When an individual encounters a stressor, your body responds by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, and a heightened sense of alertness in order to tackle any obstacles that may lie ahead.
Stress, a physical or mental response to a negative personal event, causes an elevation in hormone output (cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline), suppresses immune system function, speeds up the aging process, contributes to infertility, reduces wound healing, increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and causes a heightened level of visceral fat.
But whenever this clever system of fight or flight is overwhelmed by modern day life situations, the sympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of mediating hormonal and neuronal responses, becomes overly excited causing cortisol imbalances, excessive magnesium production in the urine, and excessive inflammation.
Symptoms of Stress:
- Memory problems
- Constant worrying
- Moodiness (frequent crying)
- Cramps or muscle spasms
- Social withdrawal
- Agitation (irritability)
- Irritable bowel (diarrhea, reflux, upset stomach, constipation)
- Depression (loneliness)
- Aches, pains, and dizziness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Low libido
- Extreme weight loss/gain
- Sleep issues
- Drug abuse (cigarettes, alcohol, etc.)
- Habits (biting nails, pacing, nervous twitch)
Root Causes of Stress
- Work - job responsibilities, expectations, efficiency, school, incentives, promotions, deadlines
- Financial commitments - bills, mortgage, car loan, debt, unemployment, daily expenses, retirement
- Family - relationships, divorce, marriage, misunderstandings, parents, miscarriage, abortion, children, siblings, pregnancy, moving
- Personal - wants, needs, goals, pessimism, negativity, perfectionism
Stress Reduction Testing Techniques
While it’s necessary to take immediate measures to remove the toxic culprit(s) from your daily routine, keeping an accurate exposure history is the first step in assessing the overall toxic load. With so many types of jobs, habits, hobbies, and chronic trigger points, analysis can confirm patterns, increase awareness, and improve diagnosis. Along with a lengthy set of personalized questions, a comprehensive elimination treatment plan can help prevent disease, illness, and injury in the body.
Stress Reduction Diet & Lifestyle Changes
- Eat organic, unrefined, low sugar foods as much as possible.
- Avoid all foods that are processed, and try to eliminate or reduce consumption of grains products.
- Drink at least 64 oz. of clean water a day. To maintain good health, make sure it is fresh from all impurities. In addition, try squeezing a lemon for digestion, flavor, and alkalizing purposes.
- If you are trying to absorb more vitamins, try increasing your consumption of high-quality organic sources of saturated fats such as butter, coconut oil, eggs, and animal proteins.
- Since what you breathe is an important factor in your health, try installing an air purifier that combines an ionizer, electrostatic, carbon, and HEPA-grade filter technology without producing external ozone.
- Regular exercise can help balance hormone levels, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce anxiety.
- If you suffer from chronic drug use, find a rehabilitation program that fits you.
- Develop a set of relaxation therapies such as deep breathing exercises, set aside personal time for family matters, meditate, or enroll in a yoga class.
- Take the proper supplement regiment to help strengthen adrenal output, endocrine function, and cardiovascular support.
- Whenever a stress response arises that doesn’t agree with your personal viewpoints, try to assert yourself by responding with a simple yes or no answer.
- Schedule a healthy time to take a nap, and if you struggle to get to bed, schedule a specific time to get your daily rest.
- If you suspect your hormones are the main cause of your stress, get a complete blood panel which thoroughly evaluates cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and neurotransmitters levels.
- If you are experiencing relationship issues, try addressing the conflict directly and avoid the blame game.
- Stress can find its way into anyways personal life, so its even more important to allow for spending time with loved ones, family, and friends.
- If you always feel under the gun, try creating a schedule, take a mini break, reason with the situation at hand, and ask for help - especially when you need it.
- Whenever a problem arises that you can't solve yourself and you feel overwhelmed, learn to delegate.
- If you just can't relax your mind and you have a lot of tension tucked away, take a hot bath, a delicate massage, or a long walk.
- For something simple, try reminding yourself that life is good. If that doesn't work - try watching a favorite movie, listen to some positive music, or read an inspiring book.
- Sharing is caring, which is why spending time with others can help with stress levels, mood, and confidence levels.