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Stress Causes: What are they?

Stress causes come from Life. Life and living adds to many levels of stress and the causes of stress.

It's all interconnected.

Some stress is necessary for growth. It's beneficial.
This is called eustress. This kind of stress is positive and necessary. It helps you achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness.

Distress, on the other hand, is not beneficial.
It is the stress that pushes you beyond the healthy amount of stress needed for optimal wellness.

Distress can have a negative impact upon you.
When distress is regular, over time it can drain and weaken your entire biology and holistic health. It may become chronic stress.

Distress comes from different causes of stress.

These causes of stress traumatize your whole being: body, mind, emotions and spirit. Holistic health is affected if the stress causes are too much.

Dr. Hans Selye, an expert on stress, says most disease is related to a form of stress. He discovered 11 areas that impact everybody's state of health and well being.

These detailed causes of stress are:

  • Infection: overworks the immune system
  • Injury: trauma
  • Surgery: a precise injury
  • Overexertion: e.g. overuse trauma, marathon
  • Allergies: physical and emotional
  • Immunologic reactions: e.g. drugs, inoculations
  • Malnutrition: e.g. poor diet, lack of food, poor digestion
  • Pregnancy: physical, hormonal, and emotional stress
  • Strong emotion: e.g. death, divorce, wedding
  • Exposure: extreme heat or cold
  • Gravity: associated with body balance (As cited in Ashton & Cassel, 2002)

Dr. Gerber, M.D. shares more specific causes of stress that impact your whole body health. They, too, fall into Dr. Seyle's categories.

  • Psychological stress
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Allergenic overload
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Physical overexhaustion
  • Extreme temperature variation
  • Microbiologic contamination
  • Drug side effects
  • Low level radiation
  • Electromagnetic pollution
  • Geopathic stress
  • Negative thoughts (As cited in Gerber 1998)

Causes of stress are complex. Resolving them will likely take time.

Remember this: There's good news. Your body can return to balance.
You can bounce back when you give yourself the right support.

Stress relief techniques for pain and stress reduction

Let's shift. And reclaim calm.

A self-care moment. Try this:

Review the causes of stress list above.

  • Which one(s) might be affecting you?
  • What do you need support in?

Support for you begins with you. Including different sources of support - friends, family, community and experts can help you discover and address your causes of stress.

Everybody and every body experiences stress in life. These causes of stress impact you and me and everyone differently. What are your stress causes? Change begins with becoming aware of what you need support in. Take another step in your wellness revolution today.

Ashton, J. and Cassel, D. (2002). Review for therapeutic massage and bodywork certification. Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Berger, K. S. (2007). The developing person through the life span (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishing.

Davis, M., Eshelman, E.R., McKay, M. (1998). The relaxation and stress reduction workbook (fourth edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Gerber, R. (1988). Vibrational Medicine: New choices for healing ourselves. Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Company.

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