Over the last week I have been having a hell of time with my neck, shoulders and upper back. I have been to the chiropractor two times and for a massage and have had no relief. I was beginning to think that maybe I was eating something “bad”, but I had been checking everything, so I wasn’t sure what was going on. I was not going to get discourage and begin to think that I hadn’t found “my answer”.
I decided to ask the pendulum if I was eating something “bad” for me and it said “NO”. So I thought why not ask some other questions. I asked “Is stress causing my body to hurt?” and the pendulum indicated “YES”. That was the only thing I could think of that was wrong with me. Overall I feel great, no stomach pains, no body pains, so it had to be stress.
I found this fantastic article by Dr. Ester M. Sternberg, describing the role of stress on autoimmune diseases. She explained that cortisol, which is released from the adrenal glands in response to stress, is a potent anti-inflammatory hormone and is in response to inflammatory triggers.
Normally, cortisol keeps the immune system functioning properly by keeping the inflammatory response down, but when you have an autoimmune disease (AS) the cortisol cannot shut down or control the inflammation process when the body no longer needs it. What this means is the body’s inflammation process runs unrestrained without the cortisol’s “dampening” effect.
Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:
- Slowing your heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
Have fun and Peace Out! :0)