system.
According to Dr Hans Selye, who has carried out extensive research on the subject of stress adaption, there are two types of stress: negative, called “distress”; and positive, also referred to as “eustress”. In brief they are:
Distress (negative stress) refers to anything perceived as “bad” in our life (for example, losing a loved one, losing a job, income reduction, change of status, losing a place on a team or losing a limb in an accident).
Eustress (positive stress) refers to sudden good news that brings change, such as an unexpected promotion, relocating to another city, moving into a new house or planning a wedding (although some people do have breakdowns around this time).
Regardless of whether stress is perceived as good, bad, real, or imagined, it is still stress at the end of the day and will evoke a physiological, biological and especially an emotional reaction.TAKE A STrESS TEST
In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe examined the medical records of over 5,000 medical patients as a way to determine whether stressful events may cause illness. Patients were asked to tally a list of 43 life events based on a relative score.
The rating scale in the box below was developed to investigate the relationship between social readjustment, stress and susceptibility to illness. Holmes and Rahe found that a person with a score of 200 to 250 during a one-year period had a 50 per cent chance of developing illness or a change in health. With a score of 300 or more, a person’s chances increased to 80 per cent.
It’s no surprise that the death of a spouse ranks highest on their calibrated scale at 100 points, followed by divorce (72), marital separation (65), death of a close family member (63) and personal injury or illness (53). Perhaps a little surprising is that marriage comes next (50), followed by marital reconciliation (45), change in health of family member (44) and pregnancy (40).
Significant for society’s current financial concerns, change in financial status ranks 12th (at 37) and foreclosure of mortgage or loan ranks 16th (at 30), and while we recognise the stress of Christmas (12), it was seen to have less impact than a change in sleeping (16) or eating habits (15).STrESS INVENTOry
1. Death of a spouse (100)
2. Divorce (72)
3. Marital separation (65)
4. Death of a close family member (63)
5. Personal injury or illness (53)
6. Marriage (50)
7. Marital reconciliation (45)
8. Change in health of family member (44)
9. Pregnancy (40)
10. Gain of new family member (39)
11. Job Change (38)
12. Change in financial status (37)
13. Death of a close friend (36)
14. Increase in arguments with significant other (35)
15. Mortgage or loan of major purchase (home, etc.) (31)
16. Foreclosure of mortgage or loan (30)
17. Change in responsibilities of your job (29)
18. Son or daughter leaving home (29)
19. Trouble with in-laws (29)
20. Outstanding personal achievement (28)
21. Spouse begins or stops work outside the home (26)
22. Revision of personal habits (24) 23. Trouble with work superiors (23) 24. Change in work hours or conditions (20)
25. Change in residence (20)
26. Change in sleeping habits (16) 27. Change in eating habits (15)
28. Vacation (13)
29. Christmas (12)
30. Minor violations of the law (11)
0-149: no significant problem
150-199: mild stress, 35 per cent chance of illness
200-299: moderate stress, 50 per cent chance of illness
300+: major stress, 80 per cent chance of illness
Source: Holmes, T and Rahe, R. (1967) “Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale”, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. II.DEALING WITH STrESS
Change is synonymous with stress, which may explain why many people try to avoid change. But because we can’t control life’s events – no matter how hard we may wish or try to – the key is not to avoid change or stress, but to teach our brain and body to “turn up” for stress. This can also be referred to as evolution.
There are practical ways to deal with stress. The goal, however, should be to not try and avoid stress but, rather, learn from stress and welcoming the associated changes. After all, what we resist persists, and even if it is only in our mind, it is still experienced internally as mental/emotional stress, which often tends to be the most debilitating type.TyPES Of STrESS Stress can be classified into five categories:Physical stress relates to meeting our basic life needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, money, and the quality of life it brings us.
Biochemical and metabolic stress occurs during times of sleep deprivation, which wreaks havoc on the whole mind/body system the next day. Biochemical stress also occurs naturally when we undertake more cardio exercise than our body needs. The result is that oxidation and oxidative stress is created, which becomes a recipe for disaster, especially when coupled with inappropriate nutrition for one’s Metabolic Type® (visit
www.empowered-living.com.au/?q=node/15 for more information on Metabolic Typing®).
Interestingly, biochemical stress is commonly found in people who run regularly, because running often creates a huge nutritional deficit (in the form of amino acids, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants, which are lost during exercise). They are also not usually replenished quickly enough to meet the demands of post-exercise recovery and this can create symptoms, such as fatigue, cravings and suppressed immune function, as well as lean muscle tissue loss. In addition, eating over-processed foods can lead to malnutrition along with biochemical toxic waste floating in the bloodstream, and this creates energy drain on the whole digestive system and even greater fatigue.
Nutrition directly affects our brain chemistry and the whole neurotransmitter pathways that create moods, biofeedback and act like a relay station. And so, inappropriate nutrition can deplete the body further. Similarly, relying on stimulants such as caffeine or white sugar further overworks the adrenal glands, which actually causes stress levels to increase.
Mental stress commonly refers to our thinking patterns and belief systems. It could include pressure or pressing deadlines, constant expectations to perform and produce, or work demands with a perceived lack of time. This type of stress often leads to sugar/food cravings. Unfortunately, many people experience this type of stress constantly.
Environmental stress can refer to ongoing noise pollution or toxicity from exposure to chemical/environmental pollutants. Chemical exposure could include toxins such as mercury exposure from amalgam dental fillings, or inhaling toxic fumes (e.g., paint, industrial chemicals or petrol).When we are already under stress the immune system is challenged and anything that it has to deal with extra becomes too much. This too creates multiple symptoms.
Emotional stress refers to perceived pressures brought on by relationship issues such as human connectedness; family; issues relating to self-worth or esteem; love and bonding; or unresolved hurt and resentments from any relationships lacking closure. Emotional stress is extremely draining and also stems from our conditioned past limiting beliefs and our perceptions of what is.
