Stress locks brain into an 'automatic response mode' that sets a cycle of futile actions that restrict creative and beneficial responses. For quick and long term relief, vent out your negative emotions openly, engage in any physical activity or meditation. These stimulate release of brain's feel good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin that soothe your mind.
Which comes first – the stress or the addiction?
Both are patterns that can continue for a lifetime. Becoming aware that you are in a cycle, is the first step to getting out of it. Epigenetics, the newest field of groundbreaking research in science, reveals that some of the negative triggers you might have, were genetically passed down. It’s not about your DNA which remains fixed through life; the epigenome is mutable and can change.
- A warning bell goes off in your head, you immediately want to either strike out in anger, hide, or escape in any kind of pill, drug, or drink to make that uncomfortable feeling dissipate.
- Tension builds in body and there is a feeling of mounting pressure in your head.
- Chronic stress locks the brain into an automatic response mode, where the same unproductive actions are taken, over and over, blocking your ability to generate responses that are creative and beneficial.
You are not to blame. There is a lot of misguided information on addiction, that the person suffering from it can stop at will. This has never been true, and epigenetics is finally clearing it up. Thinking you should be able to ‘just say no’ causes shame and feelings of inadequacy? There are ways to switch off those emotions, by changing your inner biochemical environment.
Immediate Long Term Relief
Self-expression is extremely important; it’s a self-development tool that is not fully utilized. When your integrity feels attacked in any way, self-expression helps you break through the unconscious repetitive thoughts in your head. The sooner you can ‘shout it out’ the more rapidly you will feel relieved.
1. Shout It Out
Express how you feel, in your living, in your car, or at the beach. Begin by just shouting or speaking out loud to just yourself. This generates feel good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin that help to shift your state of mind.
2. Get Active
Go for a run, dance, box, do yoga, TRX or any other type of physical movement. This is another great stress relief, that generates natural biochemicals, to help release tension and soothe your mind and body.
Symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and addiction in various forms have been shown to diminish through meditation. Depending on the technique, when self-healing potential is accessed, it reinforces the neural pathways in the brain that causes long term behavior change.