Acute stress is usually fugacious with no major consequences for our wellbeing. Chronic stress, however, may compromise our physical and mental health. While no synthetic drug or modality can solve this debilitation, self-imposed natural lifestyle management may help. Read on to learn more about.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
At least once in a lifetime, everybody experiences the feeling of stress. As the result of not being capable to handle certain tasks and expectations in situations of our daily life. E.g., in private relationships, or at workplace, etc. Environmental stressors like traffic noise can play an additional role.
Thereby, stress can challenge our physical and mental health, as the body will increase stress-related the production of certain natural chemicals like cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine.
In this context, we have to differ between acute and chronic stress.
Acute stress is usually short-term, e.g. in light of an upcoming deadline or challenge in near future. Potentially causing headache, an upset stomach or some light distress.
More harmful for our health is chronic stress. Caused by, e.g., major financial or other existential problems, unhappy relationships, etc.
Accordingly, chronic stress can cause physical health issues such as, inter alia,
As a major mental health problem stress can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with, inter alia, anxiety, depression, and pain involved. Resulting in some cases in violent actions, heart attack, stroke – and even suicide.
NATURAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS – SCIENTIFICALLY VERIFIED
While you can suppress this unlucky feeling of stress symptomatically for a short time with drugs, you cannot solve it satisfactorily without proper lifestyle management.
Based on scientific findings at, inter alia, the University of Mississippi and the American Psychological Association.
This (self-)management may include, inter alia,
to reduce, e.g., memory impairment as a consequence of chronic stress.
While healthy nutrition with fruits and vegetables supports the immune system also in times of stress, a shortage may not only harm our health, it aggravates stress.
as far as possible is another option, since synthetics cannot solve the problem stress and the causes behind, but worsen it because of their side effects.
Develop a daily to-do list with urgent and time sensitive topics, including your special interests, which enhances your daily responsibilities – and success rate of accomplishment.
Physical and mental relaxation therapies like massage, meditation, rhythmic exercise and deep breathing not only can decrease blood pressure and heart rate, and slow down breathing, they also can help with balancing body and mind in general.
Also lifestyle adjustments like going for a walk, reading a book, or listening to music support relaxation.
Social contacts with family, friends, club members, church congregations or any other group, also colleagues at work, are important, instead of self-imposed isolation. Because sharing feelings of stress is usually very helpful to leave the vicious cycle of – especially chronic - stress.
However, just to be sure, socializing does not necessarily mean to get physically close to the other person/s less than 6 feet…You can socialize also on the internet.
IN A NUTSHELL
Acute stress is usually fugacious with no major consequences for our well being. Chronic stress, however, may compromise our physical and mental health. While no synthetic drug or modality can solve this debilitation, self-imposed natural lifestyle management may help. Constructive – and without negative side effects.
All information stated in this blog are for your personal education, and not to replace the advice of your healthcare provider.All information stated in this blog are for your personal education, and not to replace the advice of your healthcare provider.
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD