How do you take care and ground yourself?
More than ever, it’s critical that we take care of our bodies and mind. After all, our success depends on being able to function in a healthy, productive manner.
So when your flight, fight, freeze, or fawn response is triggered, how do you respond? How do you signal to your body when you are in real danger, and when you are experiencing stress?
The term “stress” is overused and often misunderstood, as it’s bandied about to describe both cause and effect:
- Cause: “There’s a lot of stress at work these days.”
- Effect: “I’m so stressed that I can’t think straight.”
It’s interesting to note that while neuroscience has taught us a great deal about stress, we cannot always distinguish between the psychological state of stress and the physiological response to it. What is clear is that if we’re in a chronic state of high-level stress, emotional strain leads to physical consequences. The body responds with anxiety and depression, as well as high blood pressure, heart problems and cancer. Chronic stress eats away at the brain’s connective tissue.
We can’t completely eliminate stress. But, we can better manage our body’s natural responses to stress. We can take control, ground ourselves, and even improve our brain’s ability to function.
This article and Article Nuggets explore our body’s response to stress and offer helpful techniques to take care and ground yourself.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- The science
- Stress and your autonomic nervous system
- The vagus nerve
- Activate your parasympathetic response
And references to the following sources:
Eric Vance, MD, “Can We Prescribe Resilience?” (Psychiatric Times, 2018)
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