We all have stress. There is no getting around that. But we need to recognize the difference between stress that we can manage on our own, and stress that we need help with. That sounds simple, but it can, in fact, be quite difficult. Recognizing the symptoms of stress can prove challenging in itself, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Furthermore, it is always a challenge to take a step back and examine yourself with a clear perspective. It’s so easy to be stressed to the point that you can’t even see the problem anymore.
In the excerpt below from my article titled Important Facts About Stress, you’ll learn a little about what stress is, why it’s dangerous, and how to recognize it. I also encourage you to download the full-length article, which I’m providing as an absolutely free download! See the link below. In the full article, you will find more detailed information about stress and what you can do about it.
Stress management therapies are among my specialities, and are some of my most essential tools. Stress is the gateway to an enormous number of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and countless others. Let me help you control your stress before it causes any more harm. I’m here for you, sincerely.
–George Parker, N.D.
From George Parker’s article,
Important Facts About Stress
( click here to download the free PDF booklet)
Stress is a physical and emotional response to sudden or ongoing demands made of us.
Most of us feel stress at some time and stress can affect us in many ways.
Everyone experiences stress in his or her life. In fact, stress is a natural part of life, and one of the organism’s ways of responding to changes in the environment around it.
Stress may be short-term, such as due to a sudden shock or fear, or it may be a long-term response to excessive demands, perhaps through the fast pace of daily life, pressures at work or family responsibilities.
Short-term stress leads to rapid changes in our body. Almost all our body systems – the heart and blood vessels, the immune system, the lungs, the digestive system, the sensory organs, and brain – are affected. Our heartbeat, breathing rate and blood pressure all go
up to meet the perceived threat. Stress is not always a bad thing. Our physical response to stress could prove beneficial in a life-or-death situation. Also, some people thrive on stress and even need it to get things done.
Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on our physical and psychological wellbeing. If unresolved, stress may contribute to significant medical illnesses or to an anxiety disorder, which can lead to depression.
Long-term stress should be addressed like any other health concern.
How Does Long-Term Stress Affect Mood?
Stress can affect our mood and our outlook on life.
Stress produces a hormone in the body called cortisol, which is responsible for altering mood. Chronic high cortisol levels can cause mood imbalances in a variety of ways:
- Decreases serotonin levels leading to stress, anxiety and aggression.
- Causes insulin resistance, which leads to fatigue, poor concentration and depression.
- Decreases DHEA, testosterone and other sex hormones, leading to a lack of interest in surroundings, moodiness, loss of concentration and passive attitude.
- Decreases thyroid hormones leading to depression and anxiety.
- Damages brain cells, for example the Hippocampus cells, which impedes learning, memory and emotional response.
- Increases noradrenaline, leading to anxiety, aggression and sensitivity to stress.
People who are chronically stressed show some common symptoms, which can include physiological reactions such as:
- Adrenaline over-production
- Muscular tension
- High blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
In addition, there are potential emotional and mental problems including:
- A general state of alarm
- Inability to concentrate.
Ongoing stress affects every body system. Stress must be dealt with as part of a treatment plan for mood disorders, it‘s not enough to rely on sedatives and hope for the best. Stress requires ‘time out’ to rest and relax.
Click here to download the full-length article as a PDF booklet, free of charge.
You might also want to see my e-book, 30 Ways to Reduce Stress. There, you’ll find many very direct, useful, easy to utilize natural techniques for stress management.
I also highly recommend that you take a look at the resources and programmes available through Mindivine, my website focused on mind-body medicine. The therapies and techniques covered there are extremely effective for stress treatment, and make a fantastic first line of defence. They are easy, convenient, and actually quite enjoyable. The best part is that you can do it yourself in your home at your leisure.