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Day 2. The Physical Impacts of Disruptions

Life can change in an instant.

A car runs a red light.

A tornado drops out of the sky.

You arrive at work only to have your boss call you into the office to tell you the company has shifted priorities, and you’ve just been laid off.

What could you have done differently?

This question has plagued generations of disappointed, overwhelmed, and angry people who were floundering at the time in their version of disruptions. Too often, the answer to this question is ‘nothing.’

You have no control over the weather.

It’s the other driver who made a choice to run the light.

Or your boss (or someone above them) who picked your name when it came time to decide layoffs.

The problem is, even the things we think we have under pretty tight control can fall apart pretty fast.

For example, you love your home. You have a good relationship with your landlord and are paying the rent on time. You’re even taking care of the property.

But one day you get a call. The owner of the house has decided they no longer wish to own rental properties and have sold your home.

You need to move in the next 30 days.

Suddenly you’re scrambling to find a new place to live in a concise amount of time.

You want to think this is an isolated event.

But is it?

Think back a moment to the various upheavals in your life.

How many caught you entirely off guard?

How many stories have you told since then, which started with, “You will never believe what happened,” followed by a harrowing tale of personal struggle?

You got through those crises. Because you did, maybe upheaval doesn’t seem too bad. Sure, it’s tough initially, but you figure it out, and things eventually do get better.

Right?

Think about this: living with upheaval involves more than an initial scramble to regain your footing after being surprised by the unexpected.

There are serious ramifications to upheaval, both emotional and physical.

Day 2:

In today’s lesson, we’ll be discussing the physical effects of upheaval.

Lightheadedness

Feeling a little dizzy or even faint is relatively normal, especially at the onset of an upheaval. The problem is, when a person is stressed, they forget to breathe, or might be breathing too shallowly.

Lack of oxygen creates these feelings, which aren’t harmful in the long run but can make you very uncomfortable and uncertain in the now.

Uncontrolled Shaking

When a crisis crops up, we go straight into fight or flight, which dumps a great deal of adrenaline into the system.

Eventually, this adrenaline begins to dissipate, and the body is left trying to process the shift in body chemistry.

As you balance out, this translates to a lot of shaking and can signal the onset of shock as your body overcorrects itself.

Difficulty Breathing

Sometimes being able to catch your breath at all can be difficult in an upheaval, especially if you’re panicking. Without a conscious focus on how you’re breathing, you might even start hyperventilating.

Upset Stomach

Digestion is one of those things which is an immediate and utterly uncontrollable response to the stress of upheaval.

Digestion issues can manifest in abdominal pain, making eating difficult, all the way down to throwing up or a sudden onset of irritable bowels.

Changes in Sleep

For some people, a crisis can bring on enough stress and exhaustion to where they have no problem staying asleep but still experience an onset of nightmares or restless sleep, which means waking up feeling like they haven’t slept at all.

To others, they hide in sleep, getting through a crisis by sleeping extra hours.

These people have trouble staying awake at all. But by far, the most common difficulty in upheaval is insomnia. The majority of people have trouble falling asleep at all, as their brains can’t shut down their thoughts enough to relax.

Even when these people do fall asleep, they will be hyper-vigilant as they sleep, waking to any sound or outside stimuli.

Regardless of which type of person you are, you can expect your sleep to be affected somehow.

Headaches

How can you concentrate on what to do next when your head is hurting? Headaches brought on by stress or even migraines are not uncommon during an upheaval.

Inflammation

Your entire body reacts to stress, whether you realize it or not. When you’re in a crisis such as an upheaval, it’s not uncommon to note extra aches and pains.

If you are already suffering from chronic pain, you’ll find these symptoms are magnified a hundredfold.

Loss of Appetite/Increased Appetite

When experiencing upheaval, people are almost guaranteed to do one of two things: they start eating everything in sight, or they stop eating altogether.

Stress eating happens when we find comfort in food, especially things high in sugar and fat, both of which activate pleasure centers in the brain, at least in the short term.

The inability to eat generally comes from digestive problems such as upset stomach and the loss of desire for things that give pleasure through depression.

Either way, it’s easy to mess up your diet entirely, leading to other issues, where you start feeling bad because of nutritional imbalances as you indulge in too much of the wrong fuel for your body.

Sex

When you’re already so preoccupied with what’s going on, is it any wonder most people lose interest in sex altogether or have trouble performing when they do try to engage in intimacy?

Issues with sex range across the board, from avoiding intimacy to attempting to cope with the situation through increased sexual encounters, which in turn could lead to risky behavior, exposure to STD’s, or unwanted pregnancy.

Immune System

Your immune systems is what keeps you healthy when exposed to germs.

But studies have proven that people under stress tend to knock their immune system for a loop.

Frequently, people experiencing upheaval are more prone to illness and take longer to heal when they’re sick or injured.

Bone Density

In the long-term, being in a high-stress situation such as an upheaval will actually impact your bone density, leading to less calcium absorption and making you more prone to issues regarding bone health as you grow older.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Across the board, you’re going to find any chronic illness is going to be exacerbated by upheaval.

In diabetes, you’ll find it harder to regulate your blood sugar during a crisis due to changing eating patterns or even changes in how your body processes insulin as a stress response.

Heart conditions become exacerbated.

Conditions that involve inflammation, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, will leave patients in more pain.

Whatever you’re already suffering is going to take a hit and leave you feeling worse than usual, or having a hard time keeping your condition under control.


As you can see, the physical ramifications of upheaval can be every bit as difficult to process as the emotional.

Together this means your body takes quite a hit when life is coming at you this hard and fast.

You need to find a healthy and effective way to deal with all this.

Now, let’s take some time to compare these physical impacts to your past experiences and opinions.


Day 2 Exercise: What Does Upheaval do to Your Body?

The effects on mental health are nothing short of fantastic when it comes to disruptions, but it doesn’t stop there.

We’ve already touched on a little bit of the physical effects of the same thing in today’s lesson, but in the exercises below, we’ll be further investigating them further and looking at how you have physically suffered from upheavals in the past.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: When in the middle of disruptions, it’s common to experience either an increase in hours of sleep or a decrease, as well as either an increase in the amount you eat or a decrease.

In the past, which way have you found that you went?

Did you experience any of these signs at all?

How did they affect your day-to-day life?

Write Your Ideas Here:




Step 2: Besides the physical impacts listed in today’s lesson, what other physical effects would you think are possible during or after upheaval?

Using your own experiences and thoughts, list a few below.

·       Impact 1:


·       Impact 2:


·       Impact 3:


Step 3: Reflect on the possible physical effects of disruptions.

Which ones have you been the most susceptible to?

List your answers below.

·       Impact 1:


·       Impact 2:


·       Impact 3: