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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 worry
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fuzzy heads
  • Loose bowels
  • Fine hand tremor
  • Muscle tension
  • Short concentration span
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Frequent illness
  • Stomach upsets
  • 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

Published November 26, 2012
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