Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It’s thought that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of Holistic Medicine and Natural therapies can help alleviate symptoms. Exercise, relaxation techniques and stress reducing measures also seem help.
With tens of billions neurons and more than a billion cells, our brains are a million times more powerful than any computer. In fact them some scientists say that human brain is the most complex computer in the universe. It has been speculated that brain cells do not regenerate, but research reveals people actually do, produce new brain cells well into adulthood. The brain makes up less than 3% of body weight, but uses over 25% of our oxygen, more than 25% of the glucose, and 20% of our blood supply. Research shows high levels of stress hormones stunt new human brain cell development, while ample levels of serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone enhances it. The brain is our primary health managing organ, and it’s incredibly sensitive. We can see that damage to a small part of the brain has devastating consequences, we see this clearly in stroke patients, Parkinson’s disease, and concussions in athletes.
This week’s episode on The Brave Files Podcast is one you won’t want to miss.
Elizabeth Clamon’s journey (Clamon Natural Health) from trauma to healing demonstrates the power available within each of us if we fight for it relentlessly.
Tune in to hear how she has summoned the strength to always find joy. Listen here
Even though we can’t choose the adversities that come against us, we can choose how we let them effect us. We choose to let them make us better or bitter. We can choose to heal, then use these adversities to teach us, help us grow, and use us them to help others.