brain-stressThe brain is the control center for our entire body. It controls every cell, every organ, every tissue and the entire autonomic nervous system as well as reactions to stress and behaviors. Stress – can knock brain functions “out of balance”. Such an imbalance (literally, an asymmetry in activity between the two hemispheres of the brain) may manifest itself as anger, insomnia, sadness, addictive tendencies, physical pain, illness and a general sense of disconnection or hopelessness. These symptoms tend to be eased when the brain returns to a state of balance and harmony

What is Stress?

Your body/brain immune system is a harmonious regulated system. This is what your autonomic nervous system (ANS), which consist of your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), is all about. This system allows you to breath at a regulated pace to obtain a balanced amount of oxygen. Your heart beats at a regulated pace. Your menstrual cycle occurs at a regulated pace. When you eat food, it is digested and passed through your gut at a regulated pace, unless something causes dis-regulation.

Stress causes a dis-regulation of your ANS and its ability to regulate your brain/body system. This can cause an imbalance in the symmetry of the brain. How do this occur? The effects of stress individually and collectively cause your body ANS to become dis-regulated, thus affecting your ability to have restorative sleep, which is essential for having the ability to attend to your external and internal environment.

If you do not obtain restorative sleep, your body’s body/brain unity becomes highly alert that your body/brain may be in danger, activating the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which in turn activates your protective system (Limbic system- aka Anxiety level), specifically your amygdala, which activates your adrenal system and cortisol level, resulting in your inability to restore information, store information properly or retrieve the previously stored information. This becomes a vicious cycle and the brain in an effort to support you re-wires itself to best support this constant state of alert. This re-wiring better known as neuro-plasticity shows up in right side sympathetic dominance.

Additionally, if you are in a state of high anxiety, you will go into adrenal exhaustion, causing adrenal fatigue. Now you are chronically fatigued and exhausted, causing you more memory problems and the inability to sleep at night. To combat this, you first reaction is to treat the symptom by taking a cup of coffee or energy drink. These options ignore the core reason, such as a concussion that was never treated properly, trauma, PTSD, a family history of generalized anxiety or mood disorder, or a reactive attachment disorder.

While it is extremely important to address the issues that are caused your brain/body to become dis-regulated and on high alert, you brain can become stuck in this imbalance. This shows up as a lack of resilience around new stress and a return to the previously mentioned symptoms.

Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ (Real Time Balancing) is an effective, holistic and non-invasive method of restoring brain balance and harmony.