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What is Stress?

Is it you?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defences kick into a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.” That is the way your body is protecting you, the way of preparing to meet a situation with focus and heightened alertness.

You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Even positive life changes such as a promotion, a mortgage, or the birth of a child produce stress. Our body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger.

Stress becomes negative when we experience continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. As a result, we can become overworked, and stress-related tension builds. The body’s autonomic nervous system has a built-in stress response through hormones which causes physiological changes to allow the body to combat stressful situations. This stress response is activated in case of an emergency. However, this response can become chronically activated during prolonged periods of stress. Prolonged activation of the stress response causes wear and tear on the body – both physical and emotional.

Continues stress can lead to a condition called Distress – a negative stress reaction. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, a rise in blood pressure, chest pain and sleeping problems

Emotional problems can also result from distress. These problems include depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry.

What triggers this stress response (stressors) is different in every person. A broken down car mightn’t be a problem for your but can stress me enormously. The way we react to stressors depends on different factors but mainly on how we learned to cope with arising events

Chronic stress can wear down the body’s natural defences, leading to a variety of physical symptoms, including the following:

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of “being out of it.”
  • General aches and pains.
  • Grinding teeth, clenched jaw.
  • Headaches.
  • Indigestion or acid reflux symptoms
  • Increase in or loss of appetite.
  • Muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders.
  • Problems sleeping.
  • Racing heart
  • Cold and sweaty palms.
  • Tiredness, exhaustion.
  • Trembling/shaking.
  • Weight gain or loss.
  • Upset stomach, diarrhoea.
  • Sexual difficulties.

The good news is that we can relearn our reaction to stressors and thus ease our daily life. In this connection it is important to find your own personal way to relax and eliminate stressors. I am happy to help you to find your way. Please check out the article What’s YOUR way to ease Stress.

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What’s YOUR way of easing stress?

Tips for reducing stress

You can learn to manage stress and lead a happier, healthier live. You may want to begin with the following tips:

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive. (easier said then done, EFT tapping can help to achieve that.)
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques (see below)
  • Exercise  regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
  • Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life -(practice will get you there)
  • Make time for hobbies and interests.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviours to reduce stress.
  • Socialize. Spend enough time with those you love.

Suggestions for relaxation techniques:

You can relax with simple means. For example by listening to music, reading, going for a walk, swimming, doing sports or going to a concert. Such methods relax because they create satisfaction. One also speaks of so-called passive methods.

But there are also active relaxation techniques. They have a targeted and systematic effect on the organism, for example:

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation according to Jacobsen
  • Autogenic Training (Self-Hypnosis)
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Imagination exercises

I am trained in all of them and can help you to find Your way of relaxing.

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Stress prevents you from reaching your Weight Loss Goal

Our body is poor chemistry. At all times the body is releasing hormones and other chemicals into the blood stream to be able to function properly. Unfortunately many people taken an additional drug daily which, taken in excessive amounts, causes weight gain. The drug I am talking about is stress. A certain amount of stress is usually no harm at all. But unfortunately many people nowadays are under permanent stress during their day.

Stress begins in our mid-brain, in the part called amygdala in the limbic system. When it senses danger (real or imagined), it tells our brain to initiate a physiological stress response called the fight-or-flight response. Even mild stress like daily worries can cause this reaction. the same stress response happens when we experience common negative emotions like anger, fear, and guilt. If this response is activated an overproduction of the hormone cortisol is created. Cortisol is linked to increased appetite, sugar cravings, and added abdominal fat. Additionally the adrenaline levels increase, the muscles tighten, and the blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar all rise so that we are able to react faster. We are entirely in the self-defense mode which causes the slow down or even complete shut down of less essential functions such as digestion. This has a negative impact on the metabolism and prevents the body from absorbing the nutrients, which can trigger a feeling of hunger.

So even if we exercising and eating right, stress can disrupt our weight loss efforts.

That is why EFT tapping is a powerful tool. It disrupts the fight-or-flight response quickly and we can return to a more relaxed state.

How tapping lowers your stress please go the article EFT and stress management.

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