Is Sabotaging You!
Why not all stress (and stress relief) is created equal.
Did you know that some stress is actually good for you? In the right amounts, stress can improve brain function, make you more creative, help you get fit, lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, and lots more.
It’s chronic stress—the “stress overload” you feel day in, day out—that’s silently but systematically sabotaging your success and limiting your access to abundance.
Here’s the thing, though. You’re smart. You try to stay ahead of your stress. You exercise, get your 7 hours, do deep breathing, yoga, meditation. You’ve even logged hours on the couch, trying to get to the “root” of your stress.
But still, the damaging effects of stress show up in your business, your life, your bank account. Even worse, stress saps your energy and takes over your brain, making it almost impossible to make sound decisions for your future.
So what gives? The Answer: Like stress, not all stress relief is created equal. Stress isn’t just in your head. Stress is also physical. (That’s proven science, by the way.)
Until stress is fully released, it stays lodged in your body, in your cells, running rampant, limiting your abilities, holding your potential to succeed hostage.
Still not sure? The brain-limiting effects of chronic stress are scientific fact.
Here’s How Stress Limits Your Success
(and your life, relationships, waistline and more) in 13 Steps
1. You think about something stressful—work, money, relationships, family, whatever’s bothering you.
2. Your amygdala (in your mid-brain) senses danger.
3. Your amygdala helps to initiate your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress.
4. In “fight or flight”, your body releases adrenaline and the “stress hormone” cortisol, diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food and absorb nutrients AND more likely to gain weight. This, by the way, is also BAD news for your brain, which needs a constant flow of glucose to function properly. Poor digestion leaves you at higher risk for poor decisions at work, in your business, and with your finances.
5. In this physiological “crisis mode,” you’re more vulnerable to pain—from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upset, and more. Yet another distraction depleting your energy and preventing you from making positive progress toward your dreams and goals!
6. In this state of heightened physiological “alert”, your brain’s creative center is deemed “nonessential” and shuts down. Down goes your problem solving, your creative skills, your intuition…and maybe also your bottom line.
7. You feel increasingly irritable, isolated and impatient. Your relationships, one of your biggest assets at work, in business (and life!), suffer.
8. Stress affects your sleep. Your energy, ability to problem solve, think on your feet, and be creative all take a nose dive. Plus, your metabolism also slows, which keeps your energy level low.
9. Your body secretes even more cortisol, wreaking more havoc on your brain’s ability to function effectively, and also your digestion (and waist line), increasing your blood pressure, lowering your immune response, making it all too easy to get sick.
10. After releasing too much cortisol for too long, your body goes into “adrenal fatigue.” You feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed. Your decision-making skills are at an all time low, and your growing feeling of hopelessness is making everything even worse.
11. You no longer have the energy to stick to your regular work schedule, or exercise, eat healthfully, practice meditation, yoga. This is when you make the poor decisions that haunt you for years to come. Plus, a host of health challenges—migraines, insomnia, stress-related hair loss, chronic pain, and any number of other issues—become regular fixtures in your life.
12. Battling low energy, you can hardly focus at work, and elsewhere. Your opportunities are at all all-time low, and to make things worse, your relationships suffer.
13. Your depression deepens. You (and your body) are STRESSED OUT. Your entire life begins to feel like an impossibly long obstacle course, but you’re too depleted on every level to find a new solution. The stress cycle continues.