Natural Treatment for Stress and Anxiety Disorders
|By: Dr. Mital John | Mar 9 2010 | 450 words | 895 hits|
The main effect of stress is that it lowers the functioning of the body's immune system. This makes the body vulnerable to several other illnesses and conditions. The most common symptom of stress is recurring headaches.
Symptoms of Stress:
Stress is the term used to describe the human body's failure to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats. As a result, the body experiences a state of alarm, which leads to an increase in adrenaline production.
Common symptoms of stress:
• Muscle tension
• Inability to concentrate
• Increased heart rate
There are several natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the effects of stress on your body and mind. Increase consumption of foods that contain anti-oxidants such as oranges, melons, berries, broccoli and carrots. Avoid eating spicy and greasy foods as these are difficult to digest and as such increase the pressure on the body.
Stress Management Self Help:
• Meditation Stress Relief: Stress is a natural part of everyday life. Simply defined, stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires the body to adjust or respond. Stress can manifest itself in physical forms such as headache, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sleeping problems, nervous tension, and anxiety.
Many benefits result from regular meditation. Self confidence, energy levels and productivity all receive a boost from meditation. Health will improve or stabilize because stress levels go down which will reduce stress related conditions and illnesses. A person's mood can improve when anxiety levels are reduced because stress is no longer a chronic condition.
• Vitamin Stress Relief: The prescription of vitamins for stress is a controversial issue. Vitamins are micronutrients which are required in minute quantities for carrying out metabolic, enzymatic and certain hormonal activities in our body. Except vitamin K which is produced in smaller amounts in our body by the intestinal flora and vitamin D which is produced in the skin, all the other vitamins are to be provided from outside either through food or as supplements.
• Deep Breathing Stress Relief: Breathing correctly can be as powerful as it is simple. The typical person only uses around twenty percent of their lung capacity, but with practice, they can learn how to tap into their lung's full potential. Sending better oxygen content to all the cells of the body can bring dramatic changes in general health and mood.
Schedule your deep breathing exercise just as you would schedule important business appointments. Set aside a minimum of two 10 minute segments of time everyday although you can begin with two five minutes segments if you prefer. Honoring yourself enough to schedule time with yourself is the first step in mastering stress. Tend your relationship with yourself and your relationship with Life and with others will be enriched and deepened accordingly.
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