Stress Relief Management

Stress relief management is accomplished in a variety of ways varying from breathing exercises to medication. In addition to careful treatment of stress, understanding the difference of positive stress and negative stress is important for accurate concentration of the treatment process. Some positive feelings may include a stimulus to make a person feel better, which of course do not need to be treated. These are perfectly normal and have no adverse effects anytime in the future. Stress management courses are available online, through community education, and at universities. Due to the wide variety of techniques used to manage such problems, a wide variety of courses falling under this category exist. Careful evaluation of a persons current life situation will help determine any problems that may need treatment consideration.

Defining the root of the problem is key to proper treatment, which includes eliminating or controlling the way in which a person seeks help. Breathing exercises can help a person calm down after a stressful situation. Focusing on an appealing object while taking deep breaths in and slowly exhaling will not only calm a person, but also increase the blood flow to the brain and heart. Sometimes the best stress relief management comes in the form of simply getting the body to function better. If the root problems are unchangeable or won't change anytime soon then focus on other areas of life that create a calming effect should become the main task. Identifying whether triggers are acute or chronic will further determine the type of stress management courses most beneficial for the individual situation. Untreated situations can lead to further disruption due to the onset of disease including problems with the immune system, digestive system, headaches, ulcers, and obesity. The body's defense to stress is either by hormones in the blood and neurotransmitters in the brain. The body uses these chemicals to respond to either type of stressor and if something is wrong with either chemical, inadequate response leads to physical and mental dysfunction. Some techniques offer quick reaction while others take a while to show result. It is common to try methods of both varieties to get quick and long lasting effects. "Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy." (Proverbs 12:20)

Techniques include music, reading, meditation, professional therapy, change of schedule, and food consumption changes. Stress relief management begins with prioritization of problems and a plan of how to handle them. Once that is in place, check out all the options the surrounding geographical area has to offer. This includes massage therapy, psychologists, stress management courses, and events that promote calming atmospheres. Anything that creates a calming atmosphere can be thought of as stress relief management. This can include painting classes, any type of physical activity, or learning new information of any kind. Because anxiety treatment is classified as anything that distracts from the apparent stressors, different things work for different people. In addition to distractants, a person should look at the possibility of eliminating any possible stressors from life. If the problem is at work and a boss is reasonable, do not be afraid to ask for slight changes that would not disturb productivity. If the stressors are at home, make a plan to change, which may include distributing jobs to other members of the family or switching jobs with someone. Eliminating stressors will make a person better functioning at home, at work, and in all other aspects of life. If stressors overcome a person's whole life, then depression, bad quality work, and negative actions may occur. Outsiders can usually identify problems well before the person suffering can. Frequently a person may mistake problem stressors for the beginnings of major health problems or simply the flu, which may be shrugged off for when they have time to think about it. Taking vitamin supplements can aid the body in proper functioning as well as ward off disease that may lead to elevated anxiety. Understanding the effects of anything put into the body is as important as nurturing the body toward optimal health.

There are three different types of life to be lived: emotional, principal, and missionary. Emotional people rely on their emotions to create the outcome of any situation, which may become risky due to the instability of emotions. Principle focused people live by a set of givens, which establish all actions in life before they even happen. Mission focused people see the long-term goal and create one road to get there. If anything happens to construe the path of any of these types then stressors occur and stress relief management should begin. Creating structure, but remaining flexible throughout the day is key to success of any techniques learned from stress management courses. Simple lifestyle changes such as the avoidance of refined sugars, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol are a great starting point for success. Pampering oneself is another proven way to alleviate feelings of anxiety and worry. Making the home a place of beauty and organization is certainly a tool used to avoid additional stressors that may claim time and energy from any normal situation. Physical touch is another technique that warrants some serious consideration. This can mean stroking a pet, hugging a friend, or connecting with a spouse. Regular sleeping and eating patterns along with moderate consumption of water and sunlight have shown to have positive effects on a persons level of stress-related problems.

