• Stress

    Stress management is critical to maintaining optimal health. The effects of stress on our bodies can be severe as in causing serious illnesses or even resulting in death. Stress comes to us in many ways some of which are emotional, mental or physical. Here we are going to look at some of the causes, symptoms and natural healing remedies that are effective stress reduction techniques.

     

    In small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. However, when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body eventually pay a heavy price.

     

    Top Ten Stressful Life Events

    1. Spouse’s death

    2. Divorce

    3. Marriage separation

    4. Jail term

    5. Death of a close relative

    6. Injury or illness

    7. Marriage

    8. Fired from job

    9. Marriage reconciliation

    10. Retirement

    Source: Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory

     

    Other than the above 10 major life “stressors”, what causes stress?

    • Work

    • Relationship difficulties

    • Financial problems

    • Children and family

    • Negative thoughts and self-talk

    • Pessimism

    • Being a perfectionist

    • Being too submissive (not aggressive enough to make your way in this world)

    • Unrealistic expectations (of yourself or others)

    • Public speaking

    • Traffic, bad drivers

    • Having too much on your plate, too busy

    • Many others I’m sure you could add to this list.

     

    Excessive stress can lead to chemical imbalances in the brain and overreactions in its alarm center. This produces a hyper-aroused or anxious state. If you’re suffering from frequent bouts of anxiety, your body and mind are signaling that they need more down time to restore balance.

     

    Beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.


    Some of the symptoms of being stressed are;

    1. Pain (0f any kind)

    2. Heart disease

    3. Stress headache

    4. Digestive problems

    5. Sleep problems

    6. Obesity

    7. Depression

    8. Skin conditions such as eczema

    9. Autoimmune diseases

    10. Memory problems

    11. Inability to concentrate

    12. Moodiness or short temper

    13. Racing thoughts

    14. Feeling of being overwhelmed

    15. Rapid heartbeat

    16. Lowered sex drive

    17. Nervous habits – nail biting or pacing may become more prevalent or you may start these even though you never did them before.

    18. Frequent illness such as colds

    19. Sleep – not sleeping properly or sleeping more or less than usual

    20. Irregular use of alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to try to cope.

     

    Typically we think of stress as being associated with negative events in our lives, however many happy events can also bring along a ton of stress such as moving to a new home, getting married, having a baby, going off to college, getting a promotion at work and many others.

    Everyone’s ability to handle stress depends on many factors, which include the quality of their relationships, their general outlook on life, their emotional intelligence, and genetics. We all need to have an arsenal of stress reduction techniques so let’s have a look at some effective stress management tips;

    1. Prayer – I put this first because it is so important and simple. My favorite for dealing with stress is the “Serenity Prayer”. To me it gives me perspective and focus to do what I can and leave the rest up to God. For those of you who may not know this short, sweet prayer here it is…God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

    2. B-Complex Vitamins – maintain a healthy nervous system and help the body respond to stress. 1.

    B COMPLEX with VITAMIN C STRESS-100-Capsules

    3. Exercise – exercise is good for the mind, body and soul so whenever you can fit some exercise into your life. It definitely is an excellent natural stress management technique.

    4. Breathing or Meditation – deep breathing can be very helpful in relieving stress as can meditation.

    5. Laughter – remember the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”? Well it has been proven that laughter stimulates many positive chemical reactions within our bodies that help to reduce stress.

    6. Herbal Teas – many herbal teas alleviate stress. Once such example would be Chamomile tea.

    7. Music – music has a very calming effect for many. Take time to music that you like that calms you.

    8. The Calm Within CD - Relaxes your mind & body and reduces stress, Maintains emotional health naturally, Supports a feeling of confidence and well-being, Supports healthy sleeping patterns and rest through guided imagery and progressive relaxation exercises.

     

    Look below for additional resources to help you with your stress management.

    Obviously there is no way to completely avoid stress in life so the best you can hope to do is avoid it where possible but develop your own methods for getting control over the stress in your life so that you control how it affects you. Remember the Serenity Prayer and focus on the things you can change and have faith that the rest will be taken care of for you.

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,

    Chris



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    Other Resources


    Conquering Stress
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