Stress is an inescapable fact our lives and can manifest itself regardless of one’s age, gender, or lifestyle. It affects our rational thinking capabilities and prevents us from enjoying our natural disposition, which is to be happy.
There are many stress relieving techniques that have evolved over time; these include yoga, aerobics, and even comedy clubs. These techniques, although effective, have the drawback in that they are all time-consuming, require a schedule, and can be carried out only in certain places.
An excellent alternative to these stress relieving techniques is the stress ball (or stress relief ball). These palm-sized balls come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are recommended as stress busters by various health organizations and fitness centers. They are made from high density foam, soft rubber, or squeezable polyurethane and squeezing these balls has many therapeutic benefits. Stress balls can be filled with gel and can be given different cheerful shapes such as colorful beans and animals. Their textures can be spiny, smooth, fuzzy, or rough.
Since all materials used in the manufacture of stress balls are non-toxic, the stress balls are safe for use. Patients suffering from arthritis and nerve disorders can also benefit from stress balls. A few quick squeezes of a stress ball helps in improving blood circulation to the hands and are a great way of rejuvenating tired hands.
Stress balls, if used at the end of a hard day’s work, have a calming effect, foster relaxation, and help in regaining energy lost during the course of a hectic day. A great plus with stress balls is that they have absolutely no side effects and can be used by individuals in any age group. Consistent use of this simple therapy can prevent stress related ailments from getting aggravated. Keeping this fact in mind, several health centers are incorporating stress balls in their stress treatment routines. It is not uncommon for stress balls to be distributed during meetings and seminars. Corporates are recognizing the value stress balls as effective stress-management tools.
Stress balls are easily customizable; they can be manufactured according to different size specifications and can be imprinted with the user’s name. These attributes have contributed to the popularity of stress balls. Stress balls are also ideal gifts to be given during corporate seminars.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or commonly known as PTSD is considered to be one of the most difficult anxiety problems that a person must have to deal with. Studies have shown that a huge percentage of people suffering from the said illness don’t have any idea on how to deal with it.
This kind of anxiety disorder is not really so easy to manage. That is why it would be helpful if you will be able to know the factors that may affect the disorder and what are the most common signs and symptoms that you may easily observe.
PTSD is commonly seen in individuals who have experienced previous trauma or emotional distress. Unfortunately, not all individuals are pretty much aware on how they can battle it, or worse: they are not even aware that they are already experiencing the early signs of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The good thing about technology nowadays is that with the help of the internet, people are given the opportunity to research and find out the different ways on how it can be treated and be aware on the things that we can do in order to avoid it, if possible.
Determining the root cause of the problem is one of the most essential factors that an individual must consider in order to find out how to fight the said symptom or illness. As mentioned earlier, people who have previously experienced trauma or anxiety are the ones who are prone to this particular disorder. Here is a fact that you must know: experiencing anxiety or trauma for more than one month is not normal. Being anxious about something is normally experienced by the vast majority – however, not being able to overcome it for a month or so is another thing. If you have experienced trauma or is anxious about something, it is strongly suggested that you seek the help of the medical professionals. One of the reasons why people experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is the fact that they were not able to compensate and overcome trauma or anxiety.
If you are someone who is experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or if you know someone who is suffering from it, it is imperative that you bring him / her to the doctor and have it treated. Today, there are various ways on how this can be brought to a solution, and rendering the situation to the professionals and to those who are highly experienced in this field is the best thing that you can do. If PTSD is not taken seriously, it can lead to more problems such as suicidal attempts, feeling of guilt and most especially violence.
A friend of mine was reminiscing with her 78 year old mother. She asked her, ‘What was the happiest day of your life?’ Her mother said, ‘Today.’ My friend said, ‘But I thought your wedding day was the happiest.’ Her mother said, ‘It was then. But I can’t live in the past. Today is my most important day, therefore, today is my happiest day.’ The daughter asked, ‘What about tomorrow?’ Her mother said, ‘If it comes, I’ll make it the happiest day.’
I wonder if the mother had a problem with stress. Stress is as much a part of life as eating, drinking and sleeping. Learning to manage stress is often ignored by many people. Fortunately, stress management is not difficult to incorporate in one’s life. It can be as simple as learning to relax or as complex as using biofeedback to regulate one’s own heart rate. Here are some popular techniques used to manage stress.
If you are normally alert, feel healthy and are in a good humor, you are probably getting a sufficient amount of sleep. No stress management program would be complete without understanding the importance of sleep. The phenomenon of sleep has never been completely understood, but it has been aptly named the ‘great restorer.’ Sleep is essential to the vital functioning of the body, and natural sleep is the most satisfying form of recuperation from fatigue. Revitalization of the body takes place during sleep, as well as the building of new cells and tissue repair; although these last two also occur during waking hours, the time during sleep allows these processes to take place more easily.
There is no clear cut amount of sleep that people need to achieve complete recuperation. The usual recommendation for adults is eight hours, but some individuals need more and more function very well on less.
The repeated loss of sleep over a long period of time can cause a variety of harmful effects, such as poor general health, nervousness, irritability, inability to concentrate, lowered perseverance of effort and serious fatigue. Under normal conditions, a night of sleeplessness followed by a period of prolonged sleep will restore the individual to his normal self. Sleeping is not always restful. Certain conditions influence the quality of sleep. These include: mental anguish, worry, hunger, cold, boredom and excessive fatigue.
Relaxation, Biofeedback, Meditation and Massage
The stress reduction techniques of meditation and biofeedback can be considered as relaxation techniques. Relaxation is essential in relieving the tensions encountered in daily life. It can be achieved through massage, meditation, biofeedback, and other relaxation techniques that allow the muscles of the body to relax, thereby allowing the mind to be quiet.
The theory in meditation is that if the mind is at ease, then the other systems of the body will be more readily stabilized. The integration of relaxation and meditation makes up the theoretical basis of biofeedback. It is believed that the brain has the potential for voluntary control over all the systems that it monitors. This interaction between mind and body has provided the mechanism through which one can learn voluntary control over biological activity.
The stress response is such a powerful physiological reaction that an equally powerful physiological response is necessary to counter it. This counter reaction is called the ‘relaxation response’. But relaxation is a learned skill that takes practice. The simple truth is that many people don’t relax because they don’t know how. Learning the relaxation response can be accomplished through simple conditioning and habit formation.
One method of relaxation is called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). Because all muscles, to some degree, are in a constant state of tension, one must learn to recognize this tension in order to learn to relax the muscles. The objective of PMR is to induce deep muscular relaxation by gradually releasing tension from various parts of the body, one part at a time.
There are three different positions that can be used to facilitate any relaxation exercise, including PMR. These are:
Lying down on one’s back,
Sitting in a semi reclined position
Any of the three positions can be equally effective, but beginners may benefit more from lying down. Regardless of the position chosen, comfort is an important aspect of achieving ultimate relaxation. Pillows should be used under the head, knees, arms, pelvis or feet depending on the position used. Any chairs should be comfortable and soft. Some people also find that listening to classical music helps them concentrate and eliminate outside distractions.
