We all experience stress everyday. But what exactly is stress? We experience a situation as stressful because it is a perceived threat. Our amygdala (the primitive area of our brain) sends out hormones such as epinephrine to increase blood pressure and heart rate to prepare us to face and overcome it.
Energy allows us to do our daily activities. It allows our cells to operate in our muscles, bones and organs. At the cellular level, the area of the cell that creates energy is called the mitochondria. In the mitochondrion, energy is produced in the form of a substance called ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate).
Most people want some peace in their lives. However, we must train ourselves to use practices that allow us to be in a peaceful state of mind and body. What does that mean? I believe it first must include happiness and fulfillment in one’s personal and working life. We all hear about “mindset” and “mindfulness,” but how does one start developing the mindset needed to think and feel happy and fulfilled?
Have you ever tried to lose weight? Maintain an exercise regimen? Do anything that needs commitment? You start on the path and it feels good at first, but then it becomes tough to stick with it, and often easy to go back to our old routines. We consciously want to be healthy, but our subconscious self senses a danger when there is an alteration in behavior. We are comfortable in our usual routine. Our amygdala, which is a primitive area of the brain, warns us that we are outside of this comfort zone.
So how can we “re-train” and “teach” our sub-conscious not to signal us to danger? I have personally tried some techniques you may find useful.
The following is a list of simple, everyday things you can try:
This blog will be a series of informative and personal insights of my exploration in finding peaceful practices in order to improve the health of my patients. It led me to a field of medicine termed alternative or integrative. It uses standard medical practice in the treatment of patients, as well as supplements and techniques to not only treat disease but also improve one’s well-being. My goal is to improve the lives of my patients and all who read it.