Relief from Jumpy, Jittery Symptoms

Do you ever find yourself easily startled or jump at small sounds, even when they shouldn't startle you? Are you overly sensitive, nervous, and jumpy for no apparent reason? These feelings can be symptoms of an overactive stress response. In this article, we will explore a natural technique that can help relieve jumpy and jittery symptoms caused by stress or anxiety.

Understanding Stress-Response Hyper-Stimulation:

When stress responses occur dramatically or too often, the body may struggle to recover, leading to a state of hyper-stimulation. This prolonged state can cause heightened sensitivity and intense reactivity, resulting in easy startle responses and jumpy feelings. The body remains in a semi-emergency readiness state due to the stimulant effect of stress hormones.

Relieving Jumpy and Jittery Symptoms Naturally:

To alleviate jumpy and jittery symptoms caused by apprehensive behavior and stress response changes, it is important to calm yourself down. By reducing stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing rest and relaxation, and not fixating on being easily startled, you can speed up the recovery process. 

It is crucial to understand that the body might take up to 20 minutes or more to recover from a major stress response. As the body recovers, the symptoms should subside, allowing you to return to your normal self.

Even so, some individuals continue to experience anxious, jittery, or jumpy symptoms, even when faced with non-startling situations. This exaggerated reflex becomes unsettling and can disrupt daily life. While the startle response is a natural defensive reaction to dangerous situations, it typically disappears once the person is safe again. However, if it persists long after a dangerous situation has passed, it could be a sign an Exaggerated Startle Reflex.

What is an Exaggerated Startle Reflex?

Let's look a little more closely at the startle response itself, first. This is a natural defensive response to sudden or threatening stimuli. Usually the onset of the startle response is a reflex reaction. The startle reflex is a brain stem refectory reaction (reflex) that serves to protect the back of the neck (whole-body startle) and the eyes (eye-blink) and facilitates escape from sudden stimuli.

Most babies have this natural startle reflex (Moro Reflex) early on in life to protect them from dangerous situations, like falling, but the reflex normally disappears within the first few months of life. To help a child who is easily upset by this reflex, health professionals suggest that the baby be swaddled, or held close to the parent while sleeping. All of my children had this reflex when they were young, but quickly grew out of it.

When the startle reflex persists into adulthood, well, it can be upsetting, to say the least.  I mean, who wants to be startled several times during a typical day? When this happens the heart rate increases, the adrenalin kicks in and there is that uneasy feeling of fight or flight. For the person experiencing this response it can be very disturbing. It's natural get caught off guard when a friend gets startled easily, but it's essential to consider the potential discomfort it may cause them.

There is actually a medical term for this unsettling reaction (Exaggerated Startle Reflex), triggered by common everyday activities like, lightly touching a person's nose, clapping or other noises, bumping into a person's chair, or simply an unexpected tap on the shoulder or voice from behind. 

Are there methods or strategies that may help?

There are some common sense strategies that can be helpful:

  • Reducing your stress as much as possible can reduce nervous system reactivity
  • Controlled relaxed breathing can calm down the nervous system, making it less reactive
  • Avoiding stimulants can also allow the nervous system to calm down
  • Getting good sleep can calm an overly reactive nervous system
  • Regular light to moderate exercise is a good way to diffuse stress and calm the body
  • Having some good old-fashioned fun can be a stress buster
  • The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) can also, be helpful in gently releasing unresolved emotions
The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) is a powerful tool that combines the benefits of aromatherapy and emotional release. By utilizing certain essential oils and specific protocols, AFT helps release emotional blocks, promotes emotional well-being, and supports the body's natural ability to heal.

How AFT Can Help with Jumpy and Jittery Symptoms:

The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) provides targeted support for those who struggle with an overactive startle response. By targeting the root emotional patterns and releasing unresolved emotions, this simple but effective modality can bring much-needed relief. It incorporates the power of scent and guided visualization and is best led by a Certified AFT Practitioner. 

By following this specilized protocol, individuals can experience emotional release, increased calmness, and a reduction in jumpy and jittery symptoms. The practice can help reprogram the brain's response to triggers and create a more balanced emotional state.

If you find yourself struggling with jumpy and jittery symptoms due to an overactive stress response or an exaggerated startle reflex, the Aroma Freedom Technique may be the natural solution you have been searching for. 

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