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Stress is essentially an internal bodily response to the external world. To recap from Part 1, stress is more than just drama and daily happenings. Stress can come in three major forms, physical, chemical and emotional, which affect our lives more than we often realize.
In addition, stress is not necessarily a negative response to the external world, but a failure of our body to return to homeostasis, where the body detoxifies and functions without stress. Dr. Pete Sulack refers to this as our body’s “resiliency”. We need resiliency to help us return to homeostasis and avoid staying in a stressful response for too long.
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Physical stress is essentially what it sounds like. The body itself can sustain serious stress. One of the indicators is poor posture. Lacking a range of motion hinders the body’s ability to facilitate the stress response properly. When your spine is out of its proper position, the body struggles to return to homeostasis and shut down the stress response.
Regular chiropractic care can significantly help your body avoid physical stress. It keeps the joints in your body functioning properly , which allows the body to easily return to homeostasis. Fluid-filled joints, like those in your spine, need a normal range of motion in order for your brain to establish a proper stress response.
Chiropractic care allows you to face the world as resilient as possible.
The key word with chemical stress is diet. Some of the major stress-inducing chemicals in a person’s diet come from sugar, dairy, gluten, and processed food. As Dr. Bennett says, “you can’t out-supplement a bad diet”. In other words, supplements fill the void that is created by a subpar diet, so you have to pay attention to what you’re consuming. What dietary choices are you making that are adding to your stress?
In order for your body to be resilient to stress, you have to eliminate the things that are hindering its ability to respond properly to stress. It’s not always easy, but you have to look at both what you are eating and what you are not eating.
Emotional stress can be manifested from work, relationships, worries, school and life situations in general. It comes down to proper perspective. “Value, worth, destiny, potential, and legacy” are all part of our lives, as Dr. Sulack says. He says we can help ourselves by looking at our life from God’s perspective – that we are worthy, loved, and precious in God’s eyes.
Do we have perceived stress? Another part of stress is what is perceived. An example of perceived stress is PTSD. Even though your body is not in a stressful situation, a trigger can make your brain believe that you are.
Mindsets contrary to truth can fuel this kind of stress. We have to break down our perceived strongholds in order to eliminate the patterns of negativity that build up. Surround yourself with people that give you true feedback – people that remind you that you are loved and that you have immense worth.