I must first off confess that the most of this post are not my own words and will make every attempt to provide you with a proper link below.
There is a word that I always knew existed and for some bizarre reason it does not srick in my brain. Perhaps you already know all about it though. The word is…
(ˌhoʊ mi əˈsteɪ sɪs)
n.1. the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.2. a state of psychological equilibrium obtained when tension or a drive has been reduced or eliminated.
So from the explainer there, it is a position in life of being relaxed, a little clearer on things both in the physical and the psychological. Perhaps with this homeostasis there exists the possibility to become more aware also. While in the relaxed state of mind we may find that we have more pleasant feelings or even such that we can be more pleasant about even our not so nice feelings. It is an important way to be. It is claimed by many experts in the field of psychology and health that in a more relaxed setting within ourselves we do have the possibility to have a healthier mind and a healthier body. Homeostatic or homeostasis.
Why bring this up today?
Very good question indeed. A very interesting man explains even further and in keeping things simple, here is some direct text from his blog post. John Montgomery Ph. D.
“To be healthy and functional, we need to be able to feel and connect to all of our emotions at different times, even to the less pleasant ones. If you’ve just crossed the street in an unfamiliar neighborhood, for example, and see a group of large men down the block playing with switchblades, you may feel some trepidation, some fear at a visceral level. Good! You need that fear to help you make good choices — like, in this case, perhaps walking on a different street.
Studies have shown that when animals are incapable of feeling fear, they don’t survive for very long, and the same is undoubtedly true for people. Of course, most people in modern life, as we’ll discuss later, have far too much fear in their lives rather than too little, and this excess fear can be extremely destructive and crippling. But we do need the capacity to feel fear, just as we need the capacity to feel all of our other negative emotions, in certain circumstances.
Biologically and evolutionarily, all “negative,” or distressing, emotions, like fear, disgust, or anxiety, can be thought of as “survival-mode” emotions: They signal to the body and brain that our survival and well-being may be at risk, and are specifically designed to motivate behaviors and bodily responses that can most effectively deal with those risks and threats.
Survival-mode states can be said to biologically oppose states of “homeostasis,” which are states of physical and psychological balance. In a state of homeostasis, we sense or perceive no pressing survival-related needs, such as a hunger for food, and no apparent survival-related threats, such as people flourishing knives in our vicinity. When we’re in homeostasis, that is, we feel physically and emotionally safe.
In general, when we’re in homeostasis we tend to experience positive emotions and feelings, like joy or love, and when we’re in survival mode we tend to experience negative or distressing emotions and feelings. Indeed, the activation of a negative emotion like fear is precisely what throws our brains and bodies out of balance, into non-homeostasis or survival mode. As unpleasant as some emotions can be, however, every type of negative emotion that we experience is evolutionarily designed to serve one overriding purpose: to help motivate behavior that will bring us back into homeostasis. Homeostasis is where our bodies and brains want us to be whenever possible”.
I urge you to read the link to his post from below. The state of homeostasis can be disturbed by fear. Fear can bring about in us a fight or flight mode and make us a little more like, angry even. John Montgomery Ph. D. continues and mention how we try to get back to homeostasis all of the time so, when we are in fear we begin a kind of inner conflict. We are struggling against the survival mode based upon the reaction to fear. The struggle is to retrun to homeostasis all of the time and that this inner struggle can bring about all kinds of as he says “diaconnections”. These disconnections are worth reading about.
In relation to the fears and “disconnections” and homeostasis, perhaps you have some experience in these areas now that the global scale FEAR MONGERING that has been walked hand in hand by your government and media outlets throughout the covid-19 outbreak. It has almost become as bad, nah for sure has become as bad and most probably worse than the corona virus itself.
I have an interest in psychology and a more keen interest in how I work and function. So I have found myself stuck into many people’s ideas and theories of how we work as humans. All the time the focus has been on myself. Self work, I suppose you could call it. Although I wished to be able to understand some of the “psycho bable” and because I had a hard time of understanding, I decided to write my own book of more simple terms and easy reading to offer anyone who might wish to try a little self work or self care. This book is called Layman’s Handbook, in life; and I will also provide a link for you to this this below. I am not a psychologist and I wrote this book based upon experience and experiences from my own life. How I learned to relax and meditate, including how I have all of my own fears and reasons to seek out this longer life and living time in a state of homeostasis. Give layman’s Handbook a shot and once you have a willingness inside of you to try new things, I firmly believe you are already on the right path.