Why Is It So Many Of Us Go Instantly Into Stress Mode Going 0 to 100 MPH

By PX Docs Educational Team
Why Is It So Many Of Us Go Instantly Into Stress Mode Going 0 to 100 MPH | PX Docs

Why do so many of us tend to quickly go into stress mode, going 0 to 100 mph, and why do so many of our children do the same?

Lets dig into the science behind getting “STUCK” in stress mode, and how to get “DETOXED” if you are!

Every day, it seems that each new change or challenge brings more stress, and it’s causing more and more parents to become overwhelmed and stuck. We can even feel toxic under stress.

It works very similarly for our children. We’re seeing high schoolers, teenagers, and middle schoolers especially affected by stress. We’re seeing more anxiety than ever before. What can really help your kiddos is for them to see you doing well, being resilient, adapting, and not being completely consumed by stress.

So we are going to focus on ourselves as parents and ask – how do we understand what’s really going on and how do we get out from underneath all of this? Then when we do, we can be those leaders and helpers for our family as well.

Why Our Nervous System Defaults to Fight or Flight

First off, let’s go backward before going forward. Where does stress really come from? Unfortunately, our brain is wired to have a pre-set default mode that automatically triggers the fight or flight and stress response.

The movie Croods, about cavemen, is one of my family’s favorite movies. I can relate that movie to how our nervous system works. That’s how God made us, to default to that survival mode, which is what the cavemen needed back then and other experiences we’ve been through have ingrained that further into us.

So your brain flips on fight or flight, protective, stress, tension, zero to a hundred mode quicker and easier than it switches to the opposite mode. This other mode is growth, relaxation, cognitive function, good decision making, emotional regulation, digestion, and immune strength mode.

The flip of the switch is the brake pedal or in neurology what’s called, the parasympathetic nervous system and the vagus nerve. The reason so many of us get stuck in distress so quickly and easily is that our default mechanism in neurology is that. So what do we do about it? If you’re feeling like we are preaching to the choir and you are stuck in stress mode and I can’t seem to get out of it… here’s how!


You can take a detox mode to relieve stress with chiropractic. We can actually measure through technology called HRV – heart rate variability using our INSiGHT scans. It’s the number one diagnostic health measurement for stress in today’s world. A very rudimentary version of it is on your Apple or Garmin watch. The advanced version that we have in our office looks a lot deeper, has more accuracy, and will tell you how deep of a hold stress has on you. You need to start with that information before you can make a plan to get unstuck and detox from this stress.

The truth for a lot of us is, you know you’re stressed, so you’ve downloaded the calm app on your phone or tried breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. But when you’re in the middle of a breathing exercise or yoga class, the only thing you can think about is all the tension and stress and what’s on your to-do list. If that is how your nervous system ends up, even when you’re trying to do beneficial things like going for a walk or taking a yoga class, you are what we call subluxated. You are stuck in that stress mode, and you need something that goes beyond what you can do for yourself to get unstuck.

When you take a neurological approach to chiropractic, as we do, instead of just working on the muscles and bones, we get to work on the nervous system through frequent visits in the beginning. The more stress you or your child has been through, the more offense, the more good points you’ve got to add to detox.

Chiropractic Should Be First in the Batting Order

We’re not particularly fond of the concept of “detox.” It’s not the best analogy to use, but it’s one that people are familiar with. Often, when we try to “detox” quickly, it can be counter-productive. The way to win with your health is to be consistent over time. One of the things we are always working on with our patients is to put the good things in a batting order or sequence.

I’m a healthy eater. I go for walks, meditate, do yoga, and CrossFit. We fully understand the value of all the other good, healthy endeavors that are out there. But if you really want to know the secret sauce or cheat code sequence, start with chiropractic because if you are buried by stress physically, and your nervous system is exhausted, you will not be able to stick with those other things.

Our practice has really exploded with stressed-out parents, and they can’t believe how good they feel when they get a couple of weeks of adjustments done! They get their energy and mojo back. Then they can get back to the gym and make better diet choices. They can actually use the meditation app on their phone and get a good night’s sleep because they started in the right order.

Please check out our PX Docs directory to find a PX Doc near you. If someone you know needs to hear this message and learn steps to help detox themselves from stress, share this, please!

It doesn’t matter how much stress is out there. What matters most is the quality of your life, your child’s life, and how resilient, strong, and adaptable you are inside – neurologically, and physiologically. We are here for you. God bless and be well.


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