Mind Over Stress
Published: November 8, 2016
In our sophisticated, civilized world, it may come as a surprise to be reminded that our bodies simply don’t know how civilized we are. When we get stressed our bodies still go into fight or flight mode. In fact, I recently read an article at huffingtonpost.com stating that, “Our bodies can’t tell the difference between an approaching grizzly bear and a ticked off spouse or a particularly epic traffic jam.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/06/stress-relief-that works_n_3842511.html)
So, think about the implications of our stressed-out lifestyles. Our fight or flight response doesn’t help us escape the situations that we perceive as “dangerous.” In fact, it contributes to the chronic conditions our society is plagued with. It has been scientifically proven that stress leads to hypertension and headaches, depression and anxiety disorders. On top of that, stress can even make other conditions such as asthma, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome worse.
The harder we try to run from our stress, the more intense the flight or fight response becomes. The bottom line is that it is fear that triggers the response. More fear equals more stress.
Most people live in a constant state of stress. I see it everyday. This time of year with the pressures of the holiday, stress for some can become unbearable. Many people take on more debt and feel more burdened financially. The emotional burdens are heavier too with a calendar filled with social obligations.
How do people get through life and the holidays stress-free? There are many who do it and to those who don’t it’s a mystery. However, there is light at the end of the stress-filled tunnel. It begins with a conscious decision to put an end to the stress. You’ve heard the expression, “mind over matter.” This is the only area where we have any real control. We have to learn to control our minds. When we control our minds we can control our stress.
If you are ready to step onto the path and discover the stress-free life waiting just beneath the surface of your chaotic life, contact my office. It’s an excellent way to ring out the old and begin a brand New Year.