Defined as “Emotional, psychological, physiological pressure or tension,” stress can, when not treated, eventually cause: Accelerated aging; Brain cell death; Impaired memory and learning; Decreased bone density/osteoporosis; Reduced muscle mass; Reduced skin growth and regeneration; Impaired immune function; Increased blood sugar, and increased fat accumulation around the waist and hips. Traditional techniques often incorporated relaxation, and sometimes, cognitive restructuring techniques.
New technology, and more effective techniques, are utilizing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training, as well as some traditional approaches, to bring about more effective emotional regulation, rather than simply “relaxation.” Sometimes stress is “positive” (eustress), such as skydiving or winning the lottery. Sometimes it is “negative,” (distress), when heartache or uncontrollable circumstances befall us. Either way, it can take it’s toll, and incorporating “Skills, rather than pills,” can take some work, but the end result is sustainable lifestyle change that is well worth the effort.
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