The physical component
Remember that the system has become unconsciously trained to produce an efficient stress response and at this point that has become such a neurological habit that the system has almost forgotten the alternative, the relaxation response.
From a nervous system perspective it’s like we have one foot on the accelerator whilst the other foot is firmly pushing on the brake, causing a huge drain on resources.
Within the Physical component of the approach we focus on a set of simple tools and practices that can be used regularly to release stress from the system.
Over the years I’ve identified and developed a set of physical practices that quickly and efficiently release stress from the system.
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These physical practices are designed to remind the system of the currently unfamiliar relaxation response.
With just a few minutes of practice we can learn to Release built up stress from the system.
By encouraging the system to relax and Rebalance in this way we can start to give some relief to the nervous system, which in turn has a beneficial effect on the entire system.
If we then continue using these quick and simple tools as part of a regular practice we can start to Retrain the system into a healthier and more balanced state.
The emotional aspect
I mentioned earlier that when we’re under consistent stress our emotional reactions are more easily triggered and have more of an adverse affect on the system, further fuelling the cycle.
Within the emotional component of the approach we learn to use a technique that we can apply to calm our emotional reactions.
This technique takes just minutes to apply and you can literally feel the difference as you release the “charge” behind that particular emotional issue.
The research shows that this type of technique has a rapid calming effect on the Limbic System (stress centre), and becomes another valuable part of the re-training process.
Without the right tools at hand, most of us learn to suppress our emotional reactions. The charge behind these reactions tends to build up in our system to the point where we’re not even sure what’s troubling us.
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When we learn to effectively Process our emotions in this way, we take back a level of control over our emotional state.
If we then Practice this regularly to the point where it becomes second nature to use the process, not only do we feel a huge amount of relief, but it also has an empowering effect, knowing that we have tools at hand and we’re not going to be hijacked by our emotional reactions.
If we then continue using this simple emotional processing technique to release the charge behind those reactions we bring about an increased sense of Peace to our system and in all areas of our life.
The Psychological side
I mentioned earlier, the psychological part of the self fuelling cycle, where stress encourages us to think in more stressful ways (increased vigilance) and those thoughts generate even more stress, causing us to loop and get completely stuck.
The research shows us that the brain is very adaptable in its nature, the term neural plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to adapt and change depending on how we’re using it.
This neural plasticity works in both ways and when under stress it’s common for the brain to develop some destructive habits (habitual stressful thoughts, internal scary movies, catastrophising etc etc..). So at this point some neural retraining becomes necessary.
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With the right training we can learn to Recognise the types of thoughts that are generating low-level stress.
Using a structured approach we can learn to Redirect the thought process and intentionally change perspective in the moment.
We can take advantage of neural plasticity, breaking down destructive neurological habits and replacing them with healthier responses. Again consistency is the key here, but with practice we can literally Rewire the brain to operate in a healthier way.
The Combination is the key!
When things have been out of balance for some time and the process has become self-fuelling, I’ve found that it’s vital to be focussing in these 3 key areas – Physical, Emotional and Psychological and to do that simultaneously if we want to see some real and lasting change.
Otherwise if we were to focus in just one of these areas, it’s so easy to be unconsciously tripping yourself up in the other areas.
This, in my opinion is why I’ve been able to help so many people who’d previously tried just about every other approach out there, without success.