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Stress:Understand and Influence

The affect stress has on your overall health and wellness.
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Tina Rader

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Stress:Understand and Influence

STRESS When Stressful events occur our body's reaction is instinctive. The sympathetic nervous system fires up the body and brain to respond to danger
The Parasympathetic nervous system's response is to calm both body and brain. Stress is highly influential in a person's
overall health and wellness. The deep brain is always on guard for danger.
Once danger is sensed a cascade of processes prepare for fight, flight or freeze. Let's consider 5 common causes of stress in our modern western culture. JOB STRESS FINANCIAL STRESS RELATIONSHIP STRESS OVERWHELMING FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES DAILY HASSLES When a stressful event, or experience
is occurring in our environment,
stress hormones prepare your body for the
fight, flight or freeze response. When stressful events continue to occur, we might call this a
"chronic state of stress",
the body does not have a chance to relax. The body cannot engage the parasympathetic nervous system. It cannot eliminate the harmful hormones produced during the fight, flight, or freeze response. The effect is long lasting, chronic wear and tear on the body and mind. Too much stress, chronic stress, over time will leave your body exhausted. But it also increases the chances of heart disease, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, chronic pain and obesity. physical effects of stress Feelings of nausea, feeling faint or sweaty, headaches, migraines, indigestion, constipation, increased skin irritations e.g. eczema, an increase in minor illnesses, and feeling tired all the time. Emotional effects of stress Increased forgetfulness, difficulty making decisions, a loss of a sense of humor, increased irritability or moodiness, negative thinking, poorer concentration, and being constantly worried. Most often stress is seen in a negative light. Only stress that is persistent and uncontrollable causes problems. Positive stress can be good for us. It can keep us from becoming bored and indifferent. It can motivate us, increase our physical and emotional wellness, and drive to succeed. There are ways to lower stress levels and support your parasympathetic system every day. We can learn to change our experiences through what is called experience-dependent neuroplasticity. We can add new thoughts and behaviors and wither others. Tools Tool 1.
Take in the good, every day.

Tool 2.
Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Interrupt negative thinking, let go of mental images, emotions, desires, thoughts and feelings.

Tool 3.
Use Mindfulness techniques to support the parasympathetic nervous system and assist you in becoming more aware of your responses. 1
Taking in the Good! Recognize positive experiences;
savor them.
"See the glass half-full" rather "than half-empty".
Be grateful; for the small things and big things in your life.
Be good to yourself;
kind, forgiving, and compassionate.
Be active;
physically and mentally doing things you enjoy. Laugh more! Laughter is a physical and emotion release. 3
Mindfulness! Mindfulness is a method of learning:
What to attend to.
How to focus our minds.
To observe, acknowledge and let go of repetitive distressing thoughts.
It is a skill that can be learned like any other.
It is a process for observing, describing, and participating in life in an enhanced way. Relaxation Response! Focusing on our breathing helps bring us into AWARENESS of the moment.

This allows the parasympathetic nervous system, the Relaxation Response, to return our bodies and minds to balance Mindlessness! Where most of us are most of the time. !
It's being on Automatic Pilot.
Reacting (not responding) without thinking to situations, judging, striving/struggling, or rushing through life in an unconscious way. 2
Allow Less daily stress Pay attention to your body.

Notice your physical responses.

Decide what to needs to be responded to and what does not.

Interrupt the stress response cycle.

Avoid situations and negative people when you can.

Seek out knowledgeable and empathetic people to help you handle stress. Take care of yourself! When under stress we tend to neglect ourselves, not get enough sleep, fail to feed ourselves regularly or nutritiously.

Nourishing our body's well can make a big difference in how we feel. Eating regularly, every 4-6 hours, and enjoying our food is a good way to help minimize the stress our bodies feel. Paying attention to what our bodies need, (being mindful), by honoring hunger and fullness ques helps keep our parasympathetic nervous system calming our bodies and minds. "Stress is not [only] what happens to us. It's our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose."


- Maureen Killoran. Stress is a condition or adverse circumstance that disrupts, or is likely to disrupt the normal physiological or psychological functioning of an indivdual. Once the threat is over the parasympathetic nervous system reverses and re-establishes balance in the body.

It can take 4-6 hours for the body to clear the hormones released. Laughter is good for the soul. It reduces the stress response in your body helping you feel better about yourself.
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