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When stuck in stress, many believe there is something wrong with them (or others around them) and they react, keeping everyone in chaos.   The emotional reactions add unto the stress for everyone.   

Understanding how your body deals with stress, is key for getting out of chaos.   The goal is to get out of our sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight/freeze) and operate from our parasympathetic nervous system.   Here is a great video by Dr. Eric Berg DC

Click here to understand the viscous trap of chaos.

Consequences of long term stress (from webmd): 

  • Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke

  • Obesity and other eating disorders

  • Menstrual problems

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women

  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss

  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon (Indigestion or acid reflux symptoms, Upset stomach, diarrhea)

  • 99% of Auto Immune problems come from being triggered by major stress (loss, moving, divorce, death, a major upset, feeling abandoned, etc.), such as Fibromyalgia, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Lyme, Hashimoto's/hypothyroid.  Click here for a complete of auto immune diseases.

Additional symptom's of stress: 

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of "being out of it."

  • Problems sleeping.
  • General aches and pains.

  • Grinding teeth, clenched jaw.

  • Muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders.

  • Racing heart.

  • Cold and sweaty palms.
  • Tiredness, exhaustion.

  • Trembling/shaking.

  • Weight gain or loss


Dr John Gottman proves that if you want to measure the stress in a home, how well parents are getting along, you can measure the cortisol level of the children, this is the hormone that keeps us in fight/flight/freeze mode.    I believe it is predictable. If you were raised in an environment that was hostile, reactive, critical, or with a high demand for performance, you are likely operating in fight/flight/freeze (sympathetic nervous system is activated) mode to some degree.  Your adrenal system has taken a toll. 

Dr Gottman explains that when a person's heart rate is over 100 bpm, their brain is flooded (they are operating in fight/flight), they are incapable of hearing anything being said, they can't think straight.  When we operate in this state of mind frequently, our life can't work. 

For our life to work and to experience higher levels of closeness to others, we need to become aware of when we are in the reactive mind and consciously move yourself out of it.


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