Stress has been found to be a contributing factor of many issues, from insomnia, to depression and high blood pressure, just to name a few. For many of my weight loss clients, stress contributes to binge eating, late night snacking, and even diabetes. For other clients, stress can present itself as chronic anxiety. Prolonged, unresolved stress may even show up in physical illnesses like Fibromyalgia, IBS and heart disease. The simple fact is what you think and feel has a direct impact on all areas of your life, including your body.
Prolonged unresolved stress, according to Dr. Kashouty, can, *impair your memory, change your brain structure, cause a person to be more susceptible to mental illness, kill brain cells, and actually shrink parts of the brain.
When you are in a state of stress, your brain produces hormones, like cortisol, glucagon, norepinephrine, epinephrine (adrenaline). These hormones car released during illness and infection, as well as in times of stress. And prolonged exposure to stress and these hormones, can really run havoc on your body.
So what do you do to combat stress?
There are many recommendations for tempering stress in the moment. I trust you already know some techniques or can do an internet search to find out how you can better control daily stress. But what about the deeper cause of how you relate and react to the world around you? What about those autonomic triggers that make stress flare up in your mind? How do you take care of those memories that create stress responses?
A great way to do that is through a process called Faster EFT. With Faster EFT, we go back into your stressful memories (or the knowing of a problem when memories aren’t available), and we change all negative aspects. We “tap” away (by tapping on acupressure points), the stress of trauma locked in the mind. We change the way negative memories play. This updates the record, so to speak. Changes the programming. Frees up negative emotions. Releases knee-jerk reactions. Gives you more emotional control and maturity, so you have the choice of how to respond to the angry boss, or the triggering parent, or to the ex you can’t seem to get rid of.
When you change the way stress is represented, created and handled by the mind, you lower your daily response to the stresses of life. You take your baseline stress response, and lower it to the point where you don’t have to rely on coping mechanisms to make it through the day. And you also learn a great tool to use to handle those unexpected stresses that may crop up.
Either in the office or through Zoom, you can tap into your mind and tap away stress. What would change for you if you were able to free your mind, and regain control?