Are You Stressed?
RECOMMENDATIONS AND TREATMENTS FOR MANAGING STRESS
In today’s busy modern world you may often experience stress. Stress comes in many forms including:
- Work-related pressures
- Personal and family issues
- Financial difficulties
- Divorce, separation and/or marital issues
- Personal injury or illness
- Death of a loved one
- Any significant changes – e.g. moving house, changing jobs, etc.
Though most of us cope with these stressful events, occasionally the pressure and tension can build up to the point where the stress in your life starts to adversely affect your physical and/or emotional health. If left untreated, chronic stress can cause symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbances, irritability, and even poor memory and reduced concentration. Stress can also be a contributing factor in illnesses such as peptic ulcers, depression, headaches/migraines, dermatitis, asthma, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH STRESS
If stress is affecting your health, there are some excellent strategies you can use to help you manage your stress levels and improve your health and vitality.
Talk to someone: It has been repeatedly demonstrated that talking about your difficulties with someone can help – find a trusted friend, family member, or trained Healthcare Professional (e.g. Counsellor, Psychologist) that you can share your thoughts, feelings and worries with. Talking with someone may help you find a solution to your problem and can often help you feel like you can cope.
Relaxation techniques: Use techniques to help reduce your stress levels. Yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage or even a soothing, relaxing hobby may help you manage your stress levels more effectively.
Exercise: Regular exercise is a very good way to improve your mood and help you cope with stress better. Just 30 minutes per day of exercise increases the production of ‘feel good’ brain chemicals called endorphins, which can help you feel more positive and energetic.
Good diet and healthy lifestyle: A healthy diet will ensure that you have all the essential vitamins and minerals you need to help your body cope with stress, and a healthy lifestyle will help control stress levels. This means doing regular exercise, getting adequate sleep, taking time for relaxation, and minimising smoking, drugs and stimulants (such as caffeine and sugar), as well as avoiding excessive alcohol intake.
Natural Medicines: If stress is affecting your health, using natural supplements to support your stress-coping mechanisms may help to restore your wellbeing and get you back to feeling energetic, healthy and happy.
RESTORING BALANCE IN THE BODY
Chronic, ongoing stress may adversely affect your nervous system, adrenal glands, and your entire body – including your digestive and immune systems. Restoring balance, health and vitality to all your body systems can be achieved through appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and through the use of specialised natural supplements containing nutrients such as B vitamins and magnesium, as well as herbs such as bupleurum, peony, zizyphus, ginger, magnolia, and poria.
Different nutritional and herbal combinations are available to suit the individual needs of different people – your Practitioner will be able to choose the supplement best suited to your need.