The Emotions of Stress

21 Feb

How many times have you recognized you were stressed out?  Did you realize that the stress is created by the emotions you experience on a daily basis?  Many people recognize the feelings of stress but don’t understand they can be broken down to identify actual feelings.  First let’s get a basic understanding of the word stress.  If you look in any dictionary there are many different definitions but the common language to all is that stress equals an “imbalance” which over time creates deterioration.   We can experience imbalance in our physical body, our thoughts, our feelings, our financial picture, our relationships, our performance of work, academics and sports and in our spiritual connection.  Many people think that stress equates to something that causes tension and will say “Oh, I don’t feel stressed at all” but when we start associating the feelings that create stress, almost everyone can identify with them. 

Pain, Anger, Worry, Anxiety, Fear, Rage, Procrastination, Guilt, Sorrow, Grief, Depression, Impatience, Prejudice, Boredom, Intolerance, Resentment, Indifference, the list goes on and on.  These are the emotions of stress and all contribute to an imbalance in our body and our body’s natural ability to protect itself.  In addition to these feelings we have physical stressors that also contribute to the imbalance.  Injuries that create poor posture, pain, loss of internal organs, exposure to environmental pollutants, ingestion of alcohol, tobacco or drugs all create imbalance.  Even prescribed medications create significant stress in the body.  The food we eat, the amount of fluids we drink, the number of hours we sleep, the quality of sleep and the amount of exercise we get can all contribute to physical stress.   No matter how you experience it, stress KILLS.  It kills heart cells, brain cells and the immune system.  In fact, the National Institute of Stress has reported that over 95% of all health care visits, physical and mental health, are directly related to STRESS.

These emotions communicate with every cell in your body constantly and your body responds by adjusting chemicals and hormones.  Things like adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins, melatonin, serotonin, blood sugar (glucose), sodium, chloride, insulin, cholesterol, growth hormone and all of the female and male reproductive hormones.  They also affect your heart rate, your breathing rate, your blood pressure and your temperature.  In fact every operation in your body responds to these chemicals and hormones.  One incident of these emotions has the ability to inhibit your immune system for up to 6 hours afterwards.  And your body does not differentiate between the real event or just an emotional recall.  It can respond exactly the same way to thinking about the incident as it did to the original event.  Just being angry for a few days can have a very negative effect on your ability to protect yourself from germs, virus or other ailments, inhibit your ability to focus, affect your memory, impair your creative thinking and problem solving, make you more likely to get injured or have another argument. Then you just start the spiral downward because one incident can actually increase the opportunity for more stressful emotions.  How do you win?

There are many ways to relieve stress but the most important thing is to recognize the stress as an emotion and look at the cause.  Perhaps the stress you feel from work is really about the sadness you feel when you have to leave your child at the daycare, or your anxiety about not getting a bill paid on time, or about the fight you had with your spouse the night before.  It might not have anything to do with work at all.  Once you recognize the feeling and begin to deal with the emotions more directly you will find your stress levels begin to change significantly.  Evaluate your physical stressors; nutrition, sleep, exercise and love in your life to see how they contribute to the stressful feelings.  At times stress can be reduced easily by just recognizing the emotion and taking a deep breath to remove yourself from the feeling just for that moment.  When you focus on the breathing you break the connection to the emotion.   I teach my clients how to effectively use techniques and the latest in cardio/neuro/ physical (heart/brain/body) technology and biofeedback that changes over 1400 chemicals and hormones in their body, restoring the balance which promotes a state of natural healing.

Stress has powerful effects in every area of your life; your health, your wealth, your relationships, your performance and your spiritual fulfillment. Stress can be an inside job that quickly moves to your outside world or it can be initiated by an outside situation that quickly moves to the inside of your body and mind.  Either way it affects you inside and out.  No matter how you look at it, the emotions of stress are associated with negative energy and once you can identify this energy you can harness it and Transform Stress to Success in all areas of your life.

My clients liken me to a “Jeane in a bottle” and in the “Jeane Business” the 3 Most Common Wishes are for Better Health, More Wealth, Loving Relationships and sometimes people just want a Better Golf Game.  I am here to grant your wishes and this “Jeane” knows no geographical boundaries because most of the wishes can be granted by phone so call today.

By  Jeane Cole, ARNP, CHT, LHMP

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7 Responses to “The Emotions of Stress”

  1. Malia February 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Stress will kill you if you don’t know how to handle them~

  2. Pat Carter February 24, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    I work in a Cardiac Rehab and I see over and over patients that have no apparent risk factors other than stress. I think this is a good article to give to patients and to use in our stress management class. Thanks.

    • Jeane Cole March 10, 2010 at 4:16 am #

      Hi Pat, I would be happy to provide you with more information that you can use with your cardiac rehab patients. In fact, the coaching process I use with patients has been tested in many cardiac rehab centers around the country, all with great results. I have worked with many patients with heart disease and hypertension to help them restore balance to their body and many no longer require medications for control. The same process works with depression, anxiety, anger, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain control and many autoimmune diseases. With this process people can help to restore balance to their body and heal many conditions. You can contact me at jeane@meinsideandout.com

  3. Kathleen M. Schmidt February 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Yes, I agree negative stress can kill. But to help move up from it is like seeing your emotions on a ladder, taking one rung at a time to move up. But some stress can be healthy, the kind you feel before something good and exciting is about to happen. The butterflies you feel before a big breakthrough. Thank you for sharing this blog post!

    • Jeane Cole March 10, 2010 at 4:12 am #

      Hi Kathleen, thanks for your comments about stress being healthy. As far as we know, the whole stress response was created to be beneficial to us because it is a divine defense mechanism and certainly when we need to “fight or flight” it can make us do amazing things. We have all heard of people who have had the strength to lift a car off of someone or fight off an attacker so it is certainly something we need. In the “lifetimes” of our ancestors it was needed to help them survive and when the cortisol kicked in they usually were physically active enough to use it up. The problem that we have today is that we are being bombarded with so many things that ignite the “fight or flight response” that we are over producing cortisol but do not “use it up” so it is circulating in our body creating all kinds of chaos in our messaging systems. With the over production, we are ultimately becoming less responsive to what could be a beneficial prodding. I liken it to the little boy who cried wolf all the time, eventually no one listened and when our body becomes so accustomed to fight or flight message, it actually lessens our ability to respond. We also know that the biggest thing that determines how you react to the response is your perception. An example I like to give is; my son loves rollar coasters and gets excitement and pleasure from just thinking about them, I on the other hand feel terror. He responds positively without the damaging effect, in fact he responds with a feeling of joy, which we know helps to create DHEA the longevity hormone, while I on the other had respond with fear and fight or flight, creating more cortisol and all of its damaging effects.

  4. Naomi Martinez March 16, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    hello Jeane-
    i’m so happy to see you have a blog. this article is incredible! i read it twice. before i met you i had absolutely no concept of the effects of stress on your body. even though my life was plagued with stress-i had no clue what was wrong with me. i was so ill but every doc i saw said i was fine. thank the Lord you were put on this earth to educate people. everyday i focus on my breathing to calm me. i have made so much progress since our first meeting…although, i have a ways to go, i feel more in control of my emotions. i handle my girls better throughout the day and i feel more connected to my husband than ever…i know the fact that iam managing my stress better has helped our relationship. thank you so much! i hope to see more blogs from you: ) you ARE an amazing woman!
    lots of love-
    naomi

  5. Linda McCormick April 8, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    Jeane,

    These are such well-written and informative articles. It’s great to see this level of education becoming so easily accessible. You have taught me so much about how to address the root causes of symptoms — most especially, STRESS! Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to learning more.

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