To help yourself relax, take your shoes off before getting into one of the three positions. Close your eyes and concentrate on the body’s different muscle groups one at a time. You may want to repeat the following self instruction as you try to relax: I’m falling into a nice, relaxed state; I’m breathing deeply, slowly and smoothly… As I breathe, I’m becoming more and more relaxed… relaxed… relaxed. My toes are becoming numb; I feel a tingling sensation as the muscles in my toes become more relaxed and tension free… The numbness is beginning to creep up from my toes to my feet…
This self instruction takes the person all the way up the body from the toes to the head. This is only one example of self instruction – anything can be used as long as it provides a pattern of gradual relaxation throughout the body. The following instructions are given to enhance this technique.
This technique has been very successful in relieving such stress related illnesses as hypertension, migraine headaches and ulcers. But for those people who do not suffer these ailments, it still may be necessary to use this technique several times a day during severe stress situations.
Eventually relaxation becomes easier and spontaneous. When a person recognizes how a muscle should feel when relaxed, it becomes a matter of habit and allows a person to relax his or her muscles whenever it’s desired. Some find it difficult to learn how a relaxed muscle feels because they have no standard for tension. To alleviate this problem, there’s the Tension-Relaxation technique, a system that incorporates conscious tensing of muscles followed by relaxation to teach the difference between the two.
The Tension Relaxation technique is performed in the same manner as the PMR technique. In the Tension Relaxation technique, individual muscle groups are tensed during separate exercise sessions. The sessions are broken down into the following groups: hands, arms, legs, chest, back shoulders, neck and forehead. After the separate groups are mastered, the technique can be used to relax the entire body in one session. Furthermore, the tension part of the exercise will be removed as the body is conditioned to recognize the relaxed state. It’s important to have the ability to recognize tension versus relaxation.
Practice Session No.1 – Hands Tension
With hands at your sides, clench your fists as tight as possible. Keep them clenched for at least 10 seconds. At first, you may want to tense only one hand at a time.
Release your hands and let your fingers slowly uncurl and go limp at your sides. Repeat this exercise 3 times. After 3 sets, keep your hands and body relaxed and rested for 20 – 30 minutes.
Tension relaxation technique will allow and individual to recognize even small degrees of tension that occur in the muscles. Like PMR, this technique has been successful in treating a variety of illnesses, such as hypertension and migraine headaches. In 2 weeks to 2 months relaxation will become a spontaneous habit that will become stronger every time a person relaxes.
The sad fact of life is that often people experience some sort of traumatic event. These events can be difficult to deal with in the short term, but in certain cases, these traumatic events have long term ramifications that can cripple a person with feelings of anger, resentment,fear, anxiety and more.
While these sort of events have been happening to people since man walked the planet it was only very recently that it has been given a name, and that name is post traumatic stress disorder. Now, it is worth noting that not everyone who witnesses a traumatic event will suffer from PTSD. Everyone, at least initially, will react negatively to a traumatic event or situation. However, it becomes PTSD when the event continues to affect you in the long term.
The reality is that while most people have heard of post traumatic stress disorder, many people are glaringly unaware of what precisely it is. This particular disorder happens when a person experiences an event or situation that threatens the persons or makes them feel helpless. This disorder is very common in combat soldiers; however, anyone who has experienced a traumatic event such as an accident, natural disaster, rape, kidnapping or physical abuse is prone to this disorder.
When it comes to the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, most of the time there are combination treatments of therapy and drugs. However, it is much more common these days for more drug free approaches to the treatment of PTSD. This is largely due to the fact that certain drugs used for the treatment of physiological disorders have been know to have some very serious and difficult side effects.
In many cases, people are eliminating the drugs and going strictly with things like cognitive behavioral therapy or family counseling. There has also be a movement to try neurofeedback therapy to help control the brain. However, one of the most intriguing approaches is a do it yourself method.
One such method was developed at the University of Texas at Austin. This approach requires the sufferer of PTSD to make journal entries in at least 15 minute intervals every day for several months in order to describe the PTSD. What this does is allows the language part of the brain to access the part of the brain that stores these feelings of trauma and allows for healing to take place.
Another approach to treating PTSD is with guided imagery. While this can be a long and very complicated treatment to follow it has enjoyed some fantastic success. Basically, the person with PSTD imagines themselves today going back to visit the person they were when the traumatic event happened.
If the trauma involves another person such as an abuser, then they will need to remove that person from the imagine before you can move forward. Once they are gone, the person then approaches themselves in the past.
At this point, the person with PTSD asks their imaginary self to come to a new place, either real or imaginary. Often this is the most difficult part because it is hard to break the “imagined” version to co operate. However, once the imaginary person is willing to move on, the healing can begin. Essentially they are their own therapist.
While these are very exciting and effective methods of treating post traumatic stress disorder they are not miracle cures. There will be a lot of work that needs to be done and these approaches can take time. However, if you or someone you know has PTSD and wants to stay clear of any suspect drugs meant to water you down and numb you, then these approaches are an excellent option.
Stress is a term to which many are familiar these days. The modern era is an era of a terribly fast paced life. Every one is in a hurry to reach the peak of success in all spheres of life, beating contenders and making the most of the time at hand. The craze for luxury and wealth has made the situation worse. Such a rat race marked with ambition to squeeze as many as achievements possible within every minute, has propelled one in to the gall mouth of a problem called stress which is detrimental to the emotional, psychological and also physical health of a human being.
The term stress in the context of biology and psychology, was coined in the 1930′s, but has become more common in the present times. When one becomes a victim of stress, he or she fails to handle well the emotional and physical threats. When difficult or challenging situations arise in life, the brain starts releasing cortisone and adrenalin, the two major stress hormones. These hormones elevate blood pressure and prepare the body to cope with the situation. If one fails to counter the situation, the stress hormones remain unreleased in blood for a long period, resulting in physical and mental complications. Stress is relative in nature and can attack all age groups. It may be job related, family and relationship oriented and many more other types. Prolonged period of stress may take a serious toll on the health of the individual by exhausting the immune system
Causes of Stress or Stressors
1. General causes: Physical, social or financial threat, fear and its imagined outcomes, feeling of uncertainty, cognitive dissonance or the failure to do as we wish or dream for.
2. Life causes: Death of loved one, soaring responsibilities, environmental change, paucity of money or owing or investing it, argument with any one, sexual dissatisfaction, lack of sleep, new work hours, health related stressors like injury, illness or pregnancy, qualms of conscience after a crime, self abuse etc
3. Work related stressors: Demands of job, relationship with colleagues etc
Symptoms of Stress
Symptoms of stress may be emotional, behavioral, physical or cognitive. Some symptoms are as follows:
1. Moodiness 2. Irritability 3. Restlessness 4. Unnecessary and excessive worrying 5. Poor judgment 6. A negative outlook towards every thing 7. Agitation 8. Feeling of loneliness and depression 9. Aches 10. Constipation or diarrhea 11. Eating too much or skipping meals 12. Sleeping too much or suffering from insomnia 13. Nausea 14. Dizziness 15. Chest pain 16. Neck pain 17. Rapid heart beat 18. Excessive sweating 19. Social withdrawal 20. Nicotine, drug or alcohol dependence 21. Neglecting or shirking duties or responsibilities 22. Nervous habits like nail biting, walking up and down.
Home Remedies for Stress
1. Yoghurt is a very good remedy for stress. It can deal very well with stress induced insomnia and headaches.
2. Including sprouts in diet can manage stress well.
3. One may take a cup of tea made by boiling one teaspoon dried sage leaves in a cup of water, and sweeten the tea with honey. This would relieve stress.
