365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 185: Still Running Away From A Tiger?

RUCSANDRA MITREA

I am sure that this is not news to you: you’ve heard about the effects of stress on your health.

But here’s how Lissa Rankin M.D., author of ‘’Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself ’’ explains it in a few short and clear sentences:

“The stress response is there to protect you in case a tiger chases you. But these days, we’re pretty safe from tigers, and yet our stress responses get triggered, on average, over 50 times per day. How? The amygdala in your lizard brains perceives negative thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, such as financial fears, relationship worries, work stress, loneliness, or pessimism, as threats equally scary as a tiger. Then boom. The scaredy-cat amygdala goes on red alert, and when this happens, our bodies can’t repair themselves.”

Stress will not let your body heal. A flu will take you down for a few weeks, a broken bone will take too long to heal and if you need to start healing something bigger than a flu or a fracture, you will run out of resources unless you find efficient ways to deal with the stress in your life.

How do you deal with stress?

Let’s share ideas tomorrow.

Love,

Rucsandra

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