A Stress Response can actually be quite helpful for certain life threatening situations. When one senses “danger” the body automatically kicks into the “fight-or-flight,” reaction or stress response. This is helpful if you are in real, imminent danger such as being mugged or in the midst of a natural disaster. In these types of situations the stress response is just what you need and can ultimately save your life. Problems occur when you stay stuck in the stress response for situations that are not life threatening. You may not be aware of the impact stress is having on your life and your loved ones. In the case of chronic stress, you may have created an energetic stress pattern that kicks in even with minor situations.
Some signs that you are on Stress Overload and may need help undoing the energetic stress pattern that has been created include:
Repeated bouts of colds and flu
Chest pain, rapid heart beat
Lack of motivation or focus
Sadness or depression
Change in sex drive
Consistently feeling overwhelmed
Inability to focus or concentrate
Negativity, negative thoughts and negative talk
Feeling of anxiousness or nervousness
Feeling depressed or sad
Using food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, etc. as a means to relieve your stress
Irritability, moodiness, anger
Overeating or undereating
Gaining or losing weight
Sleep problems either too much or not enough
It is important to note that these may be signs of other issues as well and that each person’s response to stress is different.
Here’s an exercise you can do RIGHT NOW to reduce your stress if you have any of these symptoms. Before bed, or anytime of the day, calm you Heart Response (Fight, Flight or Freeze). Place your left hand over your heart. Place your right hand on top of it and take some deep breaths. Don’t think of anything in particular, just breathe deeply and relax. By doing this you are calming “Triple Warmer” which is a meridian that is in charge of your Fight, Flight or Freeze response. Triple Warmer is soothed by the beating of the heart. Do this for a few minutes or until you feel calm and relaxes. Repeat this exercise at least daily so your energy pattern becomes trained in this response.