Stress is a normal answer to one or several stressing events, stressors such as our environment or a stimulus. Stress is a method chosen by the body to react to a challenge. We generally use the word stress when we feel that everything is “too much”, we feel overwhelmed and we wonder how we will be able to manage the pressure.
When a stressing event (the stressor) occurs, the body reacts to it by activating the Sympathetic Nervous System in charge of the Physical Emergency Response (PER).
Everything which is a challenge or a threat to our well-being is considered as a stressor. Sometimes, stress helps us to move forward and it is then a good thing. However, when stress undermines our emotional balance and our health, it is not what we want because this is what happens:
high blood pressure
heart beats faster
immune system shutdown
sleep disorder (because the body is in permanent alert)
The way we answer to stress is also often a type of stressor. Our anwser to a challenge or a threat is partially physiological and greatly affects us physically. When we face a challenge, our body puts in motion a powerful machine aiming at protecting us, at surviving: fight or flight!
If there is an earthquake and you are upstairs, the faster you get to the ground floor and get out of the house, the more chances you have to survive. If, during an earthquake, you need to lift a heavy item fallen on someone, you’ll need your body to activate a special machinery to give you this strengh…
This primary reaction called the “Fight or Flight response” is our Sympathetic Nervous Sytem answer to a threat or a stressor. Our body releases an amazing quantity of chimicals such as Cortisol, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline (to mention only a few), which allows the kind of reactions mentioned above.
Anxiety, burnout and panic attacks are the consequences of the constant activation of our Sympathetic Nervous Sytem and the Physical Emergency Response. Learn how to control them and you will control the consequences!
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) offers simple but efficient techniques to regain control over stress.
If NLP is not enough, then the Lightning Process will teach you how to identify this physiological response and will give you the tools to regain control. When practised regularly, you will change your physiology and will improve your well-being. You will learn to build new neurological pathways, sounder and stronger.