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Taming the Stress Monster
At Mountain Light Healing, we specialize in facilitating personal transformations from states of stressful existence to optimal health, inner peace, restful sleep, joyful success, and a renewed sense of balance in life.
Our innovative approach is built around a Holistic Wellness Paradigm that characterizes total wellness as the integration, balance, and harmony of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the human condition. We work with the whole person to address both causes and symptoms of stress or disease.
Our practices are focused on increasing your resiliency and strengthening your body’s energetic stability and balance, so that you can master all types of stressful situations in your life with greater ease. To achieve optimal results, we work in partnership with you to create and implement a holistic wellness process tailored to your specific needs.
Energy medicine provides a comprehensive framework for addressing stress-related health and wellness issues and offers powerful tools for taming the ever-present stress monster and supporting homeostasis—the process by which the body’s internal environment is kept relatively stable throughout changes in the environment.
Mountain Light Healing offers private healing sessions and experiential workshops, employing primarily the energy-medicine modalities of NES Health, Eden Energy Medicine, the Emotion Code, and trauma-sensitive Gentle Energy Medicine Yoga.
Stress is simply the body’s response to change. Whenever external forces (changes) are acting on our bodies, they trigger reactions on the inside—internal forces affecting the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual aspects of our existence. Stress is a measure of these internal forces acting within the body; its dimension is pressure. Every individual responds and adapts to changes and their associated stresses in different ways.
Not all stress is bad… There are three kinds of stress, commonly referred to as eustress, neustress, and distress. Eustress is good stress arising from motivating situations or inspiring circumstances. Neustress describes sensory stimuli that have no consequential effects; it is considered neither good nor bad. Distress denotes the bad type of stress, commonly referred to as negative stress or simply stress. Negative stress can be acute (high in intensity with short duration) or chronic (typically with lower intensity, but prolonged duration).
A concept called the Yerkes-Dodson principle can be used to illustrate the relationships between eustress, distress, and health in the context of athletic or general task performance. It postulates that, to a point, stress can actually increase performance and health status and as such is considered to be eustress. Beyond a certain point, however, stress seems to detract from performance and lower the health status and is therefore labeled distress.
The optimal level of stress for achieving maximum performance differs by individual. Our holistic stress-management programs are aimed at exploring what this optimal level is for you and at employing suitable coping skills and relaxation techniques for keeping you out of the danger zone associated with too much stress, where performance and health status tend to deteriorate.
While there are various definitions of stress, the associated causes and symptoms of the stress phenomenon seem to be quite universal. If you are feeling stressed out from competing demands on the professional and personal aspects of your life and suffering the consequences on your health and well-being, you are not alone!
The World Health Organization has described stress as a global epidemic back in 2003. Moreover, stress affects people from all demographics, making it a true equal-opportunity destroyer.
Recent estimates by the American Institute of Stress are quite alarming:
Over 40% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress
75-90% of all visits to primary-care physicians are for stress-related complaints or disorders
60-80% of all industrial accidents are stress-induced
Stress-associated Workers’ Compensation claims are skyrocketing, with 90% of claims being awarded in settlements
Fiscal consequences of occupational stress average about $200 Billion each year.
Some health experts speculate that as much as 70-85% of all diseases and illnesses are stress-related. Stress has been linked to all the leading causes of death, including heart disease, lung ailments, cirrhosis, cancer, accidents, and suicide.
In January 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) released the results of their most recent survey, Stress in America™: Our Health at Risk, conducted in the August/September 2011 time frame among 1,226 adults aged 18 and older who reside in the United States.
The report revealed deepening concerns about the connection between chronic disease and stress. Included in the survey results were the following statistics:
39% felt that they were good at managing stress
44% said that their stress level had increased over the past five years
27% reported that their stress level had decreased of the past five years
5.2 was the average stress level on a 1-10 (low to high) scale for the general population, rising to 6.0 for obese people and to 6.3 for people suffering from depression.