Only You Do Stress … Nobody can do it for you.
We are more stressed than any other time in our history, and yet we also have more knowledge and information about stress than at any other time in our history – isn’t that interesting?!! Stress is the only common denominator behind the 5 main reasons why we die:
- Heart Attacks
- Road Accidents
- Blood Pressure
Stress is really a physiological response known as FIGHT or FLIGHT. When we are stressed, blood moves away from our internal organs and floods into arms and legs in readiness for us to run away. We even stop our digestion process, which causes:
- Irritable Bowel
- Immune System Disorders
- Sexual Malfunction
According to Cousins and Hartvig in their book on ‘The Complete Guide to Nutritional health’, page 170, “Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to secrete higher levels of corticosteroids, which depress immune function. In acute stress reactions, high adrenaline levels also decrease T helper-cell activity, increase T suppressor-cell activity which leads to degeneration of lymphoid tissue.
“Changes in mood alter the amount of IgA present in secretions from mucous membranes and depression interferes with T and B cell function. Therefore, chronic stress is a major risk factor for illness.”
We pump in the adrenaline and the cortisol, which is designed to override everything else in our system. We suppress every other function by our stress response, e.g. if we are being chased by a tiger, all of our blood rushes to those areas that allow us to run away, and depleting blood from everywhere else.
In her article on Magnesium, Energy and Metabolism, Sandy Sanderson from Elektralife writes this:
“To add insult to injury, stress causes excessive magnesium loss to recover and relax from the ‘fight or flight’ cortisol (adrenaline), and calcium-tightening response in muscles. When we are tense, calcium moves into the muscle cells to contract and, for the relaxation phase, magnesium moves in to loosen the grip of the calcium. After magnesium has been used to relax the muscles and dissipate the oxidized adrenaline, it is then excreted by the kidneys via the urine, instead of being recycled for further use in cells. We need sufficient amounts of both calcium and magnesium for a balance in the cycle of tension and relaxation that muscles go through (including the most important muscle – the heart muscle). Stresses such as sleep deprivation, traumas, burns, surgery, physical exertion, drugs, alcohol, chemical exposures, radiation, and psychological stresses can all cause significant magnesium loss. Heavy metals and chemicals, such as fluoride, block magnesium metabolism and therefore inhibit enzyme activity. As magnesium is also essential for our beneficial gut bacteria to function, the exposure to heavy metals and fluoride causes such digestive issues as leaky gut, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Leaky gut leads to toxins moving from the bowel into the blood stream and other parts of the body – causing an inflammatory response. Magnesium deficiency is very common with poly-pharmacy (use of multiple medications), as well as chemo and radiation therapy. The lower the magnesium levels the more acute the stress responses. Athletes can be particularly deficient in magnesium, and can burn themselves out quickly if not enough magnesium is absorbed to replace the magnesium lost from their cellular magnesium ‘bank accounts’”.
“Signs of magnesium deficiency include cramps, twitches and restless legs, as well as hyperkalaemia. As magnesium gets lower, calcium settles in the soft tissue and joints, causing irritation and grinding of joints, calcium ‘lumps’ in muscle fibre, stiffer ligaments and calcium deposits on the endothelial lining of the arteries. The muscles become less flexible and harder to relax. They feel tight and knotted. When muscles feel shaky and spasm involuntarily, there is instability in the electrical conductivity of cells, and electron flow is intermittent. We need both sufficient electrolytes and hydration for our cellular ‘batteries’ to produce sufficient voltage. As the potential hydrogen (pH) of the cell drops, the voltage drops. pH is equivalent to voltage. Voltage is the ‘power socket’. This is why cellular acidity is our enemy: It lowers our bio-electrical metabolism capacity, making the cells sluggish as enzyme activity slows. Low voltage is indicated by an inflammatory state, as cells take on a positive charge and start to attract (clumping together in thrombosis). Platelet stickiness causes thrombosis, which starves cells of oxygen and nutrients, and clogs up the pipes! Conversely, when cells have a negative charge (alkaline), they are repelled and bounce off one another. In the blood, this promotes a healthy blood flow (zeta potential) as the cells are free and independent, with more surface area to absorb oxygen and nutrients”.
