The fact that the topic grabbed your attention tells me that you no longer want to be consumed by stress. By the way, did you know that 8 out of 10 Americans report being under stress every.single.day.
Harvard Medical School quotes “Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. It can dampen the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other common infections. It can contribute to asthma, digestive disorders, cancer, and other health problems. New research even supports the notion that high levels of stress somehow speed up the aging process”
Nobody wants this kind of spiral, right !!!
But, the good news is that stress, anxiety & fear are all functions of the limbic brain. The bad news – It comes down to one word HABIT, which takes time and effort to break.
You may already know that the ‘reptilian brain’ creates the fight or flight response when there is ‘real’ or ‘perceived danger’. It’s automatic.
To change the automatic reaction of the brain, we simply have to change the neural pathways in the brain. If your eyes are glazing, stay with me a tad bit longer. I will explain.
Imagine the neural pathways as a hiking trail. Due to high traffic on the trail, the path is well defined from the rest of the wilderness. Now, imagine that the people walking are the stress / anxiety neurons firing. The moment there’s a cue from the outside, the neurons start firing because it’s their job. As you may have already guessed, it’s a well used path.
To change the outcome of stress and anxiety, all we need to do is stop those neurons from firing and create different neural pathways that will create a sense of peace and wellbeing.
However, the stress and anxiety neurons are often habit driven. They act on cue – whether a car is about to hit you ( real danger) or there’s a presentation at work – these neurons will fire the same way. They are completely driven by habit similar to brushing your teeth.
Until the patterns are broken the stress neurons will continue to fire. Consider that !!!
Are you already realizing how awareness is the key to change ?
These two of the three main pillars in my work with my clients ( identifying and changing the neural pathways and using wisdom to take actions to break the habits) are the ones that create sustainable change.
I could tell you how powerful this work is, but I will not. I will let you discover it for yourself.
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling peaceful and ready to face your work day. You go through your day tapping into your inner resource, knowing that you will find what you need no matter what comes your way. Your creativity increases, you get more done in your day. There’s just an absolute sense of peace.
You bask in the long term effect of making the income you desire, having more time with important things like family. Life just feels peaceful.
Yes, this is possible when you do the inner work. Have you fully considered that the more peaceful you feel, the more freedom you feel. Freedom is the ultimate outcome isn’t it !!
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