Partners' Message

Monday, 6 October 2014

Causes of Stress and the Natural Remedies for Dealing with It

Stress can be defined as a psychological strain of the mind. It is a state of the mind - mentally or emotionally tensed, or in a state of suspense. It is a vasoconstrictor; it is a position of difficulty that gives rise to worry or emotional tension. Stress has to do with the pressures of life and how you perceive, believe, react and cope with those pressures.

It is important to note here that prolonged and chronic stress has been traced to so many diseases or ailments such as: Heart disease, High blood pressure, Sleeplessness, Cancer, Stroke, Asthma, Ulcers, Chronic fatigue, Panic attacks, Increased heart rate, Depression, Anxiety, Spastic colon, Skin rashes, Tension headaches, etc.

All of the above mentioned ailments have been brought on by the strain that have to do with our everyday life activities, pressures of life and all that we have to as a matter of human existence, deal with. Invariably, it is the life-style changes that bother on our everyday existence and our reactions to them that cause the effect that later materialise or otherwise.

The following life style changes are the resultant effects of our negative stress levels: Death of a loved one, Marital strains such as Divorce, Separation, Sexual issues, Infertility, Disagreement, etc. Others are – Financial stress including Loss of job, Unemployment, Indebtedness, Homelessness. We cannot also forget family issues like – Child leaving home, In-law pressures, Frustrating living environment, Hostility, Polygamous home, Involvement with the law, Pregnancy, Death of a close friend or family member, Retirement, Personal injury or illness, Work deadlines, Traffic jam, etc.

To ease your stress, try out these following procedures:

Learn some short Relaxation routines: Engage in a short (about 3 mins) relaxation routine which can be a life saver even in tense situations. This habit will usually reduce the occurrence of high blood pressure and heart disease. Start by being in tune with the rhythm of your heart - by listening to your own breathing. Take one deep breath and hold it there! While you are holding it, try firming up one group of muscles like the face, legs, arms, buttocks. Let out your breath, relaxing the tensed muscle group. Feel your tensions all melting away; drop your raised shoulders and rotate them in circular motion. Repeat this session, and watch your stress level dropping.