It seems like there’s so much to be stressed out about these days — from work to relationships to finances to world events. There are bills to pay, misbehaving kids, angry bosses, home repairs … it seems like the list of stressors never ends. (We may not be fighting saber-toothed tigers like our cave-dwelling ancestors — but we’ve got plenty of issues of our own.)
Unfortunately, when you feel overwhelmed by these challenges it takes an unpleasant toll on your body, mind and emotional state.
Whether it’s day-to-day or chronic, long-lasting stress, your body reacts by flooding your nervous system with chemicals including adrenaline and cortisol. The immediate physical consequences of stress include a pounding heart, raised blood pressure, tightened muscles, and quick breathing — all preparing you to either fight, take flight, or freeze.1
In this condition, it becomes difficult to think clearly or function at our best.
In addition, elevated levels of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” can lead to lower immune function and bone density, increased weight gain, high blood pressure and cholesterol, mood disorders, heart disease, problems with learning and memory, and even lower life expectancy.
It’s easy to believe you’re powerless to break negative patterns, but with the right techniques, you can beat the stress response.2
You’re Not Alone
Approximately 70% of Americans report that they experience physical or non-physical symptoms of stress. And that’s just those who report it! And 63% of adults feel they’re doing a poor to fair job of relieving and managing their stress.3
What Are the Long-Term Consequences of Stress?
When mental and emotional stress increases, it has a physical effect on your body, deepening the tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. It also effects your mind; these stressful thoughts, emotions, and memories are then stored in your subconscious – and in the cellular structure of your entire body.
What’s important to understand is that the consequences of stress can be extremely harmful; cycles of negative habits can and often do develop into illness. (See Epigenetics)
While medication can alleviate the pain of chronic stress in the moment, it’s easy to revert back without an understanding of the mind/body connection – and how every element is important to the whole.
Can You Eliminate Chronic Stress?
Relaxation and guided meditation have been shown to offer stress relief and a sense of tranquility — but modern research hasn’t been done on how this might release traumatic memory stored in the body.
There are, however, rational bodies of knowledge developed over two millennia from Japan, China and India that concur that when dense blockage in the cells are released, our natural energetic body is restored.
Using the SOS Method to Relieve Stress and Illness
Your body can be re-calibrated and guided back to its natural flow.4 Using the SOS Method, people feel immediate stress relief, and a renewal of their body’s natural harmony and vitality. The various meditations include those for rapid calm, inspirational affirmations, and once can be done taking a walk or driving in a car. So during those stressful times like while commuting, before a meeting, or after a unpleasant email you can turn to SOS.
Over time, with daily practice, people find greater calm, flexibility, and joy in everyday life. The SOS Method has been effective in relieving symptoms of traumatic memory, alleviating self-defeating habits, and improving resilience — all of which can help maintain health and wellbeing for the duration of your life.
1. Help Guide. (2015). Stress Symptoms, Signs and Causes. Retrieved from: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-causes-and-effects.htm
2. Hawkins, David R. (2009). Healing and Recovery. Veritas. p 52.
3. American Psychological Association. (2012). The Impact of Stress. Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/impact.aspx
4. Karlin, Marlise. (2015). The Simplicity of Stillness Method: 3 Steps to Rewire the Brain and Access Your Highest Potential. Watkins. p 131.