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Stressed Out?

Happy Stressless Sunday everyone,

What is stress? According to Hans Selye, the famous physiologist who coined the term “stress”, defined it as thus; the non specific response of the body to any demand made upon it. I like Chris Kressers definition better. “Stress is a disturbance of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s ability to regulate it’s inner environment. When the body loses this ability, disease occurs.”

How do you handle stress? Going all the way back to my post last Sunday, as you may have guessed, Christmas is my biggest stressor. I do all the wrong things that time of year. I eat bad food I stay up too late and I don’t maintain my routine. Life in turmoil. To add that to the 3 or 4 things I already have on the go it gets to be a bit much. I let myself get devoured by convenience then I get inflamed, old injuries ache, pimples show up more often and bigger. I look at those few stressful months and think what actually changed? My perception. 

Full disclosure. This last year, as I had mentioned last week, was particularly rough for me from a healthful practices falling apart standpoint. In retrospect I should not have fallen apart but did. 

Sleep week has done wonders for me, I have been holding my sleep hostage and feel great. Doing it is one thing but maintaining it over the long haul will be my true work in progress. There is that damn habit change stuff again.  Here is something else to think about. Remember the Snickers commercial where the young person turns into cranky Joe Pesci until they take a bite of a Snickers? Pretty good depiction of low blood sugar affecting perception in a negative way. Guess what? Quality sleep is another input that will affect perception in a positive way. Conversely, the lack of quality will affect perception in a negative way, may be even to the point of triggering a mental illness.   

This week where we will examine different perspectives on the Stress. 

My first recommendation is a book called The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

In a nutshell this guy figured out that your cell membrane perceives the environment and turns on and off genes accordingly. In other words your perception affects how your DNA expresses it-self. Don’t get hung up on some of the authors religious undertones. We all have lenses that we look through so give the information a chance, it might change your perception.

Just breathe,

Coach Gary 


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