We’ve been bombarded by the media telling us we are stressed, just in case we didn’t figure it out for ourselves!
If you still can’t figure out for yourself, just look around at all the receding hairline heads around you … or “bald by choice” studs. Yep! I’m gonna call it! Stress!
The amygdala (in the brain) generates and processes our fear and other primal emotions, mostly based on past experiences, but it has a kooky imagination and can come up with the gnarliest scenarios that can trump the scariest horror movie ever!
Being aware of that! When your amygdala wonders off in the horror land, gently bring it back like a patient parent with no taste for scary flicks! Compassion please! Amygdala is an ancient relic (reptilian brain) that is useful sometimes, but lately with all the “non-immediate-life-threatening” stressors, it gets easily confused and jumps into action.
Ask your neocortex to help out discerning if what you’re worrying about is a REAL threat!
IT DOESN’T STOP THERE!
Bad digestion, loud noises, allergies, chemical odors, inflammation, traffic, diseases, drugs/meds, sugar, nails scratching on the chalkboard … you name it, there are so many stressors for the body that we don’t even think about yet our bodies deal with on a daily basis.
So, then, on top of all these stressors, you have cortisol (stress hormone) running through your veins, which is a stressor in itself!
Immune system goes bust! … and you might end up in the looney house (extreme scenario / fantasy)
Teach your body & mind to recognize the real stress it can deal with like traffic, loud noises, cranky spouse and bitchy boss and respond to it in a calm manner which will decrease your innate stress response, lower the stress hormone poured into your system and boost your immune system and well-bing. Plus, you get to keep that silly smile on your face just a little bit longer every day! 🙂
How can you train your stress response?
Here’s what neuroscientist Alex Korb Ph.D from UCLA has to say about how we “inherit” stress:
“stress response is an innate reflex and thus can’t be changed. To clarify, the response is partly innate and partly learned in early childhood. Yes, the stress response comes already downloaded and installed on your early operating system. However, this tendency is enhanced, by years of reinforcement. In particular, you absorb how those around you, particularly your parents, react to stressful situations. Their reactions get wired into your nervous system. However, just because a habit is innate, and then reinforced, does not mean it is immune to change. Almost any habit can be changed, or at least improved, through repeated action of a new habit.”
Read more in his article :
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