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Stress and Emotional Competence

blowing-confetti-from-hands-sq-400In his book, “When the body says no”, Gabor Mate says, “medical thinking usually sees stress as highly disturbing but isolated events such as, for example, sudden unemployment, a marriage breakup, or the death of a loved one.”

These major events are potent sources of stress for many, but the chronic (something negative going on for a long time, or something on going) daily stresses in people’s lives that are more insidious (cunningly misleading) and more harmful in their long-term biological consequences. Internal stress can take its toll without in any way seeming out of the ordinary.

People may become addicted to their own stress hormones, adrenaline (triggers the body’s flight or fight response) and Cortisol (a hormone/chemical released from your adrenal glands over your kidneys, it’s a naturally released hormone which has many benefits for your health, but too much or too little will cause body problems)

“To such person’s stress feels desirable, while the absence of it feels like something to be avoided”.

Stress occurs when the demands made on the organism exceed that organism’s reasonable capacity to fulfil them. Both animals and people experience stress with no awareness of its presence.

This is a small introduction to this book. Most of the books I quote from I recommend that you get and read, but not this one unless you have a good grounding in biology and endocrinology. The author uses many medical terms since he is a medical doctor. It is a reference book and its message is very important to your continued survival and health in 2024.

It is important that you begin the new year, and yes a very happy new year to you and your loved ones, putting aspirations to do more. 

Here are some tips:

1) If you feel stressed, go for a walk. Leave the stress situation alone for an hour and then come back to it.

2) Nourish your body. We have all eaten a bit more than we needed over xmas so get some regular exercises.

3) Drink water every day.

4) Come to Get Back Health this week and get your nervous system aligned and you will feel much more connected to your goals and body.

                  Yours in Health John Keane Spinologist.

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