Day 1  and 2 are an education in your Personal Biology- The Experience of your embodied self is full of useful cues for detecting stress. Life is wonderful without stress… Your body is comfortable and flexible, behaviors are productive and self-directed, thoughts are relevant and emotions feel light and natural at levels 0 – 2.

All we want when we experience chronic Stress ( the loop of levels  4-5-6-) or anxiety (levels 7 – 10) is to know that we can resolve it.  Your body is reacting to levels of hormones sent out by your brain to try to cope with stress.

You may have experienced unresolved stress for so long that you are adapted to coping in certain ways with specific behaviors.  You may not even know what is causing stress, let alone what to do to resolve it.   You are simply used to. This is adaptive behavior, which can be good until it is too strong like the boiling frog seconds before the end. Frogs live in warm water that often gets hot.

Finding a way to be more sensitive to smaller changes is a preventive tool.  With training you will become more sensitive at level 4 and able to predict and prevent the usual stress/ anxiety process.

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Even small stresses – the positive kind – have a physical response – that tingle of excitement down your spine when you are getting ready for a party or, hear your favorite song, the small increase in appetite when you finish exercise.

Stress is personal and quirky – You have different reactions than I do but the stress scale is designed to match the hormonal mix at each level and your very individual reactions.   It is happening anyway so you might as well become the expert on yourself and step in to work with it.

Check ins are the way to do this so that you can get actively involved in dealing with what is happening. The example below is a bad day of frustration building into level 6.

Morning:  Level 4   feel tired, rushed, skipped the shower, no food, and no gym.

Mid Day: Level 5  Hurry through work, no lunch,  shoulder hurts, angry at partner.

Afternoon: Level 6.  Hungry, unhappy and overwhelmed, called/ texted/ messaged too many people. Cortisol levels have risen and if you continue this pattern you could end up with a panic attack or a few days of feeling depressed.

Before Bed: Level 3, Worried, can’t relax, feel alone.  Negative thinking, feel like a failure but want to keep trying.

These cues can create clarity if you get serious about how to resolve the current experience  in each check in- the first tool is to step into the experience create simple quick resolutions: GET PHYSICAL…hot shower, eat food, music,  no alcohol, wash face, know you will keep trying.

Identifying  Biology on the Stress Scale: Hunger signal – Behavioral decisions based on lack of motivation and energy.

CHECK IN = STOP/WAIT get physical and go for practical simple solutions like drinking water, stretching, water on your face, going to sleep, eating something normal to eat.

 

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At least I can track this and put in a stop sign

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