“It’s just stress.” we often say to ourselves.
Most people dismiss stress like they do an annoying mosquito, as if it’s not that important for good health, but per the American Institute of Stress, 75-90% of all doctor visits are actually related to stress.
Women can experience stress in different ways, as
- depression and anxiety
- gut issues
- headaches and migraines
- even fertility issues
- and menstrual problems
All of these problems you might experience with perimenopause. But, stress is way more serious than an annoying mosquito and can have devastating effects on our health and well-being.
What is stress?
We’ve been told that stress is caused by outside influences, such as a job you hate, being in a difficult relationship, a messy house, or getting stuck in traffic. But that is not true. Believe it or not, stress comes from within.
Stress is your emotional or mental response to your circumstances. According to Andrew Bernstein in his book “The Myth of Stress”, your job is not stressful, however, your thoughts about your job are stressful. Your relationships aren’t stressful, your thoughts about your relationships are stressful. Getting stuck in traffic is not stressful, your thoughts about being stuck in traffic are stressful.
When we have stressful thoughts about circumstances in our life, our bodies respond physically. When we are stressed, the adrenal glands release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Okay. So why does that matter? Because that physical reaction in our bodies from stress causes us to lose magnesium…fast.
These physical responses to our stressful thoughts can cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate, depression, anxiety, muscle tension, and a mineral imbalance. And when our minerals are out of balance, we experience disease.
How to Connect Stress to Your Symptoms
Think about when you suffer from unpleasant symptoms such as anxiety, menstrual issues, joint or back pain, brain fog, irritability, mood swings, etc, Then mull over…
- What events occurred around the same time?
- How did you feel about those events?
For example, I have always been very healthy, but it felt like my body just started falling apart after my husband passed away. I had a bulging disk impinging my S1 nerve which created excruciating pain down my right leg and I also had a fibroid uterus.
Losing someone you love leads to a lot of stressful thoughts and where things show up in your body says something about those thoughts. The right leg can reflect feelings of insecurity, feeling unsupported, and resisting the flow of life.
Problems in the uterus can reflect feeling depleted, ungrounded, unsupported, neglected, and unbalanced. All of this makes perfect sense after the loss of your partner of 33 years. When you can connect your symptoms to your stress, you can figure out what thoughts need to change so that your body can heal.
Lao Tzu explains it perfectly, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character it becomes your destiny.”
Why We Need To Change Our Minds about Stress
Stress leads to a mineral imbalance that takes us down a path fraught with symptoms. Stress begins in our minds. So how we think about our circumstances matters.
If we only deal with nutritional imbalances, we will constantly struggle with symptoms. We have to deal with our thoughts about our circumstances too if we want to restore our health.
I still have a bulging disk, but I don’t have any pain. How is that possible? I dealt with my thoughts about my circumstances and healed emotionally.
How can I keep stress from killing me?
There are tools for stress management such as mindfulness, as I just discussed, and exercise. But they may not be enough on their own. Stress is responsible for over 80% of doctor office visits.
Let’s get you on the right track today so you can take the first step to feel like yourself again.
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I know the struggles and joys of being a woman. We have so much love and power to change the world to make it a better place for everyone. But it starts with taking care of ourselves so that we can be present to everyone and everything else. I can’t wait to help you get to the root of your health issues so you can stop feeling like crap and recapture the joy in your life.