With the state of emergency our community is in right now, we want to share a little insight on the topic of stress and immunity. As a Colorado Springs Chiropractor, we are seeing massive increase in stress due to the current events involving COVID-19.
Stress itself can be divided into 3 main forms.
Thoughts - or emotional stress
Toxins - or chemical stress - like processed foods, medication, and the environment
Trauma – or physical stress for example injuries like concussion, slip & falls, and car accidents.
In this blog (1/3) we will focus on just one out of the three different forms of stress – THOUGHTS, or emotional stress.
Due to the current pandemic, emotional stress like fear, anxiety, and panic is at an all time high. The changes in the economy due to the virus is affecting our families, businesses, income, and access to resources. Because of the uncertainty surrounding all of this it is easy to fall into a mindset of mental stress. However, it’s important to realize what chronic mental stress from fear or panic does to your bodys physiology.
Stress affects the body differently according to the time, intensity, and variations of the stress introduced to the body. Short term stress like being scared momentarily by something jumping out at you affects the body’s physiology far differently than long term or prolonged stress we’re seeing due to the virus.
What many of us don’t realize is that the human body’s chemistry and cellular make up LITERALLY changes from prolonged mental stress no different than it changes when we have an injury that leads to chronic pain. Living in constant stress and fear actually stimulates a biochemical change in your nervous system that ramps up the amount of inflammatory cells and stress hormones in the body.
When inflammation is not regulated in the body long term, it leaves you more susceptible for invaders like a virus to infiltrate and create more harm in the body.
In other words, living day to day in fear WILL change the normal balance of hormone and cellular functions which will continuously lower the ability for your natural immune system (innate and adaptive immunity) to be able defend and protect your health.
Dr. Bruce Lipton says “Thoughts Become Chemistry”.
Our Colorado Springs Chiropractors often teach patients that they literally are what they think…
The most important key to take away regarding mindset during these times is to NOT BE HELD DOWN BY WHAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL.
Instead of focusing your energy on the things you can’t control, redirect your energy on what you can control. That can start with simply shifting your mindset from fear and panic to gratitude, love, and peace. Among all the commotion and scarcity at the moment, many of us still have our families alive and well, we still have a roof over our head, and we still have access to food and water. Take time each day to take a few deep, long breathes and focus your thoughts on the positive things still in our lives.
Keep calm and realize this time will pass soon. A global pandemic is something we cannot control, but our thoughts, emotions and reaction to it is something we certainly can. Our Colorado Springs Chiropractors teach patients that by redirecting our mental focus from stress to emotions like gratitude and positivity - you can literally change your body’s chemical make up to help amplify and optimize your immune system during a time when it needs it most.
Remember, don’t be held down by what you can’t control. Chronic mental stress lowers the capacity of your immune system.
Take some deep abdominal breaths throughout the day, practice some meditation, focus on what you’re grateful for and your immune system will thank you for it!
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