Working with my clients from all over the world, it’s clear that an unreasonably high level of stress is becoming our “new normal.” My personal observations are validated by ample research that shows how saturated and over-the-top with stress our lives have become. Job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, and sleep deprivation are the top causes of stress in the U.S.
According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA):
After working with thousands of people, and from my own personal experience as well, I’m quite aware of the problematic symptoms of stress, which include everything from severe fatigue, migraine headaches, upset stomach and digestion issues, muscle tension, pain symptoms, appetite changes, weight gain, emotional eating, insomnia, changes in sex drive, dizziness, brain fog, trouble concentrating, impaired memory, irritability, anger, nervous anxiety, teeth grinding, and more.
Why does this happen?
When an event occurs that you perceive as stressful, your body has an immediate physical response. A natural “red alert” goes off in your system. If the stressor continues, you may find yourself habitually adapting to this new level of stress, and if this pattern goes on for too long, it can eventually lead to exhaustion. This Red Alert–Adaption–Exhaustion stress pattern can ultimately lead to chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and/or illness.
The problems don’t end there. When stress persists for a long time and becomes chronic — it’s typical to also find depression and/or anxiety as well.
According to The World Health Organization statistics, an estimated 121 million people worldwide currently suffer from depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health findings show that depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults.
The body is completely interconnected with the mind and emotions. That’s why dealing with a health problem on only a physical level does not always solve the problem.
So what’s the solution?
When working with my clients — most of whom suffer from severe stress symptoms, depression and anxiety, panic attacks, chronic fatigue and chronic pain symptoms — I’ve found that using non-invasive methods for healing the mind and emotions often eliminates the physical stress and pain symptoms as well.
Here are some simple and practical tips to break free of stress patterns and live a more pain-free life:
The bottom like is that stress IS dis-ease. So the next time you’re feeling tense, or you’re holding your breath because you feel so anxious, just stop. Stop everything and ask yourself: What is my top priority right now? How can I think about this situation differently? What can I let go of?
Give yourself permission to say no, or later, or never…and watch (and feel) what happens.
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Originally published at painfreelivingprogram.com on December 8, 2016.
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