Stress is one of the top causes of illness, disease and death. While there are many variations and combinations of triggers for stress there is only one cause. Stress is the body’s response to the mind’s perception. In other words: you experience something and your mind perceives that experience in a certain way that causes you brain to signal your body to go into a state of emergency (fight, freeze or flight). The body’s response is the same in the case of mental triggers as it is in the event of physical danger.
Your body and brain respond in the same way they would if you were being threatened by a wild animal when you are:
– worrying about something that may happen, or something that may not happen.
– thinking about something that happened in the past that bothers you.
– thinking about what you’re going to say or do about something or someone that bothers you (playing scenarios in your mind).
– thinking about what you should have said in a situation or to a person that bothered you.
– replaying debates, arguments or cringe-worthy experiences in your mind.
– remembering memories that bother you.
Each of these situations causes your body and brain to go into a state of fight, freeze or flight.
What’s so Bad About Stress?
Nothing – as long as it is short-lived. The body is designed to survive short periods of stress for emergency situations and to achieve certain physical feats. It is not designed to thrive in a stressed state. When you feel the fight, freeze or flight sensations that come with negative emotional states – from worry and anxiety to anger and hurt – your body has put itself into a state of emergency. This includes:
* Elevated heart-rate
* Blood being pumped away from the organs to the extremities (to help with running away and fighting)
* Digestive system minimizes or shuts down (digestion is not necessary in the short term for escaping a threat)
* Healing is put on hold (it’s not necessary for escaping an imminent physical threat)
* The prefrontal cortex of the brain becomes inactive (cognitive thinking is not necessary for running away from a wild animal or fighting off an attacker)
* Stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol flood the blood stream and have various effects on the cells of the body
* The cells cease to function normally and are not picking up nutrients as they would normally in this emergency state
These are just a few of the effects of the fight, freeze or flight state. As you can see, all of these effects are fine for a short while – the length of time it takes to escape a life-threatening situation – but they can cause significant damage over the long-term. Not only are the knock-on effects detrimental to the body and brain; they also affect all areas of your life. The reduction in the activity of the prefrontal cortex will affect cognitive thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication and so much more. This will naturally affect relationships, productivity at work, and the ability to resolve issues and problems.
What Causes the Stress Response?
The fight or flight response is caused by the brain signaling the organs of the body to produce the stress hormones. What causes the brain to do this? Our perception of a threat. The records we hold in the subconscious will determine whether something is considered a threat or not; and that will determine whether or not the brain signals the body to respond accordingly.
- Phobia Stress
One person sees a spider on the wall and responds with fear. They feel the stress response of fear.
Another person sees the same spider and feels no fear at all.
What’s the difference?
The first person has a record that is held in their subconscious that “proves” that spiders are a threat. This causes their brain to trigger the fight, freeze or flight response in their body.
The second person has no record proving that spiders are a threat; therefore, the subconscious has no reason to cause the brain to trigger the emergency state.
- Emotional Stress
One person hears someone say something to them and they feel hurt. They feel the emotional pain of being hurt.
Another person hears the same thing said to them by the same person, and does not feel hurt at all.
What’s the difference?
The first person’s subconscious is referencing a record that “proves” that what was said is hurtful. As a result, the subconscious causes the brain to respond by putting the body into an emergency state.
The second person does not have this record. Their subconscious has no reference that what was said is hurtful; therefore there is no reason for it to cause the brain to trigger the body to go into the stress state.
The Bottom Line
To reduce the amount of stress you need to change the records the subconscious is referring to that provide reasons for it to prompt the brain to trigger the body to respond with the fight or flight state.
How to Change the Records
Using FasterEFT you can access and change the original records that cause the stress response. There is no need to know what those records are as the FasterEFT process works with the subconscious to allow it to make the changes for you.
To find out how FasterEFT works, visit: The FasterEFT Belief System.
For guidance in using the FasterEFT technique, visit: Tips on Using FasterEFT.
To see FasterEFT in Action, watch the videos on the FasterEFT in Action Playlist.