4. Drinking a cup of hot milk mixed with honey and cinnamon calms a stressed mind.
5. One may boil few rose petals in a cup of water, strain and add sugar and drink the mixture to get relief from stress.
6. Chewing of basil leaves can relieve stress because basil is rich in adaptogen, an anti stress agent.
7. Alfalfa and sunflower seeds can treat stress effectively.
8. Sniffing ajwain seeds can relieve stress.
9. Hot water bath and pouring few drops of essential oil in to the bath water can relax both mind and body. This is an effective home remedy for stress.
10. Brisk walk for at least 45 minutes can help one cope with stress.
11. Practicing yogic exercises, breathing exercises and meditation can help one deal with stress.
The constant pressure and the building up stress can often lead to the nervous breakdown of a person. The individuals facing this type of extreme circumstances are the youth and the working individuals of the contemporary times. The reason why this is becoming increasingly rampant is the hectic schedule of the individual and the constant anxiety of something or the other that never seems to leave the individual. With the prevalence of this type of state of mind the individual is hardly likely to either face or solve any of the issues, personal or professional. Decision making requires a calm and tranquil mind that is able to think reasonably and clearly, however in the current scenario that seems to be very bleak and remote. This is why and where the meditation techniques for stress relief in the guise of theta meditation steps in.
The break neck competition that acts as the driving force of the aspiring individuals seldom allows the space for relaxation and rest. The result is a disturbed individual with a disoriented and stressful life. Even the personal front of the individual’s life suffers heavily. The reason is very obvious. If the individual himself or herself is dissatisfied and grumbling how can he or she manage to keep the people surrounding them happy. The pursuit of materialistic gain at the cost of the physical and mental health has begun to bare its teeth and nails. The saying health is wealth has become redundant only to bring out the adverse effects of the redundancy. The theta meditation acts as the rescuer salvaging the life from being sacrificed at the altar of the greed for more. These meditation techniques for stress relief have proved to be a highly efficient measure to many.
The meditation technique for stress relief available is of the following types:
Heart Rhythm Meditation
Conscious Breathing Meditation
However, the theta meditation is the best of the lot. It has numerous benefits to itself. This type of meditation enables the individual to stimulate the dormant part of his or her brain like those of intuition and creativity. This meditation techniques for stress relief takes place with the help of theta brain waves that are connected with the remote viewing, astral projection, past life regression, and development of psychic abilities. The theta brainwaves can be activated with the help of various sound waves like those of the binaural beats.
The practice of these particular meditation techniques for stress relief has proved to have the ability of successfully balancing melatonin and serotonin levels in the brain. This helps to battle depression and insomnia. The immense success of the theta meditation makes it a widely accepted fact that this meditation can reduce stress; enhance the sense of balance and calmness. It can thereby be said that the success of this stress buster has been adequately established and firmly attested without a single shadow of doubt.
Stress crumbles your body’s immune system and makes you look older than your age. Not only does it bring about negative physical changes but also affects your biochemical state with extra adrenal steroids in the blood stream. Frequent headaches, anxiety, frequent mood swings, sadness, anger, frustration and depression are some of the most common effects of stress. Stress and anger affect your overall health and may cause serious physical and mental health problems in long run. In order to manage your stress and anger, focus on holistic living. It is an approach that nourishes your mind, body and soul and helps you to stay happier and peaceful throughout your life.
Stress and Anger Symptoms
Stress and anger affect your body, mind and behaviour in several ways. It is not necessary that everyone suffering from stress and depression exhibit same symptoms. It affects different people in different ways. Some may experience high degree of stress symptoms while some may exhibit only physical symptoms depending upon the degree of stress and anger.
Physical symptoms of stress include dizziness, excessive sweating, breathlessness, nail biting, constipation, diarrhea, nervous twitches, cramps, chest pain, heart diseases, upset stomach, back pain, frequent headaches, heart palpitations, decreased immunity, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, aging, frequent cold, pins and needles, tingling sensation, restlessness, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, heart ailments and muscular aches. It may sometimes result in a stroke or heart attack.
Mental symptoms of stress include anxiety, irritability, restlessness, unnecessary worrying, sadness, depression, loneliness, anger, and feeling of insecurity, lack of focus, depression, burnout, tiredness, difficulty concentration, forgetfulness and loss of mental balance.
Stress not only affects your physical and mental well being but messes up your life. Frequent episodes of stress also affect your day-today behaviour. It results in overeating, under eating, forgetfulness, increased smoking, frequent crying spells, angry outburst, loss of temporary memory, social withdrawal, relationship conflicts, drug or alcohol abuse, increased or suppressed anger, lack of interest in work, excessive emotion, loss of sense of humor, feeling out of control, unable to concentrate on anything, feeling helpless or inferior etc.
Studies have shown that about 60-70 percent adults are suffering from stress and depression due to their hectic work schedules, relationship conflicts and unmanaged lifestyle. Around 30-40 percent people visit psychiatrists while rest indulge themselves in drinking smoking and drug abusing. Few adults attempt to suicide.
Stress and Anger ManagementYoga and meditation are found to be very effective in managing stress and anger. Practicing yoga and meditation regularly helps you relieve your tension and stress and makes you feel relaxed and happier.
Some relaxation techniques including exercise, deep breathing, music therapy, natural walks, a warm and hot bath, body stretching, humor, diversion and distraction help greatly in stress management.
Reexamining your reactions and spending time with your loved ones are the best anger management techniques. This way you can assess your extreme behaviour and discover the possible solutions to bring a positive change in yourself.
Holistic living can help to a great extent in managing your stress and anger. The concept is all about living a balanced and healthy life while being close to nature. It not only includes physical well being but also includes your other dimensions such as your body, mind and soul. It brings out a complete change over in your personality and thought process. You become more relaxed and happier.
The other day I was reading an article about stress written by Health Information Publications and I was delighted to see that the medical professionals really do understand the value of diaphragmatic breathing in the elimination of stress. Most of the articles on stress that I have encountered on the internet place little, if any, importance on this simple, healthy technique.
All mammals breathe with the support of their diaphragm. Even you were born breathing in this manner. As you developed, however, you probably reverted to upper chest breathing. This is known as shallow or lazy breathing. The problem with upper chest breathing is that it exacerbates your stress. Therefore, if you already have stress, your shallow means of respiration is making it worse.
99% of the population lifts up their shoulders, sucks in their gut, and throws out their chest when they take a deep breath. We have all done it. That method of taking a breath is not deep breathing. When newborn babies, opera singers, and every other mammal on earth takes a deep breath, what moves is their mid and lower torso regions – not their upper chest or shoulders. Instead of pulling the mid-torso area in, they expand it out.
I have been breathing in this manner for the last 25 years of my life and it has allowed me to eliminate not just the stress but minor pain as well. This is really an astounding feat if you take into consideration that for 12 of those years, I was a single mom with 2 young boys and the breadwinner of the household. Clients were in my home almost every day of the week; and, I did it without a nanny or a cleaning woman! Were those years stressful? Absolutely, but I breathed with support and was able to successfully eliminate it.
There are many things you should do to cut down on the amount of stress which you face on a daily basis, from prioritizing to setting aside quiet time. If you were to learn to breathe and make it a habit, however, I guarantee much more of the stress in your life would melt away. Life is too short. Stop the stress; take a supported breath; and, start enjoying living!
Unfortunately almost all of the bones that are present in the lower extremities are susceptible to stress fractures. Some of the commonly injured bones include metatarsal bones, tibia, femur, cuneiform, calcaneus, cuboid and fibula. Some specific observations have been made below.
