Cool Head, Healthy Immune System
Everyone agrees that the continuous long-term stress we are experiencing due to the Coronavirus outbreak has many negative effects on our life, including
· Fear and worry about health and the health of loved ones
· Changes in sleep or eating patterns
· Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
· Worsening of chronic health problems
· Worsening of mental health conditions
· Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs .
During the middle ages, Bubonic plague also known as “the black death” was pandemic across Europe, Africa, and Asia. In France, the main caretakers for the sick people were nuns and mentally disabled persons were employed to carry away and bury the dead. They were heavily exposed to this disease due to this work. They did contract the plague and were symptomatic, but their survival rate was much higher than other groups of infected people. Why? One reason put forward is that they lacked a heightened stress response when they got sick. The nuns had an undefeatable faith that did not leave much room for fear and the mentally disabled were likely ignorant of the threat.
It is true that as we are given an adverse diagnosis, we can become “scared to death”. When we experience anxiety, fear, anger, or stress, precious energy leaves our body. Energy and resources that could be used by our immune system to help regain strength and health.
There are internal neurological and physiological reactions to prolonged stress and are characterized by three stages
1. Alarm, a flight-or-flight response that raises hormones that increase physical responsiveness and metabolism for immediate energy to fight off the threat
2. Resistance, a continued state of arousal that may upset homeostasis and harm internal organs leaving the organism vulnerable to disease
3. Exhaustion, after prolonged resistance the body’s reserves are depleted and breakdown occurs. Diseases such as headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular and kidney diseases are associated with Stress Exhaustion phase.
It is clear that we need to eliminate anything that is a chronic stressor to stay healthy. It is especially important to stay healthy when COVID-19 supplies a heightened challenge to our bodies.
Of course, “our elders and people with pre-existing conditions are more at risk”. However, just hearing that phrase over and over again, on the news and repeated in our conversations, is creating an even higher stress condition. Panic is at the ready when they get symptomatic or get diagnosed. This strongly impacts their ability to heal and recover! We don’t even have to be in that group to be freaking out these days.
How can we reduce our stress? What can we do to keep our immune system at its full power when we need it to fight off the novel viruses?
Release the stress. Not through coping with the stress! But by releasing the stress through eliminating the emotions and feelings that underlay the stress and keep it in place.
What does that mean? It is right and true to be concerned and take precautions and preventions to not catch the virus, if at all possible. That’s a sane and normal response. It’s not an emotional reaction. Precaution alone is not stressful. Not any more than brushing your teeth is stressful when you pull out your toothbrush to prevent tooth decay, and eventual dentures.
Any “stress” (fear, paranoia, anxiety, threat, conspiracy, etc.) that we feel about the virus, the social restrictions, or the behaviors of others is about an emotion that is driven by the circumstances.
New understandings in neuroscience show us that emotions are created by the subconscious when it perceives a connection between current situations and past traumas that were unprocessed. The unprocessed emotion is lodged in the body as a sensory pathway. The connection between current and past can be vague, but the subconscious tries to prepare us to meet the challenge with an emotional response. The emotional response is to light up the embedded sensory pathway, creating a pattern of physical sensations that is interpreted by the brain as emotion.
Most of the time the emotional response is not in sync with the person’s reality. The vast majority of the time, its prediction is wrong. There may be something to pay attention to, but no tiger is charging out of the woods.
If we were to reset the subconscious link between the situation and past trauma, the triggering event would not happen. There would be no emotion clouding our response and there would be no cascading stress response to injury our immune system, which we need so desperately right now.
It turns out that the Emotional Resolution method does just that. It uses the current event stimulus to eliminate the buried emotional component and crushes the stress reaction. It resets the subconscious—no more trigger. No more dampening pressure on the immune system.
An Emotional Resolution, EmRes, session is like having a calm conversation with a friend. The EmRes professional guides without triggering past trauma or flashbacks, without knowing personal detail or history. The results are permanent.
Are you ready to strengthen your immune system by resolving your emotions?
1. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html 2. Stress, https://www.csun.edu/~vcpsy00h/students/stress.htm
Sue Siebens is an intuitive holistic healer based in Dallas, Texas. In her practice, she uses techniques that work at a fundamental level, where the roots of the illness, fear and pain can be accessed and resolved. Sue teaches and blogs to broadcast and raise awareness about these new technologies, so that as many people as possible can find relief and peace in their life.