We are one nation under stress!
I dedicate this section, “Stress Is Gone” to individuals who experience ‘a great deal of stress’ in their life or have pent up emotions; as long as we’re alive, we will have some form of stress. We do not need to suppress stressful feelings or let them eat at us. It is time to be proactive and learn healthy coping mechanisms. If not managed properly, pent up unmanaged stress will have a harsh effect in our lives and will also affect people we care about.
Studies have shown that stress in the workplace is at an all time high and that 75 to 90% of Americans are visiting their primary care physician yearly for stress related disorders. Americans are swallowing billions of narcotics (tranquilizers, barbiturates, amphetamines,) etc. each year to manage stress vs. utilizing stress management techniques or use positive coping skills like: prayer, journaling, meditation, hypnosis, yoga, deep breathing, relaxation, exercise, etc.
Keep in mind, drugs do not prevent stress, they help ‘quiet’ the problem; unfortunately some medical practitioners continue to treat the effect instead of the ‘Root Cause’ of the malady.
Stress is defined as “pressure, force and strain”; “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that cause’s bodily or mental tension.” Stress is the body’s response to any stimulus that it experiences.
I think of stress as pressures of life that we take on according to how we perceive, believe, react and cope to the particular pressure, force or strains that come our way. Internal and external demands and pressures come from various places and people:
- Family, self-talk and self-criticism, divorce, prolonged illness, lack of sleep, social, financial, work/school, responsibilities, obligations, attitudes, beliefs, and past experiences.
- These stressors may even ‘hound’ us in our sleep or ‘eat at us’ daily. Unmanaged non-beneficial stressors are damaging to the body. Giving thought to how internalized negative stress affects your body, you might imagine or visualize it as a faucet with a steady drip – but instead of water dripping, internal stress is dripping damaging stress hormones into your tissues. Imagine the damage done to the person that accumulates these steady little drips of stress in their body over a prolonged period of time.
Forms of Stress and How They Affect Us
Each individual is affected differently by stress, and not all stress is bad.
- Healthy Positive Stress can be seen when we get married or receive a job promotion. This positive stress can at times help us make deadlines or clean our home quickly when unexpected company is arriving. A good workout at the gym can also produce good stress. Our brain interprets whether a situation is stressful or not. Your interpretation of that stressor, will define if you think a circumstance is ‘stressful’ for you; you will then act on your belief. One person’s stress may bring another individual gratification.
- Physical Stress arises with feeling overworked, getting lack of sleep, etc.
- Chemical Stress is seen and felt when an individual is over stimulated: too much caffeine, alcohol or nicotine.
- Thermal Stress can affect hikers and mountain climbers during outdoor activities in extreme temperatures.
- Mental Negative Stress occurs when we feel overwhelmed or feel that we are loosing control. The perfectionist or someone who is constantly ‘driven’ to ‘do more – do better,’ will rarely feel satisfaction as there is always something more that needs to be done or done better.
- Prolonged Negative Stress – lets take a look at some of the side effects: increased fatigue leading to illnesses such as cancer, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, etc., poor moral or impaired judgment leading to accidents; reduced employee productivity; increased sick days used and amplified health care costs secondary to increased illness; depression, unhappiness – sadness; divorce, etc. If unhealthy stress is not managed or controlled, it takes a toll on the individual, affecting their body, mind, emotions and spirit; things seem to take a downward spiral and the person feels trapped, helpless or worse.
To learn how to control stress effectively, please feel free to contact me, Polly Humphreys, Certified Hypnotist at Alternative Wellness & Beyond at (828) 504-2003.
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