What Exactly Is “Stress”?

Today, while waiting for a UPS delivery and my organic food delivery, I was listening to a couple of shows on BlogTalkRadio. I have come to love and appreciate that Web site. I discovered the site a couple of years ago. I’ve called into several shows to ask questions. Being the information addict that I am, I’m grateful to have been able to tap into the knowledge of various experts.

During the News for the Soul show, I called in for a medical intuitive reading. I’ve never had one of those before. Helen, the woman who did the reading, really surprised me with her accuracy. She picked up my thyroid issues and offered insight into my stressed adrenals. Granted, a bazillion people have thyroid/adrenal issues, but it’s when she picked up on my congested ears that she got my attention. I’ve had issues with my ears for years. On occasion, I’ll spray decongestant up my nose, but for the most part I just deal with the discomfort. Oddly enough, the only time I’ve ever gotten total relief from my ear congestion was last winter when I was juicing a lot of citrus. I’m not sure if it was the lemon juice that was clearing out my ears/sinuses or the grapefruit juice or the combination of juices.

She recommended that I rest my body and mind a lot more to help relieve stress. I feel conflicted about that. I’ve gone to great lengths to create a life that isn’t stressful in the ways most people’s lives are. I’m not dealing with a hectic job, juggling the needs of a family, or am under any sort of external-inspired pressure, yet I do feel this constant turmoil inside. The thing is, I have a hard time labeling it as “stress” because it doesn’t fit the image of what I think stress is (if that makes sense).

For me, the tension comes from not being able to let go of the past.

On the other show I called into, Weight Loss Guru Radio, I got to ask about being able to focus while working out. Part of the reason why I resist working out because I’m so used to my brain being in a rapid-fire state all the time and I avoid anything that would be boring (like be on a treadmill for any length of time). So, of course, the answer would be: find something that is both physically and cognitively stimulating.

Something else the guy I posed the question to said stuck with me. I told him I had a hard time focusing on things. He wondered whether it was more like I could focus, but had gotten used to focusing for short periods of time. That made sense to me. When I went to the Robert McKee seminar, I was focused for hours at a time. When I get into the flow of writing or editing or blog design. I am laser focused.

The power of self-talk is something we’re all aware of. It just still amazes me how I can repeatedly think something about myself (”I can’t focus.”) and stay stuck in that loop until someone challenges that belief I have of myself.

Here;s the episodes of the shows I called into:

Listen to internet radio with News for the Soul on Blog Talk Radio

Listen to internet radio with Weight Loss Guru X Pete Cohen on Blog Talk Radio
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