The Surprising Reason Why You're Not at Peace and What to do About It

inner peace resiliency stress management Jul 08, 2022

I talk to many leaders and executives who seemingly have all the goodness that life has to offer.  A good job, a beautiful family, and abundant home.  However, what they feel inside does not match what they have on the outside.  I hear them desperately say, "I just want to feel peace inside." 

There is a reason you may not be feeling the peace you long for, or why you can't seem to hang on to it for a lasting amount of time.  Let me share something that will give this more context.

It is about the frog and the boiling pot of water.

If you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out immediately. It knows if it stayed, it would die.  If you put a frog in lukewarm water and gradually heat it up it to a boil, however, it will get used to its environment and end up boiling to death.

Here is the correlation.  We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by stimuli and information. We are overloaded with all kinds of media.  We have become accustomed to the constantly intensifying stimulation of our lives.  

We are bombarded by the opinions of others, the mounting pressure of deadlines, the demands of work, leading teams, and the expectations of our family.  

In addition to all these things, we are also bombarded by the voices in our heads telling us what we should be doing, how we should be feeling, and what kind of car we should buy.  The list goes on and on. 

If all of this makes you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or worried, it is inducing a stress reaction.  

Yet, most of the time we do not realize why we are getting stuck in the stress cycle. This is because we are unaware of the mental and emotional patterns that we are using to get stuck in the stress cycle.  Once we are in the cycle it's like the frog in the warm water heating up.

As things “heat up” our bodies become used to the physiological reaction that occurs when we are under stress.  This physiological reaction causes a chemical to be released in the body.  This chemical is called cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are under stress.  It causes a fight or flight reaction. 

 As a result, we feel anxious, upset, agitated, irritable, angry, and frustrated.  

If you are feeling the way I described, you feel this way because you are under stress.  This is not how you feel when you are at peace.  When you are at peace, your cortisol levels are not as high.  When you are at peace, your body does not release cortisol. 

In order for us to feel more peace, we must change our automatic programming in the body.  In particular, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which regulates over 90% of the body’s automatic processes such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. 

It consists of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the actions of the body when there is danger or stress, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the actions of the body when there is rest or relaxation.

If you find yourself getting agitated more often than you like and unable to connect to peace more often, you may be stuck in a stress cycle.  

If this cycle continues it can lead to health conditions such as IBS, high blood pressure, stroke, and brain fog just to name a few.

There are 5 key steps to get out of this stress cycle.  If you are ready to enjoy more peace, you can begin applying these steps today.

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   Julie Hutchinson
   Founder | Resilience Expert
   Core Performance
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