Energy and the Stress Cycle – When Stress Tips Are Not Enough

We are energy and forever surrounded by energy, energies that come in all different forms overloading our systems, which equals constant internal stressors in our daily lives. From the overwhelming responsibilities placed on us from childhood to adult, the constant chase for succeeding in everything we do, being the best parent, partner, co-worker, or boss, make the most money, have the nicest belongings, also external stresses that we may or not be aware of, that we face with on a daily basis, such as: noise, visual stimuli, crowds, air pollution, refined sugars, commuting, the news, constant emails and texts, work deadlines, overwhelming schedules that are constantly impinging on our autonomic nervous system, and the effects that it has on our system as a whole.

Is this you? Can you relate?

When seeking external techniques in order to find a Zen state, we may find it is not equating to the Zen person we thrive to be, even as we search out the thousands of the most current self-care techniques. We may find ourselves in our journey in life where these tools no longer serve us, finding ourselves in the stress cycle that can be difficult to break.

This is where many people fail, trying to improve their lives in the wrong frame of mind. Simply stated, if your thinking is off, so are your results. This though can bring us to another obstacle few people overcome. Once you have recognized the power of the mind, you also face the challenge of monitoring what your thoughts are. Research estimates we have somewhere around 70,000 thoughts each day. Which is quite overwhelming, especially if you are in a stressful state.

It is vital to find inner coherence as, every single time we experience a stressor, whether internal or external, the brain responds with a process that consumes our energy. Our endocrine system, as well as heart rate and breathing speeds up; we sweat or shiver; our pancreas goes into overdrive. In your brain, to promote recovery, the hypothalamus will then trigger a slow-down in digestion, the immune system, cellular repair and growth, and, what is perhaps most surprising of all, in the “thinking” part of our brain, the Prefrontal Cortex. The amygdala interprets the images and sounds. When it perceives danger, it instantly sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus.** This puts our body in fight/flight mode, flooding your body with cortisol. Which can manifest in depression, anxiety, obesity, sleep, high blood pressure, brain fog, autoimmune issues, digestive issues, heart disease, and cognitive problems. Though these symptoms are happening internally what we may be more aware of is the stress behaviour that is caused by the high stress load, causing us to live in survival mode, our bodies main focus is to keeping us alive, instead of thriving, where we can heal and restore. We need our body to find mind, body, and heart coherence.

 

When you have mind-body-spirit coherence you have the ability to take care, love, and heal yourself.

This takes being mindfully attuned, while to your body, to ask and listen to your intuition. Bringing yourself to heart center

  1. Heart Focus: Focus your attention in the area of your heart. To do this: Focus on your right big toe and wiggle it. Now focus on your right elbow. Now gently focus in the center of your chest, the area of your heart. (Most people think the heart is on the left side of the chest, but it’s really closer to the center, behind the breastbone.) You may want to put your hand over your heart to help keep your focus there. If your mind wanders, just keep shifting your attention back to the area of your heart while you do steps 2 and 3.
  2. Heart Breathing: As you focus on the area of your heart, imagine your breath flowing in and out through that area. This helps your mind and energy to stay focused in the heart area and your respiration and heart rhythms to synchronize. Breathe slowly and gently in through your heart, to a count of five or six, and slowly and easily out through your heart, to a count of five or six. Do this until your breathing feels smooth and balanced, not forced. You may discover it’s easier to find a slow, easy rhythm by counting “one thousand, two thousand,” rather than “one, two.” Continue breathing with ease until you find a natural inner rhythm that feels good to you.
  3. Heart Feeling: Continue breathing through the area of your heart. As you do so, recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience it. This could be a feeling of appreciation or care toward a special person or a pet, a place you enjoyed or activity that was fun. Allow yourself to feel this good feeling of appreciation or care. If you can’t feel anything, it’s OK, keep trying to find the attitude of appreciation or care. Once you’ve found it, try to sustain the attitude by continuing your Heart Focus, Heart Breathing and Heart Feeling.***

 

Incorporating this tool to your daily self-care routine you may find will bring mind, body and soul connection that you have been searching for in order to combat the stress cycle. This is a tool that compliments regular chiropractic care, in which after every adjustment your body and nervous system are put into a state of ease. Incorporating heart centered meditation will continue to break the stress cycle and will result in cohesive living.

This ability to Self-regulate builds resilience. Resilient people are characterized by an ability to experience both negative and positive emotions on a day to day basis as well as in even difficult or painful situations. They mourn losses and endure frustrations like all do, but they also find redeeming potential or value in most challenges.

When not-so-resilient people face difficulties, their emotions turn negative, if things are bad, they feel horrid and stay that way. If things are good, they feel good for the moment.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

 

*https://experiencelife.com/article/the-5-best-ways-to-build-resiliency/

**https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

***http://store.heartmath.org/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.705/KB.623/.f

 

Join us for “Family Meditation in the Park”. As an office we are encouraging families – children as well – to join us on Friday June 29, from 4:00-5:00pm. This will be a fun filled hour where we will be led in breathing and relaxation in a fun way to engage all family members. We will be sharing some of the easy fun breathing techniques above!

When: Friday June 29th 2018

Where: Kensal Park, 150 Chelsea Ave, London, ON N6J 1A9

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

To Bring: Blanket to relax on as a family or yoga mat per person

Yummy snacks provided

Please RSVP so we know how many families to be prepared for! Please phone 519 433 9222 or email info@chirolaura.com

 

Directions from Wonderland Road South:

  • East on Springbank Drive
  • Turn north onto Chelsea Avenue
  • Turn right and you have arrived

 

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