Stress

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Stress

Definition

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure and being unable to cope.

Description

Stress is a process, not a diagnosis. We experience stress when there is an imbalance between the demands being made on us and our ability to cope with those demands. Stress effects each person differently. An event that may be extremely stressful for one person can be motivating in another person's life.

A certain amount of stress is not always a bad thing. Some people thrive on stress and even need it to get things done. Stress becomes a problem when it causes discomfort and distress for a person and this can lead to other mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. High levels of prolonged stress may also contribute to physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. When stress turns into a serious illness, it is important to get professional help as soon as possible. Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to serious depression.

Symptoms 

Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. Common signs of stress include;

  • sleeping problems
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty concentrating
  • headaches
  • muscle tension or pain
  • dizziness
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • feelings of low self esteem
  • racing thoughts
  • worrying thoughts and constantly going over things in your head.

Treatment Options

As with all conditions your Doctor should be consulted to diagnose and treat this condition. Ask your Doctor about the latest advice on this ailment.

Diet Hints

  • The importance of adequate protein intake in the daily diet is a vital component of effective stress management. Protein sources include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and nuts.
  • People under stress often consume excess refined carbohydrates and sugar, which reduces energy and depresses the immune system. Balancing blood sugar levels is vital for a good stress response. Studies have linked Hypoglycaemia (abnormal fluctuations of blood sugar levels) with depression, anxiety, and feelings of stress. Simply eliminating refined carbohydrates and sugar in the diet can have beneficial results in stress management.
  • Chronic or long term use of caffeine has been strongly linked to anxiety, insomnia, stress, depression, nervousness and altered brain chemistry. Caffeine containing beverages should be avoided by people prone to stress and anxiety.
  • See the Stress Diet on the Wizard Health Hub terminal in-store.

Vitamins/Minerals/Herbs

If the diet is inadequate consider some nutritional supplements;

  • Vitamin B Complex is responsible for energy production, nerve and brain function, production of stress hormones, protein metabolism and general health of the nervous system.
  • Vitamin C is essential for regulation of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and stress hormones. Vitamin C is often depleted in times of stress which may also compromise the immune system. Vitamin C also supports the adrenal glands in times of stress.
  • Passionflower herb is believed to be a central nervous system sedative and may relieve restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and insomnia If taking anti-depressants, consult your Health Professional before taking Passionflower.
  • Chamomile herb has traditionally been used as a nervine herb, calming the nervous system and relieving tension. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea at night is particularly effective for insomnia, anxiety and stress.

Aromatherapy

The listed essential oils are suggested for the relief of Stress and Tension. The most specific oils are shown in capitals. Basil, BERGAMOT, BLUE CHAMOMILE, CEDARWOOD, CHAMOMILE, CLARY SAGE, FRANKINCENSE, Geranium, LAVENDER, MELISSA, NEROLI, Orange, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang.

Naturopath

Ask your Wizard Naturopath for advice;

  • Follow the Diet Hints.
  • Have regular exercise.
  • Talk over your worries with someone you can trust. Seek expert advice if necessary. It is vital that you release the tension in the body as much as possible.
  • If the diet is inadequate consider some supplements.

Pharmacist’s Advice

Ask your Wizard Pharmacist for advice;

  • Follow the Diet Hints.
  • Regular exercise may help the body cope with Stress more effectively. Only exercise after advice from your Doctor.
  • Talk over your worries with someone you can trust. Seek expert advice if necessary. It is vital that you release the tension in the body as much as possible.
  • If the diet is inadequate consider some supplements.
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