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Are you feeling stressed out?

What is Stress?
‘Stress disorder’ is now a common diagnosis in the medical profession. There are many ‘stress related’ symptoms such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate and poor digestion, which can be caused by long arduous working hours and continually driving on the body. This stimulates the action of the adrenal glands. Disease, worry and emotional stress can lead to many so-called psychosomatic disorders, which can cause physical symptoms.
Extreme stress, for example wounds from accidents and operations, can cause great changes in the body, even circulatory collapse. This is where Western medicine can be so beneficial. However, stress can also be a prime factor in causing so many other physical diseases such as stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, migraines, eczema, heart attacks and even cancer; the list is long. The medical profession often treat parts of the body, holistic practitioners know that the parts get better if the whole is well, so one can see the need to tackle and identify a stress-related disorder holistically.

Stress as a cause of illness
The pace and pressures of modern-day living are tremendous, and a stressful lifestyle is quite common. However, if there is a continual force on the body’s internal mechanisms, many other physical conditions and disorders may arise, such as pain in the neck and in the lower back, cystitis, dermatitis, diarrhoea, eczema, urticaria, ulcers, heart-burn, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, repeated sore throats, stomach and duodenal ulcers, sleep disorders and palpitations, to name but a few.
Healing, cannot take place, regardless of what medication is given, unless the offending problem is addressed. Many people realise that tranquillizers are only a crutch and these can cause many other serious problems, as there are often unwanted drug-induced effects. Most people now realise that relaxation is a must and should be part of their everyday lives.
Stress in women can completely upset their hormonal cycle; the right balance between oestrogen and progesterone is essential. Imbalance of hormones is thought to create premenstrual syndrome (PMS) including symptoms of water retention, anger, depression, fatigue, irritability and tension, tender and enlarged breasts and headaches. If the correct balance of these hormones is maintained there is a comparatively trouble-free cycle.
Persistent anxiety is harmful to the physical body. Reflexology can help people to relax, thereby balancing the whole biological system on which it depends.
Chronic stress can also be caused by long-term emotional problems. These may be due to pressure or difficulties in everyday life, such as working with a manager who harasses or does not support the person. This can cause biochemical changes in the body, which may play a part in many occurrences of frequent headaches or neck-pain or lower back problems. The old adage ‘you are a pain in the neck’ or you are a ‘pain in the backside’ has a lot of truth in it. Indirectly this may contribute to high blood pressure, digestive disorders, anxiety and depression.

Depression is often a term used to cover a range of emotional states. It can be a passing phase, or it can become a burden, and life can become a problem. There is often a feeling of inner emptiness and despair. This state is often caused by bereavement or the breakup of a relationship, and the person feels unable to move on. Everyone feels sad at some time or another and even the most successful people may harbour fears or doubts and suffer anxiety at times. However, understanding our psychological distresses is part of the healing process. For relaxation or relief of stress many of us reach for another alcoholic drink or smoke too many cigarettes, or drink too much coffee. All of these are stimulants and bring about only artificial relief. If depressed we may require antidepressants or tranquillizers, the widespread use of these drugs is questionable; it is much better to try an alternative way to cope.

Stress Indicators