Types of Stress
We now know that persistent, chronic, low-level stress is a major cause of turmoil and suffering. Acute physical, chemical or mental stressors that have a well-defined beginning and end are something we are well designed to handle. It's the pervasive, on-going, ever-present stress of day-to-day living that we now see as the real villain.

Chronic, unrelenting stress involves demands that cause the wisdom of the body to divert energy normally used to maintain balanced thought and physical homeostasis. This diverted energy is then ready to be used for fight or flight. Energy focus is changed from inward to outward. This is proper if there is a real threat to life and limb.

Emotional: Fear, Worry, Anger, Resentment, Negative Auto Suggestion, etc.
Physical/Chemical: Slips, Falls, Jars, Strains, Accidents, Over Work, Not Enough Rest, Toxic Poisoning, Malnutrition, Bacterial Invasion, Over Eating, etc.
Simple: Obvious, Overt Situations Involving Pain and/or High Emotional Content, that have a very definite beginning and a very clear ending, such was experienced by a primitive hunter meeting a wild beast in the jungle.
Complex/Contemporary: Involving stressful events that are, less defined, subtler, pervasive, and insidious.

Simple vs. Complex Stress - Simple stresses are those that can be overcome quickly allowing the body to return to homeostasis. However, with the more complex stresses of modern societies, the danger may seem unavoidable and unending. Time pressures, money worries, chemical pollution, job challenges, prescription drugs, poor nutrition, threat of terrorism, overwork, and environmental pollution are unrelenting. Without a clear ending, the body becomes trapped in a defensive, energy wasting, outer-reactive state.


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