Does a Boiling Frog Have Anything to Do With Your Chronic Illness?

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“The classic definition of stress is ‘any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it’. Your body’s natural stress response can have a significant impact on your immune function, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, hormonal balance, and much more.” – Dr. Mercola, Imaging Technology Finally Reveals How Emotions Manifest in Your Body

 

Unfortunately, if we approach stress as a passive ailment that recedes with time, we will only continue to suffer. Just because you feel “over” an emotionally stressful event doesn’t mean that you are truly done healing. These wounds affect you at a cellular level and can significantly impact how you live your life on a daily basis.

 

The truth is that the mind-body connection is incredibly powerful, stronger than most people believe. The mind and body play off each other in harmony or in chaos. The stresses you experience mentally embed themselves into your body, and it takes an active effort to fully recover emotionally and physically.

 

Emotional Wounds Featuring the Boiling Frog

 

Let’s first start by talking about a psychological phenomenon called “Boiling Frog Syndrome”. This syndrome likens human stress levels to a frog in a vat of water. If the frog is placed in a vat of water that is already boiling, it will immediately react and jump out.

 

However…

 

If the frog is placed in a vat of cool water that is gradually brought to a boil, it will be boiled alive.

 

This syndrome makes a perfect analogy for human stresses that come from emotional wounds. A sudden stressful event like the loss of a loved one is a single circumstantial event we can associate with a sudden change in mood, much like the frog quickly jumping out of the vat of boiling water.

 

When we look at the second situation where the frog is put in a gradually boiling vat, we see something many of us can relate to. The gradual change in water temperature is representative of all the small stressors that are almost imperceptible on their own.

 

 

The gradually boiling water is very dangerous because we don’t notice all these stressors adding up and affecting our physical and mental health until serious symptoms arise. Whether your job isn’t giving you the same fulfillment it did when you first started, or your relationship is slowly becoming more distanced—you can’t “go back” and mark a specific time and date when things got bad.

 

 

Suddenly, you just feel sick.

 

 

These events, each and every one of them, are still causing emotional wounds at a cellular level. If we aren’t extremely vigilant in taking care of ourselves emotionally, each low-level emotional stressor adds up to cause a significant amount of long-term stress and worry.

 

But, fortunately, by taking care of ourselves with the following methods geared towards cellular memory healing, we can start to position ourselves to not only recover from previous emotional wounds, but to protect ourselves from life’s many inevitable stressors.

 

Here are three techniques that can help you:

 

Autobiographical Writing

 

A really effective way to heal the emotional wounds that could be triggering your flares is to practice autobiographical writing. When you tell your story, you are able to see it more clearly and are able to process past stress, trauma, and chaos as the adult you are now instead of stewing in it as the young and vulnerable person (frog) you once were.

 

 

From an article published in Psychology Today:

 

 

“Research shows that even brief autobiographical storytelling exercises can have substantial impacts on psychological and physical health even months after the storytelling.”

 

Meditation

 

Meditation is renowned as one of the best ways to mitigate stress. It only takes 10 to 20 minutes of meditation performed consistently to start seeing substantial improvements in your baseline mood and stress levels.

 

“People with anxiety have a problem dealing with distracting thoughts that have too much power. They can’t distinguish between a problem-solving thought and a nagging worry that has no benefit. Mindfulness teaches you to recognize, ‘Oh, there’s that thought again. I’ve been here before. But it’s just that—a thought, and not a part of my core self.” – Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 

Meditation changes how you perceive new stress and your current stress, and this change in perspective helps your mind nurture your body to heal old emotional wounds.

 

Essential Oils

 

Essential oils have broken into mainstream culture for their broad ability to assist with a variety of ailments.

 

There is a reason why some essential oils such as frankincense and myrrh have been around for thousands of years and utilized in spiritual settings. They help to promote a grounded and introspective mood, which is conducive to those meditative states that help ease cellular stress.

 

 

Aromatherapy via essential oils is known for helping drop stress levels. A study in The Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, Second Edition stated that numerous clinical trials centered around the inhalation of lavender essential oil indicated a reduction in anxiety and stress.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Our memories create a lasting impact on each of the 7 octillion atoms in our body.

 

There can be no true physical healing without the healing of our memories. By allowing your mind to focus on healing memories and changing the way it perceives new stressful experiences, you will set a foundation for your body to heal.

 

Can you really put your chronic illness into remission by addressing past traumas? I’ve done it. Click on the link below to get my book, Life Beyond Chronic Pain: The Step-By-Step Guide to Healing Chronic Illness Naturally.

 

 

 


Sources:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967

http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/cellular-memory-healing-clearing/

 

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