Out of all stresses emotional stress is the one we are taught to control early on, yet it is the one that actually controls us at a subconscious level. Emotional stress drains our energy and creates multiple symptoms that force us to accept the “unacceptable.”THE IMPACT Of STrESS
As we mentioned, out of all the stress categories mental and emotional stress tends to create the most havoc in our mind/body system. It is often when this type of stress continues – without any resolve – that the debilitating symptoms of adrenal exhaustion occur.
In January 2008, an article called “Work-related Stress Can Kill, Study Finds” examined research findings, which involved 10,000 British public servants, who were assessed over a 12-year period by a team from University College in London. During this time seven surveys were conducted, making the research the first large-scale population study to examine the effects of work-related stress on heart disease. The study revealed that chronically stressed workers – people identified in the first two surveys to be “under severe pressure” – had 68 per cent higher risk of developing heart disease than their less stressed counterparts.
Study supervisor and epidemiologist, Tarani Chandola, said the findings suggest stressinduced biological changes may play a more direct role in the development of heart disease than previously thought. These findings provide the strongest evidence to date, of how “on-the-job” stress disrupts the body’s internal systems to the point that our risk of heart disease is significantly increased.
Chandola also indicated that the research identified stressed workers as having lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly-functioning weak heart – and higher-than-normal levels of cortisol, which is a “stress” hormone that provides a burst of energy for the “fight or flight” response.
High levels of cortisol have been known to damage blood vessels and the heart, suggesting that if people are constantly stressed, the high cortisol levels can break down muscle tissue, including those surrounding the heart and other organs.So what, exactly, happens when stress impacts our life?Stage 1: Alarm reaction
Also known as the fight or flight response, during this stage our body is preparing itself to ward off stress, which could be anything or anyone (e.g., time pressures, money issues, love and relationships, or challenges to our identity). During this stage, the body is alarmed by the initial stressors and mounts an aggressive anti-stress response to reduce stress levels. Some doctors call this the “early fatigue” stage.Stage 2: resistance response
This refers to when the stress persists for a few weeks or even months. In this hypervigilant state the body is resisting the stress but, often, at the expense of the adrenal glands, over-producing stress hormones to accommodate the ongoing underlying duress.Stage 3: Exhaustion
The body can only resist stress for so long. When it reaches its own set point or dangerous limit as to how much stress it can bear or compensate for, exhaustion sets in. Typically, this can happen after one, two or more years of living with some stressful situations with the attitude of resisting it. During this stage is when sufferers start to experience fibromyalgia symptoms (persistent aches and pains, especially after minimal exercise; backache; muscle tension; a suppressed immune system; and general weakness). Many people in this stage experience sluggishness and weight gain, which occurs because our hormonal system is significantly altered during stress and ongoing stress. This is particularly common among sufferers aged 35 and older, as hormonal changes create weight gain, particularly around the mid-section, even in thin people.Stage 4: failure
After some of years of consistently over-producing stress hormones, eventually the adrenal glands become completely exhausted. People in this stage have a high chance of cardiovascular collapse, nervous breakdown and, according to Dr Hans Selye, total collapse or even death.
Dr Hans Selye (who is also known as the “father of stress response” – because he was the first medical doctor/endocrinologist to elaborate on the GAS (General Adaptation Syndrome) response.
As an author of 1,700 scholarly papers and 39 books on how stress affects our entire system, Dr Selye concluded that headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure anxiety/panic attacks, cardiovascular and kidney diseases are all brought on by stress. He also stated that “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.”STrESS AND THE ADrENAL GLANDS To understand how and why adrenal exhaustion occurs, we need a basic knowledge of the functions of the adrenal glands.
Adrenal glands (also called adrenals) are walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney. Their purpose is to help the body deal with stress and their functionality is required for us to survive. Our ability to have sustained energy during demanding times of stress depends on the strength and function of our adrenals.
The adrenals are the control centre for many of the body’s hormones. The outer layer of the gland, called the adrenal cortex, produces hormones including cortisol, DHEA, oestrogen and testosterone. The centre of the glands also produce adrenaline, hence their name.
The basic task of our adrenal glands is to rush all our body’s resources into fight or flight mode by quickly increasing production of adrenaline and other hormones. When healthy, our adrenals can instantly increase our heart rate and blood pressure, release our energy stores for immediate use, slow our digestion and other secondary functions, and sharpen our senses. If the adrenals are already challenged then everything is an added chore and a greater physical struggle.
Some people are born with strong adrenal glands and other people are born with weak adrenal glands, but regardless, everyone can improve their health and their overall adrenal function. That is the positive side of balancing stress with kinesiology and mind/bodyintegrated energy based techniques such as EFT – they all help to retrain the brain.
As a clinical kinesiologist, I balance all types of stress that can potentially lead to adrenal exhaustion and chronic fatigue. I really enjoy seeing the change in people’s perceptions of what is stressful, and this often occurs even after just one session. This new awareness is, technically, new neural associations, which enable people to respond to stressful issues in new and different ways; in ways where they have more “neutrality” (i.e., not necessarily a good or bad response, but more so just a response). After a while, people learn to not see the event as stressful anymore, and that is the power of working together with the mind and body to balance stress.COrTISOL: A rESPONSE TO STrESS
Cortisol is a potent hormone, also known as a “glucocorticoid”. It affects the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and, especially, glucose. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of glucose from glucose stores in cells. It also acts to inhibit insulin, thus affecting glucose transport into cells.
It is normal for our adrenals to release a high amount of cortisol during the early hours of the morning (6am to 8am). Cortisol levels normally rise and fall during the day (called a diurnal variation (daily rhythms)). This hormonal fluctuation typically sees cortisol at its highest in the morning and gradually falls, until it reaches its lowest point around midnight.
