We all have stress and it is a normal part of life. Eg. Change is stressful whether the change is good or bad. Also, worry produces stress. It can result from things both physical and psychological. Stress in small doses is not so bad it can help us perform better.
However, long term stress/ chronic stress and increased levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, can lead to increased vulnerability to illnesses, such as depression, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
Causes of stress:
- Relationship problems
- Personal or family illness or issues
- Bullying or harassment
- Work or study pressures
- Traumatic events
- Financial problems
- Concerns about life direction
- Job loss/insecurity
- Pressures from competing demands or a combination of the above
Sometimes there are less obvious causes of stress such as: noise, pain, change of weather temperature, lack of sleep and physical illness.
However some people handle stress very well and it has a little impact on their emotional or physical health. While others are negatively influenced by it.
Identifying the cause of stress in your life is very important and it is the first step in managing stress.
The symptoms of stress can vary between each person. The most common symptoms are:
- Luck of sleep/tiredness
- Muscle tension
- Fatigue, chronic headaches
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Change in eating habits
- Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
Evidence shows that stress can trigger reactions to allergens and make allergic symptoms more severe. Also stress can aggravate certain skin conditions such as psoriasis. It aggravates by damaging immune cells in the skin.
There are some ways to reduce stress:
- Do the things you enjoy and make you happy.
- Include raw foods in your diet.
- Avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners and sugar.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try meditation.
- Remember to relax.
- Talk to someone.
- Manage your time.
- Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine.
- Keep a Stress Diary.
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