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Banishing Stress and Anxiety
  • What is Stress

    In this section, you will learn about Negative and Positive Stress . You will also learn about Cortisol and Endorphins

  • Locus Of Control

    Internal and External Locus of Control

  • The Impact of thoughts on our Body and Mind

    Become aware of the power of your thoughts with guided exercise. You will also receive a challenge here

  • Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety- Breathing and Relaxation

    Tools and Exercises

  • Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety- NLP Techniques

    Tools and Exercises

  • Essential Oils, Laughter and Gratitude

    Learn about different essentials oils, power of laughter and gratitude

  • Self Hypnosis for Stress and Anxiety

    Listen to recorded and guided self hypnosis to help you overcome stress and anxiety

  • Manual and Presentation

Lesson 1

What is stress?
Research tells us of a powerful connection between mind and body. It is well known that stress increases susceptibility to illness.
Little amount of stress can be healthy, give us boost and pump up our motivation, chronic stress, stress that is held in the body and not released, plays significant role in many illnesses.
Chronic stress frequently produces hormonal imbalance. Hormones play a critical role in regulating body functions, hence chronic stress can have physical consequences such as hypertension, psychical pain, (it makes chronic pain worse), kidney damage, IBS, suppression of immune system which means that our immune system doesn’t produce enough white blood cells to fight an illness and it makes us more prone to develop viral or bacterial infections. Maybe, in the past you have experienced a tension headache following a stressful event or developed cold or a sore cold in your lips?  In addition, hormonal changes resulting from stress can allow tears to develop in the walls of arteries. The body repairs these tears by build-up of cholesterol plague. Too many plagues cause hardening of arteries.
Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. When your body detects stress, a small region in the base of the brain called the hypothalamus reacts by stimulating the body to produce hormones that include adrenaline and cortisol.
Stress generally refers to two things: the psychological perception of pressure, on the one hand, and the body’s response to it, on the other, which involves multiple systems, from metabolism to muscles to memory. Through hormonal signalling, the perception of danger sets off an automatic response system, known as the fight-or-flight response.
( https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/basics/stress )
Whilst in the stressed state, there is a perception of not being able to handle the demands put upon you. The word perception is important here because some people can cope better than others, part of it is down to their perception. Stress levels vary – It’s the individual perception of the situation and their real ability to cope with it.
What is Cortisol and what are Endorphins?
Cortisol
Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. It’s your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear. Your adrenal glands — triangle-shaped organs at the top of your kidneys — make cortisol.
It’s best known for helping fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but cortisol plays an important role in a number of things your body does. For example, it:
  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep/wake cycle
  • Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward
Too Much Stress
After the pressure or danger has passed, your cortisol level should calm down. Your heart, blood pressure, and other body systems will get back to normal.
But what if you’re under constant stress and the alarm button stays on?
It can derail your body’s most important functions. It can also lead to a number of health problems, including:
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-cortisol#1
Endorphins:
Endorphins are brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function is to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine.
In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response.
Certain type of food can realise Endorphins such as dark chocolate and chilli peppers. The practice of meditation and relaxation can increase the number of endorphins released in your body.
https://www.medicinenet.com/endorphins_natural_pain_and_stress_fighters/views.htm
You can also naturally increase Endorphins by:
  • Exercising
  • Relaxation/Meditation
  • Conscious deep breathing
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Spicy food
  • Essential Oils- Sweet Orange
  • Music
  • Laughter
  • Smile- smiling will increase your level of Endorphins
  • Massage
  • Positive Affirmations, for example: Every day, I become healthier, I trust myself, with every day, I become more and more positive etc.