Throughout the years of treating numerous patients, one thing I’ve come to learn was that most, if not all, disease comes from the stressors we put upon our bodies. Most of society has generally come to know stress on an emotional level, whether it be stress from work, relationships, bills, death of a loved one, etc. However, there are other forms of stress that we don’t think of as “stress,” but it is these forms that should also be considered. Physical stress is simply the stress we put our bodies through by high endurance exercise, lack of sleep, or accidental injury to the body itself. There is also chemical stress like environmental pollution, toxic professions, bad diet, or lack of water.
What most physicians tend to neglect or convey to their patients about stress is what organs are affected, what to do about it, and more importantly where it comes from. The only thing they do tell them about it is to just avoid it and your problems will go away. When a physician tells you that your problems are from stress, it pretty much means they either don’t have the patience to work with you, too lazy to get to the bottom of your problem, or have no idea what is going on.
So how do we defend ourselves from stress? Well, the first thing you have to realize is that stress is caused by you! Physically speaking, some of the ways you can adopt this way of thinking is by avoiding foods we know are bad for us, decrease activities that can cause injury to a muscle or joint, and simply putting on a jacket when it’s cold outside.
Stress starts within you and progresses outside of you. The trick is to stop it before it starts. Yes, there are stress relieving programs, meditation, and exercises you can do to help decrease the severity, but the key is to change your attitude and beliefs about the world outside you before it happens. Technically, stress doesn’t even exist unless you allow it to. This all starts in the mind that receives sensory information from what the body and brain experiences. Most people look at stress as something that is “happening to them” rather than, “I’m allowing this to happen to me.” This is where the problem starts. How we should look at stress is that it originates in the mind and the effect is in the outside world, not the other way around.
Now that we know your attitude and beliefs cause stress, how do we change it? The way to change it is to look within ourselves and ask, “Why am I stressed about that?” Usually, it’s because of what we have experienced in the past or thoughts about the future thereby creating fear in one form or another. It is this fear that creates doubt, anger, apprehension, and self consciousness. Take time out to look at yourself as an amazing, powerful, and perfect being created straight from the hands of God. Next time something “stresses you out,” focus within, and ask yourself, “What’s the worse that can happen?” You will realize that whatever happens or whatever your imagination can create, it really isn’t that bad. Just smile and don’t take things personally. As long as you realize its starts with you, you will be able to “un-create” stress just as easily as create it.
Dr. Rudy Amicay