In our world today our lives are filled with stress. Whether it is full on intense stress of work deadlines, family illness, consequential decision making, or the less noticed constant low grade stress of traffic, raising kids, constant emails, phone calls, lack of time, money worries, relationship strains, all of this stress takes a toll on our bodies and our lives.
The bodies biological mechanisms for dealing with stress come from the adrenal glands, located on the top of the kidneys. The adrenals produce two hormones, one is adrenalin which elevates our heart rate and blood pressure, and boosts energy supplies. This activate our sympathetic nervous system, also known our our fight or flight mechanism, readying us to run from predators, and life thretening dangers.
The other is cortisol, the primary stress hormone, which increases sugars in the blood stream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues, while reducing processes that are not essential for the fight or flight situation. It alters the immune system and suppresses the digestive, reproductive systems and growth processes.
When our bodies are constantly reacting to stress, we have these hormones pumping into our system in excessive amounts, this has the potential to seriously disrupt our primary body systems and lead to chronic inflammation that can contribute to many modern day illnesses, such as digestive issues, weight gain, cancer, insomnia, depression, heart disease, and others. In this state our muscles and connective tissues are primed and ready, which over time turns into tightness, tension, fatigue and a sense of being drained.
Our bodies will not heal physically until we connect to our parasympathetic nervous system, through which we experience relaxation. The more you can do in your life to reduce stress, and nourish relaxation, the happier and healthier you will be.
So as a gift to you, I have recorded a 15 minute relaxation podcast, to listen to. So find yourself a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, get comfy, and give your body and mind some much needed nourishment and support.