We all know a little stress or more accurately pressure can be a good thing but when there is regular excess stress on our life we suffer and our quality of life declines. You can use Newcastle Hypnosis for stress reduction and a calmer attitude to life.
The Inappropriate Stress Response
Of all the species on our planet there are only a very select few that can have a completely inappropriate stress response. What is an inappropriate stress response you may be asking?
The human stress response consists of a very rapid mobilisation of energy, glucose that is ‘designed’ to save your life from a life or death episode. At the same time energy storage is stopped adrenalin and noradrenalin are secreted from the nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system and glucocorticoids from your adrenal glands on top of your kidneys as all hell breaks loose.
Your heart beats faster, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure increases, your interest in sex is gone you could outrun a charging rhinoceros or at least you are all geared up to do some such escape. This is the problem with stress and way to much of it. For most of us we will not be running from elephants tigers or bears and in no way will our life be in any real danger.
The inappropriate stress response is the mobilisation of all the glucose you require to escape a charging raptor when your boss ask you to work late or you are in a traffic jam or you are worried about that meeting presentation you have to do next week.
Regular and repeated activation of your stress response is not good news for your long term health. Remember the stress response is ‘designed’ to save your life. It is a costly process. In a bout of stress the immune responses are put on hold. You don’t need them if you are going to be eaten by a pack of hungry lions.
The hormones / neurotransmitters adrenaline and noradrenaline take mere seconds to activate in the body. Glucocorticoids take minutes to act and stay in the system much longer. With repeated stress responses to the likes of bosses, exams, anxiety or public speaking the glucocorticoid hormones in the body may be on high alert for a long time, days, weeks perhaps even longer.
There have been links established between depression and high levels of glucocorticoids as well as links between anxiety and noradrenalin and adrenalin. With anxiety, depression and hypertension being some of the top diseases being overly stressed can make more likely, here are a few more :
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Symptom
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Acid Reflux
- Immune Suppression
- Disturbed Sleep
But it is not all bad news. You can right now take steps to alleviate a completely over board stress responses which could right now begin to extend your life. The simplest and one of the best things an individual can do is take up meditation. Learning to meditate for just 10 minutes in the morning and evening will be paying you back wonders in a very short time.
Moderate exercise is also considered to be very good in managing an over active stress response and in an of itself being good for your body and immune system. I recommend joining a gym and or personal trainer for a weight lifting routine.
There are several well documented outlets and conversely inlets for out of proportions stress responses, how our bodies respond to stressors in life. It is particularly interesting that all of these outlets / inlets are in your control, especially the ones relating to perceptions.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot over a 40 year period followed some 28,000 British civil servants. He followed their health from top manager executives to billy the tea boy. A similar study by Professor Robert Sapolsky on Baboons over decades show similar predictors for high stress. Is this you?
- Little social support
- Low perceived control in life
- Few outlets for your frustrations
- Unpredictable environment
For help dealing with the psychological aspects of stress using hypnosis and nlp you can call in confidence for a free consultation. Get help for anxiety worry and inappropriate stress hypnotherapy Newcastle from Nigel Hetherington.