You Canâ€™t Avoid It. What? Avoid stress? Impossible! To be alive is to be under stress. Interestingly, stress is not necessarily bad for you. Any emotion, any activity causes stress. The same stress which makes one person sick can be an invigorating experience for another.
Stress Is Goodâ€¦ Or Bad. With too little of it, youâ€™d be bored to tears; but with too much youâ€™d develop emotional and physical disease. When properly handled, stress can mean a life of challenge, excitement and growth. The biographies of great scientists, explorers, artists and other creative people reveal that times of intense stress are also times of insight, creativity, accomplishment and growth.
You can either grow, thrive and heal in the face of stress or be reduced to dullness and disease.
Itâ€™s often said that stress is one of the most destructive elements in peopleâ€™s daily lives, but thatâ€™s only a half-truth. The way we react to stress is more important than the stress itself.
What Happens When You Face Stress?When youâ€™re faced with a stressful situation, complicated things happen inside you; chemicals and nerve impulses create the general adaptation syndrome or G.A.S., which has three stages:
- First is the â€œcall to armsâ€ â€“ the alarm reaction. Messages stream from your brain to your endocrine (hormonal) system in a â€œfight or flightâ€ response. If the stress stops, you revert to normal.
- If the stress continues, you enter the stage of resistance â€“ your body tries to adapt to the stress; it puts up the barricades, so to speak. You run from or fight the threat, you tense your muscles, you raise your fever, you struggle to prevail. If the stress stops, you revert to normal.
- If the stress still continues you may enter the stage of exhaustion. Your system falls prey to ill health.
Chronic StressIn the old days youâ€™d confront a lion, tiger or bear and run away from it. After running safely away, your stress levels would drop. Or youâ€™d fight it and kill it so it would become dinner and your stress would disappear.
But what if you have a fight with your boss or spouse? What about making a living and paying bills? You canâ€™t run away and you canâ€™t kill â€“ you have to cope. Living in this world of not quite fight and not quite flight causes us to carry around unresolved, chronic stress much of the time. Chronic stress means you never completely relax and, because of the energy drain, your body and mind become fatigued. You are then more susceptible to colds, infection, ulcers, digestive troubles, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, hear disease and premature aging.
Dealing With Chronic StressA person under stress is more likely to have a weakened immune system. Conversely, having a shoulder to cry on or friends to talk to helps you deal with chronic stress. Such relationships increase life expectancy and help fight any disease including cancer. Even the companionship of a pet is healing: Dogs take a bite out of stress because they provide unconditional support. The elderly pet owners visited doctors less than their same-aged counterparts who had no pets.
Prayer and medication also relieve stress. One study of 2,000 people practicing meditation showed that they had a significant reduction in a wide spectrum of ailments, particularly tumors and infectious diseases.
Writing about stressful experiences has a powerful healing effect. Journal writers had reduced symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis in one study.
The Chiropractic ApproachOne of the simplest and easiest ways of stress reduction is having a chiropractic spinal adjustment.
Chiropractors are especially trained to free you from a severe, destructive, chronic stress: the vertebral subluxation complex (subluxation). A subluxation is a very common, often painless distortion in your body that affects your nerves and spine, stressing you physically and emotionally.
Vertebral Subluxation Complex (Subluxation)You may have subluxations in your body for years without knowing it, while your health is being undermined, your energy drops, you age faster, develop disease and show increasing wear and tear in your body. Itâ€™s similar to a house with termites â€“ no apparent damage at first but one day the floor collapses!
Doctors of chiropractic specialize in the correction of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractic care, by removing vertebral subluxation stress from your body, improves the function of your nervous system and promotes better adaptation to stress, whether physical or psychological.
No matter what your health problem, keeping your body free of the vertebral subluxation complex will permit you to better deal with stress, heal better, function better and enjoy life more. Are you carrying the chronic stress of the vertebral subluxation complex in your body? Are your loved one? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.