“There are many different kinds of stress or types of overstimulation”
and each one is perceived by the body in the same way – a threat to survival that activates the fight or flight system.
Charles Gant, MD, Phd and Robert Sapolsky, PhD believe there are (at least) 12 different kinds of stress and while not all of them can be improved with reflexology, you’ll be surprised by how many of them can!
1. Emotional stress – this is the form of stress most people are familiar with and what comes to mind when they think of the term. This may include loss of any kind like a divorce or break up, loss of a job, loss of abilities or characteristics, depression, conflict in relationships, financial struggles, internal conflict, dysfunctional or toxic relationships, employment issues etc.
2. Cognitive stress – unrealistic demands or expectations for yourself and/or your life, trying to live up to expectations of others, keeping up with the Joneses, seeing the glass half empty, catastrophizing or awfulizing.
3. Sensory stress – chronic pain, loud noise, constant stimulation from external sources.
4. Metabolic stress – caused by various conditions and syndromes, too much exercise, pH, blood sugar, hypoglycemia.
5. Toxic stress – from environmental toxins. It includes things like heavy metal toxicity, amalgam fillings, mercury in your food, air pollution, electrosmog, pesticides, herbicides, mold mycotoxins, disinfectants, perfume, air fresheners etc.
6. Immune stress – food allergies or sensitivities, inflammation, autoimmune disorders.
7. Endocrine and neurotransmitter stress – adrenal glands, corticosteroids, thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalances, menopause, andropause, insulin, dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, GABA etc.
8. Purposelessness stress – Lack of meaning and purpose in life, inability to find gratitude, lack of love and empathy, loss of self.
9. Infectious stress – Candida, parasites, viruses, bacteria, Lyme I guess we can add Covid19 to the list.
10. Oxidative stress – veins and arteries, emphysema, lack of fresh air, sleep apnea, phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification.
11. Energetic stress – electromagnetic fields from cell phones, electronics etc., geopathic.
12. Structural stress – long-term postural compensations, TMJD, physical trauma, etc.
If you hold a glass full of water for a few minutes you’ll feel fine but if you try holding the same glass of water for a long period or even 24/7, you will find it impossible. The same applies to stress.
If you experience only one or two stressors in the list above, your sympathetic nervous system will deal with the situation at hand and you return to the parasympathetic state. However, the more stressors and the longer period you have to deal with in your life, the more your sympathetic nervous system is activated. When your total stress load, which is the sum of all your stressors added together, becomes too high then dysautonomia occurs.
Here’s a fly-by on the stress response:anita202020-12-04T10:25:26+00:00
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