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Health Series

Is Stress Really the Problem?

Welcome to the final instalment of our health and well-being series. Today, we're tackling a subject that affects us all: stress. It's easy to blame stress for everything from headaches to heart problems, but is stress itself really the issue? Or could it be how we manage it? Let's find out.

Self-Inflicted Stress

It may be hard to swallow, but a significant portion of the stress we experience is self-inflicted. Whether it's the pressure we put on ourselves to perform, the unrealistic expectations we set, or the unhealthy lifestyle choices we make, we often play a role in our own stress levels. Recognizing this is the first step towards better stress management.

External vs. Internal Stress

Stressors can be categorized into two types: external and internal. External stressors, such as traffic jams or work deadlines, are often beyond our control. Internal stressors, like our choices, reactions and attitudes, are within our control. Understanding this distinction is crucial for effective stress management. While we can't always control external factors, we can control our reactions to them and the best response we can have to these stressors is realizing that and adapting to them the best we can.

Balancing the Body's Systems

A body in balance is better equipped to handle and adapt to stress. When our systems are in harmony—be it the nervous system, the endocrine system, or the immune system—we are more resilient to stress. Techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, and even physical exercise can help bring our body's systems into balance, making us better equipped to handle life's stressors.


So, is stress really the problem? Perhaps not. It's not the stress itself but how we manage it that determines its impact on our health. By taking proactive steps to manage stress, such as understanding its sources and working to bring our body's systems into balance, we can not only cope with stress but thrive in spite of it.

At RunEtics we help patients resolve discomfort in their day-to-day lives. This is anything impacting your ability to perform at your best. We start first with returning balance to your body, bringing you back to full health, then you’re able to look toward unlocking a new level of endurance and performance.


About the author

Ray Orchison

I discovered a passion for long-distance running in an attempt to fitten up for rugby when I was 14 years old. I struggled with endless injuries which ultimately resulted in 7 years of missed running.

Back then, I cursed my injuries and desperately wished and prayed they’d disappear. Looking back, every injury I’ve ever had and every injury I've picked up is an absolute blessing.

My injuries have given me tremendous insight, knowledge and experience and led me down a path where I am passionately able to assist others in becoming injury-free, performing at their full health, and reaching their full potential.