Everyone knows what stress is and although it holds with it a certain evil connotation stress is actually a normal part of life. The problem occurs when stress becomes a chronic, never ending way of life.
What is stress?
Stress is a hardwired response that effects the entire body. When the body is chronically stressed it results in high levels of a hormone called Cortisol which can result in a wide scope of side effects, including:
- Increased fear
- Increased pain
- Increased healing time
- Poor memory, judgement and learning
- Increased weight gain
- High risk of heart disease and diabetes
- Lower Immune system
- Gut problems
How can we measure stress?
Because stress is largely a response of the nervous system it is possible to measure the state of the nervous system to give us an idea about a person’s level of stress.
The nervous system controls certain automatic features including the heart rate and the breathing rhythm. At MWE we use a special measurement to help measure the timing of the heart rate in relationship with the breath.
By observing the breath and heart rate we can see how the nervous system is behaving and we can even see the nervous system change as the breathing rate improves and the person becomes more and more relaxed.
How can we treat stress?
This is a very hot topic in today’s fast paced life. A good understanding of your own nervous system is vital for controlling your stress levels. At MWE we can assist you with the symptoms of stress by guiding you via several methods to improve your nervous system. See NET to read more about our very unique and effective ways to help control your stress levels and re-energize yourself.