When you are stressed your body releases cortisol and adrenaline.
These hormones give us the energy in fight or flight situations, to get us out of trouble. We need them when we are in danger, (think cavemen escaping a sabre-toothed tiger!).
However, in today’s society of keeping on the go, work deadlines and competitors, our bodies often keep producing these hormones into the body, especially if we don’t take the time to relax and repair. As the 37.2 trillion cells (you can thank Alexa for that statistic!) in our bodies are bombarded by these hormones they become used to receiving them and keep in a state of alert, which lowers our feel-good energetic levels.
When your body’s cell receptors are on the lookout for cortisol and adrenaline the body doesn’t produce as much serotonin, which is the ‘feel-good’ hormone. This can cause low energy, negative emotions, depression and anger. It can put a strain on relationships and make you shout at your kids. In extreme cases, your body forgets how it is to feel happy, and you end up in a downward spiral, with situations compounding each other until it seems like there is only darkness. At this point, you can’t see a way that life can be better. Everything seems to be a struggle and you can feel lost, not knowing which way to turn.
So, does stress stop you from manifesting?
The answer is no. However, it will stop you from manifesting what you long for in your life. We manifest every single day, and we don’t even realise that we are doing it. If you keep doing the same things in your life, keep living through the stress, then you are manifesting the same life that is causing you such distress.
To manifest the life that you dream of, when no-one is around, the life that makes you cry when you think that you don’t or can’t have it, you need to be in that ‘feel-good’ space and that space might appear to be a million miles away from where you are right now.
So, how do you get from where you are right now, to where you long to be?
The answer is ‘be happy’.
And yes, I know that it is easy for me to say that, but when you are facing a reality that pains you that simple request may appear impossible. But, every day is a new chance for you to make different choices. You can’t go from novice to expert overnight, but if you never start on that path of learning, and implement baby step strategies you will always stay a novice.
Start by taking the time to allow your body to repair.
One way of doing this is meditating, and being present in this moment in time. Meditation doesn’t have to be an hour-long session filled with gentle music and scented candles, it can be 5 minutes while you are sat on the toilet or in the car.
If you are sat down (safely) close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths to calm the body. Then focus on your body’s ability to effortlessly breathe. Feel your breath entering and leaving your body, acknowledge your chest and belly rising and falling. Don’t think about what you have to do after this, these thoughts can wait for 5 minutes. After all, you can’t write that email while you are sat on the toilet anyway!
If you are driving in the car, instead of shouting at the other drivers, smile at them. Remember that shouting at someone else isn’t going to get you to your destination any sooner. If you are at traffic lights pay attention to the flowers at the side of the road, see how the flourish without battling with each other. Play some music and sing along, running through your upcoming business meeting in your head is not necessary right now. You don’t control the outcome, so why waste your time worrying about what may or may not come to pass?
When your mind feels relaxed, it can switch on the serotonin in your body which creates a feeling of peace and calm.
If your body isn’t fighting that imaginary sabre-toothed tiger all the time, it has the chance to repair and heal. The serotonin in your body will make you feel good and when you feel good you feel happy, and when you are happy you make better decisions, speak to people better, become more productive with the absence of fear, collaborate more easily, let go of competition, clear brain fog and tap into your positive emotions.
You might even find that you end up having more time! Your increased productivity means that you get things done quicker and more effectively, leaving you spare time to do something for yourself. Enjoy your latte rather than drinking it without tasting it. Enjoy an extra few moments to lounge in the bath, or go for a walk if the weather is good.
What would you do with extra time in your day that you could dedicate it just to you?