When stress becomes a problem

When stress becomes a problem

Many of us are at fault of saying we are ‘stressed’ at some point during our day without understanding the real meaning behind the word . Maybe our ‘to do’ list just doubled in length or a tight deadline just got moved even closer.

Contrary to popular belief, some stress (http://www.stress.org.uk/) is actually a good thing for us. Without being able to feel the emotions of stress, humankind would not have been able to survive for as long as we have. The changes in our physicality switches on our fight or flight mode which our ancestors survived on to avoid being hunted and killed by wild animals.

The changes in our body as we experience stress, can be very intense as a mixture of complex hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine flood through our bodies. Your heart starts to pound faster, you may start to sweat and even though you may be standing still you may find you’re breathing quicker.

This powerful response normally lasts for just a few minutes as the situation passes by. Your body then starts to readjust, and the symptoms disappear. Stress situations like this are normal and for most of us they are completely fine to handle, even though we may not like the experience!

For some people though if they remain constantly stressed, their bodies stay on high alert and this is when they can start to develop stress-related symptoms.

Stress-related symptoms can affect people in various ways, emotionally, physically and mentally, and indeed they can suffer with all three.

  • Emotionally you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, have a short temper and may also have a lack of self-esteem.
  • Physically you may develop headaches, have disturbed sleep and problems with sleeping, muscle pain and your diet may start to suffer from over-eating or not eating enough.
  • Mentally you may start to have racing thoughts, have problems concentrating or making decisions. You may also find you are constantly worried.

People can start to suffer with stress from a variety of different ways, even happy events such as having a baby or planning a wedding can bring on stress.

  • Work – unemployment, promotion, over-worked, even retirement
  • Family – relationship issues, divorce, problems with children
  • Personal issues – suffering a bereavement, health issues or financial problems

Of course, this list is not exclusive. There are many other lifechanging events and personal reasons people face that can result in them suffering from stress.

So how can you help tackle stress and reduce the effects stress may have?

You may not always be able to prevent stress from occurring but equipping yourself with self-help methods can help you manage your stress better.

  • Make time for yourself, pick up hobbies or start new interests
  • Break your normal routine, maybe go on holiday or plan a weekend away
  • Review your sleep pattern and sleeping habits to ensure you get at least 7 hours every night
  • Exercise more to release endorphins, the good feeling hormone
  • Lose weight if you are overweight & review your diet with one of our certified nutritionists
  • Use mindfulness and breathing exercises (https://www.pocketmindfulness.com/)

Sometimes stress can become too much for you to handle on your own. If you are at all concerned about your health and well-being make sure you book an appointment with your GP, they will be able to recommend further help and support to help you manage your stress.

Naturhouse has a range of natural supplements which can help relieve the effects of stress. Our food supplement Stabilinat contains Garum Armoricum which has many health benefits including alleviating stress symptoms, with the added bonus of not having some of the side effects other prescribed drugs can have.

To find out more contact us today, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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