This is indeed the most vulnerable bone in regard to stress fracturing and most of the damage often occurs around the shaft and neck areas of the bone. Normally when the injury to the bone has taken place at the lower end of this bone, it means that it is likely to have been was caused by vertical forces that may have been happened when hill running or burst running, where the ball of the foot has been overused.
Calcaneus (heel bone)
To find out whether this bone has a kind of fracture, it is normally squeezed gently and any tenderness experienced from this could be the signs of a fracture. Bone experts are able to establish exactly where the fracture line may be on the bone. If the tenderness is felt somewhere around the calcaneus and not on the bone itself, then the cause could be a plantar fascia injury.
This is known as the most commonly susceptible bone to injury and fractures to it are a common occurrence.
Pelvic stress fractures often occur as a result of running, in particular with those with osteoporosis or brittle bones.
Cuneiform bones of the foot (top of foot)
The injuries to this bone are similar to those of the metatarsal and are usually the result of vertical forces (often caused by excessive training).
Common causes of Stress Fractures
Abrupt changes to a normal regime of exercise could lead to stress fractures. In this case the bone becomes overstressed before it can get time to react adequately to the stress and this leads to the occurrence of fractures.
The improper use of footwear is a great contributor to injury and more so foot stress fractures. Old or inappropriate shoes will not be able to deal adequately with the impact caused by the feet hitting the ground. This repetitive impacting action without adequate cushioning will render the lower extremities vulnerable to fractures, especially foot stress fractures. This happens a lot especially when running on solid ground.
In order to ensure that one’s bones are protected from fractures and related injuries, especially foot stress fractures, it would be advisable to maintain a suitable and manageable training session and keep away any possible stressors of the bones. Good nutrition is also a key component for prevention of bone related injuries. In case any symptoms may appear it is better to get a qualified physicians opinion, do not take chances because an injury may worsen over time leading to chronic illness.
Stress is something that all of us have to deal with on a regular basis and unfortunately, many of us may be dealing with stressful situations so often that we rarely ever come down off of those stress levels at all. Another thing that we may be dealing with, which is also an increasing problem with many people are anxiety attacks. Many people may notice an association between these two different things but the simple fact of the matter is, stress does not really cause anxiety attacks in individuals. As a matter of fact, doctors are unable to explain exactly why we have anxiety attacks in the first place.
That isn’t to say, however, that they are not related at all. As a matter of fact, anxiety attacks may be triggered by stress so it is a good idea for you to make sure that you are living a stress-free of a life as possible. For some of us, this is going to be an impossibility but that does not necessarily mean that you can’t find ways of coping with the stress so that you can reduce the number of anxiety attacks that you are having. There are some natural ways for you to be able to achieve both.
If you are having anxiety attacks, and if you’re having unnecessary stress, you may actually be dealing with a vitamin deficiency. There are so many things that the human body is deficient in, especially considering the fact that many of the foods that we eat are so processed. A good place for you to start looking is vitamin B, as this causes anxiety attacks in many individuals who are deficient. Simply supplementing with this vitamin on a daily basis may reduce your stress levels considerably and remove your anxiety attacks naturally.
Along with supplementing your diet, you would also want to make sure that you are eating as clean of a diet as possible. By including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet on a daily basis, you will help to reduce the amount of processed foods that you are eating which may, in fact, be raising your levels of stress considerably. Make sure that you are persistent in your efforts and make the changes gradually, you will begin to notice a difference in the way that you are feeling rather quickly.
There is an old saying that music calms the savage beast and in reality, all of us have a beast inside of us that needs some taming. The beast that I’m talking about is stress and unfortunately, some of us have so much of this stress buildup in us that it can really hinder the way that we live our lives. Not only can it cause us difficulty in overcoming seemingly insurmountable objects, it can also cause physical problems and can even push us to the brink of death. That is why it is important for you to reduce your stress in any way possible.
One of the ways that you can reduce your stress to a certain extent is by the music that you listen to. There are several different types of music which have properties which naturally reduce our stress, but we may find that they are not necessarily to our liking. For example, classical music is an excellent tool to use whenever you are stressed out. There are many people, however, who do not enjoy classical music and this can seem like an insurmountable object. The reality of it is, however, you do not need to listen to audible music in order for it to have a good effect on your nerves. Have classical music playing in the background, almost to the point where it is indistinguishable from other background noise. It will make a difference in your stress levels.
Another thing that you can do is to avoid the types of music which may cause additional stress in your life. Hard-driving rock ‘n roll music or other type of music similar to this may actually cause adrenaline to surge in her body and can raise our stress levels considerably. This can be a difficult thing to do for many individuals that enjoy listening to this type of music. One of the best things that you can do in this case is to reduce the time that you are listening to this music to times whenever you are exercising or when your stress levels don’t really matter.
One final type of music that you might enjoy listening to is the relaxation music that typically goes along with nature sounds. There are plenty of CDs out there which contain this type of music and it can really help to calm and soothe your nerves while you’re in stressful situations. Give it a try for yourself, you would be surprised with how quickly it will work.
How many different times would you say that you are stressed out during the day? For some of us, the stress may never leave us at all! This is especially true for those of us that have a combined responsibility, both at work and at home. It can be difficult for us to be able to handle these situations and to deal with them successfully on a regular basis. In order for us to overcome the stress that we are feeling, we need to have a natural outlet of some sort or another. Having a hobby can be an excellent way to do this.
You would think that almost everybody had a hobby but the reality of it is, some of us feel as if we are just too busy to have one. Although your day may be full and you may have a difficult time finding enough time in the day in order to enjoy a large hobby, there are several small hobbies that can be done which will help to soothe and calm your nerves. The real key is finding one that speaks to you as it should.
Some of the larger hobbies that can be done range anywhere from scrapbooking to model train collecting. These are both excellent choices, because they help to take us into another world where the outside problems that we may be experiencing do not exist. For example, having a creative hobby, such as scrapbooking or needlepoint can help us to focus our attention on things that we enjoy, rather than focusing it on all of the things that we need to do which are not getting done.
If you find that you don’t have time for some of the more time extensive hobbies, there are some smaller ones which you might find appealing. Even doing something as simple as a crossword puzzle or similar items can help to take your mind off of your worries for a little while. One suggestion that I would make, however, is actually hold the crossword puzzle in your hand rather than doing one on the computer. There are too many distractions available on the computer and that can be stressful in and of itself.
Although there are many different ways for you to be able to get rid of stress or to reduce the amount of stress in your life, a hobby is certainly one that is well worth looking into.
Many of us consider stress to be something that is really bad but the reality of it is, stress is actually a natural reaction to difficult situations. It was built into us and for centuries, we have used stress in order to be able to handle problems that may occur. The difficulty is, many of us are living lives that are so full of stressful situations now that our stress levels never really drop back down to where they should be again. There are also a number of different situations which may be causing us additional stress without us even realizing it. Our diet is one of these.
People can eat the wrong things and although this seems like a rather simplistic statement, the reality of what occurs as a result of eating the wrong things can be anything but simplistic. For example, many of us eat sugar regularly and this can not only cause a difficult time with weight gain it can also raise our stress levels considerably. Have you ever noticed that whenever you eat a meal that is high in sugar that you immediately feel good afterword and then you just suddenly seem to crash? This is as a result of the insulin in our body and being unable to handle all the sugar that is being pumped into our bloodstream. Not only does it cause our body to crash, it puts us in a situation where we need to eat more sugar in order to feel as if we are not stressed out again.
