Managing stress is imperative to the health and well being of our hearts, our nervous system and digestive system. We are not always aware that we are under stress, but without consciously managing our stress, we begin to build underlying stress in our bodies. Underlying stress can result in bursts of anger, frustration or anxiety. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental disorders such as depression and strangely, the habits, attitudes, and signs that can alert us to problems may be hard to recognize because they have become so familiar.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For first-responders suffering from PTSD, an all too common occupational hazard, there are many hurdles to getting the help they badly need, including realizing that mental health challenges are not just part of the job.
Over 33 front line workers, EMS, Fire and Police have committed suicide since 2014. Research shows the following symptoms are persistent with PTSD:
• Re-experiencing (e.g., recurrent distressing memories and nightmares);
• Persistent avoidance of trauma-related stimuli (e.g., avoiding people, places, objects, or thoughts that are reminders of the trauma);
• Negative alterations in thought and mood (e.g., negative beliefs about oneself, others, the world, or the causes and consequences of the traumatic event—depressive symptoms);
• Marked alterations in physical arousal and reactivity (e.g., irritability, hyper vigilance, difficulty concentrating).
PTSD can increase suicide risk, challenging physical symptoms like chronic pain, difficulties with substance abuse, and substantial interpersonal and familial problems.
That said, education is relatively easier than prevention and it is important to understand the four factors working against prevention of PTSD and other operational stress injuries (OSIs) for our first responders—for example, depression.
Citation- (Dr. Nicholas Carleton is a faculty member at the University of Regina’s Department of Psychology. His research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.)
In both Stress and PTSD, working through the body’s energy field, assists in moving energy from the concentrated area causing duress to the more stable area of the body, where people need it most to handle difficult situations. The body and mind stores all memories, this work helps effectively relieve symptoms of stress, manage PTSD and assist the body into recovering, without having to go into the memories or details of your ‘story’ or trauma. The body knows what it needs to do to heal and will do just that when the channel is provided for your body.
When we become injured, energy can be blocked in the body by the trauma of the injury. In addition if there was an emotion associated with the accident, a fear, a strong emotion, or an emotional experience you are having during the course of the injury, compounds the healing. This is how energy affects your body.
The body heals naturally, when we are sick with a cold or broke a limb or have been cut or bruised. We all see the natural effects our body does to heal.
When energy work is introduced to an injury, the primary action involved is moving energy, brings more blood flow, circulation, lowers pain and helps reduce inflammation.