Why is reducing stress levels so important for one’s well-being and health?
Stress can be defined as excess demand on our system and we don’t have the resources to deal with the situation in hand. Stress can be physical, emotional and mental, short term or chronic.
The nervous system is designed to preserve life.
When we are under stress our body goes into survival mode, the ‘fight and flight response’ is triggered. Internal maintenance work is reduced or comes to a complete halt to divert the resources to more vital areas. Areas, classed as less important short term: mainly the digestive, immune & reproductive system, will be temporarily given less resources, which leads to reduction in internal communication and function. More vital areas, such as cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine system are given high priority, so we can ‘fight or flee’.
After the stressful situation is over, the body is meant to reset itself to rest & healing mode and be attentive to all internal maintenance, re-establish full communication and function.
Resetting to maintenance mode is often not fully happening or is severely delayed.
Spending a lot of time in survival mode leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental health and well-being, as the regular maintenance of the body is neglected.
Once people have experienced frequent or severe stress, their threshold to switch into the survival mode is often much lower and it becomes a vicious circle.
STRESS = HEALING CAN WAIT!
RELAXATION = HEALING CAN HAPPEN!
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