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What is Stress? Part 1

Stressed woman in consultI must admit, stress is one of my least favorite words because it floats around our day-to-day conversations without really understanding what it is.

Stress is very relative. What is stressful for you may be very different than, for example, Jocko Willink, a former Navy Seal and best-selling author.

To me, defining something on the front is critical. Then we can really find and use a strategy that can help you be more resilient. The issue is not stress. The real need is for resilience, grit, grace, flexibility, and growth.

What is stress? When we are faced with a challenge, be it emotional, physical, chemical, spiritual, energetic, or nutritional, we need resources inside to take that stress and convert it into a healthy response.

When we do not have adequate adaptive resources within, we cannot create a healthy response and we break down. One of my mentors, Dr. Pat Gentempo called this “GAS” – General Adaptive Supply. When we have enough GAS, a stressor comes in and we either: 1) grow; or, 2) shake it off.

Stay tuned for an example of GAS and how your body reacts in my next blog.

If you would like to learn more about how you can personally handle your stress, please book an appointment with me.

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  1. Amanda Sturner says
    Apr 26, 2021 at 9:54 PM

    I love this framing of stress! It reminds me that there is more GAS in us than we know. Which is a hilarious way to remember it!

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