So, this is an embarrassing to share, but I fell this summer while rollerblading.
I know. Rollerblading seems a little retro. But I love it. It kind of makes me feel like I am flying. Like when I ski. But on concrete.
Anyway, I was blading around a local lake and the jogger in front changed lanes right as I was passing and collided with me.
So I fell. Hard.
I knew the second I hit the ground that I had done some damage. But I was surprised to learn from the chiropractor I visited later that day that in addition to my rollerblading misalignment, I had some chronic structural issues that had likely plagued me for years.
Even though I wasn’t experiencing pain or other noticeable physical symptoms, these structural issues were putting a huge stress on my system. Any kind of stress impedes the body’s ability to find balance and heal and stressors are often additive and cumulative. So, in a way, this rollerblading accident was a blessing in disguise as it helped me identify a huge stressor.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word stress, I immediately think about emotional stressors like work, relationships, finances, traffic.
Along with the obvious sources of stress in our lives, we also need to address underlying stress – the physical, physiological and environmental stressors that can throw us out of balance and impede our ability to heal.
For example, the physiological stress from the process of running the body, including everything from sleep deficiency and blood sugar dysregulation to chronic infections, food intolerances, poor digestion, adrenal fatigue and vitamin and mineral deficiencies can stress the body. Learn below how Essential Oils can be used to heal adrenals.
So can physical stressors like scars, dental issues, structural misalignment and inflammation. And don’t forget about environmental stressors like pesticides, pollution, chemicals in our homes, fluoride in our tap water and EMFs.
I know I talk a lot about stress, usually focusing on the organs for stress, like the adrenals, the hypothalamus, the pituitary or the hippocampus. But as we start to prioritize and heal ourselves from stress, we also need to consider how other organs and systems in the body impact our stress load. For example, dysregulation in any of these systems can trigger a stress response:
- Blood Sugar Imbalance can trigger a cortisol response and increases stress
- Negative Emotions or Thoughts can trigger a stress reaction in the body
- Leaky Gut – If toxins or pathogens are entering the blood via the gut, that puts a huge stress on the body.
- Digestion – Malabsorption of nutrients also depletes the body of the vitamins and minerals necessary to chemically support our stress response
- Detoxification – When toxins aren’t removed from the body, they recirculate and become a stressor
So What Can You Do?
- List the key stressors in your life (use this handy worksheet).
- Pick the most manageable stressor to tackle first.
- Stressors are often additive and cumulative, so eliminating just one can immediately lighten your stress load.