Stress is part of modern life. It’s a normal reaction to the pressures of work, relationships, family life and financial challenges. It only becomes a problem when it lasts for a prolonged time or when our body struggles to adapt to it.
- When you have a sudden shock, adrenalin surges through your body.
- It does this to provide an extra boost of energy to help you flee from danger.
- While that’s often not necessary, it’s an automatic defence mechanism of the body
- It’s this adrenalin release from the adrenal glands that can make us feel stressed, anxious or nervous.
- Long-term physical or emotional strain can lead to chronic stress.
Symptoms of Stress
- Mild anxiety
- Fine hand tremor
- Muscle tension
- Muscle cramps and tics
- Short concentration span
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Frequent illness
- Stomach cramps
- High or low appetite
- Irrational thoughts and fears
- Short temper
- Enlarged pupils
How to manage Stress
Our diet and environment play important roles in stress reduction –
- Listen to music that improves your mood.
- Make time to eat healthily, including a proper breakfast.
- Exercise regularly to release natural ‘feel good’ endorphins.
- Reduce stimulants like sugar and caffeine.
- Consume less alcohol.
- Drink chamomile or green tea to improve hydration and aid relaxation.
- Try yoga or meditation to help you feel more centered.
- Talk about your problems with close friends or family.
- Identify and avoid food that causes allergies.
Both Siberian and Korean Ginseng have long been used to help the body adapt to mental and physical stress and increase general vitality