The month is flying by quickly again. And what did this month bring to my attention? The impact of stress on the body. When pain begins in the body, how easy it is to steel the body against life's stress. If life becomes holding one's self up against the strain of day to day living, a funny thing begins to happen. Our body becomes tighter and harder. As this process builds, the mind becomes angry and loses hope. Today we call this depression. Remember all the television ads selling the latest in medications to bring balance back into life. And if that doesn't work there is deep tissue massage or physical therapy or yoga or even meditation or prayer.
Of course, what came first, the overwhelming stress of a situation or the stiff neck? If the stress comes with your job which also defines who you are in the world, what do you do? If in these times of economic uncertainty, leaving that job may not be a solution for eliminating the stress from your life where do you turn? Do you recognize the symptoms of stress in your life? How do you sleep at night? What are your energy levels like? How does your body deal with the food that you consume? Is there loose stool or constipation? Does eating follow with a stomach ache? Is fatigue or headaches a normal state of being for you? And now let us talk about pain. Is it diffuse or concise?
Okay, let's also throw in actual illness. Can you can you begin to see how complicated figuring out what you pain is caused by. I want to know that I'm not dying. If I'm not dying how long will it take for the problem to go away? TV and the movies make everything look so simple. A solution can be found in the length of one hour or maybe a couple of episodes. But we are not simple one celled organisms. We come with pecking order around injuries that we have experienced throughout or lives. Injuries can also be hurt feelings of a broken heart or the anguish of being bullied. Self worth can also creep in to complicate or sense of well being. Another injury can be anger without resolve or chronic lingering fear.
All of these issues affect our breathing, which in turn affects our pain threshold. When tired a baby has very little tolerance of a changing schedule. Are we so different from that infant? So what level of control can we place in our lives to maintain balance? I turned to yoga and massage, which also includes self massage. Is there another way to look at things in your life so that you can be happier? Is there a place in your life for gratitude for simply being alive? Even if you are in pain, can you help another who may also be in pain? Can you laugh out loud at least once every day? Can you let go of the serious nature of your life for one moment and just be with yourself? Can you talk with someone?
Food for thought!