Do you know how to attack the 6 kinds of Stress?
Last time we discussed the 6 types of primary stressors: physical, chemical, electromagnetic, mental/psychological, nutritional and thermal. Now for the biggie, how to deal with them. Let’s get started. First you need to be able to identify your stressors. Let’s look at each category and see what to do about each one.
Stop working out all of the time. This is the one I see most often, but can be misinterpreted. I still want you to move, just at a reduced pace. Walking, gentle yoga, tai chi and active forms of meditation call all be great. They don’t leave you feeling wiped out, but still get you moving which the importance of cannot be overstated. They still allow you to pump blood in and out of organs and muscles as well as move often overlooked lymph and chi throughout their channels in the body. Get to bed on time is the other. There is just no substitute for sleep from 10pm to 6am.
See nutritional for some suggestions. Also, a simple tip is don’t put anything on your body or in the air that you wouldn’t eat. Your skin absorbs it or your breath it in regardless.
[quote author=”Henry Ford”]“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”[/quote]“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford If it is something you can control then do it. Other circumstances are out of our control, but by keeping all other 5 stressors in balance we can help mitigate this one. Nutritional Stress Any commercially raised animal (not grass-fed) or commercially raised vegetable (non-organic) will put a ton of stress on the body from all of the toxins (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, feces, etc.) they contain. It only takes a few of us to say no to fast food and commercially raised food and we can change food as we know it for the better of all.
This one is pretty simple. Carry an extra sweater or wear short sleeves and shorts. Just look ahead at the weather.
I feel the biggest tip is to turn off all electronics and dim the lights at least one hour before bedtime. It is tough to get away from computers for some at work, but this doesn’t mean you have to go home and be in front of one or click on the TV. Books tell a great story too and a walk after dinner can be very relaxing. For those who carry cell phones at least take it out of your pockets when you are able to set it down.
Now that you have started finding them do something about it. Go out and have some more fun once in a while. It’s amazing what it can do for the body and the mind.
Remember that for each of these you must start slow. Implement one new change per week at most so that you do not overwhelm yourself which can just be another stressor. Helping to decrease these stressors can calm your body down and allow it to heal during your physical therapy treatments.