I recently watched the documentary “Heal” again and was reminded of a critical truth: Stress is the biggest killer.
All diseases are stress related diseases. Whether that be physical, emotional, or mental stress.
Even if a disease is genetic, it requires stress as a trigger to turn it on and allow it to grow.
I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of how it all works. Awareness simply needs to be brought to the environment we are in, and that we create within ourselves.
Stress can be found in the work place, our relationships, our families, and on our commute to work.
It is also triggered by the foods we consume, whether they be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, the air we breath (microplastics, chemicals, pollution, car fumes), the water we drink (more chemicals, agricultural run off, pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and birth-control).
Stress can even be weighed on us from exercising too hard, studying too long, or straining our eyes from looking at our phones.
We are surrounded by stress triggers which then lead to diseases and illness within the body.
Holistic healing is about treating the whole system, so simply taking some Ashwaghnda or Turmeric pills won’t quite get the job done. Herbs and pills can be helpful allies to teach the body to adapt or to cover up symptoms, but they don’t get to the root of the issue.
Stress has to be looked at in each area of our lives.
Environment (Our home and the place we live)
I’m sure we could create more groups to identify stress in, but these are a simple foundation to begin looking at ourselves and really checking in to see how we are feeling.
This is a simple exercise I use in my coaching program. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate each category based upon your well being in that area. 1 being lowest, 10 being highest.
Once we identify the areas that are on the lower end, we can begin doing the work that can get those numbers as close to 10 as possible.
To learn more about my coaching practice and how it can help you reach those “10s,” check out the Coaching Page.