How Does Stress Effect Our Bodies

Issue: 12 - 27 Jul 2007
Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure, challenge or danger from the outside world and expectations that are placed on us by not only ourselves but also by others. Stress manifests because we feel inadequate or unable to cope with the above pressures.
When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream which speeds up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. These hormones give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if their stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.
What causes stress?

Many things (or the anticipation of them) can lead to stress:
  • pressure to perform at work, at school or in sports
  • threats of physical violence
  • money worries
  • arguments
  • family conflicts
  • divorce
  • bereavement
  • unemployment
  • moving house
  • alcohol or drug abuse
Sometimes, there is no particular reason for developing stress, or it arises out of a series of minor irritations
Symptoms of stress
People who are experiencing stress overload may notice some of the following signs:
  • Anxiety, irritability or panic attacks
  • A feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried
  • Allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
  • Problems sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs
  • Sadness or depression
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Feeling frustrated at having to wait for something
  • Feeling restless
  • Becoming easily confused
  • Having memory problems
  • Thinking about negative things all the time
  • Negative self-talk
  • Having marked mood swings
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate
  • Not having enough energy to get things done
  • Feeling you can't cope
  • Finding it hard to make decisions
  • Having emotional outbursts
  • Generally feeling upset
  • Lack of sense of humor
  • Muscle tension
  • Low back pain
  • Pains in shoulders or neck
  • Pains in chest and headaches
  • Stomach/abdominal pain
  • Muscle spasms or nervous tics
  • 'Pounding' or 'racing' heart
  • Sweaty palms
  • Sweating when not physically active
  • 'Butterflies' in stomach
  • Indigestion and 'the gurgles'
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Holding breath
Techniques to deal with stress
  • delegating or sharing your responsibilities at work
  • avoiding confrontation with difficult colleagues
  • learning to be more assertive
  • taking regular exercise, e.g. Walking, gym workout or cardio exercise are excellent
  • not using drink or drugs to cope
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruit, vegetables and moderate protein
  • finding humour or absurdity in stressful situations
  • never taking on more than you know you can cope with
  • organising your time better to get as much done as possible
  • talking to friends or family, and sharing your thoughts and fears
  • listening to music or relaxation tapes
  • tensing and then relaxing your muscles, starting at the toes and working up to the head and neck
  • Meditation or tai-chi is excellent for relaxation
  • Acupuncture
  • Myorthotics
Supplements to help with Stress
  • St. John Wort
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Natural HGH Complex
  • Multi-vitamin B
  • Magnesium
  • Cordysen
Nowadays we are so busy with everyday life that we never spend any time in the moment. We worry about the past and worry about what the future holds, most of what we worry about never manifests, so we have wasted all that energy and precious time on a figment of our imagination. Then all of a sudden we blink our eyes and we have wasted years, and we have missed out on important memories and experiences in our life.
I challenge you to take a couple on minutes a day and live in the NOW, take time out to stop and smell the flowers, engross yourself in what it looks like, how it feels, is there a wind blowing, can you smell the scent in the air. Feel the energy that vibrates within you while you are standing quietly and observing nature. Now tell me you don’t feel revitalized, calm and relaxed.
There is a fantastic book on the market called “Practicing the Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I have read this book myself and found that it is an excellent book for everybody regardless of who you are or what you believe in.
"I have a constant feeling of well being. I find that when I started taking the Natural HGH my sleeping really improved and I was waking up in the morning refreshed and full of energy. I now find that my energy is not only excellent but I maintain it throughout the day, not needing those afternoon naps anymore."
Joan, Retired Nurse, QLD

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