It's such a big word that means so many things. Basically to understand stress, we need to understand the nervous system. Our nervous system has two branches.

 The parasympathetic branch is known as the rest and digest branch.  Whereas the sympathetic branch is known as our fight and flight, which when activated too often can leave us feeling tired and wired.

The two branches of the nervous system are receiving feedback from the body all the time via the vagus nerve, which also send signals and communications to all of our organs.  

There are actually 3 types of stress, that we encounter in life. 

External Stressors

These are the main things that we probably would think about when we think about stress:

  • Financial issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Moving house
  • Getting married
  • Death of a loved one
  • Car accident or trauma
  • Having a baby
  • Redundancy
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Conflict with neighbours or friends.

The list goes on....

Internal Stressors

Are a little more sneaky these are things that can go under our radar and we don't learn about them until the Dis-ease process is well underway.

  • Inflammation in the body
  • Chronic Infections
  • Gut Imbalances & infections
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Heavy Metals
  • Mould
  • Toxin exposure
  • EMF & Wifi Exposure
  • Pollution
  • Chemicals
  • Nutritional deficiencies

These often go unnoticed for a while as normal symptoms, when you catch yourself saying " oh my period is all over the place it has been for years" (Not Normal) Oh Constipation had it for years (Not Normal) Headaches yeah I get them weekly (Not Normal) you get the gist.

Perceived Stressors

These are when you perceive something to be stressful because of a past experience you had.  Yet the person next to you may not to perceive it to be stressful at all. The thing is with perceived stress our body doesn't know the difference between real and imagined, so if we think something is stressful the body will switch on its stress defences.