This site often comments on well known persons either succumbing or conquering their battle with Stress
Fight or Flight Stress:
Our bodies are designed to respond to stress of a different type. Meaning it is the ‘fight or flight’ response.
All this happens in milliseconds for survival. Our very existence on this planet is due to that extremely effective operation and over millions of years!
Think of all those countless times our ancestors actually survive. Without that we would not be here!
But Stress that is not immediately and instantaneously resolved, becomes a major health issue.
Social & Business Stress:
Here Stress hormones such as Cortisol is a disaster!
Actually a passport to Insulin Resistance.
Glucose is continually released in response to these hormones, and over time this presents as Insulin Resistance.
In turn ultimately becomes of Pre Diabetes or Diabetes that is fulcrum of the Obesity Crisis.
The usual causes are: Finances, Relationships, Career, Illness.
This often triggers:
Poor Sleep habits, a disaster for long term health.
Insulin inhibiting white blood cells from proper disease resistance function,
and will over time even shrink the Thymus gland that is the main organ controlling our immune system.
A classic consequential reaction to stress is overeating, explains our ever weight mounting, massive obesity crisis.
I believe that nearly two thirds of our North American population is in the obese category. A reflection of major metabolic syndrome issues. Including Heart Disease and Cancer.
This site has been slow to actually demonstrate relaxation techniques
But the following should help!
- Find a comfortable and quiet place to lie down.
- Put one hand on your abdomen near your navel while putting the other hand on your chest.
- Inhale through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
- Concentrate on your breathing. Make note of which hand is rising with each breath.
- Exhale most of the air in your lungs slowly .
- Inhale to a slow count of 4. As you inhale, extend your abdomen, causing it to rise about 1 inch, making sure that your chest and shoulders stay still.
- As you breathe in, imagine the warmed air flowing in. Imagine this warmth flowing to all parts of your body.
- Pause for a moment then slowly exhale to another count of 4. As you exhale, feel your abdomen should move inward.
- As you breath out, imagine the tension and stress melting away.
- Starting from the soles of your feet and moving up, focus on relaxing and staying int that moment of calm.
- Repeat the above until a sense of relaxation is achieved.