“We’re never going to see a day where our lives are stress-free. Instead, we learn how to reduce those stressors intentionally in our lives which leads to better health, better display, and a better opportunity for us to show up and be the best representation of ourselves.” -Ross Skorzewski.
The Wellness Way’s approach to stress is unique because our doctors and practitioners are trained to evaluate every stressor in your body and life.
In this segment, Dr. Patrick Flynn references Dorland Medical Dictionary’s definition of stress. It says:
“Stress is a physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental or physiological reactions that may lead to illness. Technically speaking, stress is a disruption of homeostasis (balance), which may be triggered by alarming experiences, either real or imaginary.”
Reducing stressors in your life is especially important, because although they are emotional, they can take a physical toll on your body.
Dr. Patrick says in the video, “Most of people’s physical pain is emotional, it changes their biochemistry. Stress creates physical pain.”
One way to lower your stress levels, is to surround yourself with people who listen to and understand your worries. Whether it is a friend, partner, parent, etc., their listening ears are a vital key to de-stressing.
Dr. Patrick says, “Just by understanding someone, without having an answer, you change the direction of their health both mentally and physically.”
So, while we need others to listen to us, it is important that we can reciprocate the effort and be someone else’s confidant when they need it.
When our body is displaying symptoms of physical stress, a common misconception is that a greater underlying health condition is the reason why.
In the video, Dr. Patrick explains how it is commonly believed that high blood pressure is a pre-determining factor of heart disease, cancer, and strokes. He then reassures us that is just a stress response, and that our cortisol (stress hormone) levels should be evaluated.
He urges people to have their stress hormones tested and says that any doctor can do it. However, at The Wellness Way, a thorough test is completed because 4-5 samples are used.