Connect My Brain offers a unique approach to stress management. First, let’s define stress. Stress is a person’s response to a stressor such as an environmental condition or a stimulus. An environmental condition could be cold or hot weather, noise level, smells, visual changes, and many others. A stimulus may be traffic, deadlines, time management, responsibilities just to name a few.
Stress is the body’s way of reacting to a challenge. The reaction is “turning on” the sympathetic nervous system resulting in the fight-or-flight response. There are physiological changes when the sympathetic nervous system is “turned-on”: increased heart rate, and increased breathing rate, blood is shunted away from the vital organs (diminished blood flow to your gut, reproduction organs, and elimination system), blood flow is increased to the arms and legs as if your brain is preparing to fight or run. Stress is positive and negative. Some stress teaches us how to be alert and strong. However, too much stress begins to re-wire the brain and the results of stress over time change your brain’s perception of you.
Homeostasis or balance is a concept central to the idea of stress management. In biology, most biochemical processes strive to maintain equilibrium or balance, a steady state that exists more as an ideal and less as an achievable condition. Environmental factors, internal or external stimuli, continually disrupt homeostasis. Your environment keeps your system in a state of constant flux moving about a homeostatic point that will become your optimal condition for living.
When stress tips the bucket or diverges too far from your homeostatic point you can experience the impact of stress. Stress is mechanical, chemical and emotional. A mechanical stress may be chronically sprained ankles, injury, or physical traumas. A chemical challenge may be food sensitivities, allergies, and asthma; overuse of medications, coffee, and alcohol can greatly disrupt homeostasis or the middle point. Emotional stressors can be easier to understand but emotional stressors can also lead to chemical stressors and possibly mechanical. Once the bucket tips, it may take enormous energy and effort to restore your balance. If your stress becomes chronic your brain chemistry and wiring will change and you will need some form of stress management.
Over time, your focus may change and you may find yourself only paying attention to the stress. You can break this pattern. Connect My Brain has a unique vestibular chair that helps with stress management. Spending 20 minutes a few times per week will give your sympathetic nervous system a break. During your session, your nervous system will make a shift and allow the parasympathetic nervous-system to takeover allowing you to relax and de-stress. Over a period of time, your brain has the potential to restore flexibility and bring balance back into your life.
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