In 1998 Bruce Lipton stated that 95% of all diseases are as a result of stress-related issues. Which leads me to question;
Is all stress bad?
In truth, stress can be good or bad and its useful to recognise that every person experiences stress differently. Not everyone will experience severe anxiety, it is likely that stress will affect everyone at some point in their lives.
There are multiple types of stress, including eustress, situational stress, and chronic stress.
Eustress for example is a beneficial form of stress that has a positive effect on health, motivation, performance and emotional wellbeing. It is generally caused by events that might make you nervous. This kind of stress gives you the adrenaline hit that you need to find your courage.
Situational stress is a reaction to a circumstance you’re experiencing, that might recur each time you experience the specific situation. It often manifests as physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or sweaty palms. Situational stress dissipates when the situation is over.
Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure that has been suffered over a longer period of time. It occurs in response to a perception of having little or no control. Long term exposure to this type of stress creates a high levels of stress hormones which can lead to high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissue, suppression of the immune system and affects mental health.
It’s this, chronic stress that Bruce Lipton is referring to.
What can I do about it?
You might think that stress is based on external factors, but in fact, it’s your internal response that matters most. Because we all have stressors that we can’t control. However, when we feed into stress, we are creating the emotional distress that accompanies chronic stress.
My top tips to relieve stress;
Define your stressors – Write down all the stressors from your day, potential stressors for the week so that you can start to see patterns in your thoughts/behaviour. Understanding the types and sources of stress is an important part of managing them.
Gratitude – The brain is more highly attuned to the negative. Research has shown that shifting our thoughts and emotions from what’s stressing us to what we find valuable, our behaviours shift into a positive direction as well.
Community — Make an effort to connect with friends, family, and community. They are your most powerful allies in achieving long-term health
Hugs – a 20 second or more hug releases oxytocin, known as the love hormone, which actively reduces production of cortisol – the stress hormone.
Reduce or remove caffeine – Caffeine, especially coffee increases cortisol production in the body. In high doses, cortisol inhibits brain function, slows metabolism, breaks down muscle and increases blood pressure. It seems to affect different people very differently, potentially due to genetics it is thought. If you feel very jittery after coffee, it might be worth trialling a period of abstention.
Move Your Body— Exercise is a powerful, well-studied way to burn off stress chemicals and heal the mind. It has been proven to be better than or equal to Prozac for treating depression. Find the exercise type that you enjoy the most and don’t be afraid to mix it up with weights, walking in nature or HIIT.
Meditation – Take the time to actively relax. Not sitting in front of the TV with a glass of wine relax, the type where you turn your gaze inwards, daydream and let go.
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