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Not all illnesses are caused by Germs – Many share stress as the underlying condition.
Where does Stress come from?
Stress can come into our lives along several paths. Emotional conditions such as abuse and traumas are commonly thought of as the main path of stress but stress can also afflict us as the result of work or love loss, grief and relational troubles. It can enter our lives from issues of financial instability, physical insecurity, severe accidents and chronic stressful situations. Stress can be caused by self-sabotaging thoughts, doubts, non-supportive emotional environments and pursuits of perfectionism and self-aggrandizement. Stress can afflict us from exposure to toxins such as poisons, food or seasonal allergies, and industrial and/or household chemicals. It is now being recognized that various electromotive signals such as cell phones, power lines and other radiation sources contribute to stress.
Life naturally contains stresses and indeed we require certain levels of stress to grow and develop, but when stress becomes overwhelming or chronic, its results can affect us in harmful ways both physical and psychological.
How does Stress affect our physical health?
Stress affects our physical health through the functioning of our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). There are two main divisions to the Autonomic Nervous System and both divisions need to work within a healthy balance. Together they regulate the autonomic functions of our bodies such as: blood pressure, heart and breathing rates, body temperature, digestion, metabolism, immune system, balance of water and electrolytes, body chemistry, urination, defecation, sexual response and more.
The two divisions of the ANS are the sympathetic division and the parasympathetic division. Generally speaking, the sympathetic division prepares the body for stressful or emergency situations such as fight, flight or freeze. The parasympathetic division controls body processes during ordinary situations. The sympathetic division is often likened to the gas pedal in a car and the parasympathetic division to the brake pedal. What happens if, through too much stress, the gas pedal gets stuck down?
It is recognized that sudden severe stress or less intense but chronic stress can cause the ANS to go out of balance, thus resulting in various illnesses. It is now possible to measure the balance and strength of the ANS with the use of a Heart Rate Variability Test. It is also recognized and repeatedly demonstrated that Thought Field Therapy treatments are capable of balancing and strengthening the results of the Heart Rate Variability Tests, thus resulting in the improved health of the client.
What are some Illnesses related to Stress?
Cognitive symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking
- Memory problems
- Negativity or lack of self-confidence
- Constant worrying
- Difficulty making decisions
- Sabotaging thoughts
Emotional symptoms include:
- Anxiety, panic attacks
- Racing thoughts or constant worry
- Low morale
- Anger, irritability, or restlessness
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Feeling apprehensive, anxious or nervous
- Uncontrollable crying
- Feeling unhappy or guilty
- PTSD, Hypervigilance
Behavioral symptoms include:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Eating disorders
- Social withdrawal
- Nervous habits such as nail biting, teeth grinding or foot tapping
- Obsessive compulsive behaviours
- Increased use of caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol or other addictive choices
- Neglect of family or work responsibilities
- Decline in performance or productivity
Physical symptoms include:
- Change in appetite that causes weight loss or gain
- Muscle tension or other physical pain or discomfort
- Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Aches and pains you can’t explain
- Upset stomach and digestive problems
- Low sex drive or other sexual problems
- Rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, chest pain
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
- Heart Disease
- Asthma, COPD
- Neuroses, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, hypochondria
Autoimmune disorders include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease, Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Lyme disease chronic
- Meniere’s disease