What is stress and what matters to you are two important questions that will be answered today. By reading the previous blog you can experience how to handle less stress by putting your hand on your forehead. I have also promised to explain how it is possible. But before I do this it is important to know what stress is. If you know what it is and how it develops, you can also change it.
What is stress?
In an emergency, our brains will determine whether we must fight or escape the danger. Our body is being prepared for this. Our brains make this decision from our memory, from similar past events and information. For example: put a child for a tiger and he / she will think what a nice big kitty that I want to punch. While we know from our memory of school, movies, etc that we have to flee.
When we experience stress, a lot happens in our body, to prepare us to flee or fight. But the healing process is also accelerated, so we have more chance to survive after an attack.
Did you know:
- our vision becomes sharper with stress, so we do not run into something when we flee.
- More white blood cells are created so that we cure with a wound faster.
- We get more oxygen so we can run for longer.
This is a small grip of what’s changing in the body with stress, but now I almost tell you what’s actually the problem because it’s only good at stress. In a real emergency situation, this is also no problem and we see how special our body is. But if we have stress for any reason, then our body becomes overloaded. I give a few examples:
- Stress accelerates your heart rate, in the long term there is an increased risk of heart attack.
- stress stresses your muscles, in the long run you have chances of chronic muscles, headaches
- At stress you get more glucose in your blood, in the long run this can lead to diabetics
- At stress there are endorphins in the body, so you do not feel pain, but when this level drops, migraines, back pain and joint problems can worsen.
Other stress-related complaints may be migraine, hearing loss, heart attack, vein fever, stroke, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, thrombosis, insomnia, nervousness, exhaustion and burnout, asthma, as well as anxiety and depression.
Reason enough to do some stress!
Notice that at one point you get stressed, so get irritated, get anxious, get frustrated, become rude, piquate, do not make a decision or get angry. First put your hand on your forehead. What happens is that in a stress situation, the smallest (blood) vessels close to the front of the brain cortex, and thereby act reflexively or automatically, based on old experiences and survival patterns. By putting your hand on your forehead, the blood flow in the front part of your brain cortex is stimulated again. Thus, you are able to think about the situation and get control.
This way you get control!
By controlling, you get rid of the emotional load of your “problem” and it is saved in your experience. The next time you get in a similar situation and you act reliably on old experiences, you will experience no or less stress. Thus, you change your pattern to hit the stress again and again.
There is more rest in my body.
By becoming aware of how bad daily stress is for me, I am also consciously changing this. For years, I’ve been doing it for weeks to stop stressing our morning ritual (going to school from my daughter in time). This was not her but to me, I did not experience the stress they did. We’ve been able to change this together, and so I became a lot more cozy moments in the morning. I hope these two blogs can contribute to less stress because I can now speak from experience that more rest comes into your mind and that feels delicious.