Yes, here we are again talking about stress, why? Because it is one of the biggest issues, affecting our personal and professional lives. Let me share a few alarming stress statistics with you:
1 in 5 Australians have taken time off work in the last 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unwell.
73% of employees say they are stressed about work
Stress accounts for a 33% productivity loss
30% of residential Property Managers have left their jobs over the past year
The only way we can combat this epidemic is by talking about it and highlighting the effects stress is having on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. I used to think anyone ‘stressed out’ was simply someone who couldn’t cope. Then I became one of them. The impact of long-term ongoing stress hit me like a sledgehammer, and if only I knew back then what I know now. Many things in my life might have turned out differently. I can’t change the past, but in order to have a long, happy and healthy future my relationship with stress had to change, and it did. My life has certainly turned a corner for the better and I have become a much better version of myself because of it.
My friends from A Conscious State, Mark and Maya, have created another amazing read for us, with a deeper dive into the different types of stress we are experiencing in the modern world we live in.
Physical and Metaphysical stress: The two way street.
Stress is the underlying factor responsible for the degeneration of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Individually we have our own physical nurture points embedded in our DNA that can be triggered by stress, whether it be physical or metaphysical (beyond physical).
When we consider stress we usually only associate it with how busy, exhausted or consumed we are by certain situations, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind the scenes there is so much more going on in our bodies; and our actions, thoughts and emotions are all contributing factors. Our thoughts effect our body and what we do with our body effects how we think. The physical (body) and the metaphysical (thoughts, feelings and emotions) work together to find balance and harmony. Yes! It’s a two way street. But when we are continually exposed to environmental stress our body cannot cope and unknown to us, our body begins the degenerative process.
There are many stress factors that pervade our existence, that if left unresolved can ultimately end with chronic illness.
Some Stress factors include:
Some Physical factors:
Technology advances that have sped life up – busyness
Overload of information – Our minds weren’t designed to be bombarded with info
Remaining in a state of high focus for extended periods
Foods that have no nutritional benefit or foods that deplete our nutritional stores
Toxins – Aluminium, mercury, viruses, bacteria, pesticides, drug residue, alcohol etc
Overload of EMF’s (Electrical Magnetic Fields) – mobile phones, computers and mobile towers
Posture – Sitting in a chair all day in our jobs can not only effect our skeletal structure but it can also limit our breathing if we hunch over.
Some Metaphysical factors:
Personal relationship – Insecurities and trauma. How we see ourselves in reflection to our environment/society
Relationships – Stress in our relationship with others
Energetic stress – What energy are we absorbing from others
Conditioning – How we are conditioned in society effecting our experience
Control – Our ability to let go of thoughts, feelings and emotions
Lack of money thinking – Constant worry of money in the future
What we think about (imagine) can create stress ultimately triggering a biological response, consuming much needed nutrients and minerals. When our body is consumed by stress it consumes our nutritional stores that are necessary for the body to regain homeostasis (natural healing state), placing our bodies in a degenerative state.
Thinking alone creates a perception and this perception defines our experience. Many people believe that their perception is the truth, some would say this is “my truth”, but in fact, little of what we perceive is the truth as it is derived from our personal focal point or individual point of view. Therefore, if each person is their focal point for their own experience then the truth can be blurred when comparing it to others. Understanding that our perception isn’t necessarily the truth can help us understand others in conflicting situations.
By using our imagination we can create significant stress. Our imagination can conjure up very elaborate futuristic issues that in most cases will result in nothing. For example, we may open our bank account to find that we have little money which was unexpected. Our
mind can develop all sorts of harmful scenarios’ that can create a considerable amount of stress (the stress head). With further investigation we find that our employer is running late in payment for some reason. Worrying about money, or the lack of it, is one of the most identifiable causes of metaphysical stress.
Physical Stress from Metaphysical Stress
What we think about, and our relationship with how we think about it, directly effects our nervous system. Worrying can cause continual stress and when our body becomes in a heightened state (nervous energy) we can find ourselves with anxiety. When our nervous system is elevated it requires more nutrients, vitamins, minerals and energy to resolve stress and if our body doesn’t have the available nutrients to do the biological process necessary to heal, the state of stress continues affecting us further in other ways – what we call ‘stress cycling’.
So, if the body is experiencing stress from external environmental factors, our mind and thoughts can be affected, potentially sending us into a dark place (depression). You don’t hear people say ‘I feel great, but my thinking is terrible’. No, when we feel great and our body is stressless, then our mind follows and thinks inline to how we feel. But when our body is under stress our thinking can start spiralling.
Creating a wellness plan
In our modern environment, where we are privy to an extensive array of toxins unlike before, it is important that we have a health and wellness plan in place. This plan needs to respond to every aspect of our lives where stress is apparent. For our body – we can go for healthy food options that provide us nutrients necessary for resolving stress. In many instances where our nutritional stores have been compromised, it may be necessary to take supplements. For our mind – we need to find ways (meditation) or processes that allow our minds to have a break from constant stimulation and chatter. For our wellbeing – we need to resolve heavy emotions. For our mind, body and environment relationship (our soul) – it is important that we open up previous conditioning and beliefs that don’t serve us anymore.
Today every person should be considering a health and wellness plan, because degraded health equals less ability, compromising your experiences and overall happiness.
By Mark Goudie, A Conscious State
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