Herbal Stress Relief

The use of herbal stress relief methods and preparations is believed to date back more than 5,000 years to India. Now, natural or alternative medicines are enjoying a revival worldwide. Holistic medicine is also gaining popularity, as well. This is because holistic practices treat the body and mind as one. Going one step further, holistic ecology views the environment and the human body as one system. Unfortunately, the dictionary definitions for both terms failed to include spiritual health. These definitions are important in understanding how herbal stress relief works. Anxiety and pressure affects everyone at some point in time. And there is both good and bad stress, which is the body's normal physiological response to a perceived danger or situation. Good stress can be a motivating factor. Positive pressure helps provide incentive to finish projects or tasks that need to get done. Without pressure people would be bored. Generally speaking, bad stress manifests itself in three forms: short-term, delayed response, and prolonged. Short-term stress can occur for any number of reasons: school exam, job interview, or hunger. Delayed stress is often referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. War, the death of a family member or friend, and rape are a few reasons delayed stress may occur. Prolonged or chronic anxiety or pressure can be the result of difficulties at home, work, or financial problems.

If gone unchecked, pressure or anxiety becomes an enemy of the body and darkens people's lives, so herbal stress relief is sought and used. Consider the following Bible verse: "Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me desolate." (Psalm 143:1-4) The enemy may be different, but the results are the same: darkness and desolation. Notice how this verse begins: Hear my prayer, O Lord. Keep in mind, herbal stress relief may be an effective tool, but herbs are not the only answer. Healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a balanced diet, exercise, and proper sleep help too. Mix all that with daily prayer and Bible devotions for a powerful anxiety fighting recipe.

Basically, the mind becomes aware of the situation and the body then prepares to face the perceived danger by supplying more energy. This response is commonly called the fight or flight response. Unfortunately, the response is a holdover from an age when the danger was an actual matter of life and death. Today the fight or flight response is triggered in store checkout lines, classrooms, offices, and traffic jams where there is not an opportunity to fight or run away, and herbal stress relief can help. Once the brain becomes aware of a situation, a complex series of hormonal secretions begin. To get the process started the hypothalamus secrets a releasing hormone, which stimulates the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and secrets adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). ACTH then stimulates the adrenal glands, which are located on the kidneys. Once stimulated, the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline and cortisol. Working together adrenaline and cortisol help supply the body with more oxygen and glucose, which provide more energy. Most people are aware of their body's reaction to anxiety. One of the first things to happen is that blood is diverted to the more vital organs. The heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rates all increase. Glycogen in the liver and muscle are broken down to supply the body with more glucose. And glucose is formed form non-carbohydrate sources. All this occurs to prepare the body to handle the perceived threat.

Now, once the threat is taken care of, the hormone levels drop and the body returns to normal functioning. However, if the body is continually forced to deal with stressful situations, the hormone levels may remain at high levels. Over a period of time hormones and energy get depleted. When that imbalance occurs the mind still acknowledges the threat, but the body is no longer able to respond sufficiently. This breaks the all important holistic bond. When this occurs any number of ailments can occur: anxiety, high blood pressure, headaches, depression, diarrhea, and a weakened immune system. These are just a few of the problems that can occur. The list is quite extensive. Herbal stress relief is believed to help. There are probably as many herbs as there are possible ailments. Obviously, some herbs work and others don't. Get all the facts before starting any natural cure regime.

Following is a short list of the more popular roots and natural cures people use for herbal stress relief: Valerian, Peppermint, Catnip, Kava-kava, Chamomile, Passionflower, and Blue Vervain. Valerian Root is used to ease restlessness and anxiety. Peppermint is used for digestive problems. Catnip is believed to be useful as a sleep aid and is used to sooth the stomach and nerves. Kava-kava has been used as a relaxant. Chamomile is thought to soothe nerves, normalize appetite, and work as a sleep aid. Passionflower is used to treat insomnia and nervous conditions. Blue Vervain is a tranquilizer and aids the nerves. It's best to get all the available scientific data on herbs before using them. Some have been extensively researched because they have been used for years. Others are in the process of being researched, so some of the benefits claimed by marketers may be dubious at best. Aromatherapy and bath rescue remedy may also be a useful part of the herbal stress relief regime.

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