Journal 25.07.2016 By Diane
Common sources of stress:
- Thinking of the future or the past.
- Thinking of what people are thinking about you.
- Taking on responsibilities that are not yours.
When you are stressed your body triggers certain hormones. Cortisol is often called the ‘’stress hormone’’ because of its connection to the stress response that can lead to illness, weight gain, and premature wrinkles.
Here are five ways to help you release stress on a daily basis.
- Taking on a new task: Find ways to have fun even if the task seems dull or stressful. Research shows by listening to soft music, while taking on a task lowers stress hormones.
- Belly breathing: Notice how you breathe in a ’fight or flight’ response. The fight or flight response is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. We may not notice how we breathe in response to trauma
- Multiple breaks: Taking breaks is essential in reducing the hormones produced by our adrenal glands. The hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, steroids, cortisone and chemicals such as adrenaline (epinephrine), norepinephrine and dopamine. When the glands produce more or less hormones than required by the body, disease conditions may occur. We are so caught up with being busy it’s like someone is chasing us. Taking the time to relax is very important.
- Meditation: Learn breathing techniques and listen to your body. Spend more time in nature is very calming and practice a walking meditation.
- Release trauma: Traumas are painful incidents or events that place a special type of stress on the mind. When a person denies their feelings a wall of resistance is created, unconsciously the brain can stop functioning or is subtly altered in some way. It may cripple a person mind and spirit for life. For example violence is used to brainwash a person, the goal is to turn the person into a sort of mindless slave who does not think much, and just follows orders.
Stress, pain, trauma and fear can deplete the body and block energy flow.
The fight or flight response also called
Fight: Resisting the force.
Flight: Running away.
Freeze: a ‘’deer in headlight’’ response.
Fawn: Trying to placate or please.
If these fight or flight responses are not healed in the body it falls into fight mode, also called Narcissism. Narcissists only care about themselves and they don’t relate to other people’s needs and feelings. They have a fear of abandonment which causes them to try to control and manipulate everyone in a narcissistic way.
The research is about my life
One thing I learned after 20 years is to talk about what you’ve been through. Hiding doesn’t serve anyone, especially your inner child. This weekend I got myself stressed out for nothing and my sciatic nerve started to manifest. The five ways to release stress made me realize I was not taking myself seriously and needed to focus on loving myself. I will talk more about it on day 15, what the sciatic nerve means according to Louise Hay ’s book Heal your body.