Here at Balanced Health, we take stress, and finding root causes, seriously.
If you just want to get to the 3 tips to manage stress NOW, scroll down! Otherwise, keep reading for a short glimpse into understanding and how to manage stress and your body systems.
While it is important to reframe stressful thoughts, through mindfulness, nature and relaxation, it is also important to address those other stressors that trigger the body’s stress system. The stress system is a natural system that is designed to act fast and recover. By now, many of us have heard it described as the fight or flight system. When this stress system does not recover quickly, the potential for chronic illness exists (1).
How does nervous system stress show up?
Here are a few examples:
From this list alone, you can see how your day to day life can be impacted by a stressed out nervous system.
When Balanced Health reviews your 14 Energetic Systems that represent your personal Energetic Health, we may find one or more systems imbalanced. These imbalances may affect other parts of your Full Scan, like your resonating hormone profile. When we experience chronic stress, the systems affected can be your nervous, endocrine, and immune system…just to name a few. EVERYTHING is connected in the body, mind and soul.
Let’s say your scan came back with resonating high cortisol. Cortisol gets a bad reputation, and it is a much needed component of evolutionary protection. Cortisol is naturally higher in the morning, and it wanes as the day goes on. This is part of a natural rhythm. Your cortisol wanes, and other hormones, like melatonin (also checked on your Full Scan) increase. You go to sleep and start again the next day.
In many of us, this cortisol is regularly triggered by what the brain perceives as stress. The brain sees blue light, a toxin, hunger, and even too many emails or texts as stress! We see many scans where cortisol will show up as energetically high. This may be because of longer term stress. Dealing with chronic illness, pain, mold exposure or nutritional imbalances can trigger stress.
Cortisol has a few roles, one being to stir up products of inflammation from the immune response. Your brain is prepping for injury, so to survive that injury, we need inflammation for healing. This is how that stress can affect the immune system, and if you are suffering from a chronic illness, your immune system is on high alert, and can keep pumping out inflammatory products.
This is where we start to deepen the connections of all Energetic Systems on practitioner calls, where we go over your Scan Report. We walk through scanned energetic triggers of your imbalances and how to support those imbalanced systems. Our practitioners are skilled at connecting the dots on your scan, so that you can start supporting yourself right away.
3 Tips to Support Stress Right Now:
Using relaxation techniques. Whether it’s meditation or a Lavender Essential Oil Detox Bath, finding what relaxes you and doing that thing DAILY is essential to a healthy nervous system AND digestive system. Stress shuts down digestion. Without digestion, you won’t get needed nutrients.
Eating regularly: depending upon your body, and the stress it is under, following fasting advice may not be helpful. Your body relies on nutrients when under stress, and lack of food may be contributing to physical stress, which leads to emotional stress. Pairing protein, fat and fiber, and eating regularly will balance mood, energy and blood sugar. Foods are a wonderful way to help bind toxins, like heavy metals, that we come into contact with on a regular basis. Think parsley, and cilantro, as just two delicious ways to support your body’s natural detox pathways.
Unplugging: studies are showing that the less we expose ourselves to blue light and EMFs, we decrease stress on our bodies and brains. Getting outside and exposing ourselves to natural light, especially in the morning, helps us get our Vitamin D, reset circadian rhythms, and break from our screens and WiFi. Leaving the screens and decreasing EMFs also decreases the reactivity from any molds we have been exposed to.
Stress is part of being human. Finding the root of the stress is key to staying strong and healthy in the modern world. Got questions? Check out our FAQ page! We can also be reached at email@example.com where we love to help you discover your level of bioenergetic wellness!
Smith, Sean M, and Wylie W Vale. “The role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in neuroendocrine responses to stress.” Dialogues in clinical neuroscience vol. 8,4 (2006): 383-95.
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