Did you know Zebra’s don’t get ulcers?
Zebra’s don’t get ulcers because they let go of stress as soon as the crisis or threat is over.
They don’t waste time or energy worrying about past events.
Imagine if the zebra thought after a close shave with a lion –
- Wow, I almost lost my leg!
- The lion could have killed me!
- What if I hadn’t hopped to the side?
- What would have happened to my children?
- I would have lost my spot in the pecking order of the herd.
- Thankfully that didn’t happen.
- But what if it happens again?
- It could be a hippopotamus tomorrow!”
And so on.
It is easy to imagine that catastrophic line of thought a zebra could have if it had a human mind.
Thankfully zebras are completely different.
After a close encounter with a hungry lion, the zebra slots back into the herd as if nothing has happened.
According to Prof Robert M. Sapolsky who wrote the book: ‘Why Zebras don’t get ulcers’, the zebra’s stress response is short and sharp.
- It is acute.
- It is never chronic.
- When in danger, the zebra reacts.
- When the danger is passed, the zebra is calm.
When we stress, our body turns on the same fight and flight responses that an animal’s body does, but we don/t turn off the stress response in the same way, through fighting, fleeing, or other quick actions.
Over time, this chronic activation of the stress response can make us literally sick.
Most people don’t lie awake at night worrying about whether they have leprosy or malaria.
Instead, we fear covid, heart disease, or cancer.
We lie awake thinking how we are going to pay the bills, or how we are going to have the energy to show up for our kids or the board meeting at work.
We carry the burden of unresolved traumas in our tissues.
Here are some of the biggest fight and flight triggers:
- You worry about other people’s opinions
- You want to please everybody and lose touch with your own needs
- You don’t value your feelings (or intuition)
- You procrastinate (the fight and flight response has caused you to go into ‘freeze’)
- Overwhelmed about things you can’t control
- You keep making the same mistakes
- You compare yourself with others
- You numb your pain with alcohol, drugs, Netflix, overwork, or food and end up feeling worse
Do you relate to any of these?
Thankfully, there is hope for all of us!
We can adopt a zebra-like response to stress!
Here are some helpful tools that help you de-stress your day.
- STOP DOING and START BEING – That’s right, you are a human being, not a human doing. Start with 20 minutes a day, doing absolutely nothing. Sit under a tree, or stare into space. It doesn’t matter what you do, but when it is over, you will feel more relaxed, calm, and happy.
- Take a power nap, or a nanna nap if your body craves it.
- Go for a short walk, meditate, dance, or move your body. Whatever your body tells you, do it. Begin to think like a zebra.
- Stop hanging out with people who drain your energy. Seek out people who operate on your wavelength. If you don’t have any people in your life like that yet, spend time in your own company and become your own best friends.
- Stop worrying about what other people think and connect with your own inner core self.
- Spend lots of time in nature. Nature is great for the soul.
- Laugh, watch a funny movie, be ridiculous.
Perhaps you think: this works for others, but not for me!
My nervous system is completely deregulated.
I can’t remember ever feeling calm like a zebra.
We release layers of unresolved trauma and negative programming in just one session.
You will feel completely refreshed, strangely calm, and energized.
That’s because we know how to take a deep dive into your nervous system and clear up old traumas, negative programming, and other hindering energy blocks.
We also recommend that you take a good source of probiotics every day,
And supplement with magnesium or calm nature, or 5 HTP.
What is your best “be like a zebra” calming strategy?
We would love to hear from you!