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Friday, 8 September 2017

Stress: the major causes, symptoms and how to combat stress naturally

Experts say Stress is basically a physical response to some form of either external or internal stimuli. When you are stressed your body perceives you have come under attack and as such decides to switch to 'fight or flight' mode. This involuntary action releases a complex combination of hormones and chemicals like adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine - in order to get your body ready for physical action.


Studies have shown that stress is therefore not entirely bad; in small doses it could be beneficial to mankind because it can help you to perform tasks under pressure thereby motivating you to do your best. But the trouble with stress is that if it persists for a long period of time your body will begin to pay a great price for it because you cannot afford to run on emergency all the time – wear and tear is bound to set in. Scientific studies bring to our awareness 5 major categories of mechanisms leading to stress.
  1. Toxic stress - a constant need for cellular detoxification from chemical exposure
  2. Emotional strain- requiring the production of adrenaline and andrenal hormones
  3. Physical trauma - that reduces circulation and oxygen supply to your system
  4. Infections - that use up oxygen to combat bacteria, fungi and viruses
  5. An acidic diet – this produces an excessive number of hydrogen ions in the tissues that combine with and also use up oxygen. Acidity as well brings your body under stress to balance itself and become more alkaline by taking calcium from your bones.
Thus yeast infections, like candida albicans come about most recurrently in an environment that is starved of oxygen in your body. Today our modern circumstances greatly encourage the somewhat epidemic proportion of common yeast infections we observe. Yeast cells are responsible for a great number of acetaldehyde - which lead to cellular damage, interference with intestinal absorption as well as disruption in the functions of white and red blood cells. It is understood that raising the levels of oxygen in the body and getting rid of commercial yeast and sugary foods from our foods will greatly reduce this health concern.

Exercise does a world of good

Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Some cognitive symptoms of stress include:
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
Emotional stress exhibits the following symptoms:
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems
Physical symptoms of Stress may include:
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds or flu
The followings are behavioural symptoms of stress
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Combating Stress Naturally
However, once you are able to understand the mechanisms of stress, the next thing is to adopt for yourself counter mechanisms that will adequately enable you to combat or mange stress. You need to begin to change the way you feel and think, in addition to other physical and psychological readjustments you will need to make in your life.

Stress affects you emotionally and physically, as well as in other related manners. On whether dancing as a measure is able to help you relief stress such as when you feel really sad, Dr. Kathleen, an authoritative and credible stress expert says, “Dancing makes you feel better because it has a psychological and physiological effect on your mind and body. When you dance it rushes oxygen to the brain, produces happy feeling endorphins and reduces the production of stress hormones.” Specifically, there are a number of healthful measures you must learn to adopt and apply consciously on a daily basis.

Meditation - serenity and relaxation

Remain Active: You must as much as possible resist the temptation to lead a sedentary lifestyle; be on the go!
Relate with others: You need to mix up, be it socially or family wise; just ensure a healthy interaction with other people, and keep it positive of course.
Occupy your Senses: It is true that when you stop growing you start dying. Therefore you are advised to always engage your (5) senses no matter how little every day.
Learn Relaxation: Discover how you can relax – indoor and outdoor. This might involve some forms of exercise, meditation, hobbies and cultivating a sense of serenity.
Take to Healthy diet: Eating a whole lot of processed foods and sugary snacks and drinks can worsen your mood and increase the stressors. But eating more of fruits, vegetables, Omega-3 fatty acids, and nourishing proteins will help you cope better, elevate your mood and relief stress.
Rest well: To maintain a good emotional balance and sound mood requires you are able to sleep and rest well. When you are tired you can become stressed and moody, but with the ability to fall asleep easily and sleep well, you are able to become more rational and think better.

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