Are You Stressed Out?
Senior Life Journeys Presents Carol Howls. Let's talk dementia. A podcast designed to help caregivers find knowledge power hope and smiles in their dementia caregiving journey. Welcome to let's talk dementia. Here's your host bestselling author Carol. Well Hello Everyone I'm Carol. Let's talk dementia. Well I'm glad you're here today. We are still quarantined. Are Not to some degree of the other. We all are because of the virus. Well we're GonNa talk about that today. We're GONNA talk about the the effect that living stressful has on you. Now as a caregiver has a caregiver. If there's one thing I am sure of it is you are dealing with stress. Now that we have this virus is part of our world. Our stress levels just naturally seem to be higher because of the fear of the unknown that we've got going on living in a constant state of stress as you know is not good for you can explain to you what goes on in the brain with stress and why it is particularly important for you to know this as a caregiver so. I'm reading from a website called six seconds as I xe seconds dot. Org It's the number six and it's quite a good website in. This is what they wrote. So I'm reading from their website says a badge taking a leisurely walk in the park. When you suddenly see a snake on the path to fate in front of you in one quick second your body mobilizes your eyes register the side of the long winding menacing creature to the Migdal in your brain the mendel processes snake and screams to the hypothalamus threat threat. The hypothalamus quickly and competently shoots the message of alarm to your whole nervous system. Which prepares you for either a battle for either a battle or tells you to run Mike Hale. Epinephrine which is Adrenalin. Flood Your Bloodstream. Triggering. You're pounding quick heart rate. Extra blood fills your veins. Your blood pressure sharply increases rapidly. Funneling blood towards your your vital organs in your muscles your breathing quickens in shallow pressing extra oxygen into the Brian for ad alertness. You are now fully prepared. Fight this snake or you gonna run in Opposite Direction. Well does that sound familiar to you. Have you ever had those times in your life when you realize that you are in that fight or flight type of situation? Well we all have. Maybe you did in your drains you you. Oh God you're really stressed out from a bad dream that you've had and on your just full of anxiousness and and really jacked up that fight or flight from that bad dream that you've had or maybe something's happened in your life. This caused you to be like that. When we tell you what's going on in your life is causing you to be like that most likely caregiving people who caregiver folks with dementia have a higher level of cortisol in their body than those. Who Don't now when we're in that fight or flight when we're running from that snake or running from a bear or what ever ran from a bear Cortisol is in abundance in our body and we want it because if we're running from a bear we won't extraordinary power to be able to get away from that. They're right or running from the snake. We want to get away from it. I gotTa tell you. I opened the front door two nights ago to take our dog out for her last run of the evening an open door shut it real quick wit snake at the door snake at the door. Work Man in my freaked out by snakes. And I can guarantee you. At that moment. There was a lot of cortisol inmate. That's a good thing. You WanNa have cortisol when it is appropriate in your life to have it but you have a very high level of cortisol most likely because you are in a constant state of stress with dementia caregiving. Now this is more true if your loved one is in the later stages of their disease than in the earlier stages when they're more competent on their more able to do things on their own or with a little help but as we get into those last stages of the disease we see people who need constant care and they're not cooperative in their very confused in their sad in. They're sick and there's just so much going on in it makes it so hard for the caregiver a bigot. Been there done. That is hard. And because of that your cortisol levels in your body start to get higher and higher. 'cause you're staying jacked up. You're staying in that fight or flight. You're going to get this done. You're going to be successful in your tints and you got it off everything in your body's on Set on ready to go in. You don't let that stress go down and let breathing come back to normal living like that increases. Your chances of so many diseases is you. Don't I don't even WanNa know all the diseases that you're more prone to because of living in a high state of Cortisol but I'll tell you. One of them is Alzheimer's Alzheimer's caregivers have a higher risk of Alzheimer's than those who are not Alzheimer's caregivers and one of the reasons is because of this constant state of fighter flight. We're the brain so turned on so Ready to act quickly in those cortisol levels just get higher higher in. We don't allow them to come back down. Your Cortisol levels are higher in the morning than the rest of the day. And that's okay and then we want them to go down so that at night when we lay down to sleep we can actually sleep and have good restful sleep. So Cortisol levels do fluctuate throughout the day. Study was done with folks who just did a little bit of breathing every day three times a day. Six months later they check those votes in their cortisol levels had come down to normal in all they did was practice some healthy breathing now. What that healthy breathing look like? I've taught you about various types of breathing where you breathe in for three seconds you out for six seconds or it's called on square breathing called lots of things. Where maybe you breathe in for three seconds you hold it for two you out for six seconds you hold it for to any various numbers but whatever you number you breathe out. Whether it's two four six you breathe immanent whatever number you breathe in you break out twice along. That's the correct way. So if I'm breathing in one two three four I'm GONNA break out one. Two three four five six seven eight sometimes. We're going to hold it at the top of that breathing in in at the bottom of that breathing out for a number of seconds. The study that was done was just depress just literally sitting in taking deep breaths breathing in and breathing allowing yourself to do this. I'm trying to remember. I heard of a show on it. I've tried to bind. Silly showed which will get the exact numbers to tell you not cannot find it anywhere but it was only like three or four minutes three times a day where you just sit down and allow yourself to breed breathing in breathing out since your phone. You've got a timer on your phone. Said it for three minutes and allow yourself that time just took breath. Do It three times a day. The effect on your body on your brain on your whole being on your wellbeing on the how you process how you look at things. Your mood is improved just by taking three minutes to breathe. Isn't that incredible? I think it's pretty neat One of the things that you can do to improve even more so on the benefits of that breathing is to cy at the end of the breath. So you breathe it in and you breathe it out haw that verbal ization of letting it out seems to be very helpful for some of us. It's just very quiet. Little GENTLE FEMININE. Little in for some of its breathing in hollow. Really letting it out very good for you. You can do this. It will cost you nothing to do but three minutes three times a day. It's GonNa make you a better caregiver. Process ICAL make you live a healthier life make you healthier. And that's what I want. I want you to be healthy and smiling because I need you to come back tomorrow. For another episode of Let's Talk Dementia see then by let's talk. Dementia would like to thank our sponsors National Association of Veterans and families. You can reach them at eight hundred three five to to nine one nine on the Internet at www dot in dot org. They speak veterans. So you don't have to and you tell them Carol you. 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