Does Stress Have a Hold
where might it be
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Stress isn’t big and it isn’t clever. It’s not much fun either.
Some people seem to thrive and need a bit of stress/oomph - that positive eu-tress that gets us going, motivates or jollies us along.
Sometimes however the balance is lost and illness, anxieties or erratic behaviour occur. This is distress.
Those who are affected negatively by stress may turn to alcohol, drugs or adrenaline pursuits which in turn might aggravate their situation. Excesses can create a bigger need than the original issue. When it stops being fun…
Stress problems can arise if you are not able to slow it down, switch it off or harness it productively. If you are always in a state of 'anxious readiness' it is detrimental mentally and physically.
Short term symptoms can include:
* Digestive problems
* Eating disorders
* Mood swings
* Alcohol abuse
* Smoking or other drugs
* Lack of concentration
* Memory loss
* Sexual problems
Long term symptoms can include:
* Heart problems
* Complete mental or physical breakdown
If you put in place ‘me-time’ that includes techniques to reduce the symptoms of stress the changes in your health and well-being can be immediate. If you learn meditative self-hypnosis it is perhaps the most powerful tool ever to beat the negative damaging effects of stress.
In a company or sporting environment stress can cause enough damage to break it down. In any team; business or sport, it only takes one stress suffering member to harm the whole lot. If several team members or staff are having problems it does not bode well. Productivity and performance falls and sickness rates rise.
The end results may well be loss of money ~ not good.
If a workable stress reduction plan is in place the majority of problems are nipped in the bud before they get a chance to harm.
It is not necessary to wait for problems before taking action - choose prevention in favour of reaction.
Start by asking yourself a few questions:
Do you need pressure to get things done? What about leaving everything to the last minute? Can you only perform when rushed? Do you get ill a lot? Do you have headaches during weekends or when on holiday? Do you have niggling aches and pains? Do you seek out drugs or drink in order to cope better with life?
Stress is a natural occurrence and it is a reaction that we have for our protection. When we meet the sabre-tooth tiger the adrenaline courses through our bodies so that we are ready to either fight or run away pretty fast the opposite way.
This behaviour is instantaneous and if the adrenaline is not required after all, wrong reaction/false alarm, because it was after all only a kitten, it dissipates after about three minutes.
Today we are very rarely up against such life-threatening situations whereby we eat or get eaten, but the reactions to situations and experiences are just the same. Sometimes our mechanisms become confused through a continual exposure to stressful situations and we lose the connection with the on/off switch.
This switch becomes stuck half on so we are continually in a state of readiness without respite and chemicals; such as adrenaline and cortisol, that are released "sit" in our bodies creating the potential of ill health or distress.
To be healthy and perform at one's best it is important to be happy, healthy in mind and body, confident, motivated and practice a stress management regime that not only works for you but also becomes second nature and normal.
By implementing a good stress management plan you can cope with whatever life pings at you and you can heal and repair damage already sustained.
Stress, worries, anxieties and fears can brew and bubble just under our radar. Left unchecked all sorts of damage can be occurring. We generally have areas where we hold stress - if you are holding onto emotional, physical or mental debris, past or present, here are a few symptoms you might encounter.
Head: headaches, confusion, vision problems, weak hair, hair loss, sleep difficulties, insomnia.
Face and jaw: congestion, sniffles, jaw clenching, bruxism (teeth grinding) that can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome - a painful condition that can affect the head, face and jaw like neuralgia), dry mouth, excessive swallowing. Throat: sore throats, painful glands, earaches, difficulty in expressing self – ‘holding onto’ words, lump in throat feeling.
Neck and shoulders: pain, stiffness, headaches, slumped posture – hunching and round shoulders.
Chest: breast pain, chest pain, breathing difficulties - hyperventilation, lung congestion, asthma, bronchial problems, coughs, heart palpitations, high blood pressure.
Back: aches, disc wear, trapped nerves, sciatica.
Kidneys: ‘fluidy’, water retention – ‘holding on’, urinary incontinence, bed-wetting.
Tummy: indigestion, heartburn, ulcer, loss of or excessive appetite, empty hollow feeling, bloatedness.
Reproductive system: conception difficulties, cysts, irregular and/or painful periods, excessive bleeding, hormone imbalance, PMS.
Bowels: IBS, spasms, wind, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, bowel incontinence.
Genitals: impotence, vaginismus, inability to reach orgasm, libido loss, thrush.
Hips and thighs: hip tension, sexual problems, low backache, cellulite.
Limbs: aches and pains, arthritis, shakes, jumpy legs.
General: circulation problems, cramps, cold extremities, excessive sweating, low immunity.
This is a general guide as a starting off point for you to address any potential issues. If you are struggling or experiencing unusual or different symptoms please seek help.
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