Stress is a special body reaction to stimulants or danger, during which about 1400 psycho-physiological changes occur. For example, the blood level of adrenaline increases, blood pressure rises, blood vessels dilate, brain and muscle activity increases, the feeling of hunger is suppressed, etc.
The cause of stress is not external circumstances, but the inner psychological space of a person. The same circumstances can be regarded by a person both in a negative and positive ways.
There are 3 STAGES OF STRESS development:
Breathing becomes faster, the blood pressure rises slightly, the pulse speeds up, irritability and anxiety appear, all attention is focused on the stimulus, and personal control over the situation is increased.
It comes when the factor that caused the stress continues acting. In this case, the body is protected from stress, using a reserve of forces, with a maximum load on the body.
If the stimulus continues acting, then there is a decrease of the body's ability to withstand stress, as the reserves of the person are depleted. Immunity decreases. Stress "captures" a person and can lead to illness. If the action of the annoying factor continues, the person forms an assessment of the situation as dangerous. Awareness of the threat and the presence of negative emotions push the person to overcome the negative impact and he begins to deal with stress factors. If the situation does not improve, and the forces end, neurosis and other diseases may occur.
SIGNS OF STRESS:
STRATEGIES FOR OVERCOMING STRESS
Stress management is a combination of methods, techniques and exercises that allow a person to protect themselves from the negative effects of stress or reduce this effect to a minimum. The management process itself can be presented in three dimensions:
SELF-REGULATION IN STRESS SITUATIONS (PREVENTION)
There is a method that is based on one's own imagination. This is a process of work with negative emotions by visualization. There are several types of visualization, you choose what you need, what is easiest to imagine.
1. Imagine yourself in a mirror case. The person standing in front of you sees himself, all his thoughts and words are reflected to him. You remain inviolable.
2. Imagine yourself between the person you are talking to and a waterfall. Play the sound of water, feel the spray.
3. Imagine yourself in a place where you feel good - the sea, sauna, football field, parents' house, restaurant, etc.
FIRST SELF-CARE IN A STRESSFUL SITUATION
If you have faced a stressful situation, then the tension can be removed as follows:
THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT RULE IN A STRESSFUL SITUATION IS NOT MAKING RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS.
ANALYSIS OF AN INDIVIDUAL STRESS MAP:
Stress is a personal and often situational phenomenon. Changes (positive or negative) can trigger a stress state.
1. Determine what causes stress in your life and be creative in solving a problem. Make a list of stressors, it will create a sense of control and help to manage the situation and give you confidence.
2. Rank stressors from strongest to weak.
3. Plan concrete and real actions to overcome stress.
MOBILIZATION OF THE BODY’S PHYSIOLOGICAL ABILITIES TO COUNTERACT STRESS:
1. Drinking more water (8 glasses a day and more)
2. Food (grapefruits, sea fish, black chocolate)
Relaxation reduces body tension, relaxes, relieves excitation. Relaxation is especially useful in the fight against stress. Relaxation helps to overcome depression, eliminate insomnia, headaches and back pain, normalize blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease.
Autotrening is a method of mental self-regulation, which is based on the self-suggestion of feelings of heat, severity, ease and others of various organs and body parts.
Meditation (lat. Meditatio - reflections) is a method of mental self-regulation, which is characterized by a state of self-immersion. The goal is to achieve a sense of inner peace, harmony, and clarity of mind.
HERBAL TREATMENT FOR STRESS
Fighting stress is an important part of the modern lifestyle. The effect of stress on the body leads to excessive anxiety, perhaps even panic, as well as constant nervous breakdowns. If this condition is not treated and stress prevention measures are not taken, then constant stress develops into depression, and this is very dangerous for mental and general health.
Some people use strong sedatives and psychotropic drugs, many of which cause side effects and addiction. Therefore, it is better turning to folk remedies that are time-tested and have a natural composition.
*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting a specialist before using these or any other herbal supplements.