During stressful times cortisol stays high all day long, leading to insomnia or heightened adrenals. This can make it difficult for people to fall asleep, even if they go to bed early. People often feel like their mind is racing, or like they are having a “second wind” and, of course, this then makes them feel even more tired the next day.When this pattern continues it affects the balance of other hormones (which are just as important for our survival capacity).
Cortisol is also an anti-inflammatory, which we need, hence why our adrenal glands produce it. This occurs because during stressful times, the body goes through a process of inflammation. Despite being the good guy and preventing inflammation cortisol is also known as “the death hormone” because in its multi-tasking as a stress hormone it eats away at existing muscles tissue; catabolising (literally, tearing down) muscle tissue for energy.
Common challenges that cause stress include: a lack of sleep; a demanding boss; the threat of losing our job; financial pressures; personality conflicts with others; yo-yo dieting; relationship turmoil; death or illness of a loved one; skipping meals; reliance on stimulants like caffeine or starchy carbohydrates; over-exercise; illness or infection; and unresolved emotional issues from our past or present. If faced with too many of these stressors, too often, our adrenal glands simply become depleted, as they don’t have the opportunity to rest, recover or renew energy.Common symptoms directly related to stress:
• Weight gain around the waist and inability to lose it.
• Regular bouts of colds/flu and other respiratory ailments.
• Reduced sex drive.
• Poor memory
• Lack of energy in the mornings and also in the afternoon between 3 to 6 pm.
• Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
• Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reasons
• Mild depression
• Food allergies
• Increased effort to perform daily tasks
• Poor Digestion and Hunger
• Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar
• Palpitations and even states of anxiety
• Unexplained hair loss – in women often related to a sluggish thyroid which does not show up on blood tests
Every challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands. The response of the adrenals is to produce and release stress hormones, one of which is cortisol and, as mentioned earlier, when the levels become excessive cortisol can be very harmful to the body.
In its normal daily function cortisol helps us meet the stressful challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteracting inflammation. And for a short time, that’s okay. However, at sustained high levels cortisol can actually cause serious damage. And if that’s not bad enough, prolonged elevated cortisol levels also affects our brain function by reducing our ability to focus, concentrate and remember things, as well as severely diminishing our immune system capacity.
One of the reasons this happens is to force us from “soldiering on” forever. The other is because cortisol, literally, steals our foundational hormones, pregnenolone and progesterone.
Pregnenolone is a foundational hormone; it is like the “grandmother” of all hormones and it’s made from circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol along with B5 (pantothenic acid) and Acetyl-CoA. The benefits of pregnenolone have not been widely promoted, however; and this is because pregnenolone is not patented by pharmaceutical companies. For more information about foundational hormones from renowned endocrinologist Dr Ray Peat, visit http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/three-hormones.shtmlIn order to maintain a healthy hormone system you need LDL cholesterol in the pathway.
The pre-cursor to all the steroidal hormones is pregnenolone, which is manufactured by the adrenals from vitamin B5 and cholesterol (reinforcing the importance of fats in the diet). Under normal conditions and in a state of ease (adaptation, homeostasis), pregnenolone is converted to progesterone and the “mother” hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). DHEA is absolutely necessary to modulate the balance of hormones in the body and from DHEA, testosterone and the oestrogens (oestrone, oestriol, and oestradiol) are produced.
Where do you find the cholesterol and B5 that is needed to synthesise pregnenolone?
Answer: In egg yolks!
Question: Where do you find all the necessary nutrients combined - zinc, selenium, Vitamin D, iodine, B6 and L-Tyrosine – needed synergistically to manufacture thyroid hormones?
Answer: In egg yolks!
As long as the eggs are organic/free range you can enjoy them daily and if you happen to have an allergy to eggs, there is something else going on in the body that needs to be balanced as allergic reactions to foods are based on unresolved deep seated stressors related to early development associated with childhood past. Many people who are very stressed would have enzyme deficiencies that would cause them difficulty in breaking down most proteins, so initially balancing the stress is a priority and light nutritional plan with rice/pea protein powders works fineChart courtesy of Healthexcel, 2008
When under stress, the body naturally shifts over to its “preferential stress pathway” in order to raise cortisol, the body’s primary stress/anti-stress hormone. Now, instead of pregnenolone feeding the normal pathway of DHEA => testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone, it is “stolen” or shunted away to cortisol (via progesterone). This is known as the cortisol shunt, or the pregnenolone steal (illustrated in the chart by broken arrows) and it occurs in response to stress.
A basic task of the adrenal glands is to rush all the body’s resources into “fight or flight” mode by increasing production of adrenaline and other hormones. When healthy, the adrenals can instantly increase heart rate and blood pressure, release energy stores for immediate use, slow digestion along with other secondary functions, and sharpen the senses, preparing the body to stay or flee. But two points need to be emphasised about this healthy stress response:Firstly, it takes priority over all other metabolic functions.
Secondly, it wasn’t designed to last very long.
Despite all this carnal damage, the body is still clever in forcing us to surrender the fight or flight response and eventually deal with the stress we are experiencing; whatever it may be. When stress is not being addressed and the symptoms are piling up, the body shifts from coping in the “alert” or “danger” mode into “I don’t want to run away from any more danger, dinosaurs or corporate tigers” mode; and as a result, it collapses. It is usually at this point when people stop compensating or pretending they’re coping with everything, and start seeking some form of professional assistance to help address the chronic fatigue and/or other symptoms.
The mind is very good at fooling itself into coping; however, our body will always reflect signs of stress. Too often though, we ignore the signs and start “micro-managing” our symptoms (this is the term I use when people focus on one symptom at a time, rather than understanding their overall patterns for survival).
