STRESS AND YOUR RESPONSE
Your body is smart. It responds to how you think and feel. SUBCONSCIOUSLY. That means if you have had a challenge in areas of your life, those challenges will repeat themselves through your body because of a feeling or belief from your past that left a negative imprint. You can overcome the programming and that requires you to understand your Stress Response. That’s the programming your body took on at the point of the initial stress trigger.
This process takes practice, patience and processes. It requires safe space to feel and express the feelings and emotions left behind. This is where physical work, mental work and emotional work all intersect. Think of it as the point of release, like when a baseball pitcher releases the pitch. He just lets go, all his energy moving out. There becomes a calm presence and focus.
Let’s look at how the stress response is flared up and triggered.
Firstly, our body judges a situation and decides whether or not it is stressful. This decision is made based on sensory input and processing (i.e. the things we see and hear in the situation) and also on stored memories (i.e. what happened the last time we were in a similar situation).
If the situation is judged as being stressful, the hypothalamus (at the base of the brain) is activated.
The hypothalamus in the brain is in charge of the stress response. When a stress response is triggered, it sends signals to two other structures: the pituitary gland, and the adrenal medulla.
These short term responses are produced by The Fight or Flight Response via the Sympathomedullary Pathway (SAM). Long term stress is regulated by the Hypothalamic Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) system
Physiological stress occurs when conditions perturb homeostasis. There are a multitude of stressors commonly encountered by organisms, including environmental factors such as temperature, pathogens, toxins, and food or oxygen availability, or internal disturbances caused by genetic defects or damage accumulated over the course of ageing. Here is the fundamental relationship between stress and homeostasis.
Once you begin identifying your Stressors, the goal and objectives are to transform your reactions by training your body through lifestyle habits, support and tools. It’s here you move from stress to empowerment, and gain power and control back where you one felt helpless, powerless and
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