Chronic Stress is Quite Different from Normal Everyday Stress where you are mainly Coping with Changes
# Things that maybe Not Be Working out as you Quite Envisaged – # Learning a New Task or Skill
Chronic Stress maybe caused from Previous Events or Present Traumatic Events
A few examples of Chronic Stress
- Death of a Loved one, Close Friend, Relative
- Physical, Mental or Emotional Abuse
- Trauma of an Attack or Witnessing a Truly Horrible Experience
- Extreme change in lifestyle or physical abilities
- Toxic, unhealthy habits, activities and experiences that have a detrimental effect on your life and your health
If left Unaddressed without Counselling and Recognizing how they can effect you, if left hidden, will wreak havoc on your Emotional and Physical Health
You will find that with the help of a Counselling or Life Coaching this will enable you to move forward from these events to build your life in the way you want it to be.
Taking a Look at Supportive Steps that will help you to cope –
- Understanding how your Body works and the connection between your Body & Mind
Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors.
Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that life is free of stress. On the contrary, you undoubtedly face multiple demands each day, such as:
#Dealing with daily workloads
#Previous programming and events
Your body treats these so-called minor hassles as threats. As a result you may feel as if you’re constantly under pressure.
But you can take charge and learn processes to help not only deal with these stresses but help to minimize the harmful effect on your body.
You don’t have to let stress control your life.
- Understanding Your Body’s Natural Stress Response
When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.
When the natural stress response goes haywire
The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.
But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
#Memory and concentration impairment
- Learning and Implementing Healthy Ways to Cope with the Stressors in Your Life
Why you react to life stressors the way you do
Your reaction to a potentially stressful event is different from anyone else’s.
How you react to stressors in your life is affected by such factors as:
#Genetics: The genes that control the stress response keep most people on a fairly even keel, only occasionally priming the body for fight or flight.
Overactive or underactive stress responses may stem from slight differences in these genes.
#Life experiences: Strong stress reactions sometimes can be traced to traumatic events.
People who suffered neglect or abuse as children tend to be particularly vulnerable to stress.
The same is true of victims of violent crime, airplane crash survivors, military personnel, police officers and fire-fighters.
You may well find that some of your friends seem laid-back about almost everything and others who react strongly at the slightest stress.
This is because with the stresses we experience in life can be dealt with either:
Learning to react to life stressors in a healthy way can allow us to have a positive response to the stressor whereas if these stressful events are handled either by the use of drugs, not paying attention to eating whole foods rather than processed or junk foods, alcohol or by reacting to an event rather than stepping back and acting upon it when we are feeling less anxious.
Stressful events are a fact of life. And you may not be able to change your current situation. But you can take steps to manage the impact these events have on you.
Self-Help Techniques to Support a Healthy Mind & Brain
- Eating a Well balanced Diet – Click Here link for support in making healthier food choices
- Getting Adequate Sleep – 6 – 8 hours per night. There is more to a good nights sleep than you can imagine.
- Developing positive habits, learning relaxation techniques and meditation techniques
- Choosing healthy friendships, friendships that support you in a healthy, balanced lifestyle
- Develop a sense of humour, seeing the funny side – There is always a funny side, most of the time unless it is a terrible tragedy.
- Do not compare or measure yourself or your life to others; by all means find mentors who are living a healthy balanced life to engage their techniques into your life.
- Embrace your own individuality and find pleasure in what you have managed to achieve, no matter how small.
- Develop happiness within you, without relying on external sources of happiness.
- Action: Be prepared to do whatever it takes that is honest, ethical, and reliable that will do no harm to you or others to achieve your life goals.
- Set Goals: Setting Goals is a very important thing to do when it comes to making the changes that we want to make, no matter how small the goal is, IT IS IMPORTANT to YOU!
- Understanding: By understanding why you are feeling angry, anxious and stressed will help you to solve the problem.
- Communicate: None of us, no matter what we may think are mind readers. Communicate and explain what you mean or what is troubling you.
- Empathy: Remembering we may not be the only one having a bad day. Plus we are not the only ones who have ever gone through this.
Chronic/Significant Traumatic Experiences
As mentioned earlier in this article, these experiences need to be spoken about, shared with people who are not going to feel sorry for, but have empathy. Allowing you to work your way through these emotional events to find peace and happiness within you, in positive and constructive ways that will bring balance back into your life. Some of these experiences as mentioned are –
- Loss of a loved one
- Physical or Emotional abuse
- Moving away from family or friends
- Physical or environmental tragedies
- Injury or Violent attack
- Accident or physical injury
- Major surgery
Childhood Traumas –
- An unstable or unsafe environment
- Separation from a parent
- Serious illness
- Intrusive medical procedures
- Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse
- Domestic violence
It is in your Strength of Wisdom and Character to Seek Professional Support
This support MUST EMPOWER and provide you GUIDANCE to –
Live your Life in Positive and Constructive ways that will help you to bring Happiness, Health, Healing, Vitality and Forgiveness