Distress: How it Stunts Growth
There is a natural progression to stress. Stress enters the brain through the limbic system, which is a series of glands within the brain responsible for passing down the stress signals from the head to the body.
The system is comprised of the Hypothalamus, Pineal, and Pituitary glands. They all work in an orderly sequence to relate stress information down to the thyroid and adrenal glands. They accomplish this by producing and REGULATING the release of bio-chemicals, such as neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals signal the rest of the body that stress is present. And when this occurs, thyroid hormone and adrenal chemicals are produced such as adrenaline and cortisol, I.e. Fight or Flight syndrome.
In essence, the glands act as a stress thermometer, allowing only so much stress to enter the body. It is a protective mechanism, because if too much enters the body it will eventually lead to burnout syndrome and exhaustion.
When you and I encounter distress or bad stress daily, we are laying the neuronal groundwork and patterns in our brains to EXPECT bad things to occur. No matter how many good stresses come our way, we have been trained to see the negative in most all situations.
Negative patterns and thoughts breakdown the body. Thyroid and adrenal exhaustion lead to muscle break down, weak liver, and reduced healing rate. Growth and repair of cells are reduced or hindered when thyroid and adrenal hormones are burned out.
What is a key way to handle DISTRESS? Look for the good and GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES in every bad situation. God is more interested in your character development than your comfort levels. If growth and personal awareness comes from the darkest times, please allow it to flow through you. See the heaven in every dark time. It’s tough, but realize you have a community of people routing you on!
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