Managing Your Response To Stress
One thing that really irks anyone under stress is somebody
else telling them that they are over-reacting, that
the particular stressor doesn’t bother them, therefore
why should it bother you.
The answer is as unique as individual life footprints.
Each of us has been exposed to stressful conditions
in our lives. The sounds, smells, feelings, emotions
etc experienced throughout that stressful period can
become imprinted in the brain, without you realizing
Many of these sensory items are not even conscious
to us at the time. But our brain picks up everything....and
holds on to that association until that stressor re-enters
your life again at a later date. Your brain recognizes
that this sound or smell is associated with stress,
and triggers adrenalin based stress response. For someone
else, who has not developed an association of that sensory
item with a previous stressful situation, no stress
response is triggered.
I am extremely irritated by irregular noise –
someone breathing in my ear, chewing in my ear, radio
ads, music beats when I am trying to concentrate. Yet
I am quite happy with a constant sound, however loud.
The latter may drive someone else crazy, but they can
work happily through the radio blaring out or the bass
of a remote stereo bouncing through the room.
Sometimes all we sense is the vibration of the noise,
without even hearing the noise. In one particular instance
where we lived across the stream from a light industrial
area, a furniture manufacturer installed [very poorly]
a big extractor fan on the steel roof, without any dampering
between the room and the supports. That fan droning
was enough, but I could filter that out with some classical
music. What stressed my body was the vibration. I could
tell you the instant that fan was turned off, even though
I could not hear it, and I was correct 100% of the time.
Noise stress is extremely debilitating for those who
do suffer from a noise induced stress response. Neighbors
instantly become the neighbours from hell once their
teenagers get new stereos, or take to bouncing basketballs
for hours on end.
And remember, the stress itself does not have to be
within your conscious awareness. A once perceived irritating
noise can sometimes be pushed into your subliminal perception
so you don't consciously hear it anymore. However, the
vibration frequency still irritates/stimulates something
in your body.
From a stress/response point perspective, the vibration
in question is a stressor to you and not to others.
It could be that certain tissues in your body resonate
with this particular vibration, or reacting to the repressed
memory as outlined above.
Your body reacts to the stressor by producing adrenalin,
which diverts blood flow from organs to muscles. Your
heart rate and blood pressure increase, the reticular
alarm system connects with your adrenal glands and sympathetic
nervous system to prepare you for a life-saving battle.
The sympathetic nervous system is part of your autonomic
nervous system, which shuts down non essential functions
to conserve energy, such as your digestive system, kidneys,
bladder, bowel and immune system.
Your overactive adrenal glands and sympathetic nervous
system makes you become uptight and irritable. Your
sympathetic nervous system reduces immune system activity,
so you have more difficulty resisting germs.
The end result of increased adrenalin can be a weakening
of the heart muscle and ulcers in the stomach. The adrenal
glands, forever activated eventually lose their ability
to produce sufficient amounts of adrenalin. Your stress
response is now compromised, and your ability to deal
with stressors is significantly impaired, ultimately
leading to illness.
Vibrational frequencies include sounds, lights, colors,
aromas, magnetic fields, electrical fields, barometric
pressure changes and so on.
We can also be unconsciously stressed by molecules that
are toxic or stressful to our biochemistries. These
can be in food, drink, the air, our clothing, etc.
These "energy fields" in our daily lives
either attract or repel us from certain people, locations
or activities. Studies have shown that these energy
fields exist both through and around living systems
and have characteristics that correlate to certain emotions
- anger, danger, fear, guilt, love, compassion, empathy,
and other emotions.
It’s like we each have our own personal, custom
programmed radar systems that guide us to avoid stressors
known to be destructive to our particular physiology.
Managing Stress Response
The only way to avoid these stressful situations is
to get to know what vibrational frequencies and molecules
stress you in particular and find a way to either co-exist
through cognitive therapy, or avoid such environments.
- Regular meditation and centering is often useful
to avoid long-term responses.
- Exercise helps use up the excess adrenalin produced
- CranioSacral Therapy – to reduce sympathetic
nervous system activity and irritability, indicating
a decrease in adrenalin production. This is the immediate
symptomatic effect. This includes:
- Energy Cyst Release - releases
old tissue memories from childhood events that
are continuing to cause over-responses. By discharging
foreign energies injected by injuries, infections
and emotional crises, stress-response systems
can be released so alarm systems can relax.
- SomatoEmotional Release –
to dis-empower previous experiences, such as abuse,
rape and near-death traumas, so the hyper-responsiveness
is calmed down.
- Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue
- dialogue with the reticular alarm system and
negotiate a reduced level of activity.
Learning to work with stress and managing our responses
to stress is one of the most effective ways to avoid