Last week, I talked about Type Two stress. If you haven’t read last week’s blog yet, I encourage you to do so before reading this week’s. It will be much more understandable and flow more easily.
As I mentioned before, the optimal performance zone is the state of balance and effectiveness that people have the capacity to create when they deal successfully with their Type Two Stress.
While stress can lead to and/or aggravate a wide variety of diseases, medical research shows that practicing mind/body medicine (medicine that looks to both body and mind for the causes and the cures of illness) has a positive impact on:
- cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure,
- chronic pain,
- improves results both going into and after surgery,
- serves as an adjunct to cancer treatment (alleviating nausea due to chemotherapy),
- aids in the treatment of:
- dermatological disorders,
- irritable bowel syndrome,
- peptic ulcer,
- ringing in the ears,
- the breathing problems seen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
- slows the progression of HIV and AIDS,
- helps in post-stroke and post-heart rehabilitation,
- improves conception and pregnancy outcomes
Because we each have such a finely tuned stress response and can suffer the effects of Type Two stress, finding our optimal performance zone and lowering our fight-or-flight response enables us to reduce the wear and tear on our bodies, feel more in control and make better decisions. There are many proven stress management skills that, if practiced, teach you how to reduce or manage stress by breaking Type Two stress into manageable Type One stress increments thereby allowing you to live successfully in your optimal performance zone.
In this zone, you experience enough stress to feel challenged, excited and engaged with life without experiencing so much stress that you’re physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted or overwhelmed. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Actually, it’s surprisingly easy. All you need to do is break up the destructive, negative effects of Type Two stress into more manageable, short-term Type One experiences. As I previously mentioned, there are many proven stress management skills you can learn and I will be talking about the first one next week.
Next Tuesday (May 1st), I’ll be talking about “Breathing from your Belly” – the first stress management skill to learn.
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