When a person experiences stress, they experience a surge in hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. This surge in hormones trigger the “fight”, “flight”, or “freeze” response and disrupts the balance of the mind, body and spirit. What causes stress for one person may be different than what causes stress for another.
If a person experiences stress on a regular basis, their body and mind will become extremely unbalanced and eventually affect other horomones, making it difficult for a person to find their natural homeostasis. Stress can build and eventually turn into exhaustion, depletion and fatigue. It can affect our mood, behaviors and even our relationships.
Let’s face it. We live in a very stressful culture and society. We are always on the go. The expectations we have for ourselves and others are unrealistic which is why so many people end up seeking relief through psychotropic medications. Understanding the physiological explaination of what stress is and what it does to my body, mind and spirit has been a key factor in helping me to overcome issues with my mood, behaviors and in my relationships.
Today I am able to recognize the physical feeling of stress. Instead of panicking and feeding the stress, I reassess my self-care plan. Incorporating self-care reduces cortisol and adrenaline, therefore bringing the body back to its natural state or balance.
Take a moment to reflect on what triggers your “fight”, “flight” or “freeze” response? Make a mental note in your mind that stress is a chemical reaction that triggers feelings of panic, fear and worry. Write down 3 things you can do to keep your cortisol and adrenaline balanced on a regular basis. Incorporate them into your weekly routine.
Peace and blessings,