Studies are actually proving this is true; a recent study of cancer patients shows that stress reduction may prolong lives. We know that prolonged exposure to stress can cause vascular, cardiac, endocrine, and brain function changes. When the body is under stress — whether physical, emotional or perceived — it releases hormones like adrenaline that are responsible for the fight or flight response.
The immediate physical reaction includes:
• Increased Heart Rate
• Accelerated Breathing
• Constriction of Blood Vessels in Some Areas and Dilation of Blood Vessels to Muscles
• Dilation of Pupils
• Hearing Loss
• Tunnel Vision
• Perspiration to Cool the Body
While these responses were once helpful to keep us alive during our evolution and gradual climb to the top of the food chain, they are not helpful in any way shape or form while running late for work, stuck in traffic, or just plain having a bad day. In fact, not only does long-term exposure cause physiological damage, you can become addicted to the chemicals released during periods of stress, thus creating a cycle that’s difficult to break.
Long-term effects of exposure to stress can range from weakened immune system to major cardiac events. It has even been proven to cause visible signs of aging.
Everyone has a different response to stressors in their life. What may put you on edge might be a slight annoyance for me. Knowing what your major stressors are and learning to mitigate your reaction both emotional and physiological will play a major role in your overall well-being and happiness.
One quick way to immediately reduce your stress response is to place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Almost instantly you become aware of your breathing. Now focus on moving your breathing from your chest down into your belly. Breathe slowly, comfortably and evenly for at least 5 to 10 breaths. Then once you’re sure you are belly-breathing, remove the hand from your belly and with the remaining hand on your chest take another deep breath and exhale while saying “aaah.” You really want to take that sound into your chest and do your best to vibrate your hand.
This is called toning. The majority of my clients report a 50 percent reduction in their SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress Scale) immediately.
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What if all you ever needed in your entire lifetime already existed within you? Do you feel limited by this possibility? Or do you feel your universe has expanded exponentially?
The truth is all you ever need already does exist within you. How is this so? Let’s start with the basics. You are the body that exists here and now, and your DNA holds all the information that makes you … well, you. From the moment that egg splits into two cells, everything about you, your entire physicality, was already determined and mapped out on that DNA. Two cells created a body, organs, bones, muscles, hair, eyelashes, fingernails and determined if you would have dimples or not.
When considering the spiritual you, again all you need exists within you. You are a Divine spark of the Creator. As such, you are you and you are God. God exists within you. You are connected to all that exists. Often people look outside themselves for love, validation, support and even companionship. The reality is when you are happy within yourself — when you truly love yourself and you are truly aware of your connection to God — you no longer look outside for these things. You understand they exist within you. It’s all there to love — the validation, support and even companionship.
When taking into account the world around you, the Law of Attraction tells you that you can create any experience you wish to. You can create anything from a relationship to a new car by simply applying feelings of gratitude, belief and intention to the process. The reality of this is true. I have great personal experience applying the Law of Attraction to various aspects of my life. I teach this. I have seen amazing things that my clients have manifested over the years. How is this explained? Simply by going back to the explanation of the spiritual you. You are a Divine spark of the Creator. You are Divine creation, as such you are a Divine Creator. You have the right to create the world around you. It is your birthright.
You deserve to live the life you desire.
If you don’t like what’s going on in your life, you can change it. Begin with your thoughts; your thoughts create your beliefs, your beliefs create your circumstances. Believe with your entire being that everything you need already exists within you.