To Stress Or Not To Stress
Here are the basic assumptions I work with in dealing with stress:
A. All physical, emotional, mental or spiritual problems are due to stress, which I define as a bodily tension reaction to a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual stressor. I also define "spiritual" as energetic, not religious.
B. A stressor is some physical, emotional, mental or spiritual event or condition that we react to by resisting it, resulting in tension. i.e. stress, somewhere in our body. Note that the stressor does not cause the stress, the reaction to it does that. Not everyone has the same reaction to a particular stressor.
C. Regardless of the nature of the stressor (physical, emotional, etc.), we can react to it with physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual resistance, all of which cause tension, which itself is the direct cause of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual problems when the stress is prolonged.
D. As we grow older we tend to accumulate tension from all sources. The more stress/tension we already have, the the more quickly we have a reaction problem to additional stress. An effective solution is one that uses physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual means to relax or relieve the tension.
Possible stressors and solutions:
The number two stressor for most people, in my opinion, is dehydration, and the number one cause is not drinking enough water. Even one glass of water can often relieve many aches and pains. Dehydration also reduces salt in the body, which can result in pain and numbness. A pinch of salt taken with a class of water can often relieve such pain and numbness. Dehydration can be caused by certain medicines as well, particularly those whose side effects cause dry mouth and constipation. Caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration, too, in amounts that vary with individuals. There are two simple tests that indicate dehydration. The first is to gently pinch the skin on the back of your hand. If it doesn't immediately go back to normal you are dehydrated. The second is to check your urine. If it smells or is definitely yellow, you are dehydrated.
2. The number three physical stressor is lack of oxygen. The more shallow we breathe the more tension we build up and the more difficult it is for oxygen to reach the cells of our body. The most simple solution is to breathe more deeply more often. Pikopiko (if you remember that) would be very helpful. Another simple solution is to purposely relax more often. Tension from any stressor tends to result in more shallow breathing, and it's easy not to notice it until more serious physical problems occur.
2. The number two cause of emotional stress is fear, which comes from expecting pain or loss and the tension that results from resisting that. Knowledge, skill and Dynamind can all be very helpful.