There are basically two types of stress – acute and chronic.
The infamous pirates of the Caribbean made a fascinating discovery. When they bombarded a city with cannonball sounds all through the night for days on end, they could easily overtake a town or city without resistance. It wasn’t the actual destruction of those cannons mind you that made the citizens cower, but the chronic stress of being up all night with fear. Those villagers are like many of the clients I see except that today we have millions of things that raise our level of stress and anxiety.
There are basically two types of stress- acute and chronic. Acute stress is that level of stress and adrenaline rush that pulls you out of a jam in a hurry. Suddenly seeing a fight happening in an alley a few yards in front of you, your feet are instantly ready to turn around and run the other way. We also experience this helpful level of stress when we are needing to perform a task that requires critical thinking. Some people describe the feeling of being slightly nervous before they perform on stage as being very similar to the feeling of excitement.
The destructive type of stress is chronic stress. Chronic stress not only causes health problems as noted in the ground-breaking work of Hans Selye, but it also changes your ability to be creative and think clearly and make logical decisions. One study showed that rats under chronic stress were less creative, intelligent, and cunning than those who weren’t exposed to it.
Here are some of the most common ways that chronic stress is activated in my client’s lives:
Waking up day after day next to the person you aren’t supposed to be with
Being stuck in a dead-end J-O-B
Dealing with a chronic condition or physical pain
Worrying about finances
Feeling overly concerned about the state of the world
The most important thing you can do is to continue to strive to remain balanced and in equilibrium. The best way I know how to achieve that is with EFT!
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