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“It makes sense that the body’s reaction to the onslaught of perceived threats would have a detrimental effect on physical and mental well-being. Perceived threats trigger the exact same physiological response as actual threats, activating a fight, flight or freeze reaction. It’s the constant stimulating of these stress responses that can lock some people (and others, not) in a chronic state of stress, not the actual events that people experience. We all react differently—some more intensely than others.
Once you begin the process of regulating your nervous system, you’ll notice a gradual change in your physical and emotional well-being. You’ll feel increasingly safe, spacious, and resilient. You will have more capacity to metabolize stress, and to give and receive love—all without the constant presence of a false threat response. It may sound too good to be true, but time and again, I’ve seen people’s lives completely change when they learn to do this work.”
Rebecca A. Ward is a marriage and family therapist and author of The Paper Tiger Syndrome: How to Liberate Yourself from the Illusion of Fear.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “The body is the gateway to the Original Blueprint.”
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