| Monday, September 27, 2004
| THE SEVEN TYPES OF STRESS AND HOW TO OVERHAUL YOUR STRESS MACHINE
|(by Dr. Elson M. Haas, MD, is a medical director of the Preventive Medical Center in Marin in San Raphael, Calif., and a leading practitioner of integrated medicine. He is also the author of several books, including Staying Healthy with Nutrition and The Detox Diet)
THE SEVEN TYPES OF STRESS:
1... PHYSICAL: intense exertion,manual labor,lack of sleep,travel.
2... CHEMICAL: drugs,alcohol,caffeine,nicotine and environmental pollutants such as cleaning chemicals or pesticides.
3... MENTAL: perfectionism, worry, anxiety,long work hours.
4... EMOTIONAL: anger, guilt, loneliness, sadness and fear.
5... NUTRITIONAL: food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiency.
6... TRAUMATIC: injuries or burns, surgery, illness, infections,extreme temperature.
7... PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL: troubled relationshps, financial or career pressures, challenges with the goals, spiritual alignment and general state of happiness.
HOW TO OVERHAUL YOUR STRESS MACHINE
*** HAVE MORE FUN. schedule in and actively pursue activities that you enjoy and that help you relax.
*** EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS.emotions need regular venting and evolution. stuck, unexpressed emotions are the building blocks of pain and illness.
*** GET ENOUGH SLEEP.poor sleep habits interfere with your body's ability to rest, heal and recharge. if you have trouble sleeping, seek out the causes and get some help addressing them!
*** EXERCISE.regular physical exercise is one of the best ways to clear away tension and build energy. it also helps you to adopt a better life perspective and to feel more in control of your circumstances.
*** PRACTICE RELAXATION EXERCISES. breathing, meditation and visualization exercises help you let go of mental worries and allow you to experience precious moments of calm and inner peace. i believe that this quiet, "nothing happening" space is where thehealing process begins.
*** DEVELOP GOOD RELATIONSHPS. it is important to have authentic friends in whom you can confide and find support. those who love and accept you -- people who willling to and advise, but won't judge -- are your true friends. it can also be very fulfilling to be a true friend to someone else.
*** EXPERIENCE LOVE AND SATISFYING SEX. a primary relationship that's loving and sensual and sexual can also be a major stress reducer. having an understanding, accepting companion to receive your hardworking body and mind can be the best therapy available. that said, if you donot currently have such a relationship in your life, turn to the other helpful therapies. if you are lacking touch, consider getting massage or another form of healing bodywork.
*** CHANGE PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES. when ideas or views are not serving you, it's wise to examine and adapt them. it's important to learn to respond to life's situations and not just react. this is a true "response-ability"! haging onto frustrations,holding grudges, and playing the victim/blame game are not in your health's best interest. when you can, step back from the little struggles and look at the big picture. many people find that applying spiritual principles to sticky life situations offers direction as well as greater peace of mind and heart. but whether it's a spiritual practice or a daily yoga or journaling ritual, do what you need to do in order to find and experience self-love , self-respect and true self-worth.
*** EAT RIGHT. eating nutrient-poor foods that are high in sugar or filled with chemicals and unhealthy fats puts an unnecessary stress on your system, reducing your immunity, overloading your liver and forcing your body to work overtime just to maintain balance. if you use up too many of your body's resources on handling high-stress food-and-drink operations, there's not much left over for emergencies. eating nourishing food, on the other hand, supports your body's natural immune and healing systems, helping your body to cope successfully with other sources of stress.
|posted by infraternam meam @ 1:46 PM