Why Chronic Stress Is Bad For You!
Have you been wondering why you feel tired and have no energy in the mornings despite getting enough sleep?
Do you need to reach for that coffee in the morning to make you feel alive and coffee or sugar in the afternoon to get you through the day?
Are you putting on weight despite exercise and a healthy diet?
You may well be experiencing the effects of chronic stress.
Don’t get me wrong some stress like that job interview or presentation at work is good for you and helps you grow on a personal and or professional level. There is an area in the brain called the Amygdala which monitors threats which are frightening and potentially life-threatening. These events are processed by your prefrontal cortex (your logical part of the brain) as well as your hippocampus (memory). In case of the job interview, your Amygdala may flag the event as potentially threatening but draws on previous experiences stored in your hippocampus and your logical part of your brain the prefrontal cortex to determine that the stress is temporary and manageable.
Research has shown people who have been subjected to social threats such as child abuse or poverty are more likely to experience the negative impacts of chronic stress. Where there has been overwhelming stress such as a major health crisis or a car accident where you feel you don’t have the resources to overcome it then the Amygdala takes over activating your autonomic nervous system and hormones such adrenalin and cortisol which are designed to be used for short periods of time so you can escape the danger. When these systems are activated for long periods it will negatively impact your mental and physical wellbeing. Not only will affect your quality of sleep, your hormones, weight and your immune system making you more susceptible to infections.
The Power of Neuro-Energetic Kinesiology
Neuroenergetics kinesiology reduces the activity in the amygdala where fear, panic, and anger based emotions are processed, decreasing stress and downregulating hyper-alertness. Kinesiology techniques will reduce the fear tags in the amygdala while reducing the emotional charge and stress associated with the trauma. During the kinesiology procedure, the pre-frontal cortex is able to process the event and put things into context. This enables new neural pathways to these memories to be created without fear or associated emotion being attached to the memories.
Herbal, Flower and Nutritional Supplements
There is also a range of evidenced herbal remedies known as adaptogens which can support the body and improve your energy levels while building our resilience to stress. These herbs are not habit-forming.
Common adaptogenic herbs include;
Rhodiola can assist in cases of fatigue, physical and emotional stress, debility, convalescence following a long illness such as post-viral syndrome or prolonged stress
Withania is a great adrenal tonic when people have endured long periods of physical or emotional stress particularly following a protracted illness. It will also support the immune system and the adrenal glands.
Schisandra will also improve physical and mental stress, improve exercise tolerance, and support the nervous and immune system as well as liver detoxification pathways.
Siberian Ginseng is another adaptogenic herb which supports the adrenal glands and immune system during long periods of stress. It is particularly indicated in people with chronic immune deficiencies and debility such as post-viral syndromes.
If you are experiencing chronic stress, a naturopath will also consider prescribing you amino acids such as tyrosine which are the building blocks for brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters have a crucial role in supporting a healthy stress response and mood.
If you are experiencing chronic stress a holistic health professional can help you. Neuro energetic kinesiology along with herbal, flower and nutritional supplements can help you improve your resilience and response to stress. Call 0404 470 497 now to find out how or make an appointment right HERE.