Stress and Coping – Naturally Without Drugs

Dealing with Stress and Coping with Life
By T. S. Gill

When danger is near, stress is a natural occurrence. Often this can come from a source that is either internal or external. As we go through different stresses, the stress can become cumulative and coping with stress becomes even more difficult. Stress can bring along with it a variety of negative physical symptoms as well. However, this problem can be treated in a natural way without drugs. Here is a look at some excellent tips that can help you to cope with your stress levels and gain confidence.

Learn to Laugh

Yes, laughter is definitely important when it comes to coping with stress. You need to find various ways that you can add more laughter in your life on a regular basis. Laughter helps you to relax and relieves the anxiety that you are dealing with. Start telling jokes, read the comic section in the paper, watch sitcoms on television, or find some funny movies that you can enjoy.

Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes

You are going to make mistakes from time to time, but coping with stress is going to include you allowing yourself to make these mistakes. You are not perfect. Learn to accept the mistakes that you need, learn from them, and go on. Don’t dwell on them and allow them to bring you more anxiety.

Start Exercising More

Physical activity is one of the best tips for coping with stress that you can use. When you exercise, the body produces endorphins, which increase pleasure and naturally kill pain. This makes you feel great when you exercise. No, you don’t need to spend hours and hours at the gym to get this type of stress relief. A simple walk, playing with the kids, or other light exercise can give you the great results that you are wishing for.

Start Talking

Find someone that you can really talk to and start talking to them. Coping with stress is really tough to do on your own. Find a friend, a family member, or even a counselor that you can talk to and share the issues that you are going through. When you are able to shed some of the anxiety and burdens you are dealing with, it makes them easier for you to deal with.

Take Time to Play

Today we don’t spend enough time playing and stress just builds up over time. When you are trying to cope with stress, play can help you. Play with your pet, go out and play games with the kids, play with a friend, or even your spouse. When you play, the body naturally will lower those stress hormones in the body. You’ll enjoy yourself and it will naturally combat the stress that you are dealing with.

Dealing with your stress and coping with life’s other challenges is possible without having to resort to a life of prescription drugs. Use these natural tips for coping with stress and you’ll begin to see a difference. Implement them into your life on a daily basis and start reducing stress and anxiety and gaining more self-confidence in your life.

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Stress and Blood Pressure – There is a Strong Link

The Strong Link Between Stress And Blood Pressure
By Jane Peters

As you know, there is a direct connection between stress and blood pressure. A stressful lifestyle is generally accepted to be a major cause of hypertension and a host of other illnesses. In fact, people are often not very surprised when they learn that someone in a high-profile, high-stress job or business also suffers from high blood pressure. It is practically expected that he or she will have the condition.

Hypertension

Stress-induced hypertension can lead to cardiac problems which may compromise your health for the rest of your life.

Because of the demands of their business, many busy people don’t eat right or exercise. This results in unhealthy weight gain. When you add excessive levels of job related stress into the mix, you have a perfect recipe for several health problems. High blood pressure increases the load on vital organs of the body. Organs like the kidneys and the heart may become so overloaded that they no longer function properly.

Symptoms

While they are not definite indicators, some of the symptoms of high blood pressure include:

  • feelings of lethargy and low energy
  • increased frequency of urination
  • severe headaches
  • giddiness
  • nausea

Avoiding Hypertension

What can someone in a high-stress occupation do to avoid hypertension? It may not always be possible to avoid stressful situations, but you can take steps to minimize the impact. Ask yourself, have you created a work environment where you are thought to be indispensable in your job? Do you or others feel that work will never get done without your direct presence and intervention?

That sort of environment can generate plenty of stress and send your blood pressure levels dangerously high.

