Our fast-paced, intense way of life means that stressful events bombard us from all directions.  Our stress response evolved to protect us in situations involving the "fight or flight" response to sudden danger.  Our ancestors needed the adrenaline spike of fear to help them keep from being eaten.  We even benefit today by our quick reflexes, like when we instantly step out of the way of an oncoming vehicle.

Common stressors include getting bills paid on time, meeting work deadlines, resolving family conflicts, and keeping your word about commitments.  Constant stress requires our bodies to constantly respond.  This continuous response rate quickly depletes our bodies and can lead to serious health problems such as depression, anxiousness, sleep difficulties, and weight gain. When the body has been constantly “switched on,” it never gets the rest it needs.  Lack of rest can lead to changes in the levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.  Neurotransmitters can be measured, and that data can assist your practitioner in recommending the best program for you.

Children experience stress in ways similar to adults.  They experience stress through interactions with peers, siblings or teachers.  It is important to watch for signs, which can manifest through periodic obstinate behavior, low self-esteem, frequent crying, difficulty remembering things, whining, and complaining.  Often this stress and low self-esteem are launched in the classroom. 

If we allow stress to control us, our bodies will eventually pay the price. Each time we think of the stressor and get an adrenaline rush, we feel nervous inside. If we don't take action to control the problem or the stress, we begin to notice additional side effects. Many people notice that their ears start feeling a little strange or develop a buzz.  This buzz is caused by increased blood flow, a side effect of the adrenaline rush.  Adrenaline is the chemical which allows us to react to stress.  It is a hormone, yet it can also act as a neurotransmitter to give us energy on a daily basis.  When the brain is oxygen-deprived, the stressed person experiences a multitude of problems, ranging from lack of focus, headaches, and chemical imbalances which can then cascade into an additional list of problems.  One worrisome side effect of stress is the production of excess cortisol.  Excess cortisol, although produced by your own body, is a threat to your health as it can cause blocked coronary arteries. Without intervention, excess cortisol results in high blood pressure, heart attack, and increased fat around the waist and hips.

The BrainTek Approach to Stress

When you arrive at the center, you will work with a doctor, therapist, coach or state-licensed teacher certified in the BrainTek Behavioral Relationship Entrainment Method.  You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which helps your entrainment professional understand your symptoms and identify solutions. Entrainment results in the brain's changing its habitual reaction pattern.  You will be seated in a comfortable recliner and receive a set of headphones.  You will hear a series of relaxing sounds -- beeps, tones and notes.  With certain of the therapies, you may also enjoy computerized interaction.  These sounds help reset your current state to one that's more desirable for handling stress.  

You will learn:

  • How to offset stress, worry, and tension

  • How to wind down and prepare the brain for sleep

  • How to take power naps for daytime refreshment

  • Which foods promote relaxation, and which foods keep your brain and body aroused 

  • Which hours are most important for your sleep

  • How your body clock functions, and how to make adjustments

Schedule your appointment today by calling BrainTek:  858-222-9138

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