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Stress: The #1 Killer

We face stress everyday in almost every situation in life. I will share a few different types, causes & levels of stress that we encounter daily: environmental, chemical, physical, mental & emotional stresses.

Types of Stressors

Environmental stressors: can be caused by but not limited to: bright lights over your desks; the noise of machinery; the constant ringing of telephones; or to0 cramped in office space.

Chemical stressors: can be caused by but not limited to: too many cups of coffee; too many lunch time drinks; too much JUNK food; too many aspirins or antibiotics (which you take in with eat bite of red meat); inhaling substances at the factory or office or your general worksite; pollution on the way to work or from smokers in the office (smell of lingering smoke).

Physical stressors: can be caused by but not limited to: pushing your body to it's limits; over working out at the gym; not getting enough sleep; running in the office "fun run" fund raiser; driving long distances without taking enough rest breaks.

Mental stressors: can be caused by but not limited to: unemployment; under-employment; over-employment (more than 1 job); trying to achieve; taking exams; anguish over uncompleted projects; financial worries.

Emotional stressors: can be caused by but not limited to: relationship problems & concerns; parental guilt; the inability to give or receive love; grief of the loss of a loved one.

Levels of Stress

Level 1: starts off as tiredness and develops into irritability, leading to headaches & insomnia, but is not limited to just these sypmtoms

Level 2: depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, helplessness

Level 3: persecution complex, agoraphobia (abnormal & persistent fear of public or open areas; especially where it appears difficult to escape in the case of an emergency); panic attacks, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guilt & depression, more susceptible to viral & bacterial infections

Level 4: at this point, the body is "crying out" for HELP! Unexplained pain, heart problems, strokes, and high blood pressure might be experienced along with various dis-eases that are thought to have their roots in stress such as: ulcers, chronic pain, & arthritis. Stress can even have a negative effect on your immune system causing it to begin to break down leading to all manner of physical problems.

Due to there being a variety of stresses, there are a variety of organic holistic essential oils & natural herbs to reduce & relieve your levels of stress. But before using these alternative remedies, please consult with a qualified aromatherapist, or natural health practicioner for proper guidance in the use of these oils & herbs for your desired effect. Our bodies work as an intergrated unit along with mind, to take care of one, is to take care of the other.

Join me in my next post, where I will discuss good stress vs bad stress & some of the oils & herbs that can make a difference in your daily life!

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