Stress Culprits

Know them. Bust them.
In my last post, we talked about how our bodies response to stress. Now, we’ll learn to identify the causes of stress, called stressors, in order to tackle them. The 2 types of stressors include:

1.    External stressors (outside the body)
2.    Internal stressors (inside the body)

External Stressors

These comprise physical and environmental factors.

Physical factors:

Biochemicals
These consist of the chemical content in your body. E.g.  extreme blood sugar levels, low magnesium levels, high homocysteine levels and high C-reactive protein levels.

Dehydration
Lack of fluids can increase your body’s acidity.

Dental implants and fillings
Some dental procedures employ heavy metals such as amalgams and titanium.

Diet
Processed foods that are fried or grilled, as well as fast food, dairy products, and a lack of fruits and greens pile unnecessary stress on our system.

Exercise and laborious activity
While exercise is good, overly strenuous activities produce too much [free radicals] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-radical_theory) which is bad for your body. This includes arduous tasks in the construction, manufacturing and cleaning industries.

Hormones
Extreme hormone levels which include low cortisol levels, high estrogen levels, high adrenaline levels, extreme thyroid activity and high prolactin levels.

Illness
Conditions like arthritis, heart diseases, stroke, bone fracture, immobility and body pain stresses your body.

Joint alignments
Dislocated joints cause pain and restrict joint functions.

Substance abuse
Self-medication may result in side effects and overdose such as Panadol poisoning.

Trauma
This includes motor accidents, burglary, and even physical or sexual abuse.

Environmental factors:

•    Air (emissions from factories,ighways, welding and cleaning industries)
•    Electromagnetic fields (surrounding power lines and electrical devices)
•    Heavy metals
•    Herbicides
•    Light
•    Noise
•    Radiation
•    Weather
•    Toxins

Internal stressors

Mental factors
Includes guilt, information overload, jealousy, perfectionism, shame, worry, self-esteem expectations and more

Emotions
Includes fear, frustration, anger, gladness, sadness, emotional roller coasters and more.

Relationships
Includes isolation, lack of social support and problems with parents, spouses, romantic partners, in-laws, relatives, friends and more.

Pent up emotions
This includes the inability to express feelings.

Unmet expectations
Some individuals may have experienced disappointments in their parents, while others blame themselves for their parents’ divorces.

Spiritual factors
Includes attitudes, beliefs and core values which can help provide emotional support in times of stress, while aiding one to see things in different perspectives. One’s believe in his or her life purpose can offer motivation for day to day life. Spiritual meditations and praying also encourages self-discovery and appreciation.

The way you view the factors above will affect both your conscious and subconscious mind. Maintaining a positive outlook on your situation will result in a happier life. In short, for overall wellbeing, you need to keep your mind, emotions and physical health in check.

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For Better Health,
Dr Nor

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