- Are you feeling trapped, anxious or depressed in one or more areas of your life?
- Would you like to feel more present and grounded and feel less sensitive and reactive?
- Do you have pain, trauma or hurts from the past that you are ready to let go of?
- Are areas of your life feeling like an escalating battle or struggle?
The Connection Between Stress & Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are inextricably connected as feeling anxious involves the stress response in the mind and body. Stress relates to any change that requires demands and effort. Stress can be positive “eustress” or negative “distress” and two important components in evaluating stress is appraising the threat and whether we have the resources to manage the threat.
Once a stress response is ignited in the body, this involves the fight or flight reflex, which mobilises the mind and body to respond to threat, in the same way as someone who feels anxious: disproportionate worry, nervous tension, hyper-vigilance & paranoia in order to manage perceived threats.
Consideration of a person’s stage of stress with their mental health is essential to returning to wellness faster & creating strategies and changes that address long term resolution and consistent and permanent changes in how they feel about themselves, others and the world.
Using Kinesiology, we can support you to understand why you feel the way you do & support you to create permanent changes over & above “managing” stress or distress or avoiding triggers of your distress.
How Stress Patterns Impact Your Mental Health
Your mind and body is an amazing feedback system that gives you information about your blind spots & stress in your life, if you listen. Life is full of different cycles, challenges and changes and if we didn’t know how to listen to & decipher our anxiety and emotions to navigate our changes and challenges, we would be truly be lost.
Feeling nervous or anxious is significant and meaningful and is information to help guide you to greater and greater levels of balance & alignment.
Different emotions have different significance & different thoughts, feelings and behaviours have the potential to effect the body and mind in specific ways.
When you are out of balance you are consciously and unconsciously anxious about seeking external conditions or feelings (to feel or not feel a particular way) and at the same time you are avoiding “threats” or inner feelings (to feel or not feel a particular way).
This state of being leaves little room for joy, love & connection & creating new possibilities & adventures in your life.
Kinesiology to Balance The Nervous System & Stress Response
Kinesiology balances the nervous system so that the flight fight reflex is not over-active to threats about self, others or the world, whether this is in relation to the past, present or future. Using muscle monitoring, Kinesiology also enables access to stress which is unconscious or outside of your awareness, which depending on your stage of stress and your history, what is unconscious could be running most of your behaviour or habits.
With each balance, this enables more and more of your inner resources to be available in the present, so that you can also have the will power and energy to meet existing and new demands, solve your problems and reduce the likelihood that you will automatically go into overwhelm or despair.
Freeing up more and more energy and resources within, allows your body and mind to activate its own innate healing ability also, which is not available when you are in a state of exhaustion or depletion.
Kinesiology to Balance Conscious and Unconscious Stress
The effectiveness of finding clarity about what is the underlying stress underneath why you feel the way you do can sometimes be limited if you are relying on self-report, talking & what you are conscious of.
In addition, when you then moving to wishing to dissolve the stress (not just describe it), simply talking or reflecting on it, may have limited effectiveness and Kinesiology has many tools and techniques to support dissolve the identified stress so you no longer need to “manage” the distress or avoid it’s triggers (i.e., predict and control the environment in new ways).
If your stress management only involves “rest”, avoiding stress or avoiding triggers of stress, you will be increasingly limiting your world and “comfort zone” this is extremely disempowering and doesn’t solve the underlying issues.
Since you can only compensate for avoided, ignored or repressed distress for so long, this will eventually be exposed & you might see interference in areas such as health, relationships, career, finances, fertility & energy levels. Once you enter a depleted or exhausted stage of stress, any repressed Mental Health concerns, may surface as you no longer have the resources to compensate.
How We Can Help You Let Go Of Stress, Anxiety & Stagnation
When we are anxious or have a lot of repressed stress, whether we are aware of this or not, this can effect all areas of our health and all areas of our life.
When we are anxious, this can show up mentally as
- Disproportionate appraisals of fear or threat
- Irritability and tension in communications
- Overly sensitive or reactive to others, people or events
- Being overly competitive
- Withdrawing and being anti-social
In the body, anxiety can show up as:
- Rapid heart-beat and breathing
- Digestion concerns – bloating, reflux & constipation (or other signs of dryness)
- Pain & headaches
- Organ or gland dysfunction (e.g., adrenals, thyroid, liver & pancreas)
- Poor immune function
- Fatigue or hyperactivity
- Decreased sex drive
- Blood sugar dys-regulation
- Dys-regulated appetite
- Relaxed bladder and loose bowels
If you need support through temporary distress or anxiety, or for lifelong mental health concerns, please book in your appointment today or head over to the Book Now Tab.
Including Kinesiology for Anxiety, Depression, Sadness, Confidence, Fear, Grief, Anger, Guilt, Regret, Relationship Fears & Stress, Crisis, Trauma, Bullying, Parenting, Parents, Life Changes, Relocating, Poor Concentration, Combating every day Stresses (e.g., Love, Relationships, Work, Study); and Performance (Career, Study & Creative: Focus, Productivity, Motivation, Entrepreneurs, High Achievers).
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