The hidden causes of stress are locked in the amygdala part of the two limbic lobes in our brain. The limbic lobe deals with our pleasure and pain senses, whereas the reptilian brain (which happens to be the part of the brain that we share with all mammals and reptiles) determines our perceptions of what is safe or unsafe.THE IMPACT Of EMOTIONS
It is important to understand the impact our emotions have on our body. Guilt, pain, niggling fears, hurts from past relationships or present, and unresolved relationship issues reverberate in our mind and body whether we are consciously aware of it or not. For example, a relationship that has not had closure can linger on as “hidden” stress, for many years influencing our behaviours and attitudes towards new relationships. Without resolution, our past and present emotional experiences remain as ongoing stressors. Dealing with the underlying causes, the emotions from any issue or problem directly is empowering as well as physiologically beneficial to our overall state of wellbeing.
Thoughts, emotions and our belief systems (conscious and unconscious) directly influence our mind/body system. This is because powerful emotions such as fear, anger/ resentment, frustration, denial and hopelessness force the adrenals to release more stress hormones.
In essence, our ability to handle stress – be it physical or emotional – is the cornerstone to our human survival. Our adrenal glands are designed to gear the body and allow it to turn up for stress; however, when these glands become over-challenged, exhausted they become simply dysfunctional. Our body’s ability to handle stress at that point diminishes drastically, and that is when symptoms start to pile up.
Even though it is the adrenals that need special attention during the initial recovery process of adrenal exhaustion, for complete recovery it is necessary to identify the emotional and/or mental sources of the stress, such as balancing the amygdala and reptilian parts of our brain in order to stop the huge energy drain that occurs from being in a constantly hyper-vigilant state.HOW TO rEGAIN WELLNESS
By acknowledging the impact stress has on the mind and body, people can start to take responsibility for their symptoms and surrender to their own healing processes. Fortunately, we can address and balance adrenal exhaustion by looking at practical ways of macro-managing this debilitating condition, instead of micro-managing each individual symptom (which usually leads to more frustration and exacerbated exhaustion). Sufferers need to gain the right tools and resources to retrain their brain and this can be achieved via balancing the neural pathway in the limbic and reptilian parts of the brain. This process can successfully influence the whole mind/body system to enable sufferers to respond differently to similar stresses in the future.
Energy is the currency of life, yet sufferers of adrenal exhaustion do not have enough energy to “turn up” for daily life; in balancing adrenal exhaustion we really need to balance our energy. This can be done, firstly, by increasing available energy in our physical body. Secondly, we should look to ‘seal’ the energy drains caused by stress in the deeper parts of the brain.WHAT CAuSES ENErGy DrAINS?
Typically, unresolved emotional and mental stress which drains our mind and body the most. In addition some common daily scenarios coupled with these emotions lead to adrenal exhaustion
• Overwork / physical or mental strain
• Excessive exercise
• Sleep deprivation
• Going to sleep late
• Chronic pain
• Toxic exposure
• Hypoglycemia / low blood sugar (biochemical imbalance)
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Relationship issues
• Emotional trauma
• Transitions, such as moving house, emigrating to another country
• Over-thinking (e.g., exam preparation).
Approximately 95 per cent of our mind operates in an “unconscious” mode, where the programs that run our mind/body system literally run themselves 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fact, our conscious mind is not even aware of these programs running in the background, which is why applied kinesiology can be so helpful (it identifies the unconscious programming via muscle testing, also referred to as “biofeedback”). Similarly, for many people the deeper underlying stress is not immediately identifiable by the conscious mind, even though they clearly exist and are impacting on our health.BALANCING ADrENAL ExHAuSTION In balancing adrenal exhaustion two things are critical to address:
1. Balancing and supporting the physical body with the right nutrition, because appropriate nutrition becomes a strong biochemical foundation for our mind/body system to cope better with stress.2. Simultaneously acknowledging, and neurologically balancing the underlying emotional and mental issues and patterns of behaviour that are draining to the mind/body system.
Many people who have experienced adrenal exhaustion for some time, (for two to four years or more) have been over-remedied, over-analysed and over-diagnosed. They would probably be feeling hopeless and tired and fit the category of adrenal exhaustion. Typically, it can take years for sufferers to feel better once they have reached adrenal exhaustion, however, in my clinical experience when both of these strategies are implemented, people can recover in six months. Moreover, they can also start to feel better after just a couple of weeks of directly balancing the underlying emotional/mental stress.
To maintain proper adrenal function it is imperative to maintain balanced blood sugar levels throughout the day (because a constant rise and fall of blood sugar levels can also lead to adrenal fatigue). The following guidelines can help achieve this:
1.Upon awakening, always eat within the first hour, even if only very light and small. It
is important to have some protein for breakfast along with some natural unprocessed carbohydrates (for example fruit or rolled oats) and good fats. Free-range eggs with sourdough spelt or fruit with some good quality protein powder are more appropriate options than just cereal, or toast with vegemite or jam.
2. When eating proteins, such as poultry or red meat, choose only free-range, grass-fed options as the added hormones/antibiotics can create more toxicity in your system. Choosing a good, high-quality source of protein and by being specific about the amounts eaten at every meal makes the all the difference in rebalancing the fatigue.
When eating proteins, such as poultry or red meat, choose only free-range, grass-fed options as the added hormones/antibiotics can create more toxicity in your system. Choosing a good, high-quality source of protein and by being specific about the amounts eaten at every meal makes the all the difference in rebalancing the fatigue.
3. For vegetarians or vegans, a good source of protein powder derived from organic brown rice or pea protein with some coconut milk/cream is much better than consuming wheat-free organic muesli for breakfast. This is because easily digested protein, such as the two protein powders mentioned, sets the tone to have more energy for the day.
4. Eat before becoming very hungry. When you feel extremely hungry, you are experiencing low blood sugar (also called “hypoglycemia”), which places additional stress on the adrenal glands.
