Some people find it difficult to work with lower levels, which may seem odd since this is where all the good stuff is.  Some people feel that they have not been at a level 1 or zero in years!

If you have chronic stress it is possible that you don’t feel much or pay attention when the small stresses get resolved. Some people have very little vocabulary for the experience of low – no stress.

Being adapted to stress is a problem – feeling the lower level is the key to feeling the transition from level 3 -4 , and 4 – 5.

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Why take time to describe a wonderful experience?  When you have more of these experiences natural levels of Oxitocin increase and they stick in your memory for future reference.This is the baseline that you want to return to from the mid levels. When you have more of these experiences natural levels of Oxitocin increase and they stick in your memory for future reference.

Check in – At levels 1- 2 we don’t think so much about how we are dealing with little stresses.  We roll with them in flexible ways – it’s easy. When we are worried most of the time we become desensitized to the small experiences and oddly take them for granted when they occur.

SO with lower levels… STOP/WAIT, these are the foundation of being OK, Good enough, satisfied, alright …

Please use the check in to increase awareness and usefulness of these lower levels.

EXAMPLE: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

At age 34 years old Maria has a diagnosis of irritable bowel and migraine headaches. Sunday nights before beginning a hectic work week she has a poor appetite for dinner. Before using the program she passed off her loss of appetite as a result of eating and drinking with friends all weekend.  Now she realizes the loss of appetite is a level 3 stress cue: this is a low level biological stress indicator. It is the precursor to problems.

Sunday Bedtime check in: She figured out that she is already worried about Monday at her job, along with some fear that being sick makes her a ‘weak person’.  “I am a strong successful person – I can’t be chasing my symptoms while trying to work every day.  I need to pay attention at level 3 to get ahead of the build up.

Maria’s adaptation to stress had her ignoring all the little signs and looking for the big ones. Addressing the source of anxiety of her digestive problem was clear until she completed part 2.  She comes from a family who don’t talk about problems – “we just work harder”.  Of course I’m reacting this way – it makes sense with my biography!

Wow, what a recipe for endless stress instead of Stop/Wait and taking charge of the smaller signs.

Before the next check in answer some questions:

Am I avoiding or denying the little stress behaviors or biomarkers in my everyday experiences?

Am I using anything (alcohol, cigarettes, pot, over the counter medication, food) to cover up what I am feeling?

Am I waiting for the big reactions to occur?

Stay checked in on these.