“Another great stressor – Magnesium is also depleted by sugar and processed carbohydrates. Sugar is indeed a poison, as many researchers are now writing about in books. It is also an energy-vampire of magnesium – which is vital to the energy metabolism of every cell. The lower the magnesium in cells the higher the sugar sensitivity: The higher the magnesium in cells, the lower the sugar sensitivity. Sugar metabolism is anaerobic (without oxygen) and produces more acid. Sugar metabolism is not efficient energy production, as only two molecules of ATP are produced, compared to 38 ATP molecules from fat metabolism, which requires oxygen.
When cells become magnesium-deficient, low-oxygen polluted environments, they cannot burn fat efficiently, and move to sugar metabolism, which doesn’t require oxygen. This leads to lower and lower energy production, more acidity, more growth in pathogens, inflammation and excessive weight gain with marbled inflamed fat cells. Fat cells can store toxins, and this is one of the ways the body tries to protect the organs from pollution. The electrical system falters and becomes shaky, just like a car where the battery is weak, low in minerals and water, and starts to splutter intermittently.
Hyperactivity in children is often a cause of low magnesium and hydration. Their body is in panic mode. You need sufficient electrolytes to hold water inside cells. The water then takes on the ideal electrical charge for better hydration of cells (our bio-batteries). When magnesium gets low, the cell walls lose charge and become leaky, causing water to be lost, increasing cellular dehydration. This causes tension and stress in the vascular system as the body struggles for hydration. As the brain needs more hydration than any other organ and must take priority, the body releases a hormone called vasopressin to constrict blood vessels and help push water up to the brain. All this pressure in the vascular system is what we know as hypertension and can also lead to migraine headaches. You will notice that excessive sugar and insulin in the blood (resistance), causes a high level of thirst, but feels like it can’t be quenched. The body cannot properly hydrate itself without enough water and minerals, and so energy production drops. We eat, but the energy value is not able to be used efficiently. Without enough magnesium molecules to burn fat, or to metabolize carbohydrates, we keep converting carbohydrates to fat instead of energy, and then we have trouble burning that fat off.
When sugar is extracted from plants as an isolate, it becomes de-nuded of its minerals and an artificial chemical to the body. It takes 28 magnesium molecules to metabolize one molecule of sucrose, and 56 magnesium molecules to metabolize one molecule of fructose. Grain carbohydrate is difficult to digest and absorb, because of phyto-chemicals that inhibit proper digestion, and foods such as breads and pasta are treated just like sugar in the body. The best way to consume grains is to sprout them and eat the green (chlorophyll-laden) shoots, such as in wheat grass. This is because water has activated the grain and neutralized the phyto-chemicals that had been protecting the dry grain in the dormant state. Similar water activation (soaking), is recommended to better digest hard nuts like almonds, or dried beans before cooking”.
SO HOW DO WE MANAGE STRESS?
A “feeling” is ultimately what we do everything for. There are two driving forces in our life PAIN and PLEASURE. PAIN is avoidance focus, while PLEASURE is success focus.
Comfortable means HOMEOSTASIS
When I was really ill, I panicked. From panic, I took action and came back to a place of coping. I then felt well enough to continue what I was doing – albeit not to my usual standard – and I felt spent once again. How many times have you done that?
If you only reference your world through PAIN and AVOIDANCE, then we create DISCOMFORT as our MOTIVATOR, e.g. “I work better under stress.” That means we have to have a problem in our life, before we get motivated.
When we want to do a project for our health: The starting is the most difficult part. By planning, we do 1 hour per day, and make it happen by setting and achieving daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
By not planning, we wait until we have a deadline, then we stress ourselves.
Our language around PAIN is: I must, I will try
Our language around PLEASURE is: Everything is possible, I will, I can. How can I make that happen and happen successfully for all?
Dr Dzung Price wrote an article on Why Stress is a Major Health Issue. Along with toxins, stress is now widely recognized as a major contributor to disease and illness. There is a growing body of evidence relating stress to the boom in autoimmune diseases, especially in children.
Cell biologist, Bruce Lipton, attributes over 95% of all diseases to stress. Yet most cases of stress still go undiagnosed or untreated … at least, until they cause more obvious health or psychological problems.
Stress is also often blamed for beauty issues. Some of your wrinkles are stress induced, as is going grey. Stress disturbs the homeostasis of the body, causing hormonal malfunction, impairment of body immunological functions, and slows down the skin and body rejuvenation. Stress also slows down the process of cell renewal and destroys collagen fibers in the skin, by breaking down the elastin and dehydrating the cells. There is no doubt, stress is a catalyst for aging more quickly.
