It’s getting on my nerves, it hit a nerve, don’t lose your nerve.. we use these phrases in our daily life without thinking about it. What happens when our nerves get on our own nerves. When our minds don’t seem to get quiet. When we are in constant on-mode and we can’t seem to turn it off.
The nervous system
The autonomic nervous system, the one we have no control over, can be divided in to the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is the gas of our car en the parasympathicus the break.
The sympathicus is wide open during acute stress, within 0,05 seconds adrenaline and noradrenaline is rushing through the body to take us anywhere we need. When the danger subsides, our body restores and the sympathetic nervous system takes over. We recover form this rush of excitement and our body settles down.
In chronic stress to function we need more man power. We call for resources we include the brain. The hypothalamus produces ACTH and signals the hypofyse, whom will produce CRH. This will travel to the cortex of the adrenal glands and they will release cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol is the stuff we need, it takes about 20 minutes before it enters the bloodstream, now we can keep this speed going.
Cortisol is a stress-response hormone made out of cholesterol. It is an utter most important hormone during stress. It compensates for the earlier dosage of energy used by adrenaline and noradrenaline, by suppling you with even more energy. It is an immune suppressor and inhibits infections, makes you almost immune for pain and it sets your day/night rhythm. Every inch of you is complete submissive to the stressor.
Effects of stress on the body
The effects of prolonged stress and constant use of this system, are not to be taken lightly. It can make you feel very uncomfortable both physical and emotional. When cortisol levels remain high, we remain high so the speak. There is no time for sleep, no reason to fight infections, to digest and to restore your energy. Physical symptoms may involve insomnia, stomach aches such as constipation, flu-like symptoms, tiredness and burned out all together. You may feel agitated, clumsy, forgetful and can suffer from mood swings.
How to relax?
To reset this system and fallback in relaxation there are several measures we can take. The first thing to do is get your body moving. Stroll around the park, take a long walk on the beach. Try to implement 30 minutes a day to get outside and start some light walking. By doing this we help the body to break down the stress hormones and reset, simultaneously it will activate the PNS. Don’t underestimate the power of nature and movements.
Second is have some plain good old fun. Do one thing a day you enjoy. Ask yourself at the end of the day, what was your picture perfect moment. Imagine you had a big room that tells the story of your life, what is the picture you would frame today. Doing the thing you love will get your endorfines running, these guys will make you feel good. They will also decrease your stress levels.
Breathing exercises, where does your breath stop to come in and starts to come out. Notice is there any tension in your body, your neck, your face, your legs and just notice. Sit your body down and be aware, meditate, do yoga or a relaxation exercise. These have way more impact than you might think, studies have shown that the neuropaths have significantly decreased when doing this overtime.
Last but not least we have adaptogens, neurotransmitters and vitamines that will support you and correct imbalances. Co-factors and adaptogens are needed in order to rebuild hormones and help you adapt to the stress you might have experienced.
We all have days we feel like running and others we don’t want to move our groove.
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