Acknowledge that no one is indispensable and that life and business will go on without you. In any case, you will serve your work and your family better if you don’t drive stress levels high for yourself or others. Often, it is a matter of defining your priorities. Give some serious thought to what is really important to you. Not what you think others expect of you. If what you have is out of alignment with what you want, start to make changes:

  • If you think you are overloaded at work, ask that some of your duties be given to others in your office
  • Consult your doctor about the ideal weight for you and if necessary, begin a weight reduction program under his supervision
  • Find out from your doctor what exercise program will suit you best. Make a commitment to exercise regularly and do it
  • If your doctor recommends dietary changes such as limiting salt intake to reduce the risk of hypertension, stick to it

Meditation

Many people claim that regular meditation can help lower blood pressure. Even five to ten minutes a day can help. You need not do any esoteric tricks to get the benefits of meditation. Keep it simple. Sit in a comfortable position, relax your body and mind and quiet your thoughts as much as possible. If you prefer, quietly watch your breath flow in and out, without attempting to control it in any way.

Don’t get worked up about the fact that you can’t relax completely or reach perfect stillness of mind. That’s really not required in any case.

The lesson here is that a series of small changes will add up to a major difference in your state of health. Do what is necessary to limit both stress and blood pressure to manageable levels.

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Anxiety and Stress Symptoms

What Are the Pronounced Anxiety and Stress Symptoms
By Ben Gilbert

Many people are under the impression that stress is only mental. People believe physical symptoms of anxiety and stress are caused from stressing, worries or pressure. In many cases this is not true. In fact, these are known to only be some of the many causes of stress all together. There are many causes of stress that can not only affect your mental being but also your physical being. Listed below are a few physical anxiety and stress symptoms.

More and more people are discovering that they are dealing with stress and anxiety on a daily basis. There always seems to be something either causing stress or adding to stress they already have. Dealing with stress of everyday life can start to take a toll on your body. There are many physical anxiety and stress symptoms.

There exists a large body of research indicating that individuals dealing with excessive of stress are, over time, more at risk for heart attack and other health related problems. This is because the body produces more hormones when experiencing stress. This level of hormone secretion is only beneficial if they are in short bouts. When these hormones are released for an extended period of time, they can cause physical symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Some of the main physical anxiety and stress symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Those suffering from severe stress sometimes end up going for emergency care thinking they are having a heart attack only to find out they are experiencing an anxiety attack.
  • Libido is decreased drastically, For those who suffer severe amounts of stress, sex may be the last thing on their mind.
  • Fatigue When you are under a great deal of stress you may feel more tired and have less energy.
  • Tightness in the chest or general muscle and joint discomfort
  • Many experience a general tingling sensation as well as a faster heartbeat.
  • Headaches
  • Impaired immune system leads to more illnesses
  • Skin problems like acne, even as an adult
  • Change in appetite. Either a decreased or increased appetite can be an anxiety and stress symptom

along with these, and other, physical symptoms anxiety and stress will also mess with your emotions. When dealing with anxiety and stress symptoms you may well feel like the whole world is coming apart around you. While it may be hard, work to focus on the positive areas of your life. Focusing on the positive and not the negative is a good first step in defeating both anxiety and stress.

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Stop Stress Eating! You Know you Should

How to Stop Stress Eating

By Sam Stieler

Admit Your Problem

The first step to stop stress eating is to be aware that you have a problem. Before you go to open the refrigerator door, ask yourself if you are actually hungry, or if you are just upset about something. If you’re actually hungry and it’s a set meal time, then go for it. If you’re just eating because you are bored or stressed, then walk away from the kitchen. While it can be hard to just walk away, kicking the habit is easier if you replace it with other, healthier, stress busting activities.

Instead of Eating, Try Exercise

One of the best relaxing activities that will keep you from stress eating is going for a walk. Walking is a great activity that often takes your mind off of whatever stressed you out in the first place, and is a relaxing activity in its own right. Getting some fresh air and being physically active are great ways to work away some of your pent up frustration. Often we feel stressed out when we feel cornered, and the act of wandering about without restriction often relieves those entrapped feelings. Furthermore, by going for a walk you physically separate yourself from the food you would have eaten, which has significant psychological and practical benefits when trying to stop eating. Just make sure you don’t end up walking to a corner store to pick up some chips!

