Stress and Fear

Podcasts

“If you look at yourself in the mirror, what happens right away? Do you feel good thoughts? Do you feel negative thoughts? Do you negatively critique what you see in the mirror? Do you not even like seeing yourself in the mirror?

In this discussion, we will explore the profound effects that negative conversations and thoughts about oneself, and others can have on our physiological and psychological well-being. Specifically, we will examine:

The Impact of Negative Conversations and Thoughts on the Body and Brain:

  • Physiological and Neurological Effects: We’ll delve into how persistent negativity can trigger stress responses in the body, leading to a cascade of potential health issues. This includes elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can have detrimental effects on various bodily systems, including the immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.
  • Cognitive Consequences: The discussion will also cover the neurological impact of negative thinking patterns, such as the reinforcement of neural pathways associated with anxiety and depression, potentially leading to a predisposition towards these conditions. Additionally, we’ll discuss how this negativity can affect cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and decision-making processes.

The Role of Fear in Physical and Mental Health:

  • Bodily Reactions to Fear: We will explore how fear activates the body’s fight-or-flight response, detailing the short-term physiological changes, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, and how chronic fear can lead to long-term health issues, such as chronic anxiety, heart disease, and sleep disturbances.
  • Fear’s Effect on the Brain: The session will also delve into the psychological aspects, examining how fear can alter brain structure and function, particularly in areas like the amygdala, which is involved in fear processing, and the prefrontal cortex, responsible for regulating emotions and making decisions. Understanding these changes is crucial in comprehending the full spectrum of fear’s impact on mental health.

The Consequences of Not Engaging in Positive Experiences:

  • Physical and Emotional Toll: We’ll discuss the importance of positive interactions and thoughts for maintaining physical and mental health. The absence of these positive stimuli can lead to a decrease in the production of beneficial hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which are critical for mood regulation and overall well-being.
  • Overall Health Implications: Lastly, we’ll consider the broader implications of missing out on positive experiences, including an increased risk for mental health disorders, diminished quality of life, and a potential decrease in lifespan due to the compounded effects of stress and negativity on the body.

Through this exploration, our goal is to understand the significant impact that our mental and emotional states have on our physical health and to underscore the importance of cultivating a positive mindset and environment for our overall well-being.

Interviews with Megan Lopez

Megan is a professional Makeup Artist, Esthetician, and lover of all things beauty and wellness! She is dedicated to helping you feel beautiful in your skin using the healthiest, cleanest products for your skin, body, and the environment you live in. She started her career in Los Angeles, where she did make up for the Film and Television industry. For 8 years she worked as a freelance artist on TV shows, movies, photo shoots and weddings! She also had the opportunity to be a brand ambassador for multiple clean beauty brands where she learned about the wonders of natural and organic makeup and skincare products. She has worked with people of all ages, skin types, and backgrounds and has become an expert in the field of beauty.