What is Stress?
Excess stress is the pathway to dis-ease. The National Institute of Health states that over 80% of all medical conditions today are caused by stress. Get rid of the stress and you heal yourself.
Definition of stress:
Stress is defined as a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it which results in symptoms such as rise in the blood pressure, release of hormones, quickness of breath, tightening of muscles, perspiration, and increased cardiac activity. Stress is not necessarily negative. Some stress keeps us motivated and alert, while too little stress can create problems. However, too much stress can trigger problems with mental and physical health, particularly over a prolonged period of time.
Any experience that taxes an individuals energy or well-being; stress may be physical, mental or emotional.
Tension (Psychology): a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; ‘he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension’; ‘stress is a vasoconstrictor’.
Physics: Force that produces strain on a physical body; ‘the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area’.
Mental or physical tension that results from physical, emotional, or chemical causes
What causes stress?
Stress may result from a large number of factors, including, but not limited to the following?
- Bacteria, Parasites, Viruses
- Emotional Issues (anxiety, depression, attention short span)
- Employment (over working or irregular attendance)
- Exercise (excessive) and exertion of any kind has been shown to cause stress
- Fast Foods
- Financial Problems have been shown to be a major cause of stress
- Fungi and Fungal infections
- Genetically altered foods
- Headaches and Migraines
- Heavy metals in the body
- Irradiation of foods
- Lack of sleep and sleep problems
Other Contributing Factors that can cause Stress (or symptoms related to stress):
- Low Self-concept - whether caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infections, poor nutrition, toxic chemicals, hormonal imbalances or other means such as anger, hostility, feeling ashamed, or feeling inferior or superior is associated to stress.
- Medical Conditions such as Disease or Disorders (Asthma, Clinical Depression, anxiety etc)
- Microwave Radiation from cell phones, microwave ovens, portable radios and telephones, television sets; hair blow dryers, and other sources are known stresses with varying affects upon people
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Pain of any kind including physical injury, mental trauma, emotional trauma or psychological issues
- Prescription drugs and other synthetic and toxic chemicals
- Psychological Conditions, Diseases or Disorders (Impaired concentration, worry, and irritability)
- Relationship Problems of any kind
…and many more!
What may be considered “stress relief”?
Anything that relieves mundane stress on a daily basis, such as relaxation, can help. However, Hans Selye, a Hungarian medical scientist, was the first to use the word “stress” in connection with a picture of health wellness. His theory is that when the body reacts to stress, it creates an “alarm” response. That means that your body is in good shape to react accordingly to any given stressor, hopefully appropriately and effectively in ways that relieve it. If the stress continues, however, an “adaptation” state may result, where we learn to accommodate or bear the symptoms of stress by adjusting to them. This can, more positively, mean creating an increase in our tolerance to frustration and moving back into the alarm state, which relieves the stress, or, negatively, reacting with an accommodating adjustment that (temporarily) alleviates the pain of the stress but becomes a new holding pattern. If the stress continues even longer, an “exhaustion” state is created that may lead to a considerably weakened system.
This alarm / adaptation / exhaustion model fits all forms of stress, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Obviously, reducing stress is a key to well-being. Relaxation helps, but how do we know where stress may be hiding in the adapted or exhausted states physically, mentally, and emotionally.
With the help of Quantum Biofeedback, we can painlessly and non-invasively look at reactions to common stressors and begin to piece the picture together.
Most people find the Quantum Biofeedback experience relaxing, soothing and beneficial. The beneficial side effects of biofeedback may include these possibilities (and many more that may be experienced):
• Ability to relax more quickly
• Deeper state of relaxation during sleep
• Easier to fall asleep
• Easier to stay asleep while trying to sleep
• Reduction of stress in all areas of their life
• Reduction of hypertension
• Improved general health
• Increase in amount of calmness
• Increase in peacefulness
• Reduction of anger
• Less fearfulness
• Fewer anxiety attacks
• Amelioration of sorrow
• Reduction of the depth of depression
• Heightened muscle mobility
• Enhanced mental clarity
• Able to pay attention more consistently
• Better focus of attention
• Deeper concentration
• Enhanced memory
• Less attention and concentration on pain
• Less attention and concentration on stressors
• Less intensity of any pain
• Less intensity of any stress
• More able to manage stress
• Able to manage pain
Specialists who provide a variety of forms of Biofeedback range from Psychologists, Medical Doctors, Dentists, Chiropractors, Internists, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Naturopaths, Veterinarians to Energy Medicine Practitioners, wellness coaches and many others.
For more information on stress, see www.stresscanada.org