5. Despite our society’s continuous promotion of it as an ideal meal, you should avoid consuming a meal with an excessive ratio of carbohydrates to protein. This is because excess carbohydrates cause an over-secretion of insulin, which often leads to intervals of hypoglycemia. This occurs because in an attempt to normalise blood sugar levels, the body initiates a counter-regulatory process during which the adrenals are stimulated to secrete increased levels of cortisol and adrenalin. Excessive intake of carbohydrates also leads to excessive secretion of cortisol, contributing to chronic cortisol depletion and, consequently, adrenal exhaustion. The best idea is to avoid this negative biofeedback loop by avoiding eating meals high in carbohydrate without the added protein or fat.
In order to stabilise blood sugar levels, it is important for you to maintain a balance between the hormones glucagon and insulin, which are produced and released by the pancreas. Insulin promotes fat storage, while glucagon burns fat for energy. Protein in the diet induces the production of some insulin and more glucagon, whereas carbohydrate consumption results in the production of lots of insulin and no glucagon.
Protein initiates thermogenesis (energy production through heat) in our body. The ideal protein to have during adrenal exhaustion is the one that the body can readily assimilate and use and the more “bioavailable” it is the better.Amino acids are the building blocks of life; they make up your hair, skin, nails and hormones and they code your DNA.
Bioavailable proteins refer to proteins that have a complete amino acids profile that our body can use efficiently. Bioavailable energy is needed for preventing the loss of muscle tissue as well as synthesising hormones during this stressful period on the body.The following table shows examples of bioavailable proteins:
Protein Bioavailability Eggs 100% Fish 70 to 75% Meat 70- 80% Poultry 60%- 70-% Beans / soy / nuts 40 to 45% Dairy 40 to 50%
As you can see, it makes sense to include free-range eggs for breakfast or early lunch, daily, as they are full of nutrients for adrenals, your brain, thyroid and the whole body. Eggs are considered a perfect protein. Always ensure they are never over-cooked. Softboiled or poached eggs are the best otherwise you may experience gas and difficulty digesting even slightly hard-boiled eggs.
This is because you need enzymes to digest protein, and when you overcook your protein you kill your enzymes, another reason why protein gets a bad wrap. Deli meats are the worst offenders, as they are generally overcooked, smoked or cured and have no enzymes left in them for you to digest the meat itself properly. This gives rise to indigestion symptoms. In short, consider the process of overcooking as the one that makes food devoid of nutrients.
Enormous improvements in strength, brain function and energy levels have been gained just by increasing some good quality protein sources including protein powders (rice and pea) for breakfast and lunch each day. And this applies to vegetarians as well.
Protein gets it bad wrap when people go overboard and have too much, poor quality and overcooked. Some bodybuilders have created this phenomenon in their quick attempt to increase muscle size. We are all human and learning and we need protein for life, no matter what, as amino acids code our DNA.CHOOSING ADEquATE fATS
When balancing adrenal exhaustion the right fats in the diet are very important. Some people need between 15 and 30 per cent fat at every meal, while others may need up to 30 per cent fat.
Fat should be part of every meal because when added to carbohydrates and starches it lowers the insulin surges in the bloodstream that are created in response to carbohydrate consumption.
The best fats are the ones found in egg yolks, omega 3’s in fatty fish, organic butter, avocadoes and organic coconut butter. Vegetarians are encouraged to go for organic coconut fat, as this is a healthy fat that promotes energy in the body. Most vegetarians have a very high omega 6 diet, based on nuts, seeds, linseeds and flaxseed oil, all of which contribute to more inflammation. Organic virgin coconut oil is different; it is pure energy and even has other benefits to improving digestion and energy production. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil at www.naturalnews.com/022313.htmlDrINKS TO AVOID
When craving energy, many people turn to coffee, black tea and sugar or energy drinks containing guarana. This can be a very difficult habit to give up; however, what many people don’t realise is that just one cup of coffee can keep cortisol levels elevated for up to 18 hours. In short, coffee just adds to the stress on our central nervous system because coffee activates the fight-flight – sympathetic nervous system (SNS) – response, and remember that constant over-stimulation of our SNS is exactly what creates adrenal exhaustion in the first place.
Therefore, in order to allow the body to experience and retain a more natural balanced state, and to – at the same time – activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which is the rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and recovery state, SNS stimulation needs to be toned down.
One way to do this is to avoid sugar, jam, malts and fruit juices, as they all raise blood sugar levels very quickly and further exacerbate adrenal glands. Instead of coffee, try drinking an organic green tea with stevia throughout the day, or organic cacao with stevia. Both drinks are very high in antioxidants and help to raise the energy in the body without over-stimulating the adrenals.
The effects of caffeine and sugar on the adrenal glands may feel pleasurable in the short/ immediate term; however, in order to naturally raise energy levels without placing stress on our adrenals, the solution is to embrace a diet that is higher in bioavailable protein and some fat, and one where sugar is eliminated.ADDrESSING EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL STrESS
In order to fully activate the PNS system and truly balance our underlying emotional and mental stress, it is important to create some “you” time. This may be achieved by finding short solace by quieting the mind, heading out and into nature, or even just enjoying simple meditation. All of which are far more effective than taking too many supplements or trying to cope with juggling pressures and pretending to cope.
Many adrenal fatigue sufferers rely on taking large amounts of ginseng to support their adrenal system, in hope of it enabling them to keep up with “business as usual”. However, this practice can lead to the adrenals crashing even more quickly. The truth is, ginseng can be helpful, but it should only be taken for a period of six weeks to a maximum of three months at any one time. This is because the body needs rest from the overstimulation ginseng causes (especially the Korean formulations). Yet, again, some people will benefit more than others; it is all based on your individual biochemistry, similar to the way in which some foods will impact you more than someone else.
