What happens to us when we encounter a stressful event?
Have you ever overslept and had to rush in the morning when you have little time to get ready and you had to run to the tube or to catch the bus? You may have had to wait whilst you were constantly checking your watch and stressing that you will be late from work. Nevertheless, you get to work and in a couple of hours you have calmed down and never thought of what happened in the morning.
We experience stress daily. It is part of modern life and it is here to stay. The question is what happens when we encounter a stressful or even traumatic event?
Our brain has an inbuilt response to stress that helped us escape from immediate physical danger throughout our evolution. Now, this programmed response is not so helpful when it comes to dealing with modern-day stress, that is most often not physical, but it affects our emotions and the whole cognitive apparatus.
By definition, there are two types of stress, acute and chronic
The above example describes a situation that can cause short term or acute stress. This type of stress resolves fairly quickly and our body returns to stability or allostasis after the situation has resolved.
Then, there is the kind of stress that is repetitive, overwhelming, and therefore becomes toxic, such as a stressful job, financial difficulties or even the current pandemic and its consequences. This is when we feel we cannot take it anymore. It has long term effects on our physiology and our ability to manage our day-to-day tasks. This is particularly so if we do not seem to see our way out of the stressful situation. If chronic stress is not managed properly, we can become depressed, it can lead to fatigue, high blood pressure and even weight gain.
As an acupuncturist, I offer the wisdom of the Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture system which is particularly useful to treat stress, trauma, and emotional issues. This approach focuses on the emotional and spiritual distress of a person, carefully examining the underlying causes, identifying blocks or stagnation, and offering a gentle but powerful way by which we can nurse the system back to balance and strength. Chinese Medicine has always known that each organ of the body has and speaks its own thoughts and feelings and communicates with the other organs. Neuroscience and neuro-psycho-immunology since identified how neuropeptide messengers work, proving scientifically this millennia-old notion and once again the strength of acupuncture.
If you would like to enhance your innate capacity to become more balanced, and more equipped to deal with both short-term and long-term stress, then I would like to work with you. Please get in touch to discuss your unique situation.
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