Numerous studies have concluded that stress is a bigger risk factor for disease than smoking. Yes, you read that right. You could smoke several cigarettes a day and be healthier than someone who does not smoke, BUT allows stress to go unaddressed. Stress is a natural part of life AND it is not all bad. Eustress is good stress that motivates us in life and keeps us engaged. However, at this moment in human history it is fair to say that most of us suffer from bad stress, having way too much to do and very little time in which to do it.
How does stress negatively affect our body? When we experience stress, and the research indicates we experience on average 50 stress responses a day, the stress hormone cortisol is released into our system. Too much of this hormone over extended periods of time leads to inflammation and inflammation leads to pain and/or disease. While a healthy diet and regular exercise are important factors for good health, unmanaged stress overrides both of those. Which is why you may recall me saying that, “MELT® is the missing link in our wellness/health.” When we MELT® regularly, at least 3 times a week, we reduce stress in our tissue and rebalance our nervous system. Particularly when we do the Rebalance Sequence, which allows our nervous system to achieve homeostasis.
In addition to MELTing 3 times a week, the research indicates that reducing our loneliness by fostering quality relationships with others plays a significant role in our health/longevity. Making time for connecting with others, “we time,” is good for our health. The interaction that I speak of is not perusing social media or posting on social media. I am referring to back and forth human INTER-ACTION, which engages and nourishes all our senses. We are wired for connection. We need it to thrive emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Reach out and call the friend who popped into your mind today or make plans to see each other soon. There are seven days in the week and Some Day isn’t one of them. 😉
I am a big fan of Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD. She is passionate about putting the “care” back into healthcare. Dr. Rankin is revolutionizing the healthcare industry with her “Whole Health Medicine Institute,” where she trains professionals to practice medicine/wellness with care and compassion. My statements about stress and our health I learned from her work. You can learn more about the effects of stress on the body by reading her book, “Mind Over Medicine,” or watching one of her Ted Talks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2hLhWSlOl0&inf_contact_key=672987d30d3b6f1e2a0b878bab4106bd6466dee30d6b7f7e6918334d03b92920
I see myself as blessed for having encounters with each of you,
and with some of you I have enjoyed a deeper connection, for which I am extremely grateful. Until our paths meet up again…