A few weeks ago, one of my clients said that while he was on vacation he slept great. It wasn’t the most comfortable of beds that he was sleeping in, but he slept great which was unusual for him. But, when he came home, he was uncomfortable again.
Today, a girl was in who went in to work today. She said that she felt nice and relaxed in her neck, where she carries her stress, all week until today. She mentioned that even though it was relaxed at work because the boss wasn’t in, she still tensed up.
Both wanted to know why this happens.
Whenever we learn new skills, we are forging new pathways in our nerve systems. Think about when you learned to tie your shoes. Each movement was difficult. You worked delicately and with a great deal of thought to maneuver the laces into place to get a good knot. But you don’ have to do that today. You just reach down and tie them while you are probably thinking of the trip to the store that is coming up, or whatever.
Think about when you learned how to drive. You were so cautious: steering the car, placing your feet, watching traffic. You probably didn’t have the radio on so you could concentrate. Not now! I once saw a girl driving down Madison Avenue talking on the phone while she put on her eye makeup. Please don’t think I advocate that, but the point is that once we learn a new skill, the neural pathways are established that we can perform the task with very little thought process.
And so it is with stress. Having stress is a learned response. Our bodies react to stress, not initially as a bad thing, but as a survival mechanism. If we are in danger, we have a stress response that is meant to get us out of danger. Stress is supposed to help us survive in a dangerous world. But what is stressful for one person is not for another. I get very stressed standing on top of a ladder, when others love it. So stress is a learned response. And, like all things learned, neural pathways are created that cause our bodies to respond to stress without us giving it much thought.
So when we go on vacation, we are away from our daily stress creators. But when we come back, we get back into our routines and the nerve system says, “Oh this is what causes us stress” and it responds accordingly. Same thing can be said about going into the work place even if the main cause of stress may be absent. It’s just a habit pattern!
One of the benefits of Network care coupled with the Emotional Release work we do is to change the way the nerve system perceives the world. We can create new pathways so that you don’t automatically respond to stress as you used to. This keeps you more centered and better able deal with life and its stresses more constructively. This, then, enables you live, work, and play with greater health!