Do you live in a fast-paced world with constant demands on your time?
Are you continually being pulled in different directions with work, family and other commitments and no time for yourself?
Maybe you are constantly plugged into your laptop or mobile phone, leaving you with very little down time?
Do you experience a constant feeling of un-ease and find it hard to relax?
So many pressures in life today can make you feel stressed.
Short term stress can help us rise to meet challenges. It keeps us on our toes during a presentation at work and it sharpens our concentration and it motivates us to into action.
Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When we feel threatened, our nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which prepares the body for emergency action.
When stress becomes overwhelming and more long term, it stops being helpful and it can start creating major changes to your mind and body.
Your heart beats faster, your muscles tighten, your blood pressure rises, your breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes can happen just by thinking about a stressful situation. It may be something that happened years ago or maybe something that hasn’t happened yet. When you have a worrying thought or think about a stressful situation your mind thinks that you are living in that moment because it cannot differentiate between a thought or actual reality.
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body and long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. It can suppress your immune system, raise your blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the ageing process. Long-term stress has the potential to rewire your brain, leaving you more vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
Stress accumulates so addressing it in the moment helps to minimize the strain we put on our body, especially with the smaller irritations that are more manageable.
When we suppress any stress or negative emotions we unknowingly create a cumulative effect in the body which just add to raising our stress levels.
It is easy to push down these feelings and think I’ll deal with that later, or I’ll ignore it in the hope it disappears, but this only pushes it deeper into the body creating more un-ease.
The best strategy for stress is to address it the moment it happens.
We can learn to retrain how we respond to stress using tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques. (EFT is commonly known as tapping therapy)
We can learn to intercept our reactive responses to life challenges simply by tapping.
EFT is easy to learn and when practiced often, it can help us to remain calm, focused and in control. Having emotional control also helps us to increase our flexibility so we can remain resilient in the face of challenge.
Use EFT whenever you have a worrying thought or you feel un-ease about a situation. Bring your stress levels down and be in control of your emotional health.
If you would like to find out how EFT can help you, contact me today and arrange a free 30 minute consultation.
Check out my EFT page here.