"Change will not come by conscious thought alone.
Change has to take place in the emotional memory."

Stress affects the mind, body and behavior in many ways and is an early indicator of that which needs to change.   When someone is out of their comfort zone on any level they trigger the release of stress hormones.

Stress is the result of our mind interpreting a situation as being a threat to our survival and the body produces hormones which activate the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. The function of this mechanism evolved in primitive man for use in short bursts when he was confronted with a real threat to his survival. Unfortunately, in modern times this mechanism is activated as a result of any emotional, physical, social or economic trigger with the result that some people are producing stress hormones constantly. When people experience high levels of stress for prolonged periods of time it will eventually impair physical and emotional health.

Repeated episodes of stress train the brain to prefer stress and that emotional set point is what leads to 80% of health problems. Recent research has shown that when a pregnant mother experiences certain types of stress regularly during the pregnancy, it conditions the development of the neural pathways of the unborn child to favour the production of high levels of stress hormones throughout their lives.


Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to reprogramme neural pathways that in turn allows for a change in behaviour.

Emotional memories are stored in the limbic system of the brain, which developed earlier in our evolution than the cognitive/rational brain. It stores memory  - both inherited and empirical – that is vital for our survival and determines our emotional behavior. When stressed the rational mind is overridden by the emotional reaction and that is why we often respond to situations inappropriately for no apparent reason.

For change to occur in our behaviour,  the neural pathways have to be reprogrammed on every level, not just on the cognitive level.  Only then can true transformation take place

Examples of everyday circumstances that could produce high levels of stress hormones

  • Feeling unsupported by partner, employer, colleagues or family
  • Financial insecurity
  • Job insecurity
  • Trying to juggle many daily tasks – work, family, and household demands
  • Not eating correctly – missing a meal, eating too much sugar or drinking too much alcohol
  • Noisy environment
  • Deadlines
  • Working long hours
  • Being too busy to get sufficient sleep, exercise, and relaxation

Examples of symptoms that could indicate that there is stress in your life.


  • Headaches
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • High Blood pressures
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Food intolerances
  • Increased perspiration
  • Sleep dysregulation
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Female hormone dysregulation



  • Anxiety or racing thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Low motivation
  • Overwhelmed by every day responsibilities
  • Needing to use alcohol, cigarettes, food or drugs to relax
  • Overeating or lack of appetite
  • Poor job performance
  • Reduced personal hygiene



  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Focusing on negative outcomes
  • Problem solving based on fear
  • Reduced ability to retain knowledge


All of the above are a sign that your body and mind are not in harmony and a sign that you need to change the way you are functioning. 


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