There is a lot of stress around, so I decided to update and repost this blog about stress. Please share with your friends and let me know how you cope with stress in the comments section.
What Is Stress?
Stress is anything that you perceive or see as a threat to your safety and wellbeing. When this happens a part of your brain will trigger the Stress Response. This is a natural defence system that everyone has. It kicks in automatically once it is triggered and sets you up for fight, flight or freeze.
You tend to feel physical responses in your body once the stress response has been triggered, with some being stronger than others.
Here Is A List Of Some Physical Symptoms You Can Have When Stressed
- 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 people are experiencing at the moment. That is one of being over-stressed. This happens when you have been in a constant triggered stressed state for a pro-longed time.
What Happens When You Get Over-Stressed?
The longer you are in this over-stressed state your stress response system will get fatigued. 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 will also fatigue. 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 cortisol levels are high in the body, immunoglobulin levels are low. Immunoglobulin fights pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The longer you are stressed, the longer your immune system is lowered. Meaning you are more likely to get sick at this time, as I did over 20 years ago. I was so stressed at that time, that my immune system couldn’t clear a virus that I had in my system.
Stress And The Digestive System
Your digestive system also gets shut down when you are stressed. You do not digest your food properly and this can cause lots of issues in the short and long term as food begins to ferment in the gut. Things like food intolerances begin to emerge. You develop digestive disorders. Your sleep gets disrupted. Your energy begins to lower. You eat sugary foods to try and raise your energy levels. You certainly don’t feel like exercising… Even if some of this sounds familiar to you, then you know what I am talking about.
You Can Overcome Stress Naturally
There are ways to overcome these stressed states. But first you need to lower your stress levels. I find that Tapping – the process of tapping energy points on the body, works really well for retuning stressed thinking patterns. Tapping worked so well for me, I wrote a book about it. In that book I guide you through a new advanced Tapping system and how you can use that system in your daily life. You can grab your copy here.
What I Have Learnt About Stress
What I have discovered is I can have the best diet and lifestyle but if I am constantly triggering the stress response, all this great nutrition is going to keep me in the fight, flight and freeze states. That means I am getting none of the goodness from my food for the body systems that really need it!
Tapping Calms The Stress Response
Calm the stress response using Tapping and you are immediately retuning your stress state to one of wellness. Then you are more able to do things like; settle into a meditation or stillness time.
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 could do for you? Imagine how much more capable and strong your immune system would become.
7 More Tips To Help You Manage Stress
- Exercise – 20-30 minutes daily helps to push the stress hormones through the body. I rebound for my wellness.
- Water – drinking small amounts of water through the day keeps you 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 best.
- 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 you to go find your local kinesiologist, so you can get exactly what your energy system needs.
- 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.
To Learn More About Tapping And Stress
I seek to offer women over 40 ways that enable them to surf the waves of stress that come using techniques like Tapping, Kinesiology, Wellness Planning and many other Energy Techniques. For more on my work click here. You’ll be glad you did.