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Chaplain’s Corner

Did you know that worrying has the same effect on your body as eating donuts? Suppresses your immune system & floods your body with toxins! (at least according to the organicmomma)

Now there’s an icky thought for a Monday morning! I don’t know how true that is, after all it’s a quote on a random image I saw online rather than a scientific review but it struck me because I’ve always been convinced that stress has an awful lot to answer for so when I found that quote as I was flicking through social media (as you do sometimes) I thought it was worth exploring a little bit here.

Donuts always seem rather a lot easier to avoid than worry especially when we’re focused on trying to develop a healthier lifestyle. Worry is a bit of an impervious issue isn’t it? Tends to creep up on us unannounced and then be difficult to let go of. Do you spend a fair amount of time mulling over things that you might have said or don’t differently; whether your latest report will be well received; what to have for dinner tonight; whether you’ll manage to lose those few pounds that make the difference between feeling good about yourself when you go to that special event or when you go on holiday?

There are just so many things that catch us out and cause us worry when we’re not even looking for them aren’t there? Never mind the occasions when life throws a curve ball that we just don’t know how to manage initially. Often times we don’t even realise that we are worrying and stressing about stuff until the issue is resolved and we suddenly feel a bit deflated and exhausted and don’t know why. That’s why it’s so important to develop our self-awareness in terms of recognising when we feel tense and exploring what has led to that so that we can learn to let go of the emotions that even low-level worry creates before we get to the deflated, exhausted after effects stage.

If only we could bottle the way to do that eh? Life would be simpler and less of an emotional roller coaster ride. Perhaps it might feel a bit boring though without the ups and downs, but wouldn’t it be good if they were little, gentle, rolling hills rather than huge crashing waves of emotional reaction to stuff? If you want to explore this a bit further, chaplains are happy to do that and please remember whatever issues you are facing in your personal or professional life, however you are feeling about them, know that chaplains are good listeners who don’t judge or try to tell you what to do.

As chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We can also sign-post you to organisations that provide extra support in a range of situations. We’re here most Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes to listen to whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too.

If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email at info@mitechaplaincy.com where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me (Debbie) directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with myself or one of the other chaplains.

We also have a range of resources on our website that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr