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Stress Awareness -Your Stress Thermometer

Chronic stress can lead to anxiety and depression ...

… learn to moderate your stress levels …

Stress in the City

Stress comes in many forms; it's not just physiological/social stress, it is everything which disrupts homeostasis (Balance).

Stress has become that common that a lot of people do not take it serious, they just accept it.

I will write about stress in detail, even so I am sure you know most of it. However, it is only if we do understand the true nature of stress, that we take it serous enough to do something about it.

Stress is many things to many people, but it is definitely a pre-cursor to anxiety.

Types of Stress

Physical, Mental and Emotional Stress

  1. Physical – Internal Stress Factors
    80% of endotoxins are caused by digestive tract disturbances, through mal-digestion and absorption, by dysbiosis (harmful gut flora, bacteria, virus, paracides,  toxins from dead bacteria), all resulting in problems such as Allergies, Inflammation,  disturbamces with Sex Hormones, Thyroid Hormones, Adrenal fatique,  Pain – Nutrient Insufficiencies, and  more.
    Actually, any problems are worse with the addition of stress.

  2. Physical – External Stress Factors
    Toxins in all variation – Xenobiotics (foreign chemicals to our systems)
    Food additives  - Environmental pollutants (e.g. organochlorins, PCBs, petrochemicals, heavy metals, radioactive wastes, etc) Chemical toxicity of drugs, social or medical, just to name a few.

  3. Mental – Emotional Stress Factors

    It is a peculiar fact, that the brain, “your mind”, can’t differentiate between a fact (real); and something un-real, imaginative - a thought. Both can give rise to stress.

Stress is Real!

A "Stress Response "is always real, no matter what caused it.

it is a bio-chemical reaction to any of the above-mentioned stressors. It results in an output of adrenalin (cortisol), this adrenalin has a “real” function, which you can feel. It stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and makes you ready to “Fight or Flight”, the famous Fight or Flight Response. Once you feel it, it is real and can create a vicious circle.

In the “old days”; when you were confronted with danger, like a lion suddenly standing in front of you, you were in stress, and the stress response, adrenalin being released gave you the power, of either to fight or flight (run away). Interestingly, this fighting or running away, was the natural response to brake down the adrenalin in your system, and after the whole stress situation was behind you, you were relaxed again.

These days, you may get stressed, just by reading the newspaper, unfortunately, you still run through the whole stress reaction scenario, including the adrenalin output.
But do you go for a run, and release the adrenalin from your system? Probably not, you simply sit there, stewing in your own juice, so to speak. The juice, the circulating chemicals in your system will have a lasting negative impact, leading to possible anxiety and chronic disease.

A stress response will result in muscle tension, higher Blood pressure, and on the flip side > less blood supply to the digestive tract and less hormonal production… this creates a loop, as you can feel those changes, which will further re-enforce the stress and stress response, leading to a secondary reaction, with more adrenalin. When prolonged over months or years – accumulation will bring on the result of inflammation and a slow gradual breakdown of the immune system.

And on a mental level, if you worry about something, even something imaginative, and you stress out about it, you will go through the same loop or vicious circle.

How does stress relate to self-help therapy?

First, recognise your stress levels, how high is it?

Imagine stress like a thermometer, ranging from 1 to 100.

If you’re running on a constant 99, you will go over the edge quickly. Those are the outbursts over absolutely nothing that may well trigger your anxieties. It is the famous straw, which breaks the camels back. And it is real!

Secondly, work on getting those stressors out of your life; bringing the thermometer back to under the 50 barrier.

The physical solution may include:

Diet, supplements, detoxification, sport/exercise, time out, gym workouts, rest, sleep, balance work-play time schedule.

The mental solution may include :

Asking the right question to bring stressors, worries, and lifestyle choices to your awareness.

Adding recreational activeness, learning relaxation exercise, meditation and visualization. Becoming aware of negative mind chatter and worries, and exchange with constructive thought patterns and positive affirmation.

Find solution for possible money, work, business or relationship worries and problems.

Ask yourself, how can you live a “natural happy life” in a de-natured, hectic society, in an un-natural environment?

It works, but we have to be aware of our stress situation, and compensate for a hectic world.

Part of the problem is the fact that we are all up to a certain degree hooked on stress.

It’s a bit like salt or spices in your food, without it, it seems to taste bland.

Without stress, life may seem too slow or too dull in this highly active world.

Are you hooked on stress?

Do you create your own stress, your own drama, your own worries, your own deadlines and urgencies?

Our world has become un-natural fast, our slow “generation turn-over” hasn’t had enough time to adapt to this new speed, the constant mobile connectivity and information overload, together with those new chemicals, toxins, mutated bacteria, viral and parasite onslaught, and no wonder we are in stress.

We actually have to make a conscious effort to slow ourselves down, and not getting trapped in this circle of speed, urgency, deadlines, stress and destruction.

Remember, health is a lifestyle choice!

The Stress Barometer

| - 100% stress galore
| – 99%

| - 80% - getting dangerous
| -
| -
| - 50% - stop yourself here ..
| -
| - 30%
| -
| -
| - 00% - To good to be true :-)


More on stress:

Hans Selye, a Vienna-born Hungarian who lived later in Canada, spent his life studying stress, what it is and its effects upon living beings. He not only coined the word 'stress' but also the term 'fight-or-flight response'.
He wrote more than 1700 papers and 39 books on the subject. He earned three doctorates (MD., PhD., D.Sc.) plus 43 honorary doctorates.
In 1936, Selye defined stress as 'the nonspecific response of the body to any demand.' So defined, stress is not simply a psychological phenomena but also includes all processes of response or adaptation. It encompasses all physical and psychological reactions to the demands placed upon the individual by both his internal and his external environments.

Selye found the following symptoms to be typically associated with stress:

  • recurring infections
  • allergies and hay fever
  • stomach and other digestive symptoms
  • insomnia, irritability, lack of energy, unusual mental symptoms
  • lack of concentration, confusion of thought
  • chronic fatigue, depressive tendencies
  • trembling, nervous tics, stuttering
  • teeth grinding at night, leading to a greater sensitivity to sweet/sour, hot/cold, perhaps problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • diarrhea
  • migraine, premenstrual syndrome
  • neck and back pain
  • too great or too small an appetite
  • a strong or even addictive desire for nicotine, alcohol, coffee or other stimulants/drugs
  • recurring minor injuries or chronic aches and pains which, in spite of good treatment, refuse to go away.

The important point is that stress of any type, if intense and constant enough, will lead to damage and degeneration.

Article by  Dieter Lüske - Editor

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20 Aug 2013

Last Update: 20 Oct 2015

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