What is Stress?
We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us. Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress.
“The stress’s we have in our lives can affect our physical and mental health. Some stress is good for you, it makes life interesting and challenging but too much stress, prolonged stress or an imbalance of stress can be damaging to our bodies, mind and spirit. ” http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145855.php
One of the most important Kinesiology benefits is that it can help reduce stress in your bodily systems and help restore the body to its naturally balanced state. When you are in balance you can make clearer more focused decisions and better choices.
Studies have found many health problems related to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.
Fight or flight response
The way you respond to a challenge may also be a type of stress. Part of your response to a challenge is physiological and affects your physical state. When faced with a challenge or a threat, your body activates resources to protect you – to either get away as fast as you can or fight (or even freeze).
Our fight-or-flight response is our body’s sympathetic nervous system reacting to a stressful event. Our body produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which trigger a higher heart rate, heightened muscle preparedness, sweating, and alertness – all these factors help us protect ourselves in a dangerous or challenging situation.
Non-essential body functions slow down, such as our digestive and immune systems when we are in fight-or flight response mode. All resources can then be concentrated on rapid breathing, blood flow, alertness and muscle use.
When we are stressed the following happens:
- Blood pressure rises
- Breathing becomes more rapid
- Digestive system slows down
- Heart rate (pulse) rises
- Immune system goes down
- Muscles become tense
- We do not sleep properly (heightened state of alert)
Prolonged stress can cause many physical and emotional problems because of these physical bodily reactions.
Emotions due to stress, also play a huge part in our physical and mental health. Emotions such as, anger, frustration, sadness, fear, guilt and other negative emotions, can be the source of many problems in our lives if held on for too long.
Kinesiology helps you to become more aware of the underlying factors causing your issue, and empower you to take positive actions to reduce the stress in your life.
Many physical illnesses are the end result of an emotional imbalance.