How Does Stress Affect Our Lives?
When stress crosses over from being a minor concern (I am running late for work) to a major concern (I am going to lose my job), it can leave us feeling like we are unable to move past that particular experience. When we are experiencing stress, our general view on life becomes distorted and uncomfortable.
Once stress is our major concern, it becomes responsible for a stream of emotions and bodily reactions such as irritability and tension. This way of thinking is damaging to our wellbeing both physically and mentally.
Understanding Stress from Our Body’s Point of View
With every experience that is psychological (of the mind), there is a physical effect (of the body). This cause and effect relationship is what The Fountainhead Method™ refers to as a mind-body connection. So how can we learn from our body’s reactions?
When we experience stress, there are particular changes that occur within our body. For example, ‘fight or flight’ is the body’s response to perceived threat or danger. During this reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released. This slows digestion, increases the heart rate, and increases blood flow to key muscle groups. These changes give the body a burst of strength and energy and the collective response prepares our mind and body for the demands of stress.
Originally named for its ability to enable us to physically fight or run away when faced with danger, today it can be activated in situations where neither response is appropriate, like gambling or during a stressful day at the office. During times of chronic stress, while the mind and body prepare to defend itself, other natural functions, such as the immune system, become impaired.
As a result, it is commonly believed that prolonged stress can make our body more vulnerable to illness. In fact, many practitioners now claim that nearly all disease has a stress-related component. It is important to add, at this point, that examining our body’s physical reaction to stress only brings about limited benefits.
To alleviate stress, we must go to its root causes. This means changing the way we think about our life experiences and the belief which causes the physical reaction in the first place.
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