Stress, Your Health and Mind Body Medicine

Stress is your response to change, whether the change is good or bad. The stress response is a physical, emotional, and mental reaction to circumstances that require behavioral adjustments. The stress response, also known as the fight or flight response, is useful, and can be necessary in time of emergency.

The benefits of stress are that it gives us motivation and the ability to meet challenges such as doing well in a job interview, studying for important exams, and performing at high levels in sports and competitive events. The most benefit from the stress response is when it is a short-term response to a specific challenge. When situations produce excessive, or chronic stress, a threshold is exceeded, and stress becomes negative.

The negative impact of stress can be described as stress overload or “stressed out.” When left unchecked or untreated, stress overload can seriously affect health, work performance, relationships, and general well-being. In survey after survey, Americans today identify stress as their number one health concern, with more than 50% of adults in the U.S. reporting high stress on a daily basis. It is no surprise then to learn that studies show 60%-90% of all physician visits are for stress-related complaints.

The good news is that it is possible to reverse the negative impact of stress. You can take control of your life and reduce stress thus maintaining or regaining your life and health. Mind body medicine is a scientifically validated and proven method to counter act the stress response, and is an alternative to surgery or pharmaceuticals. Mind body medicine integrates psychology, physiology, and belief to enhance the healing capacities of body and mind.

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