The Four Types of Stress and How to Handle Each

Everything You Need to Know About Lightening Your Allostatic Load

Becky Meadows
ILLUMINATION

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The last few years have been stressful for a lot of us. Since 2020, many lives have been flipped inside out. The result of all this? An increase in our allostatic load.

“An allostatic whaaat?”

Our allostatic load is a term used to describe the cumulative burden of chronic stress and life events. Everything from Starbucks being out of oat milk to a relative dying increases our allostatic load. It turns out that stress and its associated physiological impacts have some pretty solid science behind them. Across the board, science is uncovering the negative health benefits of those with a high allostatic load.

This isn’t necessarily new information to anyone who has made it their life’s business to combat chronic stress. It’s also no surprise that some of the groundbreaking science behind how allostatic loads impact our bodies came from the field of mental health. Traumatic experiences are said to be stored in the body. In his most prominent work, Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk remarks, “In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.”

So you’re stressed. Now what?

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Becky Meadows
ILLUMINATION

Becky is a consultant and copywriter. She lives, thinks, and works in Florida with her wife and cats. Reach out for inquiries at rebeccananns1@gmail.com.