[Please Note: This clip contains some background noises as it was recorded while on a trip to the beautiful Linton Falls in West Yorkshire] Stress is an adaptive response of the body to a perceived threat. Your stress response (fight-flight-freeze response) is an attempt of the nervous system to enhance your chances of survival. Although the neuro-physiological mechanism of your stress response is largely automatic, humans have an enduring capacity to mediate and influence the autonomic stress response through the power of mindful awareness and relaxation-based activities. You can learn to manually interrupt your fight/flight cycle by initiating a neurophysiological state that supports healing, growth, repair and restoration.
In this clip, I look at the subject of stress-relief from the perspective of The Polyvagal Theory. I also share some important stress-relieving concepts such as neuroception (a subconscious system for detecting threats) and interoception to facilitate your stress and anxiety relieving effort or those of your clients.