With adrenal exhaustion, the body is craving rest and relaxation. Daily rest breaks here and there, even if only five to ten minutes at a time, is the best remedy as it is the quickest way to shift the mind into PNS (rest and relaxation mode).Remember, for some people, it is this very struggle against how we feel that can be behind the development of adrenal exhaustion in the first place.
A daily 20-minute meditation or yoga practice is also recommended, as this allows us to slow our breathing and quiet the mind, in turn, enabling the body to repair itself naturally. This form of relaxation shifts the mind/body system from an SNS to a PNS state, where self-recovery and self-rejuvenation takes place automatically. The importance of facilitating this on an ongoing basis is what helps stop the constant energy drain.
In dealing with emotions it is important to learn how to accept them without giving into the need to over-analyse,controlorfixthem.Bydoingsowearecreatingemotionalintelligenceandavoiding feeling tension and stress. Remember, for some people, it is this very struggle against how we feel thatcanbebehindthedevelopmentofadrenalexhaustioninthefirstplace.
It is important to understand that on a physical level emotions don’t happen in our head alone. They are, actually, felt throughout our body via the molecules called neuropeptides, which attach themselves onto cellular receptors that are located in every part of our body. Therefore, when emotions are felt but not expressed, it is as if these molecules of emotion get stuck in our system looking for a way out. No fixing, doing, psychoanalysing, justifying and certainly no blaming is going to help. Instead, all that is needed is acknowledgement, acceptance and expression of the emotion and ownership of the experience in order for them to be released.People who have adrenal exhaustion and/or chronic fatigue tend to carry unresolved emotional issues and/or limiting beliefs that need to be balanced in order to stop the energy drain.It is important to understand that on a physical level emotions don’t happen in our head alone. They are, actually, felt throughout our body via the molecules called neuropeptides.IN SuMMAry
Complete recovery of adrenal exhaustion requires a twofold approach, applied simultaneously. Firstly, balancing the energy drain with appropriate nutrition in order to support the adrenal glands and build energy in the body. Secondly, acknowledging and neurologically balancing the underlying emotions (such as fear/anxiety/anger), which are causing huge ongoing energy drains in the body.
To achieve this, we need to gently access the unconscious mind, which is where the stress programs and survival patterns are most active. Some examples of a more complete approach that may help sufferers get in touch with their subconscious mind include applied kinesiology with brain integration, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), cranial osteopathy and acupuncture.
Quantum physics suggests a problem and a solution exist on the same time/space continuum (i.e., they exist at left and right of each other on the same line), so accessing the subconscious mind will access the stress patterns while also presenting the opportunity to neurologically balance it.
This approach facilitates more available energy on physical, emotional and mental levels, which is ideal because – remember – the whole lesson underlying adrenal exhaustion is to teach us how to increase our energy for life, by preventing the fear-based, stress-induced energy that is currently draining the body.
If you chose to see beyond the discomfort of stress, and adopt an attitude of transcending the stressful situation, consider it an opportunity to experience more selfsufficiency, confidence, resiliency and self-acceptance. We really can’t fully love ourselves until we accept ourselves entirely as we are now.
When we are stressed, it is difficult to truly accept ourselves, or the stressful situation at hand. Seeking professional guidance from a stress expert, who is experienced in the mind/body/stress connection, is a worthwhile step to achieve this.
It is important to understand that when we are experiencing intense stress we are, in fact, in conflict and turmoil within ourselves. That is why acknowledging, even a small part of what is happening starts the process of resolving stress. By accepting what is, rather than focusing on trying to fix or cope with it, you actually start to regain more selfacceptance and energy for life.
Stress provides us with many experiences; every one of which is an opportunity to teach us how to perform in the storm. The best part is that when we get through the tough times, we can enjoy some fun in the sun because we know we have survived, and we can do better next time
By learning how to acknowledge and accept stress with emotional intelligence we may feel lighter and brighter even happier from within as we also take ourselves less seriously, all of which is about turning up for life and stress with more grace and equanimityIn wellness!rEfErENCES Better Health Channel 2007 “Chronic fatigue syndrome”, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, viewed 30 March 2007
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• M.E / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of Victoria Inc. 2006, “What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?”, M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of Victoria Inc, Melbourne, viewed 27 April 2007, http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mecfs/info/info01.html
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“I came across Teya when I was carrying out research for my scientific program. Reed Medical Education runs the largest Conference and Exhibition for General Practitioners in Australia and we are at the forefront in Medical Education.
I then chose to visit Teya as a patient as I was so impressed with what I had read about her and her work. Teya changed my life. I am now better able to cope and deal with stress and problems long buried and by changing my attitude as well as my diet she has brought a new-found peace and serenity to my life and I now feel in control.To this end I have referred several patients to Teya who have all been as excited as I have with the results that they have achieved. I am happy to recommend Teya and will continue to do so.”Lisa De Mello, Exhibition Manager, Reed Medical Education, Australia
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Thank you for helping me reframe everything – it’s having an instant, significant effect on me and I’m viewing everyone so differently – that simple one liner of yours about we are all having a ‘human experience’ is so BIG, I’ve started to feel a much stronger acceptance and respect for others and their place in the world and life stage. I’m handling disappointment differently; I’m not taking it so personally.
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I soon learnt that my nail biting was not really a habit but a way to release stress and built up emotions. I wouldn’t have thought I was a stressed person but the word stress can mean so much. After each session I left feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and after several appointments I had stopped biting my nails and had a whole new outlook on life. I was so much happier and was starting to actually have fun and enjoy each new day without the heavy burdens /obligations weighing me down.
Teya taught me how to meditate which helps me stay clearer, calmer and more focused at work as well as minimize feeling ‘stressed’ out. Thank you Teya for all that you have done for me. I am really looking forward to the journey I am starting.”rebecca Stoneham, PA
“On my first visit to Teya Skae I was both mentally and physically exhausted. A walking zombie, a wreck. I just wanted Teya to fix my sleeping problem. I couldn’t think straight or plan ahead and was too tired to enjoy family and friends. Working as a carpenter, often on roofs, it was also very dangerous.
