Unresolved stressors and trauma can cause dysregulation and affect these bodily systems, causing not only pain, discomfort, sleep difficulties and such, but may even create disease.

There is much research and scientific literature on the benefits of meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, herbal remedies, and the like. All these may help, but if the nervous system is operating in Survival Mode which keeps the nervous system dysregulated due to constant or chronic stress, it is very difficult to benefit and get the most out of these healthy disciplines.

Just like we put so much emphasis on exercise, nutrition, and healthy eating – the most important thing you can do for yourself is to keep your nervous system balanced and regulated on a regular basis. A well-balanced ANS improves quality of life, increases longevity, and improves overall health and wellness.

The ANS Controls the:

  • Nervous System
  • Cardiac System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Excretory System
  • Immune System
  • Reproductive System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Integumentary System


For more information on Unified Therapy™ and the Autonomic Nervous System, click here.

Check to see if you are stressed or calm:

Stressed, Insecure State of Being Calm, Secure State of Being
Holding on to thoughts, ruminating,
and/or stuck in circular thinking
Allowing thoughts to pass freely,
not getting attached to negativity
Analyzing thought unnecessarily,
perhaps repetitiously
Not overanalyzing
Feel lost in problems and do not
see any possible solutions
Can clearly see many options and know
the right one for the moment
Feel driven Feel at peace
Not connected to innate health or
natural resiliency at the moment
Connected to innate health
and resiliency
Unable to manage or get
through negative thoughts
Can allow negative thoughts to go by
without getting upset by them
Negative feelings:
fear, anxiety, unforgiving
Positive feelings:
at peace, calm, forgiving
Reacting out of habit,
repeating habitual actions
Responding appropriately and
intentionally, with awareness

Check Your Stress Level:

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Being Overwhelmed.

When did we forget that stress is the body’s way of warning us something is out of kilter?  Take this short “stress test” if you’re still not sure it’s time to stop all the talking and do something about it.

Moderate stress levels

  • I feel driven, hyperactive and restless
  • I feel irritable
  • I tend to make snap decisions but with errors
  • I feel over-burdened but can still say “No”
  • I often feel tired but am taking steps to recover
  • My sleep is just about adequate

High stress levels

  • I have constant and recurring pain
  • I am unable to recover from sickness or injury
  • I have scattered and obsessive thoughts
  • Constant worry and feeling overwhelmed
  • Holding my breath
  • I have digestive disturbances
  • I cannot find time for myself
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • I often lose perspective
  • I feel irritable & on edge
  • My home/work balance is suffering
  • I have sleep problems
  • I feel like I’m operating in survival mode

Now don’t get stressed out about stress!  Events and situations (the traffic, the deadlines, the bills, etc.), don’t cause the damage; our negative reaction to these events – how we feel – do. And how we react is something we can change.

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