Stress Can Make You Sick
We need some stress to keep us strong, but too much can destroy our health. The stresses of modern life have increased dramatically during recent years. Learning to identify and manage the stresses in your daily life can help you to enjoy a longer and more productive life.
Too much or too little, of almost anything can be a stressor.
- Coolness, warmth or soft music are non-stressors; but extreme cold, heat or loud music are stressors.
- Lack of food or water is a stressor. . . Adequate food and water helps us adapt to stress. . . But too much food can also be a stressor.
- Drugs are chemical stressors. Strong drugs or too many drugs can be life threatening stressors.
- Social interaction is important to health; But, either lack of social contact, or over-crowding, are stressors.
- A tiger in the room is a stressor. . . Tigers come in many forms, real, imagined, and those that occur when we mentally replay the videos of yesterdays stressful experiences.
Three Stages Of Stress Adaptation:
1. The Alarm Stage: During this stage your mind/body functions are being readied, to resist the stressor, or to get away from the stressful situation. This is sometimes called the fight or flight response.
2. The Adaptation or Resistance Stage: During this stage your mind and body take actions to adapt to the stressful situation. . . Your nervous system causes powerful stress hormones to be released, the immune system to be depressed, and other changes to occur throughout your body.
In ideal circumstances your inner functions work well enough to eliminate and/or adapt to the stressors and your body can return to normal. In less ideal circumstances, your functions are not up to the challenge and you enter the exhaustion stage.
3. The Exhaustion Stage: When you can no longer adapt to the stress, a wide variety of health problems can develop, including headaches, digestive problems, irritability, fluid retention, arthritis, muscle weakness, dizziness, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, immune system failure and cancer.
Three Forms Of Stress:
Physical Stress: comes from gravity, jars, jolts and bad postures involved in our work, play, school and other activities. You can be careful to avoid accidents, use a back cushion when you sit, and exercise to reduce the effects of stress.
Mental Stress:In today's world the mental stressors of work, school, home, finances, health problems, etc. can sometimes be overwhelming. Life's experiences are meant to be learning opportunities that help us grow in mind and spirit. - But most people can recall at least a few negative experiences that, when recalled (even years later) cause us to have the same negative emotions of fear, embarrassment, hate, nervousness, etc. that we felt when the original experience happened.
Yesterdays baggage can become a source of today's stress. When our conscious (or subconscious) memory of yesterdays problems negatively affect the way we handle today's challenges, these perceived stressors can activate our alarm reaction the same as real stressors; And can become long-term circumstances, that negatively affect our life and our health.
It is important to take time to work "on" your life. A little time out to do some forgiveness, visit with a friend, take a walk in the woods, or learn some of the simple and easy ways to handle some of your stressors can do wonders. We discuss these solutions in our Mental Stress Workshop.
Chemical Stress: At no time in history has the human body been exposed to the amounts of toxic chemicals that it is being exposed to today. Every year thousands of toxic man-made chemicals enter our water, air, food, workplaces, schools and homes. These chemicals are overloading our livers, kidneys, blood streams and the trillions of cells that we depend on for our health. Even the drugs we take have powerful, toxic side effects.
We can't eliminate all toxic chemicals from our life. But we can reduce them: We can begin reading the labels on our foods and the other products we use. . . We can stop smoking, use filtered water, stop drinking junk drinks. . . We can avoid fast foods and junk foods. . . And we can carefully monitor the risks and benefits of the drugs we take, and talk with our doctors about our concerns. We discuss these solutions in our Chemical Stress Workshop.
DETOXIFICATION: The best first-step most people can take, toward health, is to begin detoxifying their body. Eliminating toxic waste that has built up in your body from years of junk foods and drinks, food additives, drugs, and other environmental sources reduces the chemical load that your body must deal with, in order to operate at it's maximum level.
You control the lifestyle that brings good health. . . or health problems; No one else can be responsible for your health. You set your health goals and develop a personal wellness plan; - Or you leave it to chance.