I came away from that first visit with a spring in my step. Not miraculously cured, but refocused and re-energised. I was relieved to find someone who understood my situation and
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Each negative layer removed revealed a more vibrant version of me, the real me. It was great fun. I am amazed at how powerful EFT is in freeing up my mind when Teya combines it with the kaleidoscope of knowledge she has collected from years of experience.
Six months down the track I now have good energy levels and a smile on my face .My world has been enriched through a fascinating journey of discovery that would never have come from the pharmaceutical ‘quick fix’ pill that a GP had offered me.I was treated with respect, honesty and integrity and I am indebted to Teya for setting me on the path forward, and for putting the smile back on my face.”Mick Johnston
“Going to a therapist to seek help for a problem, whatever it may be – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual – can involve a degree of trepidation! When we are vulnerable, we are looking for someone we can trust – someone who can help us access perhaps some of the most hidden aspects of ourselves, in a safe environment. Teya Skae is such a therapist. Apart from her wide ranging knowledge and many qualifications, Teya truly cares about her clients. She is a natural teacher.
Her own commitment, enthusiasm and belief in what she does, quickly rubs off on her clients who, even after one session, can find that they have become involved and excited about their own healing
process. The ability to empower people in this way, I believe, is the mark of a true healer”.
“I found Teya at a time in my life when I had really hit a wall with my health. I knew that I needed a new approach to nutrition and exercise that was less harsh and more effective, but I just didn’t know how to get there. Teya’s approach just resonated with me as being truthful and untouched by the craziness of more typical beliefs and practices regarding health, eating and exercise. Her guidance on nutrition and training has been such a highly important element of my personal journey over this past year. I have such gratitude for her insight and compassion. Amongst so much madness, she truly is a voice of sanity.”Alana fairchild
“I have been seeing Teya for several years now for a combination of issues ranging from severe exhaustion, emotional overwhelm, nutritional guidance, relationship issues and physical pains. I have been using natural and alternative therapies seriously for about 10 years and I find Teya’s techniques to be the fastest, most powerful and most transformational of any that I have tried so far. I also tend to laugh throughout the majority of our sessions,which is a bonus, and after our sessions, I always feel calm and balanced.
Nutritionally, I now have a much better grasp of what foods work best for me and I feel so much more grounded. In regard to physical pain and injury, on a few different occasions, after dealing with weeks or months of a particular physical problem, the pain disappeared the day after a session with Teya. On personal, emotional and relationship levels, I feel like a new person. I have been working as a marketing manager for years for a couple of very busy companies in Sydney, and my days tend to be stressful and exhausting. I now actually feel energetic and happy and positive about life, whereas previously I was just coping through most days on a roller coaster of depression and struggle. I feel like I am actually living in my life now instead of looking in at it and judging it from the outside. My relationships are also really thriving and getting better as I grow personally. The tapping is just amazingly quick and powerful. It is such a gift to know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I just love it. THANKS TEYA!”Gina Mathys
“Thanks for all your efforts with helping me to stop smoking and dealing with other physical and emotional issues. You’re a legend! To anyone reading this... Once you are ready to be honest with yourself and move ahead, go see Teya! Amazing! Whether you are familiar with Teya’s methods or not, give her a chance to help you. She’ll know what needs to be worked on and how to change those limiting beliefs. She helped me to move through many barriers. I always found myself floating after a session. Highly recommended! Her wealth of knowledge about the physical, spiritual and emotional is amazing. Thanks mate!”Oliver Mathys Gina & Oliver Mathys married in February 2008
“After a month of seeing Teya on a weekly basis, I noticed a significant improvement in my wellbeing, so much so that I felt re-energised and realigned again. During my session we addressed some of the key issues that were bothering me for years.
Teya showed me how to deal with them in a simple, practical way that I can still apply today. One of the things I liked most was that she taught me how to exercise in a way that helped me cope with stress and not stress my body further.Teya’s EFT sessions are always practical and focus on helping me accept what is unacceptable which is my frustration and anger.
She also taught me how to meditate that helps me slow down my overactive mind with some much needed ‘quiet’ time. This, in combination with fine-tuning my diet compliments my nutritional needs.
The benefits have been obvious and even helped with my emotional release, as I learned my low blood sugar was making me cranky. Each tapping session peeled some layer that I felt I needed but in fact, it was so nice to let go. It is not just about the tapping it is Teya’s ability to tap into our hidden mind ‘stuff’ that runs us at all levels. As subtle as it was, her EFT sessions with neurological balancing now speak for themselves. I experience more balance, clarity and I feel great even comfortable with my uncomfortable feelings. Thanks so much Teya.”Ivanka Narai, Artist
“Working with Teya over a period of 2 years seeing her once a month, has led to peeling away the layers of my discontent. I feel more balanced and grounded, with better perspective and a revitalisation of my sense of being. I feel more content with being here; I have more hope and joy. Teya is a valuable guide and teacher and my path has turned for the better in working with her. The meditation technique, as well as other tools of self-help I have learned with Teya, has helped reach my spiritual core and strengthen my connection to it”Trish Graf, Hurlstone Park, NSW Australia
“As a mother of 3 busy children and teaching full time I often felt life was spiralling out of control. I was constantly tired, and felt life was going nowhere. I tried a variety of herbal remedies but nothing lasted for long. Finally I made an appointment to see Teya. I followed Teya’s dietary recommendations and felt more energy, I now feel more energetic and able to cope with my hectic lifestyle. I enjoy life so much more and I am much more positive. My husband children and I are much happier now with Teya’s stress balancing. Thanks Teya.”Carolyn Armstrong, Teacher
“After going through a torturous and stressful family break-up, rather than thinking of myself as a survivor, I was an existor. Each day I was waking up tired, being lethargic throughout the day, having only enough energy to plonk myself in front of TV in the evening.
