Why Should We Care About Stress?

Characterized by the World Health Organization as a global epidemic back in 2003, stress affects people from all demographics, making it a true equal-opportunity destroyer.

Recent estimates by the American Institute of Stress include the following alarming statistics:

  • 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 ailments and complaints
  • Over 80% of US workers suffer from work-related stress
  • Stress causes around one million workers to miss work every day
  • 60-80% of all industrial accidents are stress-induced
  • Work-related stress causes about 120,000 deaths and results in $190 billion in healthcare costs annually
  • US businesses lose up to $300 billion every year as a result of workplace stress.

Health experts are speculating 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.

What Exactly is Stress?

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 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.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”    Denis Waitley

Holistic Stress Management

At Mountain Light Healing, we specialize in holistic stress-management approaches aimed at exploring the optimal level of stress for you and at identifying suitable relaxation techniques and coping strategies. The goal is to keep you out of the danger zone associated with too much stress, where performance and health status tend to deteriorate.

Our innovative solutions are 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 experience. We work with the whole person to address both causes and symptoms of stress or disease.

Our practices are focused on boosting resiliency and vitality, so you can master stressful situations in your life with greater ease. We will 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 concerns and offers powerful tools for supporting homeostasis—the process by which the body’s internal environment is kept relatively stable throughout changes in the external environment.

Mountain Light Healing offers private consultations, experiential workshops, coaching, and mentorship programs, integrating a wide range of energy-medicine modalities.

Take action now–schedule a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation today to determine how we can best support your journey to better health and greater well-being!