Tame Your Stress
Stress serves a useful purpose when it is well-managed. It can fuel growth and expansion. Out of control, stress will thwart your best interests.
The feeling of being ‘stressed out’ is all too familiar to humans today. A universal definition evades precise expression though because stress and its effects show up uniquely for each person. According to The American Institute of Stress : “Stress is not a useful term for scientists because it is such a highly subjective phenomenon that it defies definition. And if you can’t define stress, how can you possibly measure it? The term “stress”, as it is currently used was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.
With change in mind, stress itself can’t be all bad. Change is the very means by which we humans expand our lives. If we aren’t expanding, then we are contracting. Learn to capitalize the good stress and evade bad stress.
“Health Expansion is a Life Journey.” ~Tam John
Examples of good stress include the birth of a child, marriage, moving to a new city for a dream opportunity and getting ready to go on an amazing vacation. Good stress like providing for your family because you love them so much can turn bad when left to become exhaustion, deprivation and depletion.
Bad stress results from exhaustion, deprivation, depletion and trauma. When you knowingly or unknowingly consume food and drink that is not healthful for you or your body isn’t metabolizing optimally, stress manifests internally. Poor lifestyle choices and trauma also create a burden for your physiological function. The human body is an amazing self-correcting entity, releasing chemicals to aid the stress response. Your body is expert at prioritizing function to save you today, but in exchange other function must go undone. Over time this takes a toll and leaves the door open for dis-ease to enter.
Stress feelings, whether good or bad stress, result from tension exciting and initiating chemical physiological responses in the human body. The human body is an amazing self-correcting entity. Many stress responses in your body go unnoticed until something is way off kilter. By that time, the internal function is in chaos. Mental and psychological response to stress is akin with a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions difficult to wrangle at times. There is a tendency to think yes, I am stressed, but I must [fill in the blank i.e. provide for my family; and get this done] and even consider yourself inadequate if you don’t [fill in the blank].
Unattended to and chronic stress breaks down healthful function. Systems and glands that release stress response chemicals become worn out. Other priorities in the body like natural detoxification and digestion (nutrient absorption) become hampered while your body is fighting to deal with so much stress emergency.
“Chronic uncontrolled stress will eventually contribute to various vitamin and mineral imbalances, and the ability to maintain adequate energy levels and optimum health will decrease.” (Trace Elements, Inc., 2018)
How ill effects of stress gone wild are manifested in your body and mind are as unique as your fingerprints. Stress may not cause dis-ease but it surely will open the door for dis-ease, discomfort, pain and illness when left to run its course, gone wild. At best stress may preclude fatigue and lack of personal performance. Stress is the root of depression and anxiety for some. Others experience more physical conditions like immunity weakness which can open the door for all sorts of dis-ease and sickness. Still others experience cardiovascular function distress and digestive ailments or more. Stress gets in the way of your body’s capacity to self-correct.
There is more to supporting yourself for wellness than eating ‘clean and healthy’. Not all healthy food is healthful for everyone. Your body’s needs shift over time and depending on the internal impacts of stress. When you want your body and mind to replenish the ill effects of stress, certain foods usually considered healthy must be avoided (see my personal example below). Other foods and nutrients must be increased in optimal ratios for your unique body. What those foods and nutrients are depends on you. Work with me to get tested.
personal example: Recently I had been feeling less than par energetically. My personal health journey has been rewarding and restorative. I was perplexed because I eat healthfully and believe my choices should be serving me well. I followed my own advice and did the HTMA test I offer. My results indicated I needed to avoid salmon, cod liver oil, broccoli, kale, avocados and a few more foods (all of these are ‘healthy’ foods! but not all ‘healthy’ is healthful). What is healthful for you at one time, may not always be healthful depending on how your body is metabolizing it. I added more targeted (for my individual bio-chemistry) real lively food I already consume, but increased them to focus my food life around those. I added targeted nutrients with the needed co-factors for my bio-chemistry and current functional status. Almost immediately (within a couple of days) I started to feel better. This was an easy short term plan that works! I would not have known what to do for myself unless I got tested. My energy is much greater. Everything in my life is working better! The guidance I provide includes the details just right for you, in an easy format designed to satisfy you deliciously
Tips to tame your stress:
1. Recognize stress early. The sooner you acknowledge stress is at play either by your diminished energy or other signs and symptoms, tune in to how stress feels to you. Common signs of stress may include shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, insomnia (can’t get to sleep or waking in middle of night), aches, pains, or overindulging in food or alcohol. Wellness in every regard is your real self.
2. Say no when you mean no. Figure out how to stop over-committing to your work, your team, your family and friends. You will be worth more to everyone and yourself when you get real about your limits.
3. Get to the heart of your health. Feelings of depletion and fatigue are linked to how your bio-chemistry is prioritizing function and assimilating nutrition. Not all healthy food is healthful for everyone. The assessments Tam engages are easy and brilliant guides for optimizing your choices. They speak to what your body and the messages (signs/symptoms) are communicating and asking for targeted nutritional support. One of the assessments Tam offers is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA). HTMA is a tool to balance your body chemistry by measuring the mineral content of your hair. Minerals must be in proper balance and toxic elements managed for acceptability and function.
Getting aligned with a plan you can live with and win over stress is one of the most rewarding things you can do to create optimal wellness.
Support your body with simple aligned choices for your bio-chemistry meant to help you live well. You deserve a plan designed for you and you alone! Tam’s integrative approach incorporates food, drink, lifestyle/rest/motion and the meaningful pieces of your life. Get in touch with a free 15 minute phone conversation with Tam. Let her know how you are feeling and hear if her approach is a fit for you. Schedule your call. It’s a conversation, not an obligation.