When we talk about stress, or even better about chronic stress, we need to identify the root of the problem. Unfortunately, modern living has set us up for a chronic stress response even from our childhood.
It’s important to understand that when we’re talking about chronic stress, that this kind of stress, which I call the “chronic sensation of urgency “- its the “always on the go” lifestyle in this goal-driven society which often is simply a perception of urgency. It creates a negative stress that acts negatively at the psychological and physiological level of our existence.
This type of stress lowers our energy levels and from a biological point of view it affects our blood and its pH so promoting inflammation and dysfunctional health.
At the psychic level we become over stimulated - continuously triggering regions of our brain involved with anticipation, planning and worry.
This is how we become wired at the level of our nervous system for stress.
Chronic stress is a human invention. It occurs primarily among civilised people and domesticated animals (Talegon et el. 2011)
In the background of chronic stress our social life and “civilised behaviour” play a big role.
We live in society and we often have to deal with relationships even if we don’t accept them in the depth of our soul, we often have to be sit 40 hours per week in front of a desk to pay bills - we prevail our instinct - chronically all the times. Our learned behaviours dominate our existence with all of our forms of control.
We become less flexible in our social life and so less adaptable to our environmental demands; we lose our flexibility.
We are not able to shift even for an instant into a state of NOT DOING.
In the context of psychic stress, civilised behaviours in this goal-driven world play a big role leading consequently to dysfunctional breathing and all the related chronic conditions.
When we are stressed our breathe follows by leading to our inability to exhale fully. Respiration represents the first manifestation of a major, deeper, psychological and physiological disconnection.
Our inability to exhale and breathe efficiently seems to be a crucial factors on triggering and promoting many health conditions, which are often related with chronic low level of carbon dioxide. Do you need a word? Over-breathing.
Because carbon dioxide works in our body like a hormone, its alteration result in ion-pattern changes in the intra and extra cellular environment, consequently causing disintegration in our body function.
So now we can think about breathe work like a link between psychology and physiology. Like a tool to restore your inner milieu.
When it seems impossible to achieve a state of rest at the end of your day think about implementing some gentle, alternate activities in a position where you feel safe, you can move into a sitting or lying position for example.
Associate it with dynamic breathing practices; breathe through your nose and be focused on your exhalation for at least fifteen minutes. Put your intention on it.
Connecting again with your Respiro to reset your nervous system and come back into your body with a higher consciousness. I love to say that sometimes it becomes just a practice of abandon.
Regain your ability to breathe, reset your physiology and behaviour pattern stress response.