Detox & Destress
Stress can show up in your life in many different ways. Many people have developed an inaccurate perception of what stress actually is. It is not merely that you are under a lot of pressure at work and are therefore feeling stressed out. As consuming and debilitating as this can be, this is not the only way that stress may be showing up in your life.
Stress can fall under the following three umbrellas: Physical, Emotional and Chemical. Emotional stress seems to receive the most airplay these days as we are all living increasingly busy lives.
Yet, Physical and Chemical stressors are causing many people a great deal of grief and often we are not even aware of the symptoms, let alone being aware of ways to destress and detox.
Everything in our environment has the potential to cause us stress. From the foods we eat, the water we drink to the air we breathe, we have the opportunity to reduce the amount of stress in our lives. Our bodies are extremely clever and often we are able to eliminate many stressors without any trouble. In saying that, we do have a threshold where it can become all too much for our bodies and we begin to suffer the adverse effects of stress.
When you are presented with a stress, your body reacts pretty quickly. Examples of stress could be: Your alarm clock, dropping a glass plate, a dog chasing you, turning the corner and getting a fright. All are immediate stressors requiring an immediate response.
Our bodies, like most animals need to detox & destress, have developed a response to these stressors – adrenaline release. It causes muscle tension, increased heart rate, dilated pupils, sweat, immune shutdown, digestive shutdown and blood rush to the periphery (arms and legs.) This is an entirely appropriate response to these stressors. This process evolves over minutes, and resolves with what would be commonly called “shock” (tremors, cold extremities, constricted pupils etc).
However….. in our Millennium we are now dealing with different stressors… That work deadline in 3 days time. The CONSTANT to do list, all of which seems urgent. Time constraints, work posture (sitting… its stressful!), traffic, family drama, breakdowns, financial stress, the list can seem endless! Our bodies respond in the same way as above, EXCEPT, there is little to no resolution. We stay in fight/flight with adrenaline coursing through our veins. When this happens our brain and body becomes overloaded and overwhelmed.