This topic gets no respect! If you are old enough to know who Rodney Dangerfield is then this is the classic topic that gets NO Respect Americans in particular are taught to work and push then work some more. But we are not created to sustain that cycle.
Stress along with poor sleep either causes or worsens disease. There is no Healing Time! Let me give you a quick rundown of what stress can do in the body:
Unrelenting stress causes the body to get stuck in alarm mode – anxiety, cravings, poor sleep, and increased belly fat along with a host of other symptoms. Increased cortisol is released that increases blood sugar which increases blood pressure and diabetes. Sound familiar? First we go into alarm mode then exhaustion with an increase in illness, decrease sex drive and decrease in blood pressure. And as we age or we can have increased cortisol making us feel anxious but exhausted.
Now not all stress is bad. Some examples are exercise, excitement, learning, and performing. It signals us to react to the environment. So much of stress is how we perceive the action. If it’s beyond our capabilities or threatening it’s perceived as a bad stress. If the action is well within our ability to handle we are not stressed by the action. Remember our perception of an event determines if it is stressful.
Learning how to handle stress is imperative.
So here are some simple tips
First and foremost follow healthy diet and exercise habits. You must treat your body well for it to serve you.
Also take care of your digestion. The balance of gut flora plays a significant role in anxiety and depression. If your beneficial flora is too low you will not produce the chemicals needed for balanced emotions.
Don’t eat late at night. Your body will end up digesting your food all night and you won’t get any rest.
Get around people you love or hold your pet. Your body releases a hormone that supports that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Deep breathing. It elicits the relaxation response by stimulating the part of the nervous system that calms us.
The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).
When eliciting the relaxation response:
- Your metabolism decreases
- Your heart beats slower and your muscles relax
- Your breathing becomes slower
- Your blood pressure decreases
- Your levels of nitric oxide are increased
Use it anytime. Deep abdominal breaths can reduce anxiety and stress in just a few minutes. Try It!
The EVOX system, is designed to work directly with a client’s personal perceptions. Perception is the way we feel and think about different events, people, or other aspects of our lives. In many cases, we are not even consciously aware of everything that we perceive, or how those perceptions affect us.
Using a process known as Perception Re-framing, the EVOX system helps clients discover a whole new way of seeing things.
The EVOX uses the voice – VOX is Latin for voice – to create visual maps of a client’s perceptions about specific topics like health, relationships, work, or athletic performance; really any aspect of life.
The client speaks about any topic and the EVOX records the energy of the voice. The voice energy is then plotted into what is called a Perception Index or PI. The Perception Index gives the client a visual image of their perception as it pertains to the topic discussed.
Clinical trials and experience have shown that most perceptions are static. This becomes especially undesirable when perceptions are dysfunctional in any way. For example, a golfer may always approach the ball the same way and thus reach a performance plateau. At a conscious level she may learn better techniques, but at a subconscious level she is still bound by the perceptions she carriers about her golf game, or about her ability to master it. In other words, her golf game remains static.
In the case of relationships, a person may repeatedly attract destructive behaviors. This is the result of a static perception that perpetuates dysfunctional outcomes regardless of a conscious desire for a healthier relationship.
In the EVOX, a static perception can be reflected when speaking about a single topic multiple times that results in a PI that is the same or very similar. With the EVOX system it is possible to quickly and painlessly shift, or reframe, perception at both a conscious and subconscious level. Perception reframing allows for a more mature or functional reality, and can be used to improve any aspect of human performance.
Users of the EVOX system have reported positive impacts on various aspects of their life, including:
- Personal Health
- Interpersonal Relationships, and
- Personal Performance
Another simple but powerful method to decrease stress is EFT- it stands for emotional freedom tapping. It is used to calm the nervous system. Watch this short video to see the technique.
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