Today we are faced with a new kind of stress never before seen in human history. It’s a dangerous form of stress that’s directly linked to our high-tech, overloaded lifestyles.Doctors are calling it “super-stress”, and the effects can be devastating causing serious afflictions such as anxiety and depression, diabetes, chronic insomnia, persistent pain, memory loss, obesity, accelerated aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and gastrointestinal disorders like acid reflux.
Stress and The Fight-or-Flight Response
Your body is designed to be in a relaxed, healing state most of the time. These days, however, most people spend the better part of their day in a stress state called the fight-or-flight response.
In today’s fast-paced world, fight-or-flight is being set off multiple times per day by worry, over-stimulation and a new pressure to multi-task. It begins with a rapid release of stress hormones for instant energy — so you can fight or flee — but then leaves you feeling lethargic and hungry – one of the reasons stress causes weight gain.
Your brain copes with fight-or-flight by producing more of a high-intensity brain wave called beta while suppressing the more relaxed alpha and theta brain waves. Once your brain habituates to this new stress pattern, it becomes difficult for you to wind down. You may experience insomnia, poor memory, lack of motivation, negative self-talk, weight gain, low energy or all of the above.
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