Stress

Stress Share

Having stress in your life is inevitable and everyone will experience some degree of stress at some point.

What happens in the body during stress?

Our body is intelligently designed and it triggers a specific response which is called ‘fight or flight‘. When the body has to deal with an emergency it releases hormones that help to deal with the stressful situation. If you can imagine being chased by a wild tiger, the emotion of fear and saving  your life releases stress hormones that are pumped into your body to give you extra strength, power and ability to run away as fast as you can. The main stress hormones are called adrenaline and cortisol.

This is all good, and helpful, as long as there is time to rest and relax to bring yourself back into balance.

Unfortunately, nowadays, lots of people live in a state of stress on a day to day basis without the rest and that‘s when the imbalance and diseases begin.

Research shows that chronic stress or the inability to deal with stress is responsible for 85% to 95% of all diseases. (i) Prolonged stress places a tremendous load not just on the adrenals but on other organ systems: immune system, digestive system, reproductive system, the heart and blood vessels.

There are many factors that trigger stress in the body. It can be an unhealthy diet, busy lifestyle, very demanding job, looking after family, financial situation, studying, emotional stress and negative thoughts and lots more. All of this can be taxing on our body, mind and overall health.

A good approach to a healthier, calmer life is an absolute must in modern life.

Here are some helpful suggestions for stress reduction, see if any work for you.

  1. Having a stable circadian rhythm (that means having a scheduled daily routine) is beneficial. Going to bed between 10-11pm most days and getting up between 6-7am is healthy and it helps you to deal with busy days.
  2. Deep breathing and meditation. Having at least 10 minutes of calm and concentration on breathing is proven to positively support our nervous system and the whole body.
  3. Grounding and tuning in with nature. Walking barefoot, stepping outside and reconnecting with nature is powerful way to gain clarity, calm and vitality.
  4. Love yourself. Having some time just for yourself and doing something enjoyable is very important but also very easy to forget. So remind yourself how lovely you are and tell yourself a few good reasons why your life is good and happy.
  5. Healthy diet. Of course, you are what you eat, so if you eat the wrong foods, you are not helping how your whole body and mind functions. That is why it’s so important to make the effort and think about what you eat and drink. Choose wholefoods which are organic, fresh, seasonal and rich in nutrients to help your body with its biochemical processes. Don’t forget about staying hydrated.
  6. Increase magnesium rich foods and include magnesium salt baths. Magnesium is the body‘s natural relaxant.
  7. Try some adaptogenic herbs (they literally help the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings). My favourites are ashwaganda or rhodiola. This botanical medicine can prevent the negative effects of stress and improves how the body responds to stress. (ii)
  8. Try yoga or any exercise which can help to release good amounts of endorphins. Regular activity is positively associated with emotional well-being.

 

Take Care

HealthBe

Hana Beswick

 

 

Sources:

  1. Moritz, A. 2007. ‚The liver and gallbladder miracle cleanse‘. Lifestyle. Ulysses Press. Canada. Pp 101-112
  2. Murray, M. T. Pizzorno, J. 2012. ‚The Encyclopedia of natural medicine‘. Stress management. Atria. New York. Pp 204-219