According to NY Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson, there are 13 ‘stress steps’ you need to watch out for:

1. You find it difficult to take your focus away from work, money, relationships, family, or whatever’s bothering you.

2. Your amygdala (in your mid-brain) senses danger.

3. Your amygdala helps to initiate your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress.

4. In “fight or flight”, your body releases adrenaline and the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food or absorb nutrients AND more likely to gain weight.

5. In this physiological “crisis mode,” you’re more vulnerable to pain from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upsets, and more.

6. In this state of heightened physiological “alert”, your brain’s creative center is deemed “non-essential” and shuts down, lowering your problem solving skills, your creativity, your intuition etc.

7. You feel increasingly irritable, isolated and impatient. Your relationships suffer.

8. Stress affects your sleep, your metabolism slows down, and the weight stays.

9. Your body secretes even more cortisol, wreaking more havoc on your digestion (and waistline), increasing your blood pressure and lowering your immune system.

10. After releasing too much cortisol for too long, your body goes into “adrenal fatigue”. You consistently feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed.

11. You no longer have the energy to adhere to your exercise routine, your healthy eating, meditation or yoga. Instead, these are replaced by migraines, insomnia, hair loss, chronic pain, and any number of other issues become regular parts of your life.

12. Battling low energy, you can hardly focus at work, and elsewhere. Your relationships suffer.

13. Your depression deepens. You (and your body) are STRESSED OUT.

Can you identify with any of the above? Not to worry.

Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘We have a very own Stress Specialists Dr. Linda Wilson and Ulli Baxter.’

They both use EFT or tapping to effectively help you alleviate and manage stress.

Feel free to contact Linda or Ulli at the clinic on 59984554 for more information.

About the Author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.

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