Another thing that causes stress in the diet is not eating enough during the day. Many people tend to eat two or three meals every day but the reality of it is, you must eat multiple meals during the day in order to keep your energy levels up. There is a direct correlation between the amount of energy that you have and the amount of stress that you have. If you have plenty of energy, you can handle situations that come your way much easier. If you are lacking in energy, on the other hand, you will be stressed out because you cannot handle even the simplest thing that comes your way.
If you want to reduce the amount of stress that you have, it helps immensely if you are able to balance yourself out as far as your diet is concerned. Eat healthy and you will find that your stress levels are reduced as a result.
Stress is something that all of us deal with from time to time but unfortunately, there are times whenever it may get so strong that it can be difficult to handle. Some of us may even experience anxiety attacks, a very common occurrence in today’s world. The reality of it is, however, stress, in itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. As a matter of fact, we need stress in order to deal with situations that come up in our lives that need a bit more attention than usual, run of the mill items.
The difficulty occurs whenever the stress gets so difficult to handle or comes up so often that it seems to just compile upon itself. There comes a time whenever we will be unable to handle this situation and eventually, we are going to need to learn how to cope with the stress or else it is going to get the better of us. One way that you can do this is by changing your thinking. I know that sounds rather simplistic, but it is one of the most effective ways for you to be able to handle the stress that you are under.
If you are already to the breaking point as far as your stress is concerned, it is going to take a little bit of time in order for you to put this particular method in use. The good news is, you will experience almost immediate results that you will be able to identify with rather quickly. Simply begin to change the way that you think about stress and to look at your situation in life through rose colored glasses. It is not necessary for you to get rid of your stress altogether, that would be counterproductive. What is necessary for you to do, however, is to realize that not everything needs to be on your shoulders and quite honestly, there are some things that cannot change.
If you set aside the things that cannot change and stop fretting over them, that will leave you with the items that need to be a concern of yours. By handling them one at a time, considering that the others are going to wait until you get to them, you will be able to eventually get through the list and to deal with the stress more successfully. If you are able to do this, it is a method that you can use for the rest of your life to successfully handle stress.
Life can certainly throw a lot of curves at us, and it is not difficult for us to be in a situation where we may be having a hard time facing all of the stress that is coming at us at one time. We may do a number of different things that can help us to de-stress to a certain extent, such as taking a vacation or perhaps sitting in a quiet room from time to time but these are not always going to be things that we are able to do. If the stress of life is getting to you, there may be some help in aromatherapy.
When most people think about aromatherapy, they may think about sitting in a quiet room full of candles or perhaps burning incense. Although these certainly are some of the ways that you can enjoy aromatherapy, you actually don’t need to be in a position of solitude in order to get the benefits from it. As a matter of fact, there are many products that allow you to take the aromatherapy with you, anywhere that you go. These natural scents will help you to deal with the stress in your life and to carry you away from it, to a certain extent.
Something that you want to be cautious about whenever using aromatherapy in this way is that the aromatherapy products that you are using are all natural. A good example of this are some of the candles that are burned in order to enjoy the scent. Although these candles may smell good, the reality of it is that they are not actually good for you. The same is also true with many of the aromatherapy products that are on the market. They use man-made chemicals that mimic the smell, but they hurt your health to a certain extent.
If you’re able to find a natural product, and there are plenty of them out there, you will soon find that you are able to overcome a lot of the stress that you are dealing with. It would also help if you were able to handle the stress by changing your thinking to a certain extent, and the stress relief that aromatherapy can provide will help to push you in that direction. Always remember, there are some things that you can change and there are some things that you can’t. By working on the ones that you can, you will help to de-stress yourself considerably.
Stress is a state of physical, mental or emotional strain that occurs in response to real or perceived events which occur in our everyday lives. It is the way our bodies respond and adjust to a continually changing environment. Stress can be positive or negative. In a positive sense, stress can force us into action; it can induce feelings of excitement and new levels of awareness. In negative sense, it can bring on a range of adverse effects such as anger, depression and extreme anxiety. This can in turn lead to physical problems such as headaches, skin rashes, ulcers, high blood pressure and in extreme case heart disease and stroke.
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What Causes Stress Stressors are the causes of stress; they are events in our lives that threaten or challenge us and can be external or occur in our minds. Stressors come normally in one of three forms: daily hassles, major life events, and catastrophes, and can occur within many domains of life such as family, work and school. Examples of such stressors include upcoming project deadlines, getting married or the death of a loved one.
Stress Management Tips Know what stresses you most. Not your co-worker, friend, husband, or wife. YOU!! Get your feelings out. Write them out and describe each situation. Share all bad feelings with a friend or in a journal. Before you can conquer your stresses you must know what is stressing you. Say no. Focus on you own goals, not your spouse’s or parents’. You must know yourself, your dreams, and your passions. If asked to chair another group or take on another responsibility, look at your mission statement or goals for the day. If it is does not fit it there say thank you but I just cannot. Saying no is one of the hardest things in life, but will help make you a success in your chosen field. Learn to relax. Work hard but know when to take time off to be with the family, go to the beach, or read a book. Work all day if you must but when you get home play in the snow, watch cartoons, or tell your child a story. This allows stress tension to go away and helps you calm the heart’s pace and digest food normally, and protect your immune system. Learn to meditate and take deep breaths to calm down. Eat healthy. Eat less junk food and more fruit and vegetables for an amazing overall lowering of stress levels. We can actually lower the amount of the bad stress hormone, Cortisol, by taking vitamins. Take those vitamin pills daily. Keep laughing. Keep a sense of humor. Studies show a good attitude helps lower cancer rates, makes surgery more effective, and keeps a relationship together through hard times. Ask yourself WHY. Why are you doing this? Write down your wants, needs, goals, hopes, and dreams. Does what you are doing now help you get fulfill any of these things? What is your motivation? The more you understand why you doing what you are doing the less stress you will have. If you cannot come up with a good reason, then stop doing it. Stay active. Exercise is a great way to relive tension and gives you a great break from exams. A healthy body makes a happy body. Even a three minute jog is helpful at taking your mind off your pressures. You’ll come back with an acute focus and renewed energy. Follow your bliss. Try to know which subjects and type of people you enjoy. Structure your life around activities that you love. Joseph Campbell, a wise philosopher, advises you to follow your bliss. The more you do in life that goes with your own flow, the more passion you’ll have for what you do.
According to a survey conducted on women, 46 percent of the total women feel that stressed due to many professional and personal issues and close to 11 percent succumb to it every early if not taken care of properly. Close to 35 million of women worldwide face the risk of heart attack and undergo stress relief therapy to avoid more health problems. And that gives all women a reason to think about their deteriorating health due to stress problems.
But not to worry, this problem can still be fought back and war can be won with just the right weapons at hand, in this case right stress relief plan to encounter the problem. One thing that needs to be kept in mind is that health problems in women always open the door for other ones as well.
A reason to live a healthy life should be to live stress free. When it comes to facing health problems, lots of women get scared about other health issues as well. But to even achieve a simple stress relief or even a constipation relief proper eating habit and eating with ones mind is the best solution.
