We’re living in a time where poor health is becoming an epidemic. This matters to all of us individually, because we all want to feel good. But health is also important in the workplace.
Homeostasis is the process of maintaining a stable internal environment in the face of changing external variables. Your body is oriented to homeostasis—it will always try and maintain a stable internal environment. It is an intricately designed, infinitely complex, finely tuned system that is remarkably resilient. It is very good at keeping you alive.
When we discuss human design, it is necessary that we get into topics such as genetics as well as our ancestral development. It’s necessary that we consider concepts such as how complex systems change, adapt, and evolve over time. It’s necessary for us to consider fields of study such as biological evolution.
I’d like to introduce a concept that is important for every human being—the concept of health optimization. Of course, we would all want our health to be optimized. We all want to be healthy. Everyone believes they understand what good health can provide, such as a longer lifespan, having more energy, and generally feeling better.
The truth is, there isn’t exactly “positive” and “negative” stress; there are just events or circumstances that challenge us. These circumstances can create mental, emotional, or physical responses. Determining if a given stressor is a negative or positive experience is really done by us. We’re the ones who assign a value judgment to particular forms of stress.
I want to share with you that my study of stress and emotional health is not just an academic one. While I do study neuroscience, psychology, human behavior, cognitive behavioral therapies, mindfulness, and many other areas of understanding about our mind, body, and emotions, I am also a human being who has gone through many experiences in which I’ve had to deal with stress myself.
Let me introduce you to Jan O’Hara who is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Vickery Family Medicine and is also the owner of Asheville Childbirth Education where she teaches birthing classes and offers services such as midwifery. Jan enjoys educating women about the incredible experience of childbirth and the female body.
If you asked me what are two of the biggest drivers of most of the chronic diseases and symptoms that are affecting my patients, I would tell you chronic stress and poor nutrition. I’ve already written many resources about nutrition, and how to create an approach to nutrition that supports our best health. Today, I want to spend some time on the topic of stress.