Survival mode… what it is and the effects on our overall health.
According to The Cleveland Clinic, “The body’s autonomic nervous system has a built-in stress response that causes physiological changes to allow the body to combat stressful situations. This stress response, also known as the “fight or flight response”, is activated in case of an emergency. However, this response can become chronically activated during prolonged periods of stress. Prolonged activation of the stress response causes wear and tear on the body – both physical and emotional.”
This prolonged activation of stress without relief can lead to a condition known as distress, or survival mode. Being in survival mode will cause an imbalance of the Primalized 5 elements of life (Joy/Play, Foundation, Relationships, Spirit, and Growth) and eventually may lead to physical conditions like migraines, GI issues, elevated blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and insomnia; and psychological problems like anxiety, depression, panic attacks, worry, and anger issues.
The first step in bringing back balance is acknowledging behaviors that may indicate you’re in survival mode. If you struggle with your weight, are attracted to fad diets, or find yourself eating when you’re stressed or not hungry, your body may be telling you to eat due to a subconscious desire to store energy. If you lack the desire to participate in exercise or activity it may be due to survival mode “telling” your body that you need to conserve energy. If your relationships are struggling, you’re experiencing feelings of grief or you lack compassion for your fellow human, if you struggle with anxiety, depression or any of the other symptoms listed above, survival mode may be the cause.
The good news is that even amid the stress created by the current climate, there are things you can do to get out of survival mode and into thriving mode. This starts by creating a solid foundation within each of the elements of life. By standing and moving in tensegrity, adding deep breathing and mindfulness to your daily routine, developing a healthy relationship with food, and participating in fun and enjoyable activities you can become a thriving creature.
If you’d like more information on primalization, tensegrity, the elements of life, or any other topic discussed in this blog feel free to contact us. We would love to help you get out of survival mode and become the thriving creature you’re capable of being!