A Closer Look At What Causes Our Stress and the Obstacles to Cure

It’s commonly said that 80% of our chronic health concerns are caused by stress.  The question I have for you is, what causes your stress?  Given the fact that stress weighs so heavily in the creation of imbalance and dis-ease within the body, we really need to be able to answer this question in order to get to the root problem and heal at a deeper, long-term level. 

Western medicine excels at the treatment of acute and severe health conditions.  Where it falls short is in offering viable solutions for chronic health concerns.  There’s little to no ability within the framework of Western medicine to treat the root cause of chronic health issues, largely because there’s such little focus on that one word which weighs so heavily on us- Stress.

Not a lot of people are given the tools to know how to properly manage and eliminate stress.  Instead, pharmaceuticals are used to address the symptoms of illness or imbalance, which often creates immediate relief while in turn sacrificing long-term healing.

Even many alternative health practitioners don’t treat chronic health concerns at a causal level.  Yes, they can often temporarily relieve stress and help people feel more relaxed and at peace, but this experience tends to be short-lived and the patient finds that they become dependent on the modality in order to ‘feel good.’ 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, my focus has been to return to this question of what is actually causing us to feel continual and chronic stress, so we can treat it at a causal level.  In my clinical and life experience, I have come to realize that stress is largely the result of the conditioning we experience in our childhood and teenage years.  We are all taught specific beliefs (and believe these beliefs) about who we are, what life is, and how we should function in this world.  Many of these beliefs are limiting and unfortunately, harmful.  As we become attached to these beliefs, we lose our connection with who we really are and the unlimited potential we inherently possess. 

There are many examples of beliefs that limit us in life; here are a few of the most common ones in which you may be able to relate:

  • You have to fight your way to the top
  • Life isn’t safe; you have to put yourself first at all times
  • Money is evil
  • The key to success is to get a secure and safe job, nevermind about following your passions
  • I’m not good enough and I never will be no matter how hard I try
  • The key to happiness is finding someone who will love me
  • My job defines me

To the extent that these limiting beliefs become a foundation in our minds, they will determine the choices we make and the behaviors that we initiate throughout our life.  This is why so many people find themselves in careers or marriages that promote suffering or struggle without happiness and a sense of fulfillment. 

The body is often a mirror for the mind, especially when it comes to chronic, long-term health issues.  If the body is failing due to stress, and our stress is caused by holding onto limiting and harmful beliefs about who we are, then the key to lasting health and healing is to free ourselves of these beliefs and operate in this world under a new set of values and morals. 

For many of us, we experience a ‘wake up call’ of some sort when we are diagnosed with a health condition such as cancer, IBS, chronic fatigue etc.  This is the body’s attempt to wake us up to an opportunity to create our own life, on our own terms and to let go of what beliefs we’ve been taught regarding living and what it means to be a good person.

If you want to get to the root cause of your health issues and consciously create optimal wellness while becoming awakened, start with your own mind.  Take a minute to examine the beliefs that are holding you back and see if you can link these beliefs to the lifestyle choices you’ve made in your career, relationships, dietary choices, and so on.  A skilled Naturopathic Doctor can be of great assistance in this process.  Call Dr. Hendershot today if you’d like to discuss your unique situation and see what she can do to help. 


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