Paul Chek, holistic wellness and movement expert, explains that our body’s internal balance can be thrown off from things other than just stress from emotions, life events, or interactions with others.
Physical stress (poor or under nourished, sickness, allergic reactions), environmental stress (cleaning products, toxins in the air), and electromagnetic stress (energy given off by electronic devices) can all create stress in the body (Chek, 2004).
Research suggests that chronic stress contributes to high blood pressure, promotes the formation of artery clogging deposits, and may contribute to anxiety, depression, and addiction (Harvard Health Publications, 2011).
Adequately stressed yet? Don't be! Managing stress begins with awareness and recognition. Start with becoming more aware of who and what causes you stress. Next step is to work on creating multiple ways to manage or alleviate stress-music, exercise, reading, writing, activity, or time with loved ones. Last, take a deep breath, stay present, be positive, and take it a day at a time!
Chek, P. (2004). How to eat, move, and be healthy. San Diego, CA: C.H.E.K. Institute.
Harvard Health Publications. (2011). Understanding the stress response. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2011/March/understanding-the-stress-response