We all suffer from some form of stress it is how we deal with it that counts. As with many things in life it’s all a matter of perception, a situation that stresses one person to breaking point may offer healthy motivation to another. Stress is a natural inbuilt self-defence mechanism that we are all born with, it’s all to do with the fight or flight response hormones like adrenaline and cortisol are released, they help us to either stand and fight or run away.
In life or death situations stress is essential to survival the such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, testosterone and cortisol helps to prepare our muscles for physical activity and all kinds of powerful painkillers are released into our bloodstream, in 2018 daily life or death situations are not that common and stress can be very detrimental to our physical and mental well being.
For most of us in the modern world our only sources of stress are found in safe environments such as the office, in school and even at home, in such environments there is no physical danger and none of the energy built up by our stress response is released so it can be extremely detrimental to our physical and health.
When people become stressed they may experience unwanted side effects such as; flushing, palpations and shaking. Blood vessels will constrict, the body will release fat and glucose to prepare for physical activity. Stress can cause all kinds of physical illness such as; headaches, diarrhea, constipation or nausea, chest pain, insomnia, aches and pains all over the body and much more. Long-term stress can cause obesity, heart disease, skin conditions, heart attacks and strokes.
Sufferers of stress can also experience psychological problems such as; panic attacks, irritability, anger, tooth grinding and depression. These psychological problems caused by stress can result in social withdrawal, poor judgement, eating disorders, alcohol poor decision making and substance misuse, even suicide. Stress can affect every aspect of a sufferers life.
Stress and anxiety are like two sides of the same coin they come with the same side effects and the body releases the same chemicals but stress is suffered in the moment and anxiety is fear or frustration of a future event, the mind cannot differentiate between a perceived threat and a real one so anxiety is caused when a sufferer envisages negative outcomes in the future. I find repeating the affirmation “there is nothing to fear but fear itself” to be an effective way of calming myself down when I experience anxiety.
Change your thinking – Wayne Dyer once said “when we change the way we see things the things we see change”, sitting around worrying about your stress is only going to make it worse. Don’t be a victim to your situation, know you can improve and you will. There is no sense in worrying or complaining it only reinforces bad feelings and makes matters worse.
Exercise – As we said above stress and anxiety cause all sorts of hormonal and chemical reactions in the body, exercise and physical activity can help to release all of this energy and let the stress out.
Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy is a naturally relaxing experience, a short hypnosis recording can offer a quick fix to instantly reduce stress and anxiety. A skilled hypnotherapist can use hypnosis techniques to reprogram the mind, creating new neural pathways and introducing the client to anchoring and grounding techniques, such techniques will enable the client to will dissipate stress quickly and easily.
Meditation – Meditation and mindfulness techniques are very effective at reducing stress, next time you feel yourself getting wound up or ready to explode just take a moment to focus on your breath. A very quick meditation technique is called box breathing, just breath in for the count of five, hold it for the count of five, breath out for the count of five and pause for the count of five before repeating again, repeat this process five times and notice how much more relaxed you feel afterwards.
Supplements – If you want to try supplementation you will find a number of plants and herbal remedies to aid stress relief, Ashwagandha has a strong reputation for stress relief it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, it has also been shown to increase libido and testosterone both of which can be affected by stress. Macuna Puriens is another supplement that has been proven to reduce stress, like Ashwagandha it can improve libido and hormonal balance in this study it was found to improve the quality of semen for infertile men too.
Bio: Post supplied by Mark Stubbles BAHyp from professionalmindchanger.co.uk. Mark is a certified clinical hypnotherapy practitioner, he is a member of the British Association of Hypnotherapists and The UK Guild of Hypnosis Practitioners.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.
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