Tag Archives: maladaptive stress response

OHC Live 79 – Use technology don’t let it use you

Founder of The Optimum Health Clinic Alex Howard discusses the benefits and pitfalls of technology as both useful and overly stimulating tools. The importance of being in a calm healing state is essential to recovery from ME/CFS and if you decide to practice mindfulness around your technology use it can be a great benefit to […]

OHC Live 77 – The boatload of recovery

Just as multiple factors often are involved when one falls ill with ME/CFS (the overloaded boat), the process of recovery also includes multiple factors, methods, and variables to re-build health. The practitioners of The Optimum Health Clinic use an integrative approach to craft individualised programs to help patients during different stages or recovery with the […]

OHC Live 95 – AMA Part 1

Alex takes questions from The Optimum Health Clinic community group about recovering from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia and updates about the work at the clinic. Alex answers a questions about the immune system response in ME CFS, the role of the maladaptive stress response, and gives an update on the research projects at the OHC. […]

OHC Live 55 – 4 types of anxiety

Understanding and being able to witness the kind of anxiety we’re expieriencing is the first step to addressing it and easing the symptom. Physical Anxiety types can be contributed to blood sugar issues, having a mitochondria crash, adrenal anxiety, or hormone issues. Anxiety triggered by emotional overwhelm can be caused by difficult life experiences, and […]

OHC Live 54 – Deep rest II

When our primary symptom is fatigue, it’s clear that getting deep, effective rest is a crucial part of the recovery process. When the maladaptive stress response adds too much stress to be able to relax deeply, we can intend to rest without actually achieving deep rest. The OHC approach works to calm the nervous system […]

OHC Live 48 – Uncertainty and recovery

What allows us to feel calm, confident, and embodied is making peace with the sense of uncertainty, making peace with not knowing what’s going to happen. Alex talks about developing confidence and a sense of safety in the body versus trying to over-think and intellectualise solutions for potential challenges. Stress and worry use up energy […]

OHC Live 46 – Listening to your emotions calms your nervous system

Did you know that listening to your emotions actually calms your nervous system? Ignoring our wants and needs can lead our minds and bodies to continually get louder until we finally listen and pay attention to what is currently happening. Making space for and being mindful of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and symptoms can actually […]

OHC Live 36 – Trauma subtype

Alex explores “Trauma”, major disruptive life events, and “trauma”, small or developmental patterns that can effect our well-being. By understanding and working with our own traumas, we can develop healthier relationships with ourselves and our experience in life. One benefit of addressing trauma can be calming the nervous system in order to heal the body […]

OHC Live 31 – Why should nutrition patients do psychology?

Are you a patient with our nutrition team and wondering whether or not to also join in with some work with the psychology team? In this 10 minute Facebook Live Alex discusses how our patients can benefit from complimenting functional medicine with stress management and psychology work. The OHC does not in any way promote […]

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OHC Live 26 – Willpower and recovery

We now know that approaching healing from ME CFS from a “pushing” motivation can make everything worse, so willpower for recovery in ME CFS and Fibromyalgia needs a new meaning.  Pushing to work harder and do more will not work for recovering from these illnesses, but we may need determination in other ways to find […]