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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Got Butterflies? Find out Why. Your Life. BAM Body and Mind.

What is Short-Term Stress?

Have you ever started a new school, argued with your best friend, or moved? Do you have to deal with the ups and downs of daily life — like homework or your parents’ expectations? Then you already know about stress. In fact, everyone experiences stress. Your body is pre-wired to deal with it — whether it is expected or not. This response is known as the stress response, or fight or flight.

The fight or flight response is as old as the hills. In fact, when people used to have to fight off wild animals to survive, fight or flight is what helped them do it. Today, different things cause stress (when was the last time you had to fend off a grizzly bear?), but we still go through fight or flight. It prepares us for quick action — which is why the feeling goes away once whatever was stressing you out passes! It can also happen when something major happens — like if you change schools or have a death in your family.

Everyone has weird feelings when they are stressed. Fight or flight can cause things like sweaty palms or a dry mouth when you are nervous, or knots in your stomach after an argument with someone. This is totally normal and means that your body is working exactly like it should. There are lots of signs of stress — common types are physical (butterflies in your stomach), emotional (feeling sad or worried), behavioral (you don’t feel like doing things), and mental (you can’t concentrate). Most physical signs of stress usually don’t last that long and can help you perform better, if you manage them right.

So, when you feel stress, what happens to make your body do the things it does? According to the experts, three glands “go into gear” and work together to help you cope with change or a stressful situation. Two are in your brain and are called the hypothalamus (hipe-o-thal-a-mus) and the pituitary (pi-to-i-tary) gland. The third, the adrenal (a-dree-nal) glands, are on top of your kidneys. The hypothalamus signals your pituitary gland that it is time to tell your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones called epinephrine (ep-in-efrin), norepinenphrine (nor-ep-in-efrin), and cortisol (cor-ti-sol). (To Read More Click Title Link To This Post)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Living from "The Heart" - a Path . . . a Goal . . . a Place

There Are No New Doors

that will lead out of the house of our

confinement. 60 years of PMA, depth psychology, and “motivational”

smorgasbord offerings have proven to be

the same door with different labels

that only lead to another room in the house. Every conflict, every

problem; every answer, every solution are all issues of the heart. The door of

the heart is the only door

that leads into the limitless world we were

designed to inhabit.

You Were Born to FLY . . . and you know it!

Everything in life is

a metaphor for the interior world of our hearts.

The mode of transportation

in “the world of the heart” is flying.

The door is a cocoon in our hearts

where we form “the wings” that will allow us to soar on the “wings of the

wind.”

The “Language of the Heart” is your native tongue;

it’s the language you

first learned; the language that

the Genius in you spoke fluently

until the

adults in your life slowly but surely trained you to forget maturing in the

“Language of the Heart” by diverting your attention to learning the

“Language of House.”



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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stress Basics

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, your body releases a burst of hormones to fuel your fight-or-flight response. When the threat is gone, your body returns to normal. Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.

That's why stress management is so important. Stress management gives you the tools to reset your alarm system. Without stress management, your body is always on red alert. Over time, that level of stress leads to serious health problems. Don't wait until then to combat stress. Start learning stress management techniques now. (To Learn More Click Title Of This Post)

Stress management - MayoClinic.com.