Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience
as we adjust to our continually changing
environment; it has physical and emotional effects
on us and can create positive or negative feelings.
As a negative influence, it can result in feelings
of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which
in turn can lead to health problems such as
headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers,
high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and more.
With the death of a loved one, the birth of a child,
a job promotion, or a new relationship, we
experience stress as we readjust our lives. In so
adjusting to different circumstances, stress will
help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.
Deadlines, competitions, confrontations, and even our frustrations and
sorrows add stress to our lives. Our goal is not to
eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it and
how to use it to help us. Insufficient stress acts
as a depressant and may leave us feeling bored or
dejected; on the other hand, excessive stress may
leave us feeling "tied up in knots." What we need to
do is find the optimal level of stress which will
individually motivate but not overwhelm each of us.
There is no single level of stress that is optimal
for all people. We are all individual creatures with
unique requirements. Even when we agree that a
particular event is distressing, we are likely to
differ in our physiological and psychological
responses to it.
It has been found that most illness is related to
unrelieved stress. If you are experiencing stress
symptoms, you have gone beyond your optimal stress
level; you need to reduce the stress in your life
and/or improve your ability to manage it. At
Gardens Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we offer
many therapies to assist you in learning to manage
stress in your life. Contact us today to learn more!