What is stress anyways?
The most basic definition is that it is any physical or emotional challenge that causes our body to adapt in a healthy manner.
Another word commonly used to describe this is worry or anxiety.
When you are being attacked by a wild animal (a physical challenge), your body chemistry will dramatically change so that you are prepared and able to either "fight" or "flight".
It has survival value and that's what this response was designed to do. However, in today's fast-paced, high-demand society, we are being physically and emotionally challenged constantly.
It is never ending! This is what is called chronic stress. And it is not good for your health. When you hear someone say that they are "stressed out", they are referring to chronic stress.
Exercising induces stress in your body. That's the good kind of stress. It is not chronic either. Read on to discover answers to the most frequently asked questions to this unhealthy state.
Find out what natural remedies you can use to treat this harmful condition. We recommend the following steps to take in reducing stress:
Basic stress management tips including foods to eat and to avoid
Prescription tranquilizers for severe "outbreaks" of stress. Use only when necessary and use infrequently. Although you might not
Indeed yes, there are many around that are worth trying.
Traditionally, many individuals have found that natural remedies are their first choice in managing their mild to moderate stress levels.
They know enough to recognize that its far to easy to simply "pop a prescription pill" to allow them to get rid of stress.
Actually it doesn't quite work that way.
No, the ultimate solution is to remove the underlying stress. That could take some time or perhaps it may not be possible remove the cause.
In the mean time, the purpose a person would take "something" is to allow them to cope with their stress and anxiety levels so that they are functional for the time being.
Prescription anti-anxiety and anti-stress medications do well but they are well-known for their addictive properties as well the amount of sedation they commonly cause.
Because of these undesirable side effects, many informed individuals have adopted a natural approach to help with their stress levels.
See our detailed review on Natural Remedies for Stress to discover them all with recommended doses to use.
There are many physical signs and symptoms. They may include the following:
Many of these symptoms are general in nature so it is important to rule out the other health conditions. It is important not to assume that stress is the only cause of the above listed health conditions.
Yes. Exercise and adequate sleep is an essential element in the management of this state. Exercise allows you to release your "nervous energy" and it has a calming effect afterwards.
Exercise could be vigorous (jogging) or calming (yoga). Exercise also conditions your body to cope better with stress.
Yes. In many people, stress can increase blood pressure both directly and indirectly. This is through constriction of blood vessel by nerve signals and excessive production of adrenaline and noradrenaline.
See Effects of Stress on Health for the many health problems that are linked to chronic stress.
Yes. Stress-induced rash and hives have been reported by patients suffer from stress. Why? Stress causes the body to produce excessive hormones that can wreak havoc with your body.
Possible. Severe chronic anxiety causes imbalance in your body's hormonal system and nervous system.
In individuals who have a history of seizures disorder, it may increase their risk of suffering from seizures.
In otherwise healthy individuals, this is an uncommon event. However, many factors are involved including the severity and length of time the person is suffering from chronic anxiety and the nature of the seizure disorder.
Foods to eat more of:
Foods to eat less of or avoid: