How to reduce stress and
its effects three
major components that we need to consider. You can click down to the section
that most concerns you.
What is stress?
Stress is the sense or feeling of things being out of control. It can result from physical and/or mental and emotional causes. Trauma, over-exertion, extremes of heat or cold, or a surgical operation all cause stress. Physical stress has similar physiological effects to stress that is caused by mental or emotional difficulties.
Mental or emotional causes of stress might involve any of the following:
The details of the solutions to these different types of stresses differ however the solution is the same in essence. The solution is to regain control. It requires you to manage the situation rather than to let the situation manage you. You need to 'be in the driving seat' - however difficult this might at first appear. In a crisis situation my personal solution is to think of the worst possible scenario and work from there. How could I cope with the worst possible outcome? (In mid 2000, I lost all my money, my home, my superannuation and my (at the time) relationship - the details of my 'day of reckoning' are quite shocking. However I managed the stress by looking at a 'worst scenario' and testing my coping against that criteria. I realized that if all else failed I could live on social services in a tent until I'd sorted things out. I didn't have to go quite that far but I knew that I could cope). We fear nothing more than 'fear itself'.
To overcome stress, we need to step back mentally from the situation and look at it for what it really is. Dissect it into its simplest terms and brainstorm possible solutions. Next, write a list of the possible solutions and put them in order from most desirable to least desirable and then decide the order of attack! It is amazing how stress and fear diminish once there is a plan of action.
When doing this exercise, we need to be in touch with ourselves and our own real needs and desires. It is a very personal exercise and should always be done alone. Others might give some guidance but ultimately the list reflect our own individual needs and desires.
Physical effects of stress & solutions
Our bodies react to stress by TENSING MUSCLES, RAPID SHALLOW BREATHING, OUR PULSE RACES, OUR ADRENAL GLANDS produce STRESS HORMONES. Our bodies are physiologically geared for FIGHT or FLIGHT!
Nutrition at times of Stress
When we are stress we are likely to neglect ourselves instead of building ourselves up, ready for the extra demands.
Help your body eliminate the stress hormones
If we are unable to take charge of stress as it is happening, then our Adrenal glands produce high levels of STRESS hormones. The most dangerous of these seems to be CORTISONE. When high levels of Cortisone are retained in our bodies it destroys our cells. At least two very important types of cells are destroyed by high circulating levels of CORTISONE. These are our NATURAL KILLER CELLS - our end-line immunity defence cells and our BRAIN CELLS.
High levels of circulating Cortisone suppress the immune response so that we get sick and is one of the common factors involved in the development of Cancer. Cortisone also has a significant role in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Drugs that mimic Cortisone, like "Speed" and Hydrocortisone have the same effects.
IF YOU ARE FEELING THAT LIFE IS ALL TOO DIFFICULT AND TOO STRESSFUL, TRY WATCHING A CHILDREN'S FILM, ESPECIALLY ONE OF THE EARLIER WALT DISNEY FILMS LIKE FANTASIA. IF EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME WE CAN RENEW THAT FEELING OF "WONDER" AND BELIEF IN "MAGIC AND MIRACLES", WE CAN GET BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH.
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