Why can it feel so difficult, uncomfortable or draining to feel stress, and what is stress and how does it happen? Stress is a byproduct of our Fight or Flight Survival system. This is triggered when our well being is threatened in some way, either a physical threat, or an unhealthy self belief, or maybe an accumulation of dwelling on some unresolved issue in our mind that leads to an emotional imbalance? 

If our mind believes there is a threat in some way, whether a real threat or just a perceived one, the result is the same, the stress triggers the fight or flight response, which triggers a huge surge of energy to keep us safe. A byproduct of fight or flight is worry, to keep us hyper-vigilant on the lookout for danger, so whenever we worry this triggers fight or flight even more. If we have some unresolved limiting beliefs such as feeling unworthy, not good enough, or that we are a bad person, we will unconsciously be perceiving life as unsupportive to our well being and our survival systems will be running on overtime with constant worry. The constant overstimulation of our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) causes significant stress on our system.

The reason stress feels so uncomfortable is because it is designed to get your attention to resolve what is threatening your well being. To turn off the false alarms in the fight of flight system, start by taking in a few deep and relaxing breaths to calm your nervous system down. Then ask yourself: What is this stress communicating to me? Where can I bring in some loving mindful attention? Where do I need to balance my life some more? 

Learn to listen to your needs on all levels, mentally, physically, and spiritually and learn healthy self care practices. Take up some stress reduction practices like meditation. In time you will re-balance your nervous system back to a state of calm and ease where fight or flight can healthily remain on standby to activate only when you need it.

Why can it feel so difficult, uncomfortable or draining to feel stress, and what is stress and how does it happen? Stress is a byproduct of our Fight or Flight Survival system. This is triggered when our well being is threatened in some way, either a physical threat, or an unhealthy self belief, or maybe an accumulation of dwelling on some unresolved issue in our mind that leads to an emotional imbalance? 

If our mind believes there is a threat in some way, whether a real threat or just a perceived one, the result is the same, the stress triggers the fight or flight response, which triggers a huge surge of energy to keep us safe. A byproduct of fight or flight is worry, to keep us hyper-vigilant on the lookout for danger, so whenever we worry this triggers fight or flight even more. If we have some unresolved limiting beliefs such as feeling unworthy, not good enough, or that we are a bad person, we will unconsciously be perceiving life as unsupportive to our well being and our survival systems will be running on overtime with constant worry. The constant overstimulation of our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) causes significant stress on our system.

The reason stress feels so uncomfortable is because it is designed to get your attention to resolve what is threatening your well being. To turn off the false alarms in the fight of flight system, start by taking in a few deep and relaxing breaths to calm your nervous system down. Then ask yourself: What is this stress communicating to me? Where can I bring in some loving mindful attention? Where do I need to balance my life some more? 

Learn to listen to your needs on all levels, mentally, physically, and spiritually and learn healthy self care practices. Take up some stress reduction practices like meditation. In time you will re-balance your nervous system back to a state of calm and ease where fight or flight can healthily remain on standby to activate only when you need it.

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