Thus, one can easily outline two ways for stress relief and constipation relief is those of eating right and good exercise. This way, a woman can achieve the set goal she wants to and even get good chance to gradually live a healthy life for the rest of her life. Just some simple pointers to keep in mind and stress relief and constipation relief cannot be a difficult chore anymore. Keep track of total calories you take in each day. Try to substitute fat foods with the healthy products. Begin your day with exercise and after that, have a healthy breakfast of fresh juice, whole wheat bread and egg whites. Try not to binge on food just because you are hungry, chew one bite at a time and eat slowly, no need to hurry. Incorporate greens in your food as much as possible; instead of eating burger and fries for lunch go for a fresh sprouts salad or a glass of fresh fruit juice. Healthy snacks like whole wheat bread sandwich, slightly fried red meat, stir fried fish keep your hunger pangs at bay. And last but not the least, eat to live, not live to eat.
So, all that needs to be done by a woman for stress relief and constipation relief is to simply follow these instruction one would be right on the path of a healthy living.
One third of Americans recently polled admitted to be suffering with the ill effects of a life with too much stress. If you are currently seeking work in the competitive I.T field and are struggling to win the job of your dreams you may want to consider learning new techniques that can help you overcome your stress and anxiety. Learn now that relaxation and stress reduction is most definitely one key to separating yourself from your hungry and competitive peers.
Everyone needs to use stress reduction techniques. Since we live in such a fast-paced world, I wouldn’t be surprised if even ten-year-olds are feeling stressed out now. Our lifestyles haven’t exactly been the healthiest in the last 50 years either. There’s hardly anything we can do to reverse the situation. However, there are some practices we can do to help lessen stress in our daily life.
Put some relaxing music on.
Music has a lot of relaxing qualities, depending on the person you are. If you feel most relaxed listening to ballads, then why don’t you pop your favorite CD in your CD player? These days, there are also special CDs made for relaxation. These CDs mimic the sound of soft rain or the sound of waves. I highly recommend these nature sounds to help you combat stress. If you have an iPod, you can easily look for these kinds of sounds on the Internet.
Goodnight and sleep tight.
Sleep has always been a reliable method to overcome stress. Getting sufficient sleep does wonders for the black rings under your eyes and for your stress levels. However, different people have different sleep needs; some may need only 6 hours or less of shut-eye, while others need around 8 hours or more. You should therefore try out different sleep routines, and discover for yourself the optimal hours of sleep you need to wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Sleeping gives your body time to recuperate. If you’re feeling overly stressed, why don’t you go home early one day and make sure you get a good night’s sleep? It’s one of the cheapest luxuries you’ll ever experience.
Take your vitamins.
Taking multi-vitamins is good for your health and well-being. Vitamins help strengthen your immune system which makes you less vulnerable to stress. Vitamin B Complex, for example, fortifies your nerves and helps you deal with stress better. Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C (citrus fruits) and E (found in nuts and whole grains) do a great deal to keep your body in top shape. Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of antioxidants. If you don’t like to take vitamins, you can also substitute them with natural herbs. Ginseng, for example, is known to help reduce stress without any harmful consequences to your body.
I think it’s very hard to work on self- improvement, when you don’t feel rewarded with the reinforcement of seeing concrete progress. There are so many ways to get discouraged. Sometimes you might feel like life is conspiring against you in the realm of self-care. For instance, you find an exercise class you can fit into your busy schedule only to discover that you dislike the teacher. Or you try to buy more organic vegetables, then notice that you put them in a drawer in your refrigerator and forgot they were there. Maybe your partner or spouse isn’t that supportive of your desire to live a healthier life style or is unable/unwilling to work with his/her own negative habits. How do you keep on trying without giving in or giving up?
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Persistence is an interesting quality. Sometimes it’s better to let go and move on, sometimes it’s more important to hang in there despite disappointments and discouragement. What is your persistence factor? Do you find that you are someone who keeps trying no matter what? Can you let go when you need to? Can you stick with a solution-plan when there are ups and downs? Most people who are successful with stress reduction can attest to the need for persistence, since most healthy stress reduction behavior takes time to show results. For example, breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, exercise, all take practice to have an impact on anxiety.
Health is the real wealth of an individual. Good health doesn’t imply the absence of physical illness but also the lack of mental and social illness. A healthy person can properly survive and easily cope with the difficulties and stress of daily living. Incorporating regular physical activities, nutritious diet, and refraining from alcohol and cigarettes are necessary in maintaining a healthy body. Yoga is a physical activity that is used in the ancient times to alleviate health problems associated with hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, shallow breathing, backaches, chronic illness, and many other forms of discomfort. Nowadays, Yoga has gone from a spiritual discipline practiced by many in cina, into a mainstream exercise routine that has been taught in many gyms all over the world. Other researches suggest that yoga may promote relaxation and reduce distress. A new form of yoga that focuses on a more fitness-based approached has been developed.
It is called Mindfulness Meditation, a method closely modeled after the Ashtanga style of practice. The term Mindfulness Meditation became widely used in the mid-’90s when many yoga teachers tried new ways to make Ashtanga Yoga more accessible to the western audience. Both Power and Ashtanga Yoga focuses on strength and flexibility. The only difference between the traditional method and Power Yoga would be that the latter does not require the performance of a number of poses. It took the basics of yoga and and gave it a dose of aerobics to tone the muscles, sharpen focus, and strengthen the heart. Other known benefits of practicing Mindfulness Meditation include: Improved strength, endurance, and stamina Tighter abs, legs, and arms Helps release physical tension Helps maintain good and proper posture Serves as a good warm up for athletes Improves an athlete’s overall performance Mindfulness Meditation is a very accessible exercise.
To practice this new yoga method, all that is required is a flat floor surface, a mat or towel, and enough overhead space to extend the arms. It may be performed by individuals of different ages and level of physical condition. However, not all poses should be attempted by everyone. Proper posture and alignment should always be maintained during stretch or posture to avoid injuries. These activities should be stopped when there is fatigue, pain, or dizziness. In addition, the mental component of yoga is as important as its physical activities. Concentration and meditation should not be taken for granted. Yoga should be done with an open and gentle mind when one performs yoga positions and posture. Impatience, self-criticism, and comparing oneself with others may hamper the improvement of one’s both mental and physical health.
Individuals who wish to engage in physical activities like yoga should consult doctors and other health professionals before taking yoga classes. Certain injuries to the wrist, back, and ankles may prevent some individuals from practicing yoga postures and positions. Furthermore, yoga should be practiced with care and precaution. Some people have reported injuries that were acquired by executing yoga postures without focus, or by attempting difficult positions without working them gradually or by not having proper supervision. Oftentimes, beginners complain of muscle soreness and fatigue after engaging in yoga. These effects may disappear with continuous practice. Yoga is a terrific way to strengthen the and body and improve overall health. For more information on meditation techniques and to learn how to meditate.
Finding natural stress relief is not far from your reach, because more and more people are beginning to become aware of natural ways to get relief for stress. For those of you that are not sure of what methods to employ when you are looking for natural stress relief, here are some natural stress relieving methods you can employ. More info visits our website herbalcureindia.com
Herbs for Relieving Stress
Kava – Kava is known to have muscle relaxing properties and acts as analgesic to relieve pain. It is used in states of anxiety, stress and in insomnia. The extract of the herb is used to make the stress relief remedy, which may be a liquid or in a pill form. It promotes the sense of well being without upsetting alertness of the person.
