|Here is an interesting an email that we received. A man shares his personal experience about an traumatic event
that triggered a stress response. Fortunately, the remedy is as simple as learning to relax.|
Dear 20 Minutes to Less Stress:
I have been reading Kevin Trudeau's book: "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About". In Kevin's book, he
states how stress can be the number one factor to a person's health issue. I encountered a situation a couple of
years ago where I was under a lot of pressure. While attending a community college, I needed one class to pass. At
the end of the semester, I was cramming a lot of material to pass this class. One afternoon I was traveling
downtown, and felt a sudden anxious feeling and rapid heart beat.
To this day, whenever I go downtown, I feel anxious and experience rapid heart beat. One time, (the feelings were
so strong that) I thought I might have to pull over on the side of the road.
Also, I was wondering if the empowerment program would help with a situation I occassionally encounter-- jumping up
out of my sleep, feeling like I swallowed something that I don't have in my mouth.
One more thing, Nicky, I was reading an article when an individual tried a program such as this one and he
developed mulpile personalities and mental disorders, and that alarmed me.
Thanks for everything,
Thanks for sharing your experience. What you have described-- the anxious feeling you felt while taking that
class-- is a stress response. This is not just in your head. You have experienced an emotional as well as physical
response to stress.
When we encounter stress, our body reacts by producing adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones do good things for
our body. Cortisol improves our memory. Adrenaline gives us energy, helps us "fight or flight," and strengthens our
immune system. Good stress becomes bad stress when we don't get rid of it. When stress has no place to go, it
becomes dangerous. The hormones build up in our body.
When cortisol builds up it causes brain cells to shrink. We become forgetful, jittery and anxious. Unused
adrenaline makes us depressed and lethargic. Eventually, we become vulnerable to illness, disease and mental
breakdown. The healthy way to deal with stress is to allow it to take its course the way nature intended. The
adrenaline that your body produces needs to be released or used up. The best way to do this is by relaxation and
You mentioned that these jittery feelings return whenever you return downtown, or in the same area that you first
felt anxious. What you've done is created an association, anchor, or trigger. Unfortunately, it is a negative
association. You can change this by creating a new association.
I suggest that you create a relaxation trigger. Learn to relax your mind and body, and use your trigger whenever
you feel stress or anxiety.
The important thing is recognzing your stress reaction (which you've done) It is good to be aware of your feelings
and reaction. You can also coach yourself through these feelings. Remind yourself that the class was a long time
ago, and it is over and done with. It is in the past.
Do you know how to create a relaxation trigger? It is not difficult to do. The U-Cure program will enable you to
create an automatic relaxation response. Let me go over the basics here. Start by sitting down in a comfortable
chair. Make sure you do this at a time and place where you feel comfortable and secure, and you will not be
interupted. Close your eyes and deep breathe deeply. Focus on breathing in.....and breathing out.
Keep your eyes closed. Now relax your face. Relax all facial muscles. Let your jaw relax. Let it hang loosely or
drop. Also relax your tongue.
When a person is stressed, we often press our tongue against the roof of our mouth. Or we hold it tightly in our
mouth. Don't do this. Relax your tongue!
Sliently, say to yourself "just let go.... just let go."
Repeat this phrase until you are totally relaxed.
Relax your face, and every part of your body.
Have you tried the ALERT system? This system will enable you to relax even more deeply. Remember that
relaxation is the opposite of stress. Like day and night....black and white.... hot and cold....Stress and
relaxation are opposites.
The sensation you described about "jumping out of sleep" is your brainwaves transitioning from alpha (relaxed) to
theta (deep sleep). This is a normal response, but you can have a smoother transition by practicing regular
Some people report mysterious sensations of pain or tension in various parts of their body while in a deeply
relaxed state. Sometimes this could be from tension still held in your body from an old trauma or injury. Or it may
be an indication that you have stored some emotional pain. This is not "psychological pain" -- it is physical pain
as well. It is very real. You may have a memory of an event or situation, and the pain is coming to the
Anyway, I hope this answers some of your questions. I am not familiar with the article you mentioned about multiple
personalities. Don't worry about getting mentally ill from relaxation. This is impossible! The only way a listener
could express "multiple personalities' is if they already have "multiple personalitites." It is not possible
otherwise. Remember, the purpose of relaxation is to restore equilibrium to your mind and body.
I wonder if the people who write these types of articles are trying to create fear, so that people stay away from
relaxation. Perhaps they are pessimistic or suspicious about relaxation practices. Or maybe they don't know what
they are talking about, and question other people's motives and results.
Some folks are concerned about the religious overtones of relaxation practices. The ALERT system is scientifically
based, and does not involve any sort of religion. (It is a neutral in this regard)
Ultimately, you must decide for yourself what is best for you. Relaxation is a natural method, that doesn't involve
drugs or surgery. There is nothing to fear about relaxation. When done properly, there are many benefits.
Director of "20 Minutes to Less Stress.com"
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