Ignoring This Common Problem Can Prove DEADLY

Today’s message is urgent…

Because if you don’t fix it now, it will kill you.

It may sound like I’m being overly dramatic. But study after study has proven it to be true.

And you’ve probably already heard about some of the dangers associated with this common killer, but have chosen to ignore them anyway.

Hey, I get it. I’ve been there. In fact, I almost paid the ultimate price for it…

It took me a few stays in the hospital and a few excruciating near-death experiences to finally wake up and realize that chronic stress was killing me.

If you don’t want to endure the same consequences, take it from me when I say that you need to start getting a handle on your own stress levels today.

These common symptoms point to chronic stress

Even though stress can be a normal, healthy (and even helpful) reaction every so often, unmanaged chronic stress can cause some serious damage throughout your entire body. (I’ll touch on that more in just a moment.)

But in order to fix it, you need to understand what causes it.

So, first things first: How do you know if you’re suffering from chronic stress?

Check out this list of common symptoms:

Anxiety Headaches
Difficulty concentrating Irritability
Digestive problems Loss of sexual desire
Fatigue Low self-esteem
Feeling a loss of control Rapid, disorganized thoughts
Frequent infections or illnesses Nervousness

If you struggle with one or more of the things on this list, chances are you’re dealing with chronic stress.

The type of build-up that will break you down

The main culprit behind your stress—and most likely a lot of your symptoms—is the hormone cortisol.

When cortisol is balanced within the body, it actually benefits your health in some pretty major ways like:

  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Equalizing blood sugar levels
  • Improving memory
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Regulating metabolism

But when you’re constantly stressed, cortisol starts to build up in your body—just waiting for you to “burn” it off.

And if you don’t do something to manage or relieve it, you’re setting yourself up for an ugly, vicious, and very unhealthy cycle. All of which can lead up to some pretty unsettling short- and long-term effects:

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Ignored stress and cortisol build-up have also been shown to kill your brain cells and shrink your brain, as well as impede your ability to heal and bounce back from injuries and illnesses. 

These are pretty serious issues. And quite frankly, there’s just too much at stake to continue ignoring the science.

Fortunately, managing stress is one aspect of your health that is entirely within your control.

Your body’s all-natural, built-in stress reliever

One of the most effective ways to combat chronic stress is stimulating your vagus nerve—the longest nerve in your body, that spans from the top of your brain stem to the bottom of your abdomen.

When your vagus nerve is activated, it releases a surge of the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This then sends a message to your body to counteract the abundance of stress hormones, and calm itself down.

And the stronger your vagus nerve’s response (also called your vagal tone), the quicker you’ll bounce back after stress, an illness, or an injury.

So today, I’m going to show you a very easy technique that will do two things:

1) Immediately reduce your levels of stress

2) Strengthen your vagal tone

Let’s get started.

Activate your vagus nerve for immediate stress relief

Try this simple vagal toning exercise:

  1. Inhale deeply until your lungs fully expand.

  2. As you exhale, hum a low-pitched “hoom” sound. (I made an example for you here.)

  3. As you begin making the sound, gently close your mouth and make sure your back teeth are touching. You should feel a slight vibration in your head and upper body. (That means it’s working!)

  4. Repeat this exercise five times. (Remember to stop if you feel dizzy or short of breath!)

  5. After you’re finished, sit quietly for 60 seconds and notice how much calmer you now feel.

  6. For best results, repeat daily, or when you start to feel stressed out.

The best part of all? You don’t need a special pill or tool to do this exercise. It’s free and can be done pretty much any time or anywhere.

Vagal nerve stimulation is like a built-in “superpower”—one that’s just been waiting to be uncovered. And making these types of exercises a part of your daily routine can result in major improvements to your life, if you stick with it.

Today is your first step in creating a happier, healthier, stress-free life.

P.S. – If you’d like to learn about more all-natural, vagal strengthening exercises to relieve stress, you’ll find a lot of value in my Whole Body Sound Healing System. To learn more about this online learning course, or to get started in your journey to better health, simply click here.


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Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a professional musician and educator. He's an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University where he teaches music and how the power of sound can help you experience a healthier life.