Physical Well Being is Often a Forgotten Aspect of Personal Growth and Development

May 1, 2019

By Dr. John R Dabbs – Eden Chiropractic – Eden, NC – 
Leaksville UMC

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have been given by God?  You are not your own, for you were bought at a price.  So glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in disease causation. Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied.  While many people associate the term “stress” with psychological stress scientists and physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions.

Not all stress is bad.  There is Eustress and Distress.  Eustress ie. Good stress can be factors such as new babies, new homes, working on and completing a work assignment and exercise. 

Management of those under stress is the goal for each of us.  Elimination of stress is unrealistic since stress is part of normal life.  It is impossible to completely eliminate stress and it would not be advisable to do so.  Instead, we can learn to manage stress so that we have control over our stress and its effects on our physical and mental health.

Managing stress can involve making changes in the external factors which confront you or with internal factors which strengthen your ability to deal with what comes your way.

What are some effective stress management techniques?

Exercise – Physical exercise releases endorphins that give the person a feeling of euphoria.  It not only promotes overall fitness but helps you manage emotional stress and tension as well.

Nutrition – Proper nutrition habits can decrease inflammatory processes in your body.

Relaxation and Meditation – There are many ways to use relaxation and meditation techniques to help control stress and improve your physical and mental well-being.  Read a book, listen to music, take a bath, recite positive scripture, the imagery of pleasant images, deep breathing techniques, yoga, and biofeedback are methods to help reset your positive life goals.

Time Management – learning to prioritize tasks and avoid overcommitment are critical measures to make sure that you are not overscheduled. 

Organizational Skills – Organized desk, office, kitchen, closets, cars, etc will decrease the stress of misplaced objects and clutter.

Support Systems – People with strong social support systems experience fewer physical and emotional symptoms of stress. Loved ones, friends, business associates, neighbors, and even pets are all part of our social networks.

How can I get help with stress management?

Check in with your Doctor – Your physician will be able to assess the effects that stress may be having on your physical functioning and can recommend ways to combat these negative influences.  Remember to be honest about the extent of the stress you are experiencing.

Consider Counseling - Stress counseling and group discussion therapy have proven benefits in reduction of stress symptoms and improvement in overall health and attitude.

Spend time with those you love – Many studies show that persons with balanced, happy social support experience fewer stress-related symptoms and are better stress managers that people without social support.
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