We all live with stress in some way in our lives today, however do we really know what it is? There are times when we truly live with stress in all it’s glory however being mindful of how the negative affects of stress are making you feel will set you up for a healthy lifestyle!
Here are some of the ways we live with stress and how that can affect the body from head to toe!
- Mind races
- Dizzy, disoriented, lightheaded
- Vision is strange, blurry
- Maybe sleep disturbances
- Difficultly swallowing
- Breathless, breath fast, shallow
- Heart racing, palpitations
- Nausea or lack of appetite
- Restless legs
- Legs feel like jelly
- The feeling of wanting to just run
There are two kinds of stress
I will call them good stress or Eustress, the kind that is invigorating and exciting. “Stress is not even necessarily bad for you; it is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity, causes stress.” Han Selye, MD
Negative stress or Dis-Stress that can lead to all kinds of problems, physical, mental and behavioural. For many years now we have heard from the American Medical Association that 95% all of illness is related to stress!
As humans we are designed to live in balance (homeostasis). Did you know that the brain does not know the difference from an event that threatens our survival or a thought alone that threatens our survival! This is causing many people today to live in a constant state of the ‘flight or fight” state. If we don’t learn to recognise this Dis-stress and begin to develop options or choices to return to a more balanced state we will become burnt out.
“…stress is not a vague concept, somehow related to the decline in the influence of traditional codes of behaviour, dissatisfaction with the world, or the rising cost of living, but rather that it is clearly a definable biological and medical phenomenon whose mechanisms can be objectively identified and with which we can cope much better once we know how to handle it. – Hans Selye, MD
Dr. Hans Selye developed the General Adaptation System a three-stage reaction to stress
- Alarm Reaction – Experience is difficult
- Resistance Adaptation – Get used to it
- Exhaustion Burnout – Can no longer stand it
Rather than live in the constant state of “flight or flight” we can begin to learn and build of habit of noticing how we feel. Then we can develop practices to bring our state back to homoeostasis or balance. By developing mind/body connection practices we can begin to reduce the “flight or fight” state and feel better daily.
Some suggestions to practice the mind body connection exercises:
- Guided Relaxation Techniques – the benefits of mind body exercise with these guided relaxation techniques
- Deep Breathing
What tools/techniques are you using to practice the mind/body connection?