New Jersey was just ranked the #1 stressed-out state in the US according to Zippia. This acclaim is due to long commutes, unemployment, hours worked, population density, home price to income ratio and percent uninsured. New York was ranked #5.
Responsible for 75-90% of all doctor’s visits, stress includes physical, mental and emotional reactions. One experiences good or bad forms of stress from the environment, body, and thoughts! 43% of adults suffer negative effects/adverse health issues due to stress. OSHA considers stress a workplace hazard which costs the US $300 billion annually. An emotional disorder is greater than 50% because of chronic, untreated stress.
Stress is the norm in present-day life. The human body was designed to experience and handle stress. Positive stress (eustress) gives us a surge of energy to take on new challenges. Eustress becomes distressed when there are continuous challenges without relief and stress-related tension builds in the body.
Stress negatively manifests as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, stomach issues. asthma, arthritis, sleep issues, depression and anxiety. Over time, stress can become a disease or magnify physical symptoms of disease.
What happens physiologically during stress is up to 80% of the blood, oxygen and energy leave our brains and goes to our limbs for superhuman strength in the fight, flight or freeze response. Reduction of blood, oxygen and energy in our brains limits our ability to think clearly—our mental capacity suffers and we are dysfunctional.
To counteract the physiological effects of stress, we can disrupt the stress response by affecting the nervous and vascular (blood) systems. Because the body is designed to heal itself, there are places n the body that connect the nervous and vascular systems. Energy Medicine practitioners call these points, neurovascular points. If you hold neurovascular points for 3-5 minutes, you can reduce the stress reaction.
Heightened Stress: To reduce heightened stress or anxiety, put your index fingers on your thumbs, put your thumbs in your temples and put the other 3 fingers on the forehead above each eye. Hold for 3-5 minutes.
Normal Stress; To reduce lower levels of stress, you can use specific acupressure points on the body to reduce the over-energized state of an energy system called Triple Warmer. Hold one hand above the elbow and the other hand below the knee. (Put your palm on your knee and where your middle finger lands on your leg toward the outside of the leg is the second point). Hold the leg and elbow points on the right side of the body together and then on the left side of the body (3-5 min). Then hold a point in the web between the ring and pinkie fingers together with the point where the pinkie toe meets the foot. Hold these points on the right side of the body, then hold the same points on the left side of the body (Hold 90 seconds).
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