What is environmental stress and how does it affect you

I see life and our overall wellbeing as a complex jigsaw puzzle and ‘stressed pieces’ don’t fit together. The key to ‘life’s puzzle’ is to find and fix our Emotional, Physical and Environmental stresses so our pieces can connect again. That’s why I say life is a journey filled with happiness when all our jigsaw pieces work together – The ‘Big 3’ Stress Solutions Puzzle...
— CHARACTER 32
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Hi and welcome I’m Character 32, and I wanted to share some of my insight concerning stress with you.

I think ‘Environmental stress’ can be the mother of all stresses yet it’s the lesser known of ‘The Big 3’ stresses. In my first blog I addressed our ‘Emotional stress’, then in the second blog we looked at ‘Physical stress’. But today I want to discuss ‘Environmental stress’ as it surrounds us every day. This stress is the one we least control over which is why I have saved it for last. This is a key part of understanding the 'Big 3’ Stress Solutions Puzzle when it comes to knowing what your stress ‘trigger factors’ may be.

 

what is environmental stress and how does it affect us?

 

When I talk about Environmental Stresses these can be classed as a form of ‘Chemical Stress’ as well. It’s not only your surrounding environment which can cause stress but it’s also what environmental factors you put on or into your body. One thing I have learned over the years living and travelling abroad is knowing what countries will either increase or reduce my environmental stresses due to the particular conditions in that region. 

What ENVIRONMENTAL stress do we have minimal or no control over...

  • The air quality we breath
  • Haze pollution
  • Mosquito fogging
  • Jet fuel exposure
  • Noise (traffic/music)
  • City living pollution
  • Radioactive pollution
  • Acid Rain
  • Mobile phone base stations
  • Being surrounded by WiFi
  • Electromagnetic Fields (EMF signals)

 

what ENVIRONMENTal stress can be caused by chemicals...

  • Water quality we drink filled with chemicals
  • Water quality we shower in filled with chemicals
  • Pesticides in our water supply
  • Chemicals in our water supply
  • Pharmaceuticals in our water supply
  • Chemicals in our clothes
  • Chemicals in our furniture
  • Chemicals in the grass we play sport on
  • Chemicals in our food supply
  • Our BPA and other endocrine disruptors exposure
  • Toxic cooking ware
  • Swimming in a chlorine pool
  • Cleaning our house with chemicals
  • Beauty/body/makeup products filled with chemicals
  • Working with toxic chemicals

 

other environmental stress factors to consider...

  • Poor housing
  • Rusty pipes
  • Living in central heating/cooling places
  • Mould (house, air cons, clothes, walls, bathrooms, kitchens etc.)
  • Amalgam fillings  
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Food quality we consume (processed/healthy choices)
  • Renovating properties
  • X-rays
  • Flying on a plane (particularly long-haul)

The last Environmental stress I want to point out is vaccines/flu shots/tetanus boosters etc. however, this is not to start a debate! When the body is introduced to a new strain of a disease/communicable disease mixed with chemicals like mercury it naturally becomes stressed. 

YOUR BODY ONLY REACTS TO A STRESS WHEN IT IS UNDER STRESS…..I CAN’T ‘STRESS’ THIS ENOUGH!...
— CHARACTER 32

Environment Stress can also be a form of Chemical Stress. If we breathe in harmful pollutants, ingest or apply chemicals through many different forms, our bodies become under Environmental Stress. Example, you breathe in hazy/smog/air pollution and your body gets sick trying to fight off the infection. Your Environment Stress also turned into a Physical Stress. 

Today we are surrounded with chemicals 24/7 making it impossible to get away from them. The above list is only a guide to give you some insight into what the ‘Environment Stress’ world looks like and our exposure to chemical pollution. Unfortunately, when it comes to Environmental Stress there only so much we can control. However, that being said we can try to reduce our exposure by changing our habits and educating those around you.

We need to be mindful our actions and think big to help tackle and reduce our ‘trigger factors’ when it comes to ‘Environment Stresses’.  Compared to Physical Stress and Emotional Stress, Environmental Stresses are often less obvious and the key to addressing this is through knowledge.  I have researched the various causes of this and will share these with you through this blog.

We will work through this step by step and learn how to make positive changes in our lives. Let’s stop these chemicals from making us all sick with diseases, allergies, auto immunities and other nasty things like cancer. I’m going to help you reduce your ‘Environmental Stress’ in your homes which reduces th stress on yourself and furthermore, the stress in our environment.

Until next time be thoughtful, be mindful, be present. This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!

 

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