Building Stress Resilience


STRESS is:


A threat to an organism’s homeostasis.


or...


A PERCEIVED threat to an organism’s homeostasis.


It's being out of BALANCE.


STRESS RESILIENCE is:


The capacity to RECOVER quickly.


Resilience implies recovering from something. When it comes to stress, the recovery is from the mental and physiologic response to a threat, or stressor.


What is the STRESS RESPONSE? An involuntary physiologic mechanism that involves many body systems, organs, neurotransmitters, and hormones. It is how the body prepares itself to deal with "danger" to ensure survival. The body systems that are used to fight or flee are turned on, and the body systems that are not essential for immediate survival are suppressed. For example, muscles need more blood flow to potentially flee the threat as quickly as possible, but the digestive, reproductive, and immune systems are suppressed because there is no need for those functions when fighting a threat. There is a singular focus: survival.

The fight-or-flight stress response is turned on by a potential threat. It is activated by the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Staying in that threat-activated state is no longer necessary once the threat has passed and the body returns back to a normal with activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), commonly referred to as the "rest and digest"state.


The return to balance is largely due to the PSNS. If resilience is the capacity to recover quickly, then stress resilience is essentially the capacity for healthy parasympathetic activation to bring the body back to balance after a the stress response has been activated by a threat.


How to Build Stress Resilience


Best Practice #1: GET ADEQUATE SUPPORT

This includes being properly resourced. If you build houses, but your boss won't give you a hammer, you'll find it difficult to accomplish your task. If you need to give a video presentation, you're going to need a camera.


Adequate resources can include:

  • Knowledge

  • Education and training

  • Tools and processes

  • Access to assistance when needed

Think of all the things that will make your task easier.


Support includes:

  • Self support

  • Social support

  • Peer support

  • Administrative support

  • Professional support


Best Practice #2: TAKE ACTION: EMPLOY EVIDENCE-BASED BALANCE STRATEGIES


This is the action part.

  1. Change perception with REFRAMING

  2. Create control using ROUTINES and RITUALS

  3. Use PARASYMPATHETIC (PSNS) ACTIVATING TECHNIQUES


Best Practice #3: REVIEW, REVISE, REPEAT


Make it as easy as possible


Now What?


Now that you have some knowledge about how to build better stress resilience, turn that knowledge into power and DO SOMETHING. Ask yourself:


"What can I DO? What is one thing that I can control that will make a difference in my life?"

If you are familiar with the Meducos Method, you’ll know that by taking just one small intention and through daily practice you can make enormous changes in your life.


Start small.

To make it easier for you to track your progress and to keep yourself accountable, you can download a Personal Intention Record from the Meducos Library at https://www.meducos.com/library where you’ll also find additional tools and information to help you on your path to achieving health.


Now that you have some knowledge, turn that knowledge into power to change your life and the lives of those around you. Sharing what you learn with others is an integral part of the learning process so now that you are on your way to making LIFESTYLE THE BEST MEDICINE in your life, go share what you’re learning with someone else and together we can #SpreadHealth.


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