Stress Management

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Introduction to Stress Management

overwhelm-pressure-all-aroundThere are three different types of stress which are:

  • Physical Stress
  • Mental Stress
  • Spiritual Stress

Stress occurs when an event triggers our stress response (sympathetic nervous system), which is often referred to as the fight, flight or freeze response. Based on how we deal with stress, there are many ways that the body will try to bring itself back into balance.

Each of the different types of stress has the ability to manifest as symptoms in the body if the underlying issue is not resolved and treated. As we are all individuals the same stimuli/situation will cause a different level of stress to each person based on our beliefs and perceptions of how we look at the world around us.

Understanding Stress and the Body

stress-hands-on-faceStress is linked to the body’s nervous system and there are two main states: the parasympathetic and sympathetic which are important to understand.

When we are said to be in a stressed state the body is in a sympathetic state (also known as the flight, flight or freeze response), it prioritises blood flow to your muscles and senses in order to prepare for any immediate danger. On the other hand, when the body is in a parasympathetic state it is in a relaxed state and most importantly this is where healing occurs and therefore this is the state we should be in most of the time. In today’s modern society the reality is we are bombarded with all sorts of types of stresses on a continual basis. We are exposed to factors such as less rest, more noise, more toxins, more information and reduced family support systems.

Energy production is also linked to stress, often too much stress can burden the HPA axis which causes our adrenal glands to function effectively leading to fatigue within the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Poor Stress Management

stress-collageExamples of types of stress within the body can be things like:

  • Endocrine Disturbances
  • Inflammation
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Psychological Stress

The impact of stress can be far-reaching and ultimately impacts the immune system, endocrine system, nervous system and gastrointestinal system.

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal dysfunction, which is a disruption to an individual’s HPA axis. which has a range of signs or symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Decreased libido
  • Decreased memory recall
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Craving salt and sugarDark circles under eyes
  • Fatigue not relieved by rest
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Pain
  • Pre-menstrual tension

Poor stress management can manifest into a range of different pathologies which are as follows:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hyper and Hypothyroidism
  • OCD
  • PMS
  • SAD (Seasonal Depression)
  • Vulnerability to inflammatory diseases
  • Vulnerability to addictions

Emotional and Spiritual Influences on Stress

female-emotional-stressA lot of what causes us stress is to do with our emotional states and our belief systems. For example, if we have the belief everything needs to be perfect, whenever we are faced with a task there will be pressure (a form of stress) to complete it perfectly. Thought of being unable to do so or actually failing to complete the task the way we wanted to will cause the person a great deal of stress.

These belief systems are often linked to memories that are held in our subconscious mind and are activated when we face a similar situation to the original memory.
In order to get to the root of this, if this is an issue, is to find the original memory and rewrite the original belief with a new positive belief as we can do with techniques such as Matrix Reimprinting and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Stress has a lot to do with perspective; how you perceive the world is a reflection of your belief systems and inner emotions. If there is underlying trauma behind these beliefs it needs to be released in order for you to live your life to the fullest.

Transform how you Manage Stress


There are many factors involved when looking at stress management and why the body may not be functioning optimally. These require investigating holistically and the individual needs to be assessed as a whole to truly determine the root cause(s).

Adjusting your nutritional intake and lifestyle habits, supporting mental well-being as well as assessing your spiritual wellbeing will play a crucial role in getting your stress levels back into balance.

Everyone is individual and therefore there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to health. It is important to get a health plan tailored to your needs, symptoms and life circumstances.

At Higher Healing, being qualified in NaturopathyNutrition, Emotional Freedom and Matrix Reimprinting we have a truly holistic offering to provide the right support to transform your health. We also are able to offer private functional testing to assess in detail imbalances within the body to give you a clear picture of your health.

Our wish is for you to reach a higher level of healing, so you are able to transform your health. It is possible and you can do it. Start by taking the first step, get in touch to see how Higher Healing can help.

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Our holistic health consultations look to identify the root cause and address imbalances in your body systems to help bring them back into balance.

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