There are many definitions of stress and everyone has a different capacity to
respond to or deal with stress, so what is stress?
Stress is simply a system overload and we recognise two principal forms
of stress that affects our health as; physical stress and mental stress.
Is when if you lift an object that is too heavy, or are involved in an accident,
the weight or force of an object or impact will apply too much stress and
overload the capacity of the body which my result in an injury. Physical stress
injuries can occur during our day to day life from simple things like lifting a
child, lifting at home or through accidents anywhere. Such physical stresses are
mechanical and hospitals are the place to go for serious debilitating injuries.
We also get physical stress injuries from repeated low level repeated activity
like computer use which is labelled as repetitive stress injury or occupational
Here I am quoting "Yoga Philosophy" which says that every interaction we have
within our own consciousness, with our environment and with every person we meet
or interact with is in effect a confrontation and how we behave within, deal
with and leave that experience determines if we suffer stress.
Now every confrontation or experience we have through our perception can
be many things, it may be enjoyable, it may be pleasant, it may be uncomfortable
as a result of the feeling of any emotion (energy in motion).
When we interact and have experiences in life, we all experience life
differently, persons A and B work in the same office doing the same work,
however person A finds the work too challenging / stressful and becomes unhappy
whereas person B enjoys it and remains unaffected or happy.
Over time, person A may may appear depressed, may express an negative attitude
toward life or become less popular and observers may notice a deterioration in
person A's posture and general health whereas person B is content and consistent
in all aspects of life.
One of the unique aspects of our mind is that it does not store stress, it
simply experiences stress and can even manifest or generate stress, however the
mind remembers the feelings associated with stress and this creates avoidance -
that is avoiding those people who leave us feeling stressed or tired which in
its own way may generate further stress..
Storing Mental Stress
Stress begins in the mind, however the mind cannot store stress, so the stress
present in all those unresolved mental and emotional issues within us and in our
relationships have to go somewhere and the mind cleverly stores these stresses
away in our bodies.
Have you notices that sometimes you feel pain in your body, you have not been
injured, you have not been doing heavy lifting, but you may have a headache, or
a sore neck, sore back, or even a sore bottom?
An in your interactions with people thought that, or even discussed with others
that person X is a pain in the neck, or ass? This is a common observation and is
an indicator that your relationship with person X is less than desired and in
fact the pain or discomfort you feel is where the stress relating to that person
Some 'new age' authors say that pain between our shoulders comes from all those
things we tell ourselves (or others who keep saying) we should be doing
and the general back pain is from a lack of support in our lives and we are
stressed as well seem to have to do it all alone.
Effects of Storing Stress
Almost everyone is familiar with unexplained body pains and most body pain is
simply a result of the mind storing stress in the muscles of the body. This
storage of stress results in the particular muscles tensing, sometimes a little,
sometimes enough to cause discomfort.
Over time however stress can accumulate and as muscles groups tighten, the tight
muscles begin to pull the body out of shape, this can result in chronic
pain which further restricts one's life. Movements become difficult as anyone
with lower back pain will know, the shoulders droop forward increasing the
physical stresses on the body.
As physical stresses become chronic, normal activities become more difficult,
relationships and family life begins to suffer and the entire cycle of life
A Consequence of Modern Life
Actually stress has always been part of our lives, our ancestors feared being
eaten by lions or sharks, feared starvation in hard times, feared those things
which went bump in the night and had all the same relationship problems as
today. Today as a society enslaved to our debts, we are forced to work, often in
less than desirable occupations sometimes where we must endure which perpetuates
a stress cycle that lasts from birth to death, however becoming pessimistic only
exacerbates the problems.
Stress may be cognitive, emotional, physical or behavioural and symptoms include
poor judgment, negativity, worry and anxiety, moodiness, irritability,
agitation, inability to relax, loneliness, isolation, depression, aches and
pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat,
problems eating or over eating, problems sleeping or insomnia, social
withdrawal, procrastination or neglect of responsibilities, increased alcohol,
nicotine or drug consumption, and nervous habits such as pacing about,
nail-biting and neck pains.
One must become a little more philosophical and learn how to recognize and deal
with the causes of stress - stress management - however in recognising the
causes of stress, it is possible through education, discussion and co-operative
action begin to improve lifestyle and living environment.
Yoga teacher, healer and body worker, philosopher who cares
for humanity more than political promises. I like to know the nature of things,
like why we are here and where we came from and why we believe as we do..
Stress and Health by
Dr. Rita Khanna
Holistic Bodywork Manuals