Being in control of your life, having an understanding about your day-to-day challenges, and actively working with them, instead of against them, are the keys to stress management. Managing stress is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
If you can learn to manage your stress, you can learn to live a happier life.
Based off of personal experience and the words of leading authors in the field of personal development, it is our ability to cope with the stresses that will inevitably come upon us that will be a determining factor in how happy we are.
Merriam-Webster defines stress as “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” Stress can be an outside factor that causes disease or it can be the internal, mental and emotional anxiety that comes from the disease (or other issue) itself.
The 3 Types Of Stress:
If we get physically injured (i.e. sprain an ankle) we induce physical stress onto our bodies. If we eat damaging foods, don’t get enough sleep, smoke, or inhale pollution, we induce chemical stress in our body. If we have long-standing arguments with our partners, lose a loved one, never forgive, or are constantly putting ourselves down because of the way we look, that creates emotional stress in the body.
These things can produce dis-ease in our bodies. This dis-ease leads to a loss of proper functioning of certain systems or organs in our bodies. When our cells or organs or systems aren’t functioning correctly we experience ill effects such as acne or disease. The ill effects of the dis-ease and malfunctioning can then stress us out even further, creating a vicious cycle.
Stress is a perpetual cycle that, once in motion, requires dedication to stop. Acne and diseases are caused because our bodies aren’t functioning optimally. Something is malfunctioning and we experience dis-ease. This dis-ease manifests as acne and other health problems that we experience, which then causes us to stress out even more, pushing the balance of homeostasis and equilibrium even farther from the center. The important thing to know is that we must actively do things to bring the equilibrium back into balance. Eating healthy foods, moving our bodies, getting enough sunlight and sleep, correcting nutritional deficiencies, writing down what we’re grateful for, doing meditation on a daily basis, seeing the positive in things, having faith in ourselves and the process, developing higher self-esteem, saying affirmations out loud to ourselves, stepping out of our comfort zone and performing stress relieving exercises are ways to bring this equilibrium back into balance. Take active measures to stop the cycle of stress, worry and anxiety.
What Actually Happens When We Get Stressed Out?
It starts when something throws off our equilibrium so much that we fall out of homeostasis.
To make it easy to understand, just image your body as a see-saw. It’s constantly moving back and forth, swaying up and down, but within a range that keeps you in homeostasis.
Now imagine throwing a heavy rock onto one end of the see-saw (a divorce, a horrible relationship, getting fired, a death of a loved one, a huge dip in finances, switching schools, having a horrible roommate, getting an infection from contaminated water or picking up a virus from overseas). Couple that with the fact that most people are already moving out of homeostasis due to poor diet and lifestyle choices, and what happens is malfunctioning and dis-ease in the body.
As the malfunctioning and dis-ease increases, issues we can see such as acne and other diseases start to come up.
This leads to more stress, worry and anxiety.
Unfortunately, many people continue the cycle of malfunction and dis-ease by continuing to eat poorly and have poor lifestyle choices.
Too much stress causes acne in acne-prone individuals by altering the equilibrium of hormones in their body. In people who aren’t acne-prone, the hormonal fluctuations can lead to other problems. The sex hormones testosterone and estrogen are the main hormones affected.
To understand stress physiology, we need to know about the hormones and how they are made.
We’ll go into the biochemical aspects of stress in the next post.
- Understand that stressing out can contribute to your acne and other health issues
- To fix the problem of constant stress, you need to actively take steps to break free from the norm. You have to do things that are proven to reduce stress. Things such as:
- Stepping out of your comfort zone
- Writing down things you are grateful for every single day
- Getting lots of sunlight and being out in nature
- Moving your body daily
- Doing other things to actively improve your self esteem
Take a look at that list. Are you doing these things? Give them a shot.
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