Our early ancestors faced very real hazards on a daily basis resulting in the development of the stress responses to enable our survival against predators and aggressors. We are hard wired to respond to perceived threats by secreting the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
In reality, we rarely face-life threatening situations, but we still have the in-built automatic response which activates when our minds perceive we are in danger, regardless of whether the threat is ‘real’. In Exeter and Bovey Tracey, I often see clients who are exhibiting the stress response as a result of a heavy workload, financial pressures or relationship issues.
We’re not that far removed from cavemen and even though a company restructure, divorce or exams are not life threatening, they are the kind of situations that will cause stress. When we’re under threat, we secrete adrenaline and cortisol, which have a profound effect on our bodies. Adrenaline increases our heart rate and raises our blood pressure. Cortisol increases sugar levels in our blood, it also supresses the functioning of internal systems, such as our immune response, digestion and reproductive system. Our moods are also affected, impacting on motivation and generating fear.
Prolonged stress can effect our short-term memory. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Iowa found a link between high levels of cortisol and the gradual loss of synapses in the part of the brain that processes short-term memory loss as we age. There are a variety of stress related conditions, including anxiety, digestive problems, high blood pressure, sleep problems, weight gain, concentration problems and decision making impairment.
I can help with lowering stress levels, helping you to relax, giving your mind and body respite from the hormonal onslaught. Then, by using solution focused therapy techniques enable you to respond to the situation in a more constructive way.
For more information about the University of Iowa study follow this link://blog.naturaltherapyfor all.com/2014/06/23/prolonged-stresscausesmemoryloss.