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The Stress Response

Many actions occur when the stress response is thrust into action. The lungs work overtime, the heart kicks into overdrive, stress hormones are released, and all non-critical body the-stress-responsefunctions stop. Body functions such as immune system regulation, cell production, and cell regeneration are put on stand by. The body is on high alert, ready to escape the stressor that it is presented with. These functions are extremely useful for their intended purpose. Unfortunately their intended purpose is to survive in the wild. We rarely use stress in this setting and because of that a lot of issues arise.

The effects of stress

All of these actions happen when we are presented with everyday stress. When we are stuck in traffic or have a high workload this stress response occurs, along with its repercussions. Our immune system is weakened, our heart and lungs have unnecessary stress put on them, our mind shuts down. This can lead to a lot of problems short term. Long term chronic stress has disastrous consequences. Chronic stress gives us high blood pressure, arteries clog with plaque, the cardiovascular system becomes weak, the immune system is compromised, we develop a poor memory. Brain cells are destroyed and the communication between them is lowered. The damage done is both physical and mental. We not only suffer the pain of stress but we are bogged down by its consequences.

Take steps towards stress management

The stress response is in its nature a physical one. This physical response affects us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It is corrosive and is only meant for short duration in emergency situations. Our social constructs and modern environment triggers this stress response far to often. We are creatures of nature living in an unnatural world. We however don’t have to be slaves to this stress response. We can take many steps to avoid this stress and we can take just as many to conquer the response to it.

There will always be stress but it shouldn’t consume our lives. It shouldn’t be a daily occurrence and it definitely doesn’t need to adversely affect our health. Stress isn’t there to control you, you are there to control it. With the proper stress management strategies, with mindfulness based stress reduction, and with building new habits we can take the higher road and overcome the debilitating affects of stress. We can restore our emotional, mental, and physical health. Please read on to discover these methods and take back your life!

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Stress Management Strategies: Self Control

There are so many stress management strategies, some effective and some not. The effectiveness is due to the technique itself or the compatibility with you as an individual. Either way there is a deeper level you can delve self-controlinto and come out of with a real sense of control and calmness, even in the face of your biggest stress. There is a core foundation to lay and with the right knowledge and building the right skills you will have the strength to not just overcome stress but to prevent it from arising. Developing self control is vital in life and to learn to use it in a variety of ways will enrich your life at it’s very foundation.

Build a meaningful foundation

Building a foundation of strength and thoughtfulness will project outwards into every part of your life. You will be enriched and enlivened; problems you didn’t relate to stress will vanish. You can use stress management strategies to a much more effective degree. You will be working for yourself in a much more efficient manner and the doors of opportunity will open for you.

Adapting to your new skill-set

To achieve this we must adapt a new skill-set. The first step is to understand what you tell yourself your mind and body follow. It is amazing what neuroscience is uncovering. When we think we are about to eat a meal our blood sugar lowers, our stomach prepares and our metabolism picks up. Whether or not we eat the body still follows the mind. We can use this concept and all those like it to our greatest benefit.

When we tell ourselves we are going to be stressed by an event and that event happens sure enough we feel the stress response. We program into our mind what we want to have happen. Just think about it; people respond to events differently. One many become stressed, frightened, happy, etc when an event happens. They are choosing how they react to it. No one can upset us without out our permission.

A stress response example

Imagine a room full people at a party having a good time and all the sudden a clown walks in. Some people are excited because they love clowns. Another may become stressed because he thinks the circus is overwhelming. Others are afraid because they had a bad experience and always told themselves that clowns are scary. They are all right and their feelings are all valid. Sure some of this is predetermined by personality but most of it is from what we have conditioned ourselves to believe with the words we speak to ourselves.

Listen to your subconscious

The subconscious is always listening to what we say, the body is as well. What we tell ourselves affects us emotionally, physically, and mentally. What we think about on a daily basis comes from the beliefs we have built in life. We build beliefs by thinking in certain ways and perceiving the world with our unique touch. Your body and mind are always listening for your instructions. You have the choice to be who you want to be. To start building a stronger self control we must enter into new habits with our internal and external dialog. This is the key first step and we will discuss this and the steps that follow it in much more depth in the upcoming articles.

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