Posted by: wellness training services | October 21, 2012

Where does stress appear in your body?

Where does stress appear in your body?

We need to be more conscious of the areas of our body that are physically affected by life’s demands and pressures. Imbalances can come from many stresses and strains of life. Different situations may cause stress or tension to appear in different places. For example, we may get headaches when we are overstressed at work, but back problems when we are under financial stress.

Identifying the areas of your physical reactions to the demands and pressures in your life is important to understand how to counteract the negative stressors. We can strengthen the physically exhausted or weak areas through various wellness techniques.

Refer to the following checklist of stress symptoms, which are grouped into three categories of A, B, and C. First, identify the typical stress symptoms that you have had over the course of your life when you have been under serious stress or had many demands and pressures placed on you. Next, analyze the stresses and strains that are affecting you right now. Review both ratings and see which element/dosha shows typical imbalances, then look at the recommendations of what you can do to bring it back into balance.

By reviewing this checklist, we can start to see our patterns of physical stress. We then can take the necessary steps to alleviate the pressure on that part of our body. Rate yourself on the symptoms of each category on a scale of 1 (almost never) to 5 (very often). Total your ratings for each category and review where you are most imbalanced.

STRESS SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST

A symptoms

1

2

3

4

5

Forgetful
Easily distracted
Constipated
Light, interrupted sleep
Mood swings
Restlessness
Confusion
Headaches
Dry skin
B symptoms

1

2

3

4

5

Quick-tempered
High blood pressure
Scattered
Impatient
Activity overloaded
Excessive body heat
Sensitive skin
Intolerance of hot weather
Stomach aches
C symptoms

1

2

3

4

5

Dullness
Slowness
Depressed
Gain weight
Judgmental
Oily skin
Possessive
Bone or muscle aches
Lack of energy

Place your total for each category of symptoms in the space provided to find out which function currently is most imbalanced for you.

A symptoms ________ /45

B symptoms ________ /45

C symptoms ________ /45

A total for a category of symptoms greater than 31 would indicate a high level of imbalance and the need for immediate attention to this function. A total for a category of 16 to 30 would indicate a moderate level of imbalance and the need for some attention to this function. A total of 15 or less would indicate a low level of imbalance, or an acceptable level of balance.

For example, let’s consider the case where the totals are 30 for A symptoms, 18 for B symptoms, and 25 for C symptoms. This would indicate the need to attend first to A, Mental-Dreamer-AIR, which is most imbalanced, then to C, Physical-Critic-EARTH. The total is lowest for B, Social-Realist/Catalyst-FIRE/WATER, indicating it is least imbalanced.

A: Deals with our mental function and governs motion: flow of endocrine and nerve impulses, for example. Air is fast, cold and dry by nature.

B: Deals with our social function and governs energy production: metabolism, digestion, and elimination. Fire is hot and intense by nature.

C: Deals with our physical function and governs structure and physical balance: formation of muscles, fat, bone, and sinew.

  • When AIR is balanced, the mental processes are experienced as alert, imaginative, sensitive, spontaneous, resilient, and exhilarated.
  • To balance the Mental-Dreamer-AIR in you, you need to calm your system with regular routine. You can do this by going to bed early, eating meals at the same time every day, having regular elimination, keeping warm in cold weather, drinking plenty of warm liquids, and avoiding stimulants.
  • When FIRE and Water are balanced, the social processes are experienced as confident, intellectual, enterprising, and joyous.
  • To balance the Social-Realist/Catalyst-FIRE/WATER in you, you need to cool your emotions and use moderation to bring your system back into balance. You can do this by avoiding excessive exposure to heat and sun, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, easing up on tight deadlines and excessive levels of activities, and not skipping meals.
  • When EARTH is balanced, the physical processes are experienced as strong, calm, enduring, and caring.
  • To balance the Physical-Critic-EARTH in you, you need to give the body more stimulation to overcome feeling heavy, lethargic, and dull. You can do this by avoiding excessive rest and oversleeping, reducing intake of sweets, getting plenty of exercise, keeping warm in cold, wet weather, and seeking out greater variety in life. 

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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