A big thank you to Kirstyn Marriott the Stress Down Queen for her contribution to today's blog, her much anticipated book "How to Remain Calm in the Midst of Chaos" has finally hit the online stores.
With Stress being the cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease it's timely that we got the low down on on some important facts!
I am delighted to share with you some gems from Chapter 3 of the book...
The 5 Stress Facts That You Need To Know
# 1 YOUR BODY DOESN’T CARE IF IT IS A BIG STRESS OR LITTLE ONE
The human body doesn’t discriminate between a BIG stress or a little one. Regardless of the significance, stress affects the body in a predictable way. It may be a major stress like the death of someone close or something minor like being cut off in traffic. A typical stress reaction, which most of us experience dozens of times each day, begins with a cascade of 1,400 biochemical events in your body. If these reactions are left unchecked we age prematurely, our cognitive function (brain function, thinking) is impaired, our energy is drained and we are robbed of our effectiveness and clarity.
# 2 STRESS CAN MAKE SMART PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS
Stress causes what brain researchers call “cortical inhibition” The phenomenon of cortical inhibition helps to explain why smart people do dumb things. Simply said, stress inhibits a small part of your brain and you can’t function at your best. When we are in coherence – a state where we are cognitively sharp, emotionally calm and we feel and think with enhanced clarity – the brain, heart and nervous system are working in harmony. This state of coherence facilitates our cognitive functioning – we are actually operating at peak performance mentally, emotionally and physically.
# 3 PEOPLE CAN BECOME NUMB TO THEIR STRESS
We can be physiologically experiencing stress yet be mentally numb to it because we’ve become so accustomed to stress. Some people have become so adapted to the daily pressures, irritations and annoyances of life that it starts to seem normal. Yet small stresses accumulate quickly and we may not realise how much they are impairing our mental and emotional clarity and our overall health until it shows up as a bad decision, an overreaction or an unwanted diagnosis.
# 4 WE CAN CONTROL HOW WE RESPOND TO STRESS
We don’t need to be victims to our own emotions, thoughts and attitudes. We can control how we respond to stress and we can become more sensitive to stressful situations and how they are affecting us before they manifest as a physical, mental or emotional complaint. There are simple, scientifically validated solutions to stress that empower people to rewire their own stress response.
# 5 THE BEST STRATEGY IS TO HANDLE STRESS IN THE MOMENT
The best way to manage stress is to deal with it the very moment you feel it come up. Millions of people unsuccessfully use the binge and purge approach when it comes to stress. This means they stress all day, believing that they can wait until later to recover when they go to an evening yoga class, to the gym or chill out when they take the weekend off. Unfortunately, when we put off going for our own inner balance, our bodies have already activated the stress response and it’s our health that suffers.
"Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” Terri Guillemets
In the 'Stress Down Queen's Guide' you will discover tools that can reduce and sometimes eliminate stress symptoms. Stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings, behaviour and relationships. Being able to recognise common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them - this book is the perfect antidote for our fast paced and chaotic lives.
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