Chronic stress is a common problem in our modern society,
Often our day to day high demands are gradually accumulating to the point where coping with them is almost impossible.
WHAT IS STRESS & HOW IT AFFECTS THE BODY AND THE MIND?
First of all, I want to mention that stress can be a positive force in your life!
Stress can motivate you towards the next state that you want to reach.
If you experience stress over a prolonged period, it could become chronic, and this is a sure sign to take action and make some changes in your life.
When the body recognises stressful situations, it reacts in an automatic FLIGHT OR FIGHT RESPONSE.
This automatic response has been developed in our ancient ancestors to protect them from predators and other threats.
Faced with danger, the body floods with hormones that elevate your heart rate, Increases your blood pressure, boosts your energy, and prepares you to deal with the problem.
These days, when we confront multiple daily challenges in our life, our body reacts the same way.
While re-encountering those stressful situations every day, again and again, it causes severe consequences for our health.
Chronic stress can influence the body in many ways. If you suffer from stress, you might be suffering from a few of the following symptoms (1):
- Becoming easily moved, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Low self-esteem, lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
- Changes in appetite – either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviours, such as nail-biting, fidgeting, and pacing
When you recognize a stressful period in your life, I suggest you take the following steps, inspired by natural medicine wisdom:
I always choose to start with healthy nutrition.
This is the most natural part of starting handling stress.
Follow with the same basics as always:
Start your day with a good breakfast:
Healthy breakfast will provide your body with the energy needed to start your day and manage stress in your life.
Don’t skip meals, it can exhaust your body.
Give your body the “fuel” that it needs to be the strongest and healthiest that it can be.
- Add fruits and veggies into your diet!
- Eat fresh and good quality food to give your body the right fuel.
- Make time to eat, avoid eating while doing other tasks.