Stress is a physiological and psychological response to an event that alarms us. Stress is not something that happens to us; it is how we react to what happens. When we can’t avoid stressful situations and/or we don’t have adequate coping mechanisms to deal with stress, our natural response is fight or flight, also known as the stress response. Fight or flight is the body’s primitive and automatic response, fueled by cortisol, to either fight or run to survive a perceived threat.
Everyone experiences stress differently; but there are common warning signs and symptoms that tell us we are stressed:
When stress becomes chronic, it can cause major disruption to our health and wellness, our productivity, to our relationships and to our quality of life. Chronic stress is linked to a variety of health challenges and lifestyle diseases:
To counteract the harmful effects of stress, it is important to practice healthy and active relaxation techniques as your coping mechanism. Many people choose passive and unhealthy coping stratgies that may temporarily relax them but lead to even more problems and challenges in the long run:
The stress response is initiated automatically by the “old” brain of fight or flight. The relaxation response is induced intentionally through our “new” brain. You can counter the stress response (surviving) by voluntarily inducing the relaxation response (thriving).
The relaxation response is your body’s innate antidote to the stress response; it is our most potent weapon against the harmful effects of stress on our mind and body. You activate the body’s natural relaxation response through practicing relaxation techniques such as deep belly breathing and laughter. Using these simple and profound techniques, you can be proactive and neutralize the negative effects of stress.
The Stress Mastery Workshops provide you with the tools, techniques, education and support that are fundamental for learning how to elicit the relaxation response. Practicing relaxation on a regular basis buffers you against the harmful effects of stress and you will: