Here is what i am burning on today… STRESS!!!! and no, its not because i am feeling stressed out or anything. Really, im not…Haha… Ok now back to the story. We all deal with stress each day with everything you do, from waking up, to driving in traffic, dealing with all your task that you have throughout the day, dealing with your family, making dinner, and on and on and on. We have mental stress, physical stress and spiritual stress all day, every day. Stress effects each and every one of us. Stress is ultimately the #1 cause of all disease. It all depends on how you manage your stress levels, being that we are all exposed to similar levels of stress each day. I see clients all day long, some will admit to being under a lot of stress while others say they have low to no stress in their daily lives. I like to hear what a client has to say about their level of stress and its good to get their point of view. Because basically, the important factor is how one interprets their stress levels. I do find that people do often misinterpret how stressed they really are, and my body scan will tell me different and if somebody is over stressed. Its good for us to figure this out together and to get the client to understand that they aren’t stress free and that they need to manage their stress levels differently. My body scan does a biological age on people and usually that age is based on how stressed they are overall. Its not uncommon for me to see somebody that is 2x their real age. My clients don’t like to hear this age, because its almost never their actual age. If your body is dehydrated, lacking vitamins/minerals, hormones out of balance, digestive disorders, constipation, joint pain, adrenals exhausted, not sleeping well, sweating or too cold, pH imbalance, nervous system imbalance of even if you body is lacking oxygen…. all of these are different stressors that can affect your overall stress levels. Many of these are hidden factors that you may not think of when thinking about stress. Anything that causes your body not to function properly will count as a stress factor.
Bottom Line, when thinking about health you need to take your stress levels into account. You won’t ever eliminate stress, but you can always manage stress much better.
Ways to manage stress:
1. Avoiding is the best way
2. Do one thing at a time
3. Deep breathing/Meditation
5. Good sleep
6. Quite and peace break during the day.
There are plenty of other strategies for avoiding or mitigating stress, including eat whole, real foods, lift heavy things, move around a lot, sprint now and then, get sun, take a break from the madness. I’m sure I’ve missed a ton of viable options, so, please, leave your strategies in the comment section. Reducing stress, or at least improving my response to it, is a huge focus of mine going forward. It’s probably my biggest weakness, and I want to change that. Any suggestions would be welcome!