This perception of danger activates your sympathetic nervous system, releasing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline into your blood stream.
Basically, it pushes a big red button and sets off an alarm. Causing your body and mind to go into high alert.
Your breathing quickens (so you can get more oxygen).
Your heart beats faster (getting more blood to your muscles).
Your tummy feels funny (your digestion is halted, to save energy).
You feel a surge of energy (your liver releases extra glucose).
Your alarm clock at 6:05. The commute. A traffic jam. A broken ticket machine. An uninvited stare. The queue for your morning coffee. Emails to write. The phone ringing constantly. A backlog of work. Tricky customers. Late running meetings. Missed lunch breaks. Missed work outs. Missed opportunities. Rush hour.
Chronic stress can lead to …
Just as there are physical and mental symptoms of Pressure and Stress, there are physical and mental solutions. We need to activate the parasympathetic system in the body and the neuro-psychological systems in the mind. Activating these and other systems promotes a calmer physical and mental state in which we rest, re-charge and rebalance. Enabling us to think more clearly, behave more consciously and be more productive at work. This deactivates the ‘Fight or Flight.’ System. Physically it…
Releases oxytocin (the hormone linked to trust, empathy, connection and happiness).
Lowers blood pressure and heart rate (bringing on a state of calm).
Decreases the level of cortisol (known as the stress hormone).
Aids digestion (especially the absorption and storing of nutrition in the body).
Increases circulation to the skin (causing rosy cheeks).
Decreases circulation in the muscles (allowing the muscles to relax).
Stimulates alpha brainwaves (the bliss and relaxation brain waves).
Reconnects the pre-frontal cortex (where complex thinking is controlled).
Changes Beta brainwaves (from ‘Fight or Flight’ to Think, Plan and Talk).
Diet and nutrition
Being in nature
Massage and bodywork/complementary therapies are effective because they have a fast and direct calming effect upon the body and mind.
The tension in muscles activated by the fight or flight response is eased, stress hormones are hoovered up. And ‘feel good’ chemicals like serotonin and oxytocin flood in, relaxing the body and mind. Leaving the recipient revitalised and ready to get back to work productively.
In our workshops and coaching we offer strategies that help participants take control of pressure and stress. We explore the secrets of success revealed by the latest discoveries of psychology and neuroscience.
Learning new ways to manage pressure and stress in working lives releases ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin and shifts brain activity towards the most productive brainwave profiles. Quite simply, our brains work better!