Radiance Wellness Institute

Your Stress Response

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:

  • Fatigue
  • Low Energy
  • Tension
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Cold hand
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

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:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Sudden Death

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:

  • Use of alcohol, drugs and excessive smoking
  • Overeating (obesity) or undereating (anorexia)
  • Sleeping too much or too little (sleep disorder)
  • Zoning out in front of the TV, computer or cell phone

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).

Your Relaxation Response

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.

  • Recognize warning signs and symptoms of stress early.
  • Identify the sources of your stress and avoid them when possible.
  • Develop effective coping strategies in our workshops.
  • Control your reaction by eliciting the relaxation response.


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:

  • Relax your body, calm your mind
  • Experience peace of mind and balance
  • Refresh, renew and revitalize
  • Increase resiliency and stress-hardiness
  • Connect to your deeper self
  • Reverse the aging process
  • Help prevent lifestyle diseases
Our Stress Mastery Program includes 7 one-hour Workshops at the Radiant Wellness Institute
All programs are performed under the supervision of Dr. Norman Narchi, MD, and Dr. Jeff Gero, PhD

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