It’s just stress. How many times have you heard that phrase used with such little understanding of the massive detrimental effects to the mind and body. Modern medicine is set up to deal with the symptoms of stress but not the actual causes. What if we actually understood the mechanisms and causes of stress rather than just reach for the prescription pad?
The word stress is actually derived from physics meaning the maximum stress a material can stand before it breaks. You see it’s recognised that when we’re stressed, we’re broken! How can we function properly when broken? We can’t.
What we call stress in modern times is very different to what our stress response was designed for. The stress response, or what we call fight/flight, is really no different to what it was with our ancestors 6 million years ago. It was designed to help us get food or to stop us from being food! What we’re observing in modern times is stress everywhere and it’s no wonder chronic conditions are on the rise as it’s the protocol of the modern healthcare system to treat the sickness and not the stress, therefore making lots of money for drug companies but leaving a nation with chronic stress associated sickness. Marriages, divorce, finances, employment, relationships, media and negative pasts all create stress in our body’s and, as Selye says, can make you sick and are the modern day stressors.
When the body is stressed a number of chemical and hormonal actions take place, this is done to make the body ready for action. To increase the effectiveness of the body in an alert/action state glands in and around the brain sends inhibitory hormones and neurotransmitters to shut down all non-essential systems for survival. For example:
Once this is done then the body is primed for survival and threat avoidance. The problem is long term chronic stress has a massively detrimental effect on your body and your life. Mainstream healthcare treats the body as compartments so then gives any number of drugs to manage symptoms which overlooks the cause: Stress.
Stress/low level stress is a modern day epidemic responsible for emotional, psychological and physical dysfunction and is resulting in chronic illness, addiction and misery but dealing with the stress in an effective way can help many people positively change and live their lives.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help you recover from stress or to deal with it in a more productive way. Please get in contact should you have any questions or wanted to book a session to start to get control back of your life!
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