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Stress is believed to be our physical or emotional reactions to outside stimuli that is beyond our normal experience. Certain levels of stress are needed in our lives, as it inspires us to move ahead, to accomplish tasks and to motivate us into action. Unfortunately when there is too much stress in our lives and we are unable to cope with it, there are a number of negative symptoms that occur. Adrenalin is secreted from the adrenal glands above the kidneys whenever we feel intense fear or stress. It helps us to get ready to take action against the ‘enemy’. Our heart beats faster, our muscles tense up and our blood pressure rises. Different people have different stress levels, and they are able to cope with the stress and it is not apparent to any one else. However if they allow the stress to continue, numerous problems within their body such as fatigue, ulcers and skin diseases will occur and this puts stress on their immune system.

Physical symptoms of stress include:

Neck or backache
Loss of appetite or overeating
Digestive changes
Increased use of tobacco or alcohol
Tics or twitches

Psychological symptoms of stress include:

Tension or anxiety
Being reclusive
Lack of concentration
Increased irritability
Feelings of cynicism
Performance problems





We suffer from stress when we are thrown with more things then we are able to cope with at a certain time. Stress could be caused by our occupation, family life, money problems, conflict, death of someone close and sometimes even positive events such as a birth. Other causes are internal and they include pain, loneliness, illness or emotional conflict. The different stresses eventually begin to accumulate and we then reach a point when we show symptoms of not being able to cope with it anymore. It is important that you find out what triggers stress in your life and teach yourself how to handle or even avoid it.





Exercise helps use up the hormones that are released when you are feeling stressed and this will help relieve the symptoms of it.


Dietary Considerations

Try to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of filtered water and less coffee and tea. Plenty of exercise and sleep is also beneficial.


Personal Care



Exercise regularly, try yoga as it will teach you to relax and refocus. Meditation also creates relaxation and breathing deeply and fully will also help.





Get involved in an enjoyable interest or hobby, watch a funny movie or listen to people when they tell funny jokes. Get plenty of exercise that you enjoy and rest. Count to 10 and take a deep breath before you react to anything potentially stressful.


When to seek further professional advice



As soon as you feel that the stress is unbearable and persistent.


Alternative/Natural Treatments



Any alternative treatment that helps promote relaxation and clarity are helpful with this condition. Massage is often recommended as it helps relax your whole body and mind, the following essential oils can be used, sandalwood, lavender, cedarwood, clary sage, grapefruit, tangerine, bergamot and Frankincense. Aromatherapists all agree that lavender, tangerine and sandalwood all help reduce stress, one way of using them is by adding 5 drops of each to your bath. Any therapy that promotes relaxation and clarity are helpful with this condition. A traditional herbal response to stress is to drink a hot cup of passionflower, chamomile, ginseng or valerian tea.


Traditional Treatment



Talking your problems over with someone, often helps you to see things from another angle and this can be helpful in finding the solution that you were unable to think of before. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with stress, however you should remember that some are addictive and should not be used for long periods of time. Seeing a counsellor might help to pinpoint events or conditions in your life that you find stressful and devise a way to reduce the stress that they cause.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00