What is STRESS exactly?

We hear the word “stress” a lot these days.

Stress is not the event that is happening in our lives,

it is the feeling or emotion inside of us in response to the stressful event.


Sometimes we don’t realise we are stressed.

 

We may experience stress so often that it starts to feel normal.

 

When feeling stressed, we will not do or be our best.

 

 

student stress

When stressful events get the better of you,

you do and say things you don’t mean to,

you feel exhausted and overwhelmed.

Stress symptoms are good warning signs that something is out of balance. 

We can recognise we are stressed by watching out for a number of stress symptoms, like the ones below.

Mental
  • forgetfulness
  • going blank
  • confusion
  • disorganisation
  • poor marks
  • difficulty focusing
  • racing thoughts
  • negative attitude
Behaviour
  • fighting, bullying
  • disengaged
  • no energy
  • absenteeism
  • being impatient
  • procrastination
  • self harm
  • being dismissive
Physical
  • exhaustion
  • poor sleep
  • stomach pains
  • headaches
  • nail biting, fidgeting
  • grinding teeth
  • health issues
  • body tension
Emotions
  • overwhelm
  • anxiety
  • worry
  • irritation
  • anger
  • sadness
  • impatience
  • frustration

The good news is, you CAN find your balance again.

Stress & Cortisol

The effects of stress go beyond just making us not feel great and reducing our performance. An important fact of stress, is the impact it makes on the levels of cortisol and DHEA (dehydroepiandesterone) hormones in our bodies. Both are important, but they need to be in balance for optimal health. When stress is prolonged the body increases the amount of cortisol and reduces the amount of DHEA. This imbalance for extended periods of time has been associated with most diseases such as impaired memory and learning, brain cell death, accelerated aging, impaired immune function, increased fat accumulation around hips and waist and increased fat accumulation.that is released in to our bodies. For this reason, cortisol has been nicknamed the “stress” hormone and DHEA the “vitality” hormone.

You can increase your levels of DHEA through simple breathing and positive emotion techniques.

HeartMath techniques have been scientifically proven to assist in reducing cortisol and increasing DHEA hormone levels in our bodies. This has a great number of benefits including boosted immune system, health and vitality and improved resilience.

The techniques can be used in the moment and practiced daily to help you actively reduce stress in your life and build your resilience to be able to role with the punches with ease. You will also boost your immune system and improve your vitality and general health.

 

High Cortisol : Low DHEA
  • Accelerated aging (Kerr et al., 1991; Namiki, 1994)
  • Brain cell death (Kerr et al., 1991; Sapolsky, 1992)
  • Impaired memory and learning (Kerr et al., 1991; Sapolsky, 1992)
  • Decreased bone density; increased osteoporosis (Manolagas, 1979)
  • Reduced muscle mass (Beme, 1993)
  • Reduced skin growth and regeneration (Beme, 1993)
  • Impaired immune function(Hiemke, 1994)
  • Increased blood sugar (DeFeo, 1989)
  • Increased fat around waist and hips (Marin, 1992)
  • Obesity (Marin, 1992)
  • Diabetes (Nestler, 1992)
  • Hypertension (Shafagoj, 1992)
  • Heart Disease (Barrett-Connor, 1986)
  • Cancer (Bhatavdekar, 1994)
  • Alzheimer’s (Nasman, 1995)
  • HIV-related diseases (Wisniewski, 1993)
 

With HeartMath tools you will be in the driving seat of your experience of the world around you.

 

These skills will give you the edge for the rest of your life.

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