Most people picture devastating situations upon hearing the word. Flashes of grossly strenuous situations begin to fill the psyche such as moving, a death in the family, mortgage, etc. Stress is a fairly hated word.
There is however, good stress and bad stress.
We need stress in our life. Without it we become weak and in a comfortable sense of complacency.
Here we will notice certain adverse side effects, including loss of muscle mass, bone density, decay of ambition, and the decline of mental prowess.
All living things adhere to the ancient mantra; "Use it or lose" or as I like to say "If your not growing your decaying" In so many words, If we are not being stimulated we are slowly drawing back and loosing ground.
This is true of all aspects of life; A lack of exercise produces atrophy of the muscles, a lack of mental challenge gives way to cerebral decay, a lack of... well you get the picture.
When the word "decay" is used, by the way, what is specifically meant is that literally connections to blood vessels begin to be suppressed, resulting in a loss of circulation and therefore oxygenation. The decay of flesh is commonly a fantastic breading ground for DNA damage to occur and... you guessed it... cancer to form.
So what I am telling you? Simply that we must seek good stressors that create growth in the major areas of our life, i.e., physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and passionate interests to create cancer preventing stimulation.
Here comes the inevitable million dollar question then, "Brett this is all great but how do I discern from positive stress and negative stress?"
Very astute of you to ask, you scholarly provoker you.
The answer is choice or better put growing in what excites us or where our passion lies.
Stressors that we choose stimulate and drive ambition up the wall. However, those same stressors if imposed upon unwillingly will cause such a disdain for its source that even violent actions are sometimes taken to be rid of the burden.
Let me give you an example.
Take exercise for instance. Have you ever had a day that you wanted to exercise and challenged yourself? Whether walking, hiking, biking, lifting weights, whatever it was you were excited to get to it and so you had a wonderful time? Sure, most people have, and along with it comes endorphins of success and triumph over the spirit of laziness.
Now flip the coin and remember back to a time when you felt exercise being forced upon you, example; gym class, a rigorous workout from a coach, an arrogant push from a nazi trainer, or order from a generic doctor. This situation results in a much different exercise experience.
The stressor didn't change. The only thing that changed was the element of choice. When we choice we feel empower and grow to the challenge, when we are forced, we resist and struggle against the push, drawing back into depression or worse.
In both exercise situations we maybe conducting the same movements, however our body produces a very different assortment of chemical based reactions from our emotions based on our perception of choice.
Let's look at one more example.
Singing our favorite tune in the shower at the top of our lungs produces such a rush. Thoughts run through our head of being a superstar entertainer and, ego driven feelings, even for a fraction of a sec, are vigorously entertained.
However, when pressured and pushed to put on the same performance in an environment not to our liking, such as on a stage in front of a crowd, thoughts of beheading the source that is forcing us to sing are also equally entertained.
When we feel out of control of any area of our life, this is where negative stress stems and if we know where it comes from, it can be avoided.
We need to get these areas under control, or get rid of the negative stress all together. If we temporarily walk away and/or begin to look at perceived forced stress in a positive light we can transform negative stress into positive stress seamlessly.
Immediately however, we can come to grips with our situation "Yep I am $50,000 in debt. Yes, that is the reality of it. Will I be ok? Sure. Can I do something to better my situation? Always.."
The more we choice our life the more we grow because we are claiming authority of our life. Take the authority in your life and choice some positive stressors in your day today. It there are challenging and fun, they will surely add value and virtue to you life in all aspects.
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After curing cancer in his own body Brett is determined to share the truths that he has learned with the world and believes that anyone can be cancer free if they choose.