Stress is a Silent Killer

Stress is a silent killer

In 1936 Dr. Hans Selye coined the term “Stress”. He was a Canadian Physician of Hungarian origins. He defined stress as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”

So just what is stress?

Stress is difficult to define because it is different for everyone. Stress can be good or bad for you. For example, a romantic encounter can be stressful and enjoyable while an argumentative encounter can be stressful but not enjoyable. Different people feel the same stressor differently. Imagine people on a roller coaster. Some on the ride are extremely fearful while others feel a sense of exhilaration.

Selye later redefined stress as “the rate of wear and tear on the body”. Stress is difficult to define and measure, yet we know it is devastating to our health. Stress causes a release of chemicals into our bloodstreams from the glands in our endocrine system. Chemicals, or drugs, in the form of hormones and peptides are useful for our body. When they build up we need time to get back to normal levels. When stress happens we create more chemicals. These chemicals build up and cause strain to our body. Persistent stress can cause heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and even rheumatoid arthritis.

We’ve all heard the old saying of “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. The saying refers to a load building and building until it can no longer be tolerated. The same thing is true for our bodies. Just relaxing the body can help, but its also necessary to relax the mind. after all, the mind is the boss who orders up the chemical mix in the first place.

Hypnosis and meditation are very effective ways to reduce stress. To make an appoint for stress relief hypnosis call me at 936-537-5666 or book your session online at