May 22, 2019

EP19: Stress 101 – What’s Really Happening When We’re Stressed?

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“Many entrepreneurs build businesses and find monetary success, yet they don’t feel happy and fulfilled.” – Malorie Nicole (1:53 -1:59)

“Hustle” mode is detrimental to your health and business. Stress is one of the most under-discussed topics among entrepreneurs.

When starting out, many people assume and accept that they’ll have to work long hours to get the business off the ground.

However, many entrepreneurs find themselves stuck in “hustle” mode years later, still working nights and weekends. Maybe they grow the business and experience financial success, yet they remain unfulfilled. Lack of fulfillment often leads entrepreneurs to push themselves even harder, resulting in long-term stress that negatively affects different parts of their lives.

“When feeling stressed, the body is basically telling itself that you’re out in the woods running from a bear, that you have no food, and that you’re in danger. The body doesn’t know that you just read an email from a client.” – Malorie Nicole (5:56 – 6:19)

Stress is connected to the body and mind. Our body is in a constant flow between our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. When operating properly, this gives us the rush of adrenaline when we need in the face of danger, and then helps the body calm down when the danger has subsided.

Constant stress impacts our body’s ability to oscillate between these two states. When the body is relaxed, the parasympathetic system is active. In this state, a cranial nerve called the vagus nerve carries messages from the brain to various parts of the body and facilitates many vital bodily functions.

The vagus nerve instructs the body what enzymes to produce, it regulates energy levels, and it communicates our rest and digestion status to the brain. When you’re stressed, worried, or fearful, the sympathetic nervous system takes over, putting you in a state commonly known as fight-or-flight.

The body assumes it is in danger and prepares for action by producing the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline elevates the heart rate and blood pressure, while cortisol curbs functions of the body that are not essential in a fight-or-flight situation, including the parasympathetic system.

The body can’t differentiate between the reasons responsible for the stress. So, an email from your client that you perceive negatively can cause your body to assume you’re in real danger and activate the sympathetic nervous system. Prolonged periods of stress have been linked to multiple health conditions such as decreased immune function, migraines, anxiety, and depression.

Helping your body to deescalate quickly is one of the best ways to avoid those health conditions and manage your stress effectively. Taking in deep breaths through the belly can help you reactivate the parasympathetic nervous system and restore a state of relaxation.

“Our circumstances don’t change, but the way that we perceive things allows us to change our behavior, and then we change our circumstance.” – Malorie Nicole (5:56 – 6:19)

Staying in a constant state of stress will wear your body and mind down, resulting in adverse health systems, and instability in your business and life. Learning to develop a positive outlook, clear mental blocks, and make the most of every situation can help foster longterm states of relaxation, and impact your health in a positive way.

Health begets health. Operating from this state will lead to long-term business success.

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