7 Strategies to Cope With and Handle Stress
- The first step to Changing this STRESS Scenario is to recognize that stress does negatively impact the health of your body. Short-term stress is recoverable; however, prolonged or severe stress elicits many responses that ultimately diminish your capacity to recover and restore proper function.
- At least 45 minutes of moderate exercise daily. Research confirms, that regular moderate exercise enhances immune function and protects against cancer and heart disease, while also being an effective way to relieve stress.
- A great night’s sleep of 7 to 9 hours per night.
- Good quality protein with every meal, plus whole grains, lentils, fruits and vegetables, and herbal teas will actually calm the body and the brain.
- 8 to 10 glasses of filtered or pure water every day.
- Avoid junk food and stimulants, like sugary foods, caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol.
- Take great nutritionals, such as fish oils, vitamins, and minerals to strengthen nerves.
AND REMEMBER … ONLY YOU DO STRESS … no-one can do it for you. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOU. Discover the triggers of your stress. Ask yourself: “What do I want instead? How do I get it, what do I need to do and/or learn in order to achieve it.” If you tackle your problems this way, you won’t do stress.
So, it might be wise to create a SEVEN STEP De-Stressing Plan, so you can live the rest of your life with a full tank of energy and enthusiasm.
- The first step is to identify which jobs, people, and events you currently perceive as being stressful. You then need to put them in order of priority, from the most stressful to the least.
- Next, you need to identify which stress management techniques work best for you. You should include in this list, the foods, nutritional supplements, herbal teas and water that naturally calm the body and mind.
- Based on your sources of stress and your stress management techniques, write down what you intend to do to manage each of the stressors in your life.
- Resolve to accept the things that are beyond your control … let them go.
- Finalize things that you must complete, so they can be taken off your list.
- Set GOALS for the months or year ahead, including physical, mental, emotional, financial and spiritual goals. Write them down and include the actions required for you to achieve them.
- Every month ask yourself, “What is Working?” and “What is NOT Working?” Then change, delete, or outsource whatever is NOT working. Re-set your goals every month. This keeps you positive, purposeful, and stress-free.
“We cannot solve our current problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” Albert Einstein
How to Release Stress or Anxiety
What you stress about tends to be projected into the future. We imagine a huge picture of stress, but we really have only about 5% of that picture. We can create a false reality anytime we want, with our intellectual factor called imagination. So let’s look at one way of possibly alleviating it:
ACTION STEP 1 – UNDERSTAND WHERE ANXIETY OR STRESS COMES FROM
0 to 7 years of age imprinted by parents/grandparents/siblings/caretakers etc. Were any of these people feeling anxious about raising you, or dealing with other issues in their life? We are like a sponge at this age, and absorb all behavior as the truth. We only have a subconscious mind here, until we begin to think and develop our consciousness, and question why we do what we do.
“Man is mind and evermore he takes
the tools of thought, and shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys or a thousand ills.
He thinks in Secret and it comes to pass.
Environment is but a looking glass.”
– William James
All information comes to us through our senses: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch, and Smell.
ACTION STEP 2 – IGNORANCE TO KNOWLEDGE
ACTION STEP 3 – PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION on RELEASING ANXIETY
- Analyze the Anxiety
- Visualize the Desired Outcome. How do you want this to look, feel, be like?
- Step into the Desired Outcome. Take a few steps and see yourself in the Successful Outcome then devise an action plan to achieve that.
ACTION STEP 4 – ANCHORING POSITIVE STATES
What is anchoring? “Any time a person is in an associated, intense state, if at the peak of that experience, a specific stimulus is applied, then the two will be linked neurologically” Tad James, NLP Practitioner.
So, you need to recall an experience that is either: happy, exciting, positive, motivating, inspiring, confident, successful, or energetic, etc., and take yourself back to that time. When you are at the peak of that feeling you need to “anchor” it onto an area of your body (like a knuckle) that you can press anytime you want to relive that experience, or change your present state into a happier state.
You can stack as many as you like onto that same knuckle or onto some other place, so you get an intense state.
You can test it to see if it is intense enough for you to change your state when required.
Remember that we learn through our senses, so take yourself back to a time when you were happy, and re-see what you saw, re-hear what you heard, and re-feel the feeling that you had at that time. Anchor at the peak of those experiences, only.
This skill is taught fully in the NLP Practitioner Certification program.
We Are In Control
We choose to be anxious and be stressed
We choose to let it go and be well
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