We know that early stress and trauma imprinted on the developing person can alter the brain and have long-term effects across many domains- including physical, mental, and emotional development. Prolonged stress can lead to increased arousal, elevated stress hormones, and biochemical alterations of emotion regulation circuits. These can shadow the whole life.
Stress turns on our sympathetic nervous system, which is needed to place our body on high alert and a fast burn. The opposite is the parasympathetic nervous system which is needed for rest and the digestion. An imbalance within the system leads to negative symptoms on all bodies.
We need to reduce inflammation by addressing the imbalance of the parasympathetic to the sympathetic nervous system. There are many ways to reduce inflammation causing stress, depending on each individual’s situation. Try and pay attention to the following:
• Adjust your diet: include fresh fruits and vegetables, perform food sensitivity challenge, reduce sugar and processed foods
• Get enough sleep
• Pay attention to proper breathing, with relaxed shoulders, breathe into the diaphram
• Exercise, including yoga
• Avoid electronic devices, especially before sleep
Breathing exercises that can help reduce stress
• 4-7-8 breathing technique claims to help you nod off in just a minute, as
explained by Dr. Andrew Weil on youtube here
• Box breathing is used by Navy Seals to stay calm in stressful situations. You can check it out here.