In part, this is because when the body is stressed it increases the production of the hormone cortisol (also known as hydrocortisone). Excessive cortisol can, among other things,
* Increase blood pressure
* Weaken the immune system
* stimulate gastric acid secretion
* stimulate loss of collagen from the skin
Emerging science is suggesting that, if left untreated over time, stress will contribute to more wrinkles, graying of the hair and blemishes on the skin. A study done at the University of California, San Francisco in 2001 found that when cells were exposed to constant stress they aged more quickly. Such cellular aging causes the skin to lose elasticity which leads to the outer layer of the skin sagging and wrinkling.
So it would seem pretty obvious that reducing cortisol levels by reducing stress levels is something we should all try to do.
Help in controlling stress and help for anxiety is something that many of us would certainly like to do but it is a very difficult process. The more traditional methods of relieving, or controlling, stress and anxiety include:
* Dietary supplement of Omega 3 fatty acids
* Music Therapy
* Massage Therapy
* Laughter and experiencing humor
* Vitamin C
* Reducing your caffeine intake
There is an additional form of stress reducer that has proven to be very effective when administered by a mental professional and that is bio-feedback therapy. Basically, bio-feedback stress training teaches how to pay attention to stress symptoms such as heart rate and breathing and learn to control them by a mental process.
Up to now, bio-feedback stress training has been taught in clinical settings but the company HeartMath has developed a suite of programs that teach each individual how to control the stress in their lives by means of an inexpensive, portable device that provides the user with the visual cues required.
Should this training on how to control stress be of interest to you, go to Control Stress.net and read further on how the HeartMath emwave personal stress reliever can help you.