Parasympathetic response and stress?

How does the parasympathetic response effect stress?



That's a really good question!

In my years of being a stress coach, for me to be able to teach my clients some basic physiology of stress information has proven to be foundational for creating effective stress management strategies.

What's always interesting to me is that, for most, my clients were aware of the stress response, but not aware of how it actually gets triggered.

It is in the learning how it is getting triggered is the key for them to find the stress management strategies that feel like they will be most effective for them and their lives.

That's huge!

So, to answer your question...there is the sympathetic nervous system, or the stress response. And, then there is the parasympathetic nervous system, or the relaxation response.

These two systems are part of the autonomic nervous system, and during the normal situations of your life, those two systems fluctuate back and forth many times throughout the day.

Here's the key: You can only function in one or the other. You can't function in the stress response and the parasympathetic relaxation response at the same time.

It's one of the other.

The body was designed to function optimally when in a state of balance. So, it's important for the body to spend a balanced amount of time functioning out of the relaxation response.

When that doesn't happen that is when chronic stress develops.

There are some very effective and simple strategies for how to create more balance, or to activate the parasympathetic relaxation response more often. This is true even while you are in the midst of living their stressful lives.

Great question. Thank you for asking it.
Cathi

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