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Chapter 1. Understanding Stress > Our “System” Under Stress

Our “System” Under Stress

We believe that it is possible to live in stressful situations over a relatively long period of time if we can find ways to manage the stress. The diagram below suggests what happens as our system responds biochemically when we are under stress. We have all heard stories of people being able to “lift pianos” and do other wonderful and amazing feats under conditions of a house fire, automobile accident, etc.

While that “high-voltage” charge of chemicals in our system makes it possible for us to do incredible things, it also can be a kind of poison in our system if conditions stay at a peak indefinitely. Our task is to find a way, preferably something we can do daily, to restore our normal hormone balance. Finding our own best way to bring the stress level down, on a regular basis, is both a challenge and a discipline. We should also note that if we do not find that systematic way of bringing our stress level down to “normal,” the tendency is for our system to simply adjust to being at the “high-voltage” level, which then becomes destructive to both our physical and emotional systems.


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