If just going for a walk won’t do it for you, consider going for a run, or going to the gym. Once again these activities have the benefit of physically removing yourself from both the stressor and your food, while also being powerful stress busters themselves. Exercise is one of the top ways to relieve stress in both the short and long term. In the short term, vigorous exercise is a great way to physically work out frustrations and distress, while also providing an intense stimulus to redirect your focus to. In the long term, a healthy body is less likely to hold and create tension, reducing the chances of your frustrations getting out of control. Finally, regular exercise tends to produce the feeling that you are a healthy person, decreasing the chances that you will continue to let yourself binge on junk food whenever you feel stressed out.

Entertain Yourself

Distracting yourself with a good book, movie or TV show is another good method. While a lot of people absentmindedly eat when they watch TV or a movie, a good piece of media will be engrossing enough to take you away from the urge to consume.

In general, any activity you find relaxing that doesn’t involve eating should be able to help you stop stress eating. Ultimately, we emotionally eat for the feeling it produces and not for the food itself. By creating that positive feeling in a healthier way, you stop the stress eating habit. Some relaxation ideas include performing some deep breathing exercises, meditation, taking a long bath or shower, spending time with friends or taking a quick nap. By being aware of your negative behavior and by substituting it with a healthy habit, you’ll be much more likely to make the changes you want.

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How Stress Affects Your Body

This video, How stress affects your body, is less than five minutes long but offers a wealth of information about stress. It has almost a million views on Youtube so you might have seen it already. If not, you are in for a treat.

If the narraration of this video was written in a post it would be difficult to read and understand. But the spoken word is often much easier to understand and, when accompanied by excellent animation, even entertaining.

Watch and see if you agree.

How to Treat Insomnia – Naturally

Hardly any of us has not had problems with insomnia at one point or another. For most insomnia is an occasional disruption in normal patterns. For others, it is a terrible burden that negatively affects all their waking hours. But whether insomnia is occasional or constant all would like to know how to treat insomnia.

Insomnia treatments range from common OTC medications to being treated by sleep professionals. Most would prefer insomnia remedies that rely on natural cures than medications. If this is you, here are a few ideas how to treat insomnia naturally.

Natural Treatment for Insomnia

  • Restrict fluids before bedtime Maintaining proper hydration is very important to general health but drinking fluid before going to bed is not a good idea. Having a full bladder interrupt your sleep to use the bathroom can easily aggravate insomnia. Be cautious about drinking any fluids an hour before bedtime.
  • Turn off the Worry Machine There are many hours during the day to deal with whatever worries you. Reserve as many as necessary to complete unpleasant tasks (paying the bills, etc.) well before going to bed. Work to accomplish all your daily tasks during the day and reserve the evening hours for pleasing activities such as hobbies. You will go to sleep easier.
  • Do you have nagging aches and pains from arthritis or the Gym? If you do these small but nagging discomforts can easily disrupt you sleep. Relieve the pain with a hot bath or ibuprofen, or both prior to going to bed. In the case of tired aching muscles stretching exercises like yoga may also help.
  • Be sure your bed is comfortable You are going to spend several hours a night in your bed so it must be comfortable and not cause any discomforts. If you are waking during the night with back pain chances are your mattress is too soft to provide support. Try turning your mattress over or rotating it 180 degrees for more support. If this doesn’t work you may have to purchase a new mattress.
  • Reserve the bedroom for sleep or sex Don’t turn your bedroom into a satellite office. Keep computers and other screens in other parts of the house. Your bedroom must be the oasis you retreat into, not simply another activity room.

These ideas on how to treat insomnia will work better for some than others. After having tried these, and other, ideas you still can’t sleep it is time to get help. Insomnia is not something you can just “power through”. It can be a serious medical situation and must be treated as such.