What I have learned in 7 simple steps. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than this

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1screen-shot-2017-07-22-at-6-43-07-pm.png.     When our nervous system is over stimulated, it causes unpleasant symptoms in our body and mind. When we have these symptoms, we call it anxiety.
2.     Symptoms include: dizziness, digestive issues, heart palpitations, inability to focus, headaches…and too many others to list here. These symptoms are not predictable. Everyone experiences different symptoms.
3.     To stop these symptoms, we need to calm our nervous system and decrease the stimulation.
4.     Factors that increase stimulation: facing difficult life challenges, drinking too much coffee, checking our phones, emails and texts constantly, not getting enough rest, working too late, not getting the right nutrition, how we react to life events and what we perceive the outcome to be.
5.     Factors that decrease stimulation: breathing, slowing down, getting organized, eating well, slow-calming exercises, meditation, changing how we react to issues and what our perception of the outcome will be.
6.     Reacting is the ultimate over stimulating culprit. How we view a situation and react to it has so many positive or negative consequences. This point cannot be emphasized enough because we carry these thoughts with us 24/7!
  • One person says, don’t sweat the small stuff and lets it roll off, they just don’t make a big deal out of it and always look for a positive outcome.
  • Another person has a dramatic reaction, can’t let it go, holds it in and can only look at negative outcomes.
7.     Symptoms will go way when the nervous system calms and stimulation is decreased.
*Notes related to exercise and stimulation.
Most often, exercise is prescribed for stress and anxiety. “You should get some exercise!”
Exercise can have a positive or negative consequence so choosing the “Right” kind of exercise is important.
If your nervous system is over stimulated, hard-core or intensive exercise will produce adrenaline, increasing the stimulation, prolonging your symptoms.
If you have an over stimulated nervous system, the best kind of exercise would be an exercise that has a calming effect, i.e. easy walking, tai chi, and low intensity yoga which keeps your heart rate at a low level. After these exercises you should still feel like you can do more, it is not exhausting.
“But I feel great after a good hard workout, all my worries are gone.” Yes, temporarily. Essentially, you are exhausting your nervous system and it feels good in the short term, but your body is not in a state to heal properly from a pro-inflammatory workout (also called adrenal stress).
Example: If you keep your car at high RPM’s with old oil in it, the oil will not be able to effectively protect the engine like it can when it is fresh. Your car will still run fine in the short run, but eventually, you will over heat and damage the engine and it will start to show symptoms.
Once your body starts to calm, you can increase the intensity of our workouts slowly because your body is healing itself efficiently.

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