In Between Visits, with Dr. Kristy

On stress: don't tell me to relax

An episode of In Between Visits, with Dr. Kristy

By Dr. Kristy
If we all want to live our best life, then why do we compromise, sabotage and distract ourselves from making choices that will raise us up?
The basic truth is even simple behaviour modifications are difficult to implement.
Hence the birth of this podcast, in these short and sweet shares I will:
Answer your questions about how to stay on track
Support, inspire and motivate you on your journey.
See you in your struggles.
Affirm you in the challenge,
Reassure you that you are not alone.
On stress: when good enough is enough
Why are we so hard on ourselves?  If you know the answer to this question, please do share.   I struggle with this in my own life and see the theme of "not enough" show up time and time again in patient care. Dear ones, sometimes you are not supposed to feel great, vital or relaxed.  There are seasons in our lives when feeling shitting is exactly what one would expect given everything that is going on.   So why do we continue to judge and shame ourselves because we are not doing enough? In this episode, I ask you to set realistic goals that are supportive and attainable given the situation you are in.   I invite you to challenge all or nothing thinking especially during particularly stressful times so that you can find the room to make choices that may not be perfect or even ideal but are still benefiting you in small ways. 
July 17, 2019
On stress: maybe you don't need more time!
If you just had a bit more time then you would feel less stressed.  Right?  Wrong! What if that is not the case? What if you have been chasing the wrong resource when it comes to wanting a less stressful life? In this episode, I discuss the concept of time versus stress and how these are two very separate influencers that are so often lumped into the same scenario.   I will have you reflecting on your own relationship with time and getting curious about the impact stress is having on your time.  My ultimate goal with this episode, is for you to walk away feeling empowered with for more space in your life.  
July 10, 2019
On stress: get your butt out of bed
Heads up:  I get a little bossy in this episode.    I just really, really want you to feel the difference getting out of bed earlier makes to your morning routine and ultimately less stress you feel throughout the whole day.   I offer suggestions, resources and do a little hand waving (although you can't see that) to get you to embrace the benefits of this simple (not easy) daily habit. I also discuss how getting in tune with your own personal values can have a huge impact on the stress you feel in your life.  Let's face it there are a lot of things that we have to do: going to the dentist, getting a mammogram, attending work meetings.... but there may be some things that you can let go of.  I share an example in my life and get super real around my own judgements and pressures and how I challenged these beliefs to create space for the things that bring me more joy! 
July 3, 2019
On stress: don't tell me to relax
I loved putting this one together as it hits so close to home for me.  Managing stress and anxiety has been a lifelong journey and hands down the biggest challenge that I see for people in clinical practice. In this episode, I will affirm that what you are experiencing is indeed a maladaptive stress response and despite not having a medical diagnosis is a real syndrome that can impact all aspects of your health. I will also share with you my experience when the volume on my nervous system is stuck at high and how telling me to relax or breath in this state is the worse possible advice you can give me!    Not to worry this one also offers some perspective and support on how to begin to calm your system and restore your adrenal glands!  
June 26, 2019
On sleep: permission and acceptance
In this last episode of my sleep series, I highlight the importance of quality versus quantity of sleep.  I offer a surprising recipe for improving the quality of your sleep that revolves around your values of self-permission and self-acceptance.  I share with you my own personal struggles to give myself permission to rest and restore.   While also discussing the importance of a 15-20 minute nap and how it may be more accessible than you think.    I provide hope for the person with an active nighttime mind and offer strategies to support quality sleep despite tendencies towards busy thinking.  It's a good one! 
June 12, 2019
On sleep: getting personal
In this episode, I get personal with you as I share a bit about my sex life and the sleep arrangements in my home. I challenge the scientific theory that sex improves our ability to fall asleep and ask you to start questioning if you are having sex at the best time for your body.  I also get super honest about my sleeping arrangements and the belief that we need to sleep with our partners in order to have a healthy relationship. It's a juicy one that you won't want to miss!
June 5, 2019
On sleep: two sides of the same coin
In this episode, I continue to chat lifestyle medicine with the focus on sleep.  I highlight two polar opposite sleep issues and discuss solutions to these common problems. You may be surprised to learn that you are not as good a sleeper as you think and that crashing at the end of the day is less restorative and more reactive in nature.  I offer simple yet highly effective solutions to shift your "passing out"  into "passive relaxation" that will result in improved sleep cycles, high energy and heightened health.  On the flip side, you may be in a season of your life where sleep is just not accessible.  There is no question about it, your sleep is suffering and there is nothing you can do to change that.   I discuss options to support your body during these times with the intention to minimize the damage as a result of disrupted sleep. Whether you think you are immune to sleep issues or you know you are in the trenches with disruptive sleep or perhaps somewhere in the middle -there is something here for you!
May 29, 2019
On sleep: two biggest sleep disruptors... you may be surprised!
A continued chat about sleep where I share the two biggest sleep disruptors and how shifting these two simple habits will have a huge impact on your quantity and quality of sleep.   After listening, you will be inspired, motivated and ready to shift patterns of behaviour.   The return from this behaviour modification being improved energy, mood and vitality.
May 25, 2019
More than just another health podcast!
In this first podcast, I chat about why I created this podcast, what you will get from it and why I am so passionate about lifestyle medicine and the impact it is having on your health and happiness.   I begin our discussion with a conversation about sleep and why it is the most important component of lifestyle medicine.  I ask you to reflect on your choices through the day and how they be a mirror to your challenges with sleep at night. Take a listen!
May 22, 2019
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