Normal and Abnormal Responses to Stress

When stressed, your body creates extra energy to protect itself

Normal and Abnormal Responses to StressIt’s hard to imagine that it’s possible to quantify normal and abnormal responses to stress.

Because I don’t know about you, but when I used to get stressed, it was different each time. Depending on the stress. So how do they monitor what’s a normal and / or abnormal response to stress?

We all know that people respond to stress in different ways. One person may find an event joyful and gratifying, but another person may be miserable and frustrated. Think Bungee Jumping, or Rainbows End …

Stress Creates an Imbalance in Your Body

Sometimes, people may handle stress in ways that make bad situations worse by reacting with feelings of anger, guilt, fear, hostility, anxiety and moodiness.

Stress is your body’s physical and psychological response to anything you perceive as overwhelming.  You are less likely to handle life’s demands, pleasant or unpleasant when you are tired and run down. At other times you might be calm and relaxed but for whatever reason, you lack the resources to deal the situation.

It doesn’t matter what causes the stress, the bodies reaction is much the same. When stressed, your body creates extra energy to protect itself. If not used, this extra energy creates an imbalance within your system. Therefore, to restore balance in your body this energy must be used, or dissolved through meditation.

A perceived challenge can activate the mind/body system, resulting in increased alertness and action, but chronic activation of this response leads to abnormal responses to stress characterized by:

  1. the inability of the body to return to baseline levels of catecholamines and cortisol, and
  2. the inability of the body to activate the biochemical changes associated with a perceived challenge.

When either of these response patterns develops due to continual activation of the stress response, then stress becomes debilitating.

Related Research findings:

Effects of Chronic Stress on the Brain
Chronic stress creates excessive levels of cortisol in the brain, impairing the function, short term and contextual memory …

Effects of Stress on the Immune System
Chronic stress affects the immune system by increasing sympathetic activity and decreasing cellular immunity …

Effects of Chronic Stress on the Cardiovascular and Metabolic System
Chronic stress can create significant damage to the cardiovascular system by increasing the risk of coronary artery disease …

The Biochemical Response to Stress
Chronic acute stress leads to an out of balance biochemistry with elevated cortisol and suppressed serotonin, consequently, stress plays a major causative role in both physical and mental health …

When we are under stress our bodies are functioning in survival mode (fight, flight or freeze)

Learn to meditate, learn how to cope with stressOur immune system weakens, we tend to be more reactive (rather than responsive), more guarded, defensive (crying over spilt milk). And most importantly – our quality of life, our life satisfaction is lowered.

Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. As a result, you no longer store as much stress and tension in your body. This allows you to start responding to life with a positive attitude – relaxed, resilient and care-free. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.

If you are in Auckland (NZ) call me on 09 419 5380.  Or email to find our how Vedic Meditation could help you achieve better health.

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