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Genre : Inspirational
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Stress to Happiness

Book Blurb:

What do you normally do when you are stressed or anxious or when you are in trouble? You start thinking about the solution which increases the stress and anxiety levels. Hence, thinking cannot solve the problem. I know you want to ‘live stress-free and happily’ but you don’t exactly know how to do it. Let’s not waste more time ‘thinking’ about the solution. Your key to happiness is right in front of you. This book will open new doors that you did not believe were real. This is a small and handy manual by a trained meditation practitioner. It consists of easy and quick medication techniques that will ‘Free your Mind from Stress’ and also make you happy and calm in less than 30 mins.It will take you on a dynamic exploration of your own mind, giving you a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and happiness. Enjoy Meditation. Enjoy Happiness.

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CHAPTER-2 Fight or Flight Response:

What do you feel in your body when you’re stressed? Usually, you would feel a rapid heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath, and tense muscles. These physical reactions are the result of your body’s “fight or flight” response system, also known as an acute stress response. Anything that causes stress to the body will trigger this response. “It is an inbuilt automatic reaction system of our brain to a stressful or dangerous situation to keep us safe by preparing our body for action.

Put simply, flight or fight response prepares your body for action and conflict. The term “flight or fight” was first described by Walter B. Cannon in the 1920s. He researched the physical reactions of animals when under stress, and he found that physical changes would occur when the animal was frightened or scared. Have you ever found yourself with sweaty hands on a first date, or have you felt your heart pound during a rollercoaster ride? If yes, then you too have felt this kind of stress in both your mind and body. Consider a stressful situation, such as when you are giving a presentation on a topic, which you have thoroughly prepared for, but your boss starts asking you some questions that don’t relate to your work or the topic of the presentation. He is just criticizing you. As all eyes turn on you, you feel your jaw tightening and your face becoming red hot. Now you have two options, either to argue with your boss that the questions he is asking is not related to your work or you would not argue with your boss, and avoid the conflict all together. But if you argue with your boss than it is you fighting the situation, and if you don’t argue you choose flight. The point is that with both

responses, you’ll want to handle the situation well and protect yourself. The mechanism of the fight or flight response system: The fight or flight response is the combined effect of the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system in our bodies. The sympathetic nervous system uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body, and the adrenal-cortical system uses the bloodstream. When the brain perceives danger or a harmful situation, it releases a hormone to activate these two systems. The sympathetic

the nervous system activates the adrenal glands and releases epinephrine hormone into the bloodstream, which increases your blood pressure and heart rate. At the same time, the adrenal–cortical system activates the pituitary glands which release adrenocorticotropic hormones, and this hormone moves through the bloodstream, ultimately arriving at the adrenal cortex where it activates the release of several hormones that prepare the body to deal with a threat. The initial response creates a boost of energy by increasing the production of glucose, and it converts fatty acids into energy which prepares the muscles in the body for a response. The physiological changes in the body give you strength to either to fight or run from the dangerous situation. The rapid release of excess energy makes you a “super hero.” There are many examples in history when people used this rapid super power energy to lift cars or other heavy objects off of the other people who are trapped beneath them.

How the fight or flight response is dangerous in modern scenarios: Several years back… Stress meant facing a charging tiger, not standing up to a tyrannical boss. The sources of stress have changed over the years, but the physiological responses are still the same. For example, when we are facing an unfriendly atmosphere in our work place, the stress may last for months or even years. After a while, the body naturally starts to tire and we begin to feel abnormal physical responses like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, fear, multiple

phobias, and for certain people it may even be a trigger for a serious illness like ulcers, heart disease, stroke, sleep disorder, mental disorders, etc. The fight or flight system was designed by nature to protect us from actual dangerous or life-threatening situations. However, some people have very sensitive warning systems which trigger fight and flight activation in the very small stressful and non-life threatening events such as having an argument with a boss or spouse, missing the deadline of an office report, arriving late to the office, or other small household financial emergencies. This hypersensitivity increases the frequency of the activation of fight or flight mode by implementing the rapid discharge of stress hormones in the body which results in many negative impacts on both the body and mind.

Negative impact on the body: As the fight or flight mode turns on, nowadays many times a day our bodies release toxic stress hormones for non-life threatening situations. This frequent activation of this survival response results in harmful physical effects such as high blood pressure, high pulse rate, an increase in the blood glucose level, an increase for the risk of heart attack, and much more. Our body is not designed to work under fight or flight mode for a long period of time. Negative impact on the mind: - When your fight or flight response is triggered you become more alert about the situation and your start thinking about everything around you which could be a danger to you. It increases the intensity of fear, which reduces your rational thinking skills. When it is trigged frequently and every day, then every situation in our life becomes a series of emergencies which reduces our rational thinking and concentration.

In nutshell, Nature’s built-in survival tool for us, our fight and flight response, originally intended to help us defend ourselves in times of danger has now, in the modern day become a danger itself. A fight or flee response is beneficial if you are facing a tiger, but not so much when you are faced with the two–legged tiger at your work (aka, your boss). However, it is important to know that most disorders resulting from prolonged fight or flight responses, or repetitive stress responses, can be cured and even prevented. What can we do when we realize that there really is no danger? How can we stop the rapid release of our energy? How can we prevent the frequent activation of fight or flight response? We know that the fight or flight response is an inbuilt automatic response system in our body that reacts to certain situations. It might not be possible to issue a signal from our mind to our adrenal glands in order to stop producing these stress hormones. To protect ourselves from this situation we must pay attention to every signal from our body in different situations, and by recognizing the signals that put us in fight or flight mode, we can begin to take steps to better handle the stress of any particular situation.

Most stress reduction programs are based on some basic techniques: 1. Maintain a stress diary to record the situations or activities which caused you to stress, and rate your response to that stress and analyze your responses. 2. Reduce the intake of salt, caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. These substances may trigger your stress. 3. Eat a well-balanced meal.

4. Build a friendly relationship with your family members and co-workers to help you in stressful situations. Today, meditation has become most popular, simple, and fast way to reduce stress. It is an easy tool to use for coming down from the heightened state of alert that results from the frequent activation of the fight or flight response.

Short Synopsis:

Udit Kapoor

About the Author:

Udit Kapoor is an engineer Meditation guide and author. One incident in his life inspired him to write a book on meditation. He was undergoing mental stress due to some personal problems in 2009, and as a result he became afflicted with deep depression. Then someone advised him to practice meditation. He began to feel a magical change in his thoughts in the early days of the practice of meditation, and with regular practice he completely defeated his depression and is now living a stress-free and happy life. He developed some simple and easy meditation techniques, and these techniques have helped countless men and women improve their mental health and fitness, and take control of their stress, anxiety, worry and negative thoughts. He would love to hear from you. He can be reached at