Stress Triggers

Excessive and/or prolonged "perceived" stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system to produce an adrenaline excess. To your body, living in a sympathetic-dominant state is like being continually chased by a tiger in the woods.

Therapists have recognized that individuals who are suffering from chronic "perceived" stress are much more likely to engage in behavior that then puts them at risk from the other major stressors:

  • Emotional Imbalance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Toxic exposure
  • Light Cycle Dysregulation
  • Allergies
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Trauma
  • Excessive Excercise
  • Glucose Dysregulation
  • Chronic Infections
  • Pain
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Dietary Imbalances
  • Chronic Inflammation
For example, the person who is suffering from "perceived" stress is more likely to suffer from poor sleep habits, eat a poor diet, forget to dress appropriately in inclement weather, be distracted and have accidents, have their immune system compromised, etc.

When it comes to the body/mind connection it is not so black and white that we can say that X belief or fear produces Y neurotransmitter, which leads to Z illness. There is no set equation that we can say results in a specific neurotransmitter being created. We do know that if we think enough negative thoughts, we will create unhealthy neurotransmitters that will result in mental depression and illness. For example, if you continually think I am not safe in the world unless I work constantly, this belief will deplete healthy, calming neurotransmitters. With fewer calming neurotransmitters, your beliefs and fears can run wild.  Then you are more likely to put yourself at risk from the major stressors.

On the other hand, if you think I am safe in the world, even when my work is not completely finished or I am happy because I set realistic goals and accomplished them, you are likely to produce a feeling of well-being and safety, your self-confidence will allow you to behave in healthy ways, which will further enhance your health and vitality.

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