Stress-Less Techniques

There is no doubt that physiological responses are activated when we either imagine or perceive a threat and what is important is that it all starts with our thoughts.

When we believe we are in danger, our fight / fight response centre is activated which in turn activates the adrenals and our body is flooded with Adrenalin and Cortisol which allow us to have the energy and strength to flee or fight. You’ve heard of mothers lifting cars when baby is in danger … haven’t you? Same thing, we get the strength to do almost super-human things. Although we get that surge of energy, the downside is that your


  • Heart rate is increases which puts huge amounts of pressure on the heart
  • Immune system is suppressed which makes you susceptible to viruses/bacteria
  • Organs and blood vessel linings become inflamed
  • Stomach acid increases which could cause ulcers and perforation
  • Digestive system becomes inefficient
  • Your body stores fat and nutrients are not absorbed efficiently
  • Musculoskeletal system degenerate more easily – welcome to our physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths
  • Aging sets in

The issue isn’t that we have this surge of Adrenalin and Cortisol, it is that once we are safe again, we very seldolmly take time to relax. When you relax the Adrenalin and Cortisol are released, reversing the abovementioned detrimental effects.

So what can you do to help your body and your mind

  • Find 20 mins a day to relax – doing NOTHING just for 20 minutes
  • Drink water – it helps to flush the stress hormones and supports your bodily functions
  • Breathe – take 2-3 nice deep belly breaths at least every hour. Deep breathing reminds your body to move away from fight/flight response
  • Stand up and stretch – stretch upwards towards the ceiling arms up and out and all the way down to the floor – only as far as you feel comfortable and avoid overdoing it
  • Exercise at least 10 -15 mins a day – a brisk walk, dance, run, jump
  • Laugh – you can find something to laugh at every day
  • Check what you are thinking and adjust them so that they are supportive of what you want rather than what you don’t want
  • Daydream … imagine your goal as reality – see it, feel it, hear it, smell it and taste it
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