Ginseng – Ginseng is a powerful herb to strengthen the nervous system, rejuvenates the ability of functioning and thereby fights tiredness. The net result is relief from stress with renewed energy.
Valerian – Valerian has a proven background as an efficient stress relieving herb. Its main effect is on the nervous system of the body and thereby calms down the system and brings sleep in a person. It is best used in insomnia and stress conditions of teenage girls during the critical stages of puberty. It brings a restful night’s sleep after a stressful day.
Chamomile – Chamomile is the herb which has relaxing powers and is used as an energy drink as herbal tea. It is able to delete the sense of nervousness or impatience in a person and induces a peaceful mood to create a stress-free environment. It has mild sedative property and helps the person to get some sleep in agitated conditions.
Rhodiola Rosea – Rhodiola is a strong stress reliving herb with attributes to ignore fatigue by inducting energy in the system and is known to be a health boosting herb like ginseng.
Green tea has recently become a fashionable drink in the West, not least because it contains the substance theanine, which is a natural relaxant and mild tranquilizer.
Theanine itself is often now extracted and used in herbal stress relief and stress reduction products. Using the extract solves the problem of the caffeine in the tea itself, which would not help with relaxation. Theanine is probably the most commonly used and most effective natural cure for stress, and the one worth trying first. Check the resources page at the end of this article for some good and reliable online suppliers.
Phellodendron (cork tree) bark extract has been used for a long time in Chinese medicine, as a stress reliever, and is now being incorporated into many herbal medicines. It is combined with Magnolia officinalis bark (this is known to have anti-anxiety properties) in a modern preparation sold as Relora.
Rhodiola (also known as goldenroot or roseroot) is a traditional medicine from Northern Europe, and is used for its sedating effect and for relieving depression. It can also reduce fatigue.
Sitting Stretching Exercise
Sit on the floor with your legs fully stretched. Bend slightly attempting to touch your toes. It does not matter whether you are able to touch your toes or not; what is important that you are stretching all your back muscles through this exercise. Repeat it four times.
Maintain the same position as in stretch no 1 and but now spread your legs and repeat the same move: bend to touch the toes of each foot. Repeat it four times.
In the same sitting position stretch your hand above your head and cross your legs together. Maintain the position for four seconds and repeat four times.
Uncross your legs and keep them straight; bring your hands down behind your back and bend forward as much as you can attempting to touch your legs with your head. Hold the posture for four seconds and straighten up. Repeat four times as with the other exercises.
Stress is a common attribute in our daily working lives and as a general rule, most of the documentation regarding stress is negative. It is associated with health problems including high blood pressure, ulcers, hernias, insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, headaches, and can lead to strokes, heart disease, addictions, premature aging and death if not addressed and managed correctly. If however, we manage stress effectively in our daily lives, it can be a useful and very handy tool in our arsenal to cope with the lives we live in the 21st Century.
Back in the days of caveman, nomads and the hunter gatherers, the stress response was part of the survival instinct of fight or flight. When face to face with a hairy mammoth or saber toothed tiger, the stress response was triggered, releasing a massive surge of adrenaline and cortisol. The stress response increases metabolism, heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, and improves blood flow to the muscles by a massive 300 to 400 hundred percent. Pupils dilate and other senses are heightened ready to for action, in preparation for the need to flee or stand up and defend, often for survival.
In modern corporate society, humans have evolved but our stress response remains the same. When the stress response is working to our advantage, it provides drive and motivation, and keeps us focused, alert and energized. It can bring out the best in people as they realise they can do what they set out to do, with pleasing results. These attributes are important when we need to finish projects, meet deadlines, or study for exams. It fuels ambition and the want to succeed, and in emergency situations can even save lives. The stress response is the reason behind the extraordinary strength we possess to defend ourselves in times of danger (similar in caveman times) and is also the cause as to why we feel no pain after serious shock or trauma.
These amazing benefits require short term bursts of energy and adrenaline but long term stress can lead to many serious health concerns for the body. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in the body. The autonomic nervous system is constantly firing so the relaxation response is rarely triggered and as explained earlier, our bodies are built to handle acute, short term stress well, not long term chronic stress. We come across stressful situations everyday in the modern world. High pressure jobs, family difficulties, peak hour traffic and death of a loved one can elevate the stress response to dangerously high levels. Our acute stress response was initially developed to fight off saber toothed tigers, bears, or other caveman hazards. When stress levels become constant and hit chronic levels, the prolonged stress wears down every facet of our bodies causing us to fall ill, both mentally and physically. It is estimated that of all visits to a doctor’s surgery, up to 90% of patients’ complaints have components related to chronic stress.
For all of the above reasons, it is imperative we learn how to manage and diminish stress effectively for the long term. There are numerous ways we can reduce chronic stress in our lives.
The most obvious way is to reduce or eliminate the stressors from our lives that cause chronic stress and tension. However the most obvious answer is not always the most straight forward as it’s sometimes difficult to remove ourselves from a stressful job, deadlines, family trouble or traffic jams.
Rather than change the things we cannot, we can alter the way we deal with them. The best and easiest way to do this is with simple breathing techniques. Deep breathing triggers the relaxation response and slows down all the stimulating triggers caused from the stress response including rapid heart rate, pulse rate, and sensory overload. Simple in through the nose, out through the mouth big, slow breaths has an instant, calming effect throughout the whole body.
Another fantastic way to trigger the relaxation response is from massage. Corporate massage is an ideal compliment for any corporate office as stress and tension can be effectively managed and controlled within the workplace environment. Yoga and meditation are other effective relaxation techniques forcing the body to slow down, relax and take some time out.
A healthy body creates a healthy mind and vice versa so healthy eating habits are also a very important facet in creating a physically and mentally healthy body. Healthy eating provides optimal fuel required for daily activity and if we feel better, we are more motivated and enthusiastic, ready to tackle work constraints with reserves for fun and play, and thus the cycle continues.
As the saying goes, sleep promotes sleep and if our mind is working overdrive and not switching off when we need to rest, we don’t sleep. Surviving on no sleep or very little is difficult. Ask any new mum what sleep deprivation is like and they will tell you it’s almost impossible to make a cup of coffee let alone function to the best of our ability. If we allow our body to relax and completely switch off, sleep should come naturally and easily. When asleep, we recover and wake refreshed and ready for the following day’s curve balls.
Exercising, sweating and getting the blood pumping are also great ways of releasing stress and tension. Endorphins are released while we exercise and these hormones are often referred to as the feel good hormone, contributing to our overall feeling of wellbeing. When we feel great, we feel like we can conquer anything, everything is possible.
The most important aspect of managing stress is taking control of our lives and managing everything effectively. Balance is the key and as it’s often difficult or impossible to moderate our crazy busy lives but managing and controlling our triggers and stressors and putting everything into perspective is something we can control.
What is stress burnout? Stress burnout is an experience where stress has gotten so bad that a person loses interest in things and suffers long term exhaustion. Yes, doctors are amongst the highest numbers to experience this, so their advice is valuable. Burnout is generally seen as being symptomatic with inefficacy, cynicism, exhaustion, and related potential health issues such as mental health problems, circulation issues, heart disease, hormonal problems and so much more.There are twelve phases associated with stress style burnout. Not all happen to every person and some may never become a relevancy for most people. These include:
Stress burnout can be prevented in many cases, where individuals are able to cope with the burnout itself and find a pathway back to complete healing. Many groups address burnout issues by helping to engage in practices and policies that support healthy working environments to avoid stress burnout. In fact, it has been shown that a stress burnout happens when a person and organization factors values, fairness, community, reward, control and workload – break down and are too stressful or pressurized.
