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.
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.