The Impact of Stress & Negative Thinking on Your Brain

The Impact of Stress & Negative Thinking on Your Brain

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), stress is the health epidemic of the 21st Century. Now so, more than ever, we’re experiencing a heightened sense of physiological and mental stress that makes us more vulnerable to disease, infections, and viruses.

The stress hormones that we produce are effective in shutting down the immune system, which explains why it’s so common to end up with a cold or the flu after prolonged periods of stress.

It’s no secret that stress is bad for us, but did you know that how you respond to stress along with your mindset has a powerful impact on our health?

In the latest season of Transcendence 2, award-winning author Dawson Church, PhD., discusses the impact of long term stress and anxiety on the brain. Through his life-long research into gene expression, he shares exactly how our mindset and stress-response can hardwire the brain and create our ‘reality.’ 

High levels of cortisol, which is the hormone produced by stress, and negative thought patterns can trigger gene expression and result in a cascade of biological effects. Reduced muscle mass, reduced bone density, increased skin wrinkling, and degradation of digestion are typical of long term stress.

However, if we can learn to respond to stress and negative thought patterns with a new outlook by harnessing the power of our thoughts, we can begin to undo these biological effects.

Discover more in the worldwide, online premiere of Transcendence 2

Alongside Dawson, in Episode 3 of Transcendence 2, you’ll hear from Bradley Nelson, Ira Israel, Nick Ortner, Scarlett Lewis, Jennifer Partridge, Philip McKernan, and Kim Morrison to explore how meditation, forgiveness, and the ancient science of Tapping can help to reduce stress, negative thinking, and start us on our healing process.

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In Episode 3 “Emotional Healing & Overcoming Trauma,” you’ll learn:

  • How our thoughts and emotions impact our biology.
  • The ancient healing technique that is set to reshape modern therapy.
  • How you can start using this proven technique today to overcome emotional trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain, and other health ailments.
  • How to improve your overall well being, by uncovering and releasing trapped negative emotions from your body.
  • How meditation, life visioning, self-acceptance, and forgiveness can help you let go of your past and manifest a future of your dreams. 


The worldwide premiere screening of Transcendence Season 2 begins on Monday, May 18.

Get access to all 5 fascinating episodes by saving your spot here.

5 Warning Signs of Chronic Stress You Can’t Afford to Ignore

5 Warning Signs of Chronic Stress You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Stress is fine in small doses–in fact, it’s a natural and necessary hormonal response that encourages your body and mind to activate appropriately when required. We can avoid danger, perform at a high level, maintain sharp focus, and react swiftly to urgent situations all thanks to our quick-acting stress response system.

When functioning normally, the stress response shuts down or “deactivates” automatically. For example, you might be anxious about giving a presentation at work; once it’s over, however, your worries vanish. Your heart may pound before competing in a road race; after crossing the finish line you are quickly able to unwind. If you run a stop sign, it might take a bit of driving before you stop sweating, but you’ll be happily singing to the radio just a few blocks later.

These are examples of how short-term functional stress can help us with performance, attention and safety. Chronic stress is different; it builds up slowly over time. What happens is this: stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are released, over and over again, in non-threatening situations or by a series of inappropriate triggers. When your autonomic nervous system is activated continuously or repeatedly by “false alarms,” it forgets how and when to turn itself off. A body overloaded with adrenaline and cortisol is a body suffering from chronic stress.

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