My visits to doctors revealed only frustrations listening to weird diagnosis and no real certainty in their deliberations. Needless to say I was finding it difficult to perform at work
- my job as helicopter aircrew was something I had worked hard for and did not want to give up easily.
Through a sequence of events only the universe can explain, I found Teya’s brochure. It made sense and I decided to give it a try. I have since had 6 kinesiology sessions and the transformation after each one has been extraordinary. I am now at ease in any environment and situation - nothing has been overwhelming.
Challenges still face me and now I power through them without hesitation. My daily routine now sees me up at 5am for a workout and I am being productive, until late at night. I love life and I am extremely grateful for meeting Teya and her masterful ability to practice kinesiology.”
I first went to Teya with what seemed like an almost impossible existence to fix, I was living a double life, to my friends and family I would try and portray the person I wanted to be but behind closed doors I would be tortured by the memories and constant feeling of anxiety and depression caused by a series of events. These feelings snowballed into many other issues in my life, lack of confidence, fluctuating weight and a feeling of uselessness.
Teya has given me my life back, I now turn up for my life and am present to enjoy each and every moment. Teya has also worked with me to accept my feelings and my greatest fears; she once told me ‘in the self-acknowledgment there is a choice’. Who would’ve thought I had a choice when I was all alone in that dark space. Well no longer, Teya opened up the pathway for me to shine so bright and be a loving and accepting individual. I have regular EFT sessions with Teya as things will always pop up in life, she keeps me balanced and I’m eternally grateful. I recommend Teya to anyone for any problem great or small; she is an amazing practitioner and a wonderful person. Thank you Teya you have given me back the gift of living!”Angie fouce, Sales Manager, Parforce
“Prior to my monthly session with Teya, I can have physical tension such as headaches, sore neck, shoulder aches and sore throat. Until recently, I would put these symptoms down to an oncoming virus or some other external reason. I know now, that after a session with Teya doing EFT or kinesiology, these symptoms completely disappears (immediately after the session, or within 1-2 days after.
Through EFT and tapping, Teya has helped me let go of so much stored pain, (emotional and physical). Teya has helped me to understand how my body stores stress and how that affects me physically (headaches, poor digestion, sleeplessness and muscle aches). I can witness these ailments now and know that there is something I need to deal with emotionally.Every month I have a session with Teya and the benefits - I feel quite relaxed and ready for the month ahead.
I have learned so much about myself, and have grown to understand how ‘we humans’ work! I am learning the gift of acceptance... of myself and those around me. I am learning to let go of my habit of ‘controlling’ others and I now accept responsibility for my actions. Most importantly, I worry much LESS about the future and the past! I am enjoying life in the present MORE!What a wonderful way to work through a lifetime of limiting beliefs! Teya, a brilliant practitioner and a great teacher. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”Christine Garforth, Director, Animal Supplies Sydney
“I’ve tried many attempts at meditating over the years and have always found that my lack of focus or interest was so frustrating that I did not want to do it. My mind was so busy that it just seemed to prevent me from being able to meditate.
Since I have learnt Teya’s Effortless Meditation Technique and have now been meditating for over 2 years, I have to say that I am still enjoying my meditation as I can relax straight into it. As Teya reminded me, meditation is enjoyable when it is effortless, so I find it works for me and I now highly recommend this technique because it just gets you to meditate. Thanks Teya, the results speak for themselves and I am enjoying more peace and calmness in my everyday life.”Kylie franks, Kinesiologist
“When I found Teya I was in a huge amount of emotional pain. I was loosing a decade long battle with an eating disorder, and so was living a self destructive life style that was also hurting the people around me.
Teya has set me on a new path. She united her studies of the body and brain and the nutritional needs with her knowledge of physiological and emotional factors that are at the core of all eating disorders. Her perspective on my (as well as humanity’s) life situation was so absolutely awakening.
Through EFT, she has helped me release so much stress and guilt and that has truly allowed me to move on. No matter what distressing situation arises in my life or my mind (no matter how small or silly it may seem), Teya is always there to offer an insightful, caring understanding. After my phone sessions with Teya I am always left feeling centred, positive and empowered. I believe that is her greatest offering-the personal empowerment she is able to pass on. Teya is a gift to her practice.”Emelia Armstrong Crews, Sydney
“I first met Teya at her meditation workshop in 2006 and decided to attend her kinesiology clinic. While I felt I was enjoying fairly good health for an “older person” I was suffering quite a lot of stress and pain. After only one session the severe sciatic pain in my right hip had vanished and now for the first time in 10 years I can sleep on my right side. After the second session my long-standing lower back pain was gone and since the last session, my persistent muscular pain in my arm has been relieved as well. With Teya’s guidance I have lost several kilos of fat and have a very much reduced blood pressure reading, much to the delight of my GP. I’m feeling great, both physically and emotionally. Teya has wonderful healing ability and I believe she can help in alleviating any problem.”Valerie Jack, Retiree
“I just wanted to say how much listening to your lecture helped me. Even though I do most of my own cooking with dried beans, lots of vegetables and fruit, and I exercise several times per week, I have been feeling quite listless of late and have been constantly hungry and quite light-headed at times. When you mentioned having protein for breakfast I realised that I am probably not having sufficient protein, even with cereal, nuts, yoghurt, etc. And so, from last Monday, I have been making myself eggflips, which I used to have regularly and I am so grateful that it appears to be an easy answer to an issue that has been concerning me greatly. Thank you!”Kay Porter, NSW “Happiness is beyond getting, giving or seeking.
Happiness is your inherent state and everything else is just an experience.”Teya Skae
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