Everyone experiences physical and emotional upset and STRESS is actually the body’s response to that. Stress is the response, not the stimulus. The thoughts of having overdue bills or being around unplesant people cause reactivity, or stress, in the body and mind. It is of utmost importance to listen, interpret, and focus on this stress and learn how to calm it down by addressing the stressors.
Even as I write this post, my body is reacting to the stressors around me…there is a garbage truck backing up down the alley outside my window…beeping and engine noise are causing me to react with feelings of overwhelm and annoyance. The smell of its diesel exhaust are causing me to physically react with a slight headache and nasal congestion. The noise and exhaust are the stressors, my feelings, headache and congestion are the stress.
Did you know that researchers estimate that stress contributes to 80% of all major illnesses, including cancer, depression, high cholesterol, skin disorders, and even back problems? Our bodies and minds are trying to tell us what is bothering us…we just have to recognize the symptoms as being communication. If you shut down the communication with drugs or ignore it completely, without addressing the stressor, then the stress goes deeper. What was a skin problem last year, in time will develop into digestive or respiratory stress. High cholesterol is one example of stress when the body is under fungal attack, or there is emotional stressors, toxins such as heavy metals, and nutritional stressors. These stressors cause the body to react with inflammation and cholesterol release. If it is ignored, then worse problems occur, like heart attack or stroke. Allergies are stress reactions too. They are the result of the body being faced with pollen, pet dander or other substances that are reacting in the airways, digestive system or skin.
So, hopefully you now have an understanding of stressor and stress. Stress is the body pushing back or trying to maintain balance when faced with a stressor.
What I do, at Vancouver Allergy is provide a way to reveal a person’s stressors. You may be unaware that birch pollen, ragweed pollen or air pollution are causing your body to react with hayfever or cholesterol production. I then use electro-acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to help the body cope with the stress and maintain balance. If you provide the body with the tools it needs to maintain balance, then it won’t have to react in other ways. Using hayfever as an example, if you use electro-acupuncture, antioxidants and perhaps another appropriate nutritional supplement, the body will rebalance and the excessive mucous, itchy eyes and itchy throat and other stress responses will subside.
Try it out next time you are wondering how what is causing stress in your body and mind!