The Holistic Homestead
by Arwen Ek
Stress takes a toll on our bodies:
This article from the European Journal of Pharmacology examined the relation of stress and brain plasticity (meaning our neural connections will re-wire in an adaptive response to environmental stimuli, sometimes these new neural connections are temporary and can be reversed, chronic stimulation can lead to ‘hard-wired’ connections):
“Stress begins in the brain and affects the brain, as well as the rest of the body. Acute stress responses promote adaptation and survival via responses of neural, cardiovascular, autonomic, immune and metabolic systems. Chronic stress can promote and exacerbate pathophysiology through the same systems that are dysregulated. The burden of chronic stress and accompanying changes in personal behaviors (smoking, eating too much, drinking, poor quality sleep; otherwise referred to as “lifestyle”) is called allostatic overload.”
Many of my clients come in with chronic conditions that are the body’s compensation for long-standing and deep stress. Take a moment to identify the stressors in your life, write them down with gentle awareness and kindness toward yourself (as opposed to using this as another source of stress…)
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