Your thoughts and perception create the environment of the brain and vice versa. It’s the chicken and egg conundrum–is the thought the signal for the strss response, or is the brain chemistry the signal for the thought? No matter which comes first, stress is insidious. Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz does an amazing job of succinctly summarizing this detrimental process in her book The New Feminine Brain (140).
1. Norepinephrine is released in the brain stem.
2. Stress releases too much cortisol.
3. Cortisol increases cytokine and inflammation.
4. Inflammation initiates chronic fatigue
5. Mood neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and serotonin are eaten up. Homocycteine levels rise. Pain increases and sleep is interrupted.
6. Self-medication by eating more carbs.
7. Cholesterol raises
8. Hyperinsulinism and hypertension develop.
9. Inflammation increases and causes excessive free radicals.
What one thing will you do differently today to manage your stress and thoughts better?
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear. Lisa is a neuroplastician running a private healing and psychic practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders, and she is a faculty member of Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center, and the Law Enforcement Survival Institute.
Lisa began her meditation practice at age 12. Hit by lightning at age 15, and clinically dead on multiple occasions, Lisa uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation. Lisa studied Ascension training for four years with Ishaya monks. She completed four years of psychic awareness training, applying the tools of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, and is trained in Autogenic Hypnosis. Lisa is the Founder of the Trance Personnel Consulting Group and Ripple Effect, LLC. She has created and facilitated leadership trainings for executive teams in Fortune 500 companies, the Colorado Department of Health Care and worked individually with international management. She has created and facilitated Emotional Survival programs for Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies and peer counsel groups. Lisa writes for the Elephant Journal and CopsAlive. Additionally, Lisa’s services are sought on a national level by individuals in law enforcement looking to find a new way to navigate through their stress patterns. Lisa is a public speaker, and has addressed audiences ranging from corporate leaders to FBI and Secret Service. Lisa is a member of the National Center for Crisis Management and ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association). Her mission to share practical and powerful stress management techniques to those in need caused Lisa to develop her Neurosculpting® programs combining neuroscience principles with mindfulness and energetic modalities.