Stress contributes to 95% of all Pshysiological Disorders.
- Fear is the source
- Necessary for survival
- The natural response to a threat in the environment
- Stress suppresses your immune system
- It drains your energy
- It reduces your intelligence (it takes away your creativity and focus)
- It causes you to look at everything negatively
- It causes you to fail at whatever you do
Some of the consequences of stress:
- 90% of all people with chronic diarrhea (IBS or Colitis) have no organic basis for it (it is all caused by stress).
- 50% of all deaths in the USA are caused by cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, in which stress plays a significant role.
- An estimated 24 million Americans are using drugs to cope with stress.
- An estimated 10 million Americans are alcoholic. Relief of anxiety and stress is the primary reason for using and abusing alcohol.
- There are more than 40 million stress-related tension headache and 10 million migraine headache sufferers in the USA.
- Over 30 million Americans suffer from Insomnia.
Most industrial accidents are emotionally related, accounting for two million disabling injuries and 15,000 deaths annually, costing $3 billion in lost productivity.
Stress Management entails a combination of factors. It begins with identifying the sources of stress in your life. There are both external and internal factors that may cause stress in the body. External factors include; situations, experiences, and people that easily trigger your stress reactions. This process entails making a conscious effort to eliminate or reduce unnecessary stress in your life. It takes a decision of not exposing yourself to situations, people, experiences and habits which are harmful to you.
The internal triggers are all related to your perception or interpretation of the occurring events. This is the most important one when it comes to stress management, and one that we must correct. We may not be able to control what happens outside of ourselves, but we can definitely learn to change the way we interpret things in order to reduce our physiological reaction to our day-to-day experiences.
The other important factor in stress management involves coping. Once our body has reacted to stress, the next step is to release it in order to reset our chemical balance. . Our coping mechanism is essential. If we use tools such as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, junk food, rage, shopping, gambling, etc, we may get instant relief from stress; however, we actually endure the cycle of stress in our bodies and promote addictive behaviors. On the other hand, if we rely on healthier methods such as exercise, relaxation tools, sharing, spirituality, and balanced nutrition, we create a consistent source of eliminating and reducing physiological stress in your body.