Did you know that some stress is actually good for you? In the right amounts, stress can improve brain function, make you more creative, help you get fit, lower your risk of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and lots more. It’s actually stress that makes us get out of bed in the morning… think about it!
It’s chronic stress—the “stress overload” you feel day in, day out—that’s silently but systematically sabotaging your health and well-being.
Here’s the science…
The sympathetic region of your brain – Prepares your body for vigorous physical activity, speeding your heart, dilating pupils, contracting blood vessels, reducing digestive secretions.
In a perpetually active “stressed out” state, you’re more vulnerable to heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, weight gain, irritability, and impatience. This is what chronic stress looks like in the early stages.
The parasympathetic region of your brain – Prepares your body for relaxation, cell regeneration, and digestion by slowing the heart, constricting the pupils, stimulating digestive secretions, and dilating blood vessels.
In an overactive state, you suffer from depression, weakened immune response, fatigue and diminished motivation. This is what chronic stress looks like over time.
The Answer: Like stress, not all stress relief is created equal.
Stress isn’t just in your head. Stress is also physical. (There’s load of scientific research proving this, by the way.) Until stress is fully released, it stays lodged in your body, in your cells, running rampant, putting your health at risk.
Still not sure? The health-damaging effects of chronic stress are scientific fact.
Here’s how stress damages your health (and your life, relationships, waistline, and more) in 13 sad steps:
1. You think about something stressful—work, money, relationships, family, whatever’s bothering you.
2. Your amygdala (in your mid-brain) senses danger.
3. Your amygdala helps to initiate your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress.
4. In “fight or flight”, your body releases adrenaline and the “stress hormone” cortisol, diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food and absorb nutrients AND more likely to gain weight.
5. In this physiological “crisis mode,” you’re more vulnerable to pain — from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upset, and more.
6. In this state of heightened physiological “alert”, your brain’s creative centre is deemed “non-essential” and shuts down. Down goes your problem solving, your creative skills, your intuition.
7. You feel increasingly irritable, isolated and impatient. Your relationships suffer.
8. Stress affects your sleep. Your metabolism slows.
9. Your body secretes even more cortisol, wreaking more havoc on your digestion (and waist line), increasing your blood pressure, lowering your immune response.
10. After releasing too much cortisol for too long, your body goes into “adrenal fatigue.” You feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed.
11. You no longer have the energy to adhere to your exercise routine, your healthy eating, meditation, yoga. Migraines, insomnia, stress-related hair loss, chronic pain, and any number of other issues become regular parts of your life.
12. Battling low energy, you can hardly focus at work, and elsewhere. Your relationships suffer.
13. Your depression deepens. You (and your body) are STRESSED OUT.
Typical “Quick-Fix” Stress Relievers
You feel better, but only until the next morning or credit card statement.
Using aerobic exercise, yoga/meditation, and “talk” therapy as stress relievers…
Exercise is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity promotes the release of endorphins, known as the “feel good” neurotransmitters; makes you “smarter” and more creative by increasing blood flow (and oxygen) to your brain; and acts as “meditation in motion”, providing mental and physical stress relief.
However, time is critical… it can be hours, even days, after that stressful meeting, or that fight with your partner, before you can seek out the solace of your joggers. (If you have that healthy habit.) Get to it!
Use “complementary and alternative medicine”, which includes yoga, meditation and other natural stress relief. These practices provide powerful stress relief, increased focus, creativity, and lots more.
Yoga and meditation provide significant stress relief and other benefits that yield significant results in weeks or months with regular, frequent practice. Many who try meditation give up too soon because they feel it’s “not working.” Stick with it!
“Talk” therapy provides stress relief over a long period of time. The immediate benefits of psychotherapy don’t register in your physical body, where excessive amounts of the “stress hormone” cortisol still run rampant, putting your health at risk.
How can we support the body even more with active stress relief?
Tapping (EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique), was found to produce a 24% decrease in cortisol after just one hour, which blends Western psychotherapy or “talk” therapy with Eastern wisdom about “meridian points” or acupressure. And it acts fast. Use it anytime, anywhere. Because it accesses your emotions and body simultaneously, it provides powerful stress relief, lowering cortisol levels faster than most traditional and alternative stress relief methods.
Study found tapping balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing “a neutral emotional state,” the gold standard of health and wellness.
To wrap up
Chronic stress is sabotaging your health and well-being, making you more vulnerable to depression, disease, and worse.
EFT Tapping regulates activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems to achieve balanced activity and optimal health. EFT Tapping quickly relieves chronic stress on physical and mental/emotional levels.
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