What Is Stress?
Stress is anything that we perceive or see as a threat to our wellbeing. When this happens a part of our brain will trigger the Stress Response. The Stress Response is a natural defence system that we all have. It kicks in automatically once it is triggered and sets us up for fight, flight or freeze.
We tend to feel physical responses in our body once the stress response has been triggered, with some being stronger than others.
- Heart beats faster
- Stomach does summersaults
- Feeling hot and bothered
- A surge of energy goes to the legs and arms
- Mouth can feel dry
- Initially there is an immediate sense of being alert and ready for action
There is another level of stress that many of us are experiencing at the moment. That is one of being over-stressed. This happens when we have been in a constant triggered stressed state for a pro-longed time. This has been happening for many people for many months now.
What happens when we are over-stressed?
When we are in this longer stressed state our stress response system will get fatigued. So will the parts of the body that get shut off during a stress response to allow all our energy to go for the flight, fight and freeze response. Two main systems to get shut off are the immune system and the digestive system. Both of these systems are interconnected with over 60% of the immune system lives in our small intestine.
When stress cortisol levels are high in the body, immunoglobulin levels are low. It is our immunoglobulin that fights pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The longer we are stressed, the longer our immune system is lowered. Meaning we are more likely to get sick at this time, as many people do.
Stress and the Digestive System
Another thing that happens when we are stressed is our digestive system basically shuts down. We do not digest our food properly and this can cause lots of issues in the short and long term as food begins to ferment in our gut. Things like food intolerances begin to emerge. We develop digestive disorders. Our sleep gets disrupted. Our energy begins to lower. We eat sugary foods to try and raise our energy levels. We don’t feel like exercising…
We Can Overcome Stress Naturally
There are ways to overcome these stressed states. But first we need to get our stress levels lower. I find that Tapping – the process of tapping energy points on the body while retuning our thoughts works really well for retuning stressed thinking patterns. What I have discovered is I can have the best diet and lifestyle but if I am constantly triggering the stress response it is all going to keep me in the fight, flight and freeze states. That means I am getting none of the goodness from my food!
Tapping Calms The Stress Response
Calm the stress response using Tapping and then you are more able to settle into a meditation or stillness time and you are immediately retuning your stress state to one of wellness. Then you can get on with living your best life – surfing the waves of stress that come your way. Imagine what tapping every single day, using this new and advanced system called Two Meridian Tapping (TMT) could do for you? Imagine how much more capable and strong your immune system would be.
Here are some other Tips on How to Manage Stress
- Exercise – 20-30 minutes daily helps to push the stress hormones through the body
- Water – drinking small amounts of water through the day keeps us hydrated and more able to manage stress. I encourage people to sip, swivel and then swallow water. Between the hours of 8 in the morning and 6 in the evening, drinking 200mls an hour adds to 2 litres a day!
- Feeling Blessed – Every morning when you wake think of 5 things you have been blessed with
- Be Grateful – find five things to be grateful for at the end of each day
- Eat Fresh Food – Processed foods have a longer shelf life, that means something has been put in there to keep it that way. These foods put our digestive system under even more stress. Anything that comes in a tin is processed, Frozen is always next in line to fresh. Organic foods from a reputable organic market are also good to eat.
- Take good Nutritional Supports like vitamin D3, C, Zinc, probiotics and perhaps Digestive Enzymes. Being a kinesiologist I know that not everyone will need the exact same nutrition and probably not at the same time of day. That is why I encourage people to go find your local kinesiologist and get tested so you can get what exactly your energy system dictates.
- Sleep – Having a regular bed and sleep routine is essential for stress management. I encourage you to get to bed by 10:30 each night. Try to allow yourself some wind down time before bed time. Try not to be on electronic gadgets before bed and keep them out of the bedroom.
Changing Stress Happens One Step At A Time
If you were to take one thing on this list and implement it for a week or two, then take another, you will have an amazing wellness plan in place in no time at all. I would strongly suggest you get into something like Tapping first so you can change the thought patterns that are triggering that stress response in the first place. For more on Two Meridian tapping go to: https://retuningme.com. You’ll be glad you did.