Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Our body is designed to handle acute bouts of stress followed by a return to homeostasis (the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes).

However, when left unchecked, unyielding levels of stress over time can lead to negative symptoms, dis-ease, and eventually death.

Stress comes in many forms: mental/emotional, physical, electromagnetic, nutritional, and environmental

Mental / Emotional:
-Divorce
-Marriage (that’s right, even good stress is stress)
-Debt, Financial
-Job
-Worry, Fear, Anger, Jealousy

Physical:
-Poor Posture
-Poor Sleep / Not Enough Sleep
-Too Little Movement
-Too Much Movement (overtraining)
-Injuries
-Sitting too much

Electromagnetic:
-Cell Phones
-Computers, Tablets
-WiFi
-Appliances
-Electrical Power Lines
-Microwaves

Nutritional:
-Processed Foods
-Pesticides
-Malnutrition
-Rancid Oils
-Too Little Calories
-Too Many Calories
-Poor Macronutrient Proportioning
-Tap Water
-Food Additives
-Alcohol

Environmental/Chemical:
-Cold Weather
-Hot Weather
-Industrial Farming
-Poor Air Quality
-Rubber
-Plastic (BPA)
-Synthetic Carpet
-Lack of Nature
-Flourecsent Lighting

By no means is this an exhaustive list. But how many of these stressors are you exposed to on a regular basis? Probably more than you think.

Step one should be eliminating as many of these “debits” as possible. Start with 3-5 and go from there. The second thing to consider is how you can balance stressors with “credits.” A “credit” either supports a crucial system of detoxification or bolsters the non-stressful side of the hormonal and nervous system. The end goal should be to have more “credit” at the end of each day, week, month, and year than “debits.”

Examples of “credits” includes (but is not limited to):
-Goal Setting
-Gratitude
-Eating Organic Whenever Possible
-Stretching / Foam Rolling
-Meditating
-Showing Love, Receiving Love
-Massage
-Being out in Nature
-Vacations
-Sleep, Napping
-Enjoyable Hobbies
-Hydration
-Training
-Eating Enough Protein and Carbs to Support Training
-Community, Friends
-Eating Veggies
-Taking Supplement

Stress is all around us. There’s no avoid it completely. A heightened sense of awareness around where stress is coming from, a plan to eliminate as many as possible, and a willingness to include more energy-building, vitality-supporting activities can greatly improve our overall health and outlook on the world.