Stress can be seen as one of the first contributing causes of most diseases. Research continues to link stress to more and more symptoms and diseases, both acute and chronic.
Stress is inevitable in today’s world and of course we need a certain amount to function.
The key is to be able to manage our level of stress.
What is stress ? It is our reaction to our external environment as well as our inner thoughts and feelings. Stress in essence is our body’s natural response to dangers, the “fight or flight” mechanisms – the body’s preparedness to do battle or flee from danger.
Stress in today’s world is mainly a result of continuous high demands that are imposed on us by work, family, and lifestyle, or that we impose upon ourselves through our desire to accomplish.
Mild stress acts as a useful motivation for activity and productivity. But when the stresses in our life are too extreme or too many, this may result in all kinds of problems.
Long-term stress is dangerous. A state of continual stress eventually wears the body out. Because of its effect on immune response, stress increases susceptibility to illness and slows healing.
Please realize that in most cases of stress, it is not the situations or incidents themselves, rather real stress comes from the way we react to them. Learning to create healthy mental attitudes and finding positive outlets for our stress is a very important for our long-term health and wellbeing.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
Natural Stress Management Recommendations
You may use these herbs individually or for a powerful anti-stress tonic, mix 1/2 teaspoon of any three of the herbs listed below and steep in 2 cups of boiling water for at least 5 minutes
Alternatively you may use essential oils. These have a wonderful effect on both the mind and body. Essential oils that are particularly good for relieving stress include chamomile, Bergamot, sandalwood, lavender, and sweet marjoram. Add 10 – 20 drops of one or more of these oils to a warm bath and relax in the bath, or simply dab a couple of drops of oil on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale the aroma periodically during the day.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !