- Do you feel like you’re going 1,000,000 miles an hour in first gear?
- Do you get panic attacks or experience frequent anxiety?
- Do you have an intense fear or phobia that paralyzes you and keeps you from doing the things you want or need to do?
You know that feeling where your heart pounds, muscles tense, and breathing becomes difficult. You feel your gut in a knot or feel like you’re having a heart attack. You just feel overwhelmed with life.
Stress constricts the flow of blood and oxygen to our muscles and brain causing headaches as well as all of the above symptoms impairing our natural ability to heal. It can cause mood swings, impatience, and anger. This can cause a strain on our relationships with those we love, not to mention affecting healthy feelings of self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-acceptance. In the most severe form, stress can simply be terrifying, making you feel completely out of control.
Under stress we tend to focus on what’s wrong instead of solutions. By focusing on and thinking in the direction of our problems our subconscious acts out and strives toward more of the same, keeping us in an unhealthy cycle.