Resolving the burnout caused by stress may mean finding the root cause of the burnout and the areas that need to be addressed. It is not solely an exclusive thing found in work environments, but it can happen anywhere, even in homes. That is why a person has to learn to reduce stress to avoid getting stress burnout, even if it means removing stressful people from their life. Sometimes all a person needs to avoid burnout or get on track with their stress is to have a break from the stress to recover and recoup their strength.
By approaching stress symptoms and the factors that lead to the stress burnout, you can learn to rebuild you life and avoid the stressors that brought you to this point in the first place. Getting support is vital to healing, though this does not mean that you are obliged to get counselling as not all people work best in such a clinical environment and some people prefer not to talk, but take actions to resolve their issues. So, if you have stress that is getting you down, do not wait until stress burnout burns you out because once you have it, getting back to normal can take a long time and it will affect your ability to enjoy a normal life. Once you have gone over that line, the reality is that getting yourself on track is not the easiest thing to achieve. However guess what? You can do this and should do this for you! So, what are you waiting for? Get up, heal and control stress as there is no better time than the present.
Stress that overpowers you regularly and makes you lose all interest in your life and hits you with a never-ending cycle of exhaustion is called stress burnout. Doctors and others suffer in high numbers and are the best source of information about this, though they are by no means alone in suffering from this as anyone can and from any type of environment. You will notice some or all of these changes in yourself, including mental health challenges, problems with circulation, heart diseases and certain hormonal events.
There are 12 phases that are specific to stressful burnout, having definite and sometimes long-lasting connections and damaging effects on you and your body. Some get one symptoms, others many and then some get none. However, these physical symptoms of stress include the following:
You can stop stress burnout easily if you have the ability to cope with any of your symptoms, as well as being able to find the pathway in the opposite direction that will make you heal. At your work, usually there are groups that deal with hedging off stress burnout by enforcing certain practices and policies to enable your work space to be a lot less stressful. Some areas to consider include company values, fairness, community spirit, rewards, control factors and how big your workload is.
You need to get to the root of the problem, starting right back to where you stress burnout began and isolate any aspects that need to be worked on as well. Even if you are not working, you can still get this, so assuming that only people in jobs get this is ludicrous. Over time you will develop varied skills of management to resolve stress, warding off the burn out and abandoning all those people and places that are just all about stress. Breaking free and recouping is top priorities that you should employ as constantly stressful people and places just will make things worse.
Approaching stress burnout from a sensible angle provide you with the self-help in reference to any factors that got you to where you are today with your stress and will enable you to journey towards a rebuilt life. You should also consider some sort of support, not necessarily counselling, but even something from other sources, like taking up an activity that you like.
So, it is better that you embrace the strategies for coping with stress. All it takes is the determination to control stress and refuse to live in misery anymore. You deserve the best, so no matter how hard it is to get started with your new life, you owe it to yourself and to those around you.
Stress relief techniques are a paradox. You never have time to practise them when you need to. And when you do have time, you are often at your most relaxed and unpressured, and hence at your most unmotivated to pracise it. This means stress relief is not taken seriously and most people will never know how to make it work for them in the long term.
Whilst some people never seem to feel stress, most people in the world today suffer from a chronic load of it. Stress can cause a wide range of minor and serious illnesses. It can bring on stokes, lead to fatal heart attacks, cause obesity and undermine treatments for chronic conditions such as cancer. Furthermore, stress can ruin relationships and inflict extreme unhappiness on people who remain unfulfilled because they are paralysed by stress.
Everyone knows this already. So how can you make sure that your stress relief technique works for you?
There is only ONE way to truely relieve stress. All other techniques simply reduce the symptoms of it.
The one true way is not exercise, yoga classes, journaling, networking or deep breathing, These are all excellent ways to reduce the stress you are feeling in the moment. But they will do nothing to stop you suffering for stress in the long term, No, the only way to reduce stress long term is to change how you perceive stress. If you alter your perception of it, then you can change what you see as stressful.
And to do that, you need to change your mindset.
This works because not everyone suffers stress in the same situations. SO if you manage to think yourself into the same mindset as someone who positively thrives in a situation which brings you out in hives, then you will have mastered your long term stress.
So, it’s really what’s in your head that makes you stressed. And to become less stressed you have to CHANGE what is in your head, your beliefs and attitudes. This can be very difficult and time consuming which is why people prefer to alleviate stress symptoms on an ad hoc basis.
But there is a cheat’s way of changing your mindset.
Think of someone YOU believe is “laid back”. It can be anyone at all, but YOU must believe they are relatively easy going about stress. Then next time you get into a situation that you find stressful, imagine yourself inside the “easy going” person’s head and imagine how they would feel and react. You will find that you do not get so stressed.
Imagining how someone else would react actually alters your own mindset, lowering your own stress reflex, and so helps you to lower your long term stress. Try this technique now and lower your long term stress. You’ll be surprised at the improvements in your life.
The modern world has reduced the human race into a species that is so stressed out they are liable to get burned out soon. Stress levels increase as worries increase. Presently, the worldwide economic crisis is in the forefront of causes for stressed out individuals and there have been incidents of tragedy. Stress is also the main cause of depression and anxiety attacks for a lot of individuals and the main worry is how to decrease the stress levels.
Psychoanalysts agree that relaxation is the antonym of stress. Relaxation can be achieved in many ways yet people are finding it hard to get into that mode. Here are some ways to achieve what others had been wondering about.
Exercising is one way to release tension from the physical body. With the sweat pumping and the muscles contracting, the mind could find a different focus other than nasty thoughts. When exercising, people can actually think of something else or if they can’t get away from their worries, they could actually find solutions faster, that is because there is more oxygen pumped into the brain cells and this stimulates the synapses. Result: you think better.
For some people though, exercising is not an option they can readily enjoy. There are other ways to relax. Try some aromatherapy. There are essential oils that when used in scented candles or taken in tea can make the body relaxed and the mind to relax as well. Try a cup or two and even light several of the scented candles when taking that tea, pretty soon you’ll seek your bed and sleep a good sleep which is usually neglected when full of worries.
There are also some foods that can help you relax. For women, it is chocolate. When stressed out or in emotional turmoil, chocolates help relax the mind and body because chocolate has a chemical in it that can mimic the hormone for the production of endorphins – the ‘happy’ hormone.
For men, it is quite different. Alcohol has no business in nutrition so that is not the way to relax properly. Men have a different response to seeking relaxation, they indulge in good food, or simply put, they go on a ‘SEE FOOD’ diet – whatever they see they eat.
However, be it chocolate or ‘see food,’ both men and women relax best when they laugh. That laughter is still the best medicine is not surprising so it would also be safe to assume that playing can be a form of relaxation as well.
Run around with friends, watch a movie, and take time out from a stressful life. When you don’t have to think about worries, then you can get more relaxed. Thinking can lead to over thinking and it can lead to overcompensation and in the end, bad decision making. Give your mind and brain a break and you will find that after a while, when the brain cells have recharged, it can think faster and find better ways to combat stress.
Stress is an epidemic that is slowly destroying man. Try out some relaxation techniques that will make you a healthier individual and give you time for overcoming stress.