Stress is more than a state of mind, it’s a physical state of being too. By the time you realise you’re stressed the damage to your health has already been done. That’s why it’s important to get-to-know your body so you can nip those stress triggers in the butt.
Do you know what gets your blood pumping, causes your chest to tighten and your head to ache?
Is it waking up to find 50 unanswered emails in your inbox? Coming home to a messy house and an empty fridge? Holding your crying baby with one hand while trying to organise your husband’s birthday party with the other? Or realising you haven’t attended a yoga class in months?
Women cite work, family life and health as the biggest causes of stress in their lives. Stress is actually a normal part of life and serves a purpose in small doses. It helps us get up in the morning, motivates us to go for a promotion at work and pushes us to run that extra kilometre at the gym. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress and it becomes a daily state of being, it can seriously affect your life, and mental and physical wellbeing.
When you’re stressed your body is in fight or flight mode
Emotional and physical stress affects the body in the same way. When we’re stressed or threatened, the body’s nervous system responds by realising a flood of stress hormones
including adrenaline and cortisol which prepare the body for action. This is why when you’re stressed your heart pounds fasters, your muscles feel tense, you breathe quicker and you feel on alert. This reaction can be lifesaving if we actually need to protect ourselves from immediate dangers like running away from a bear or hiding from an ex at the supermarket. But the downside is that the body needs to shut down other important systems like our digestive and immune systems to give us our fight or flight abilities.
When we are experiencing stress multiple times a day our body is essentially putting all its energy into protecting us from a perceived threat and if we experience chronic stress over a long period of time our body starts to get sick and rundown.
You’re not superhuman, your body needs time to heal
You can’t escape or outrun the negative effects of chronic stress. Overtime you will start to experience symptoms like exhaustion, slower ability to heal, insomnia, frequent colds and infections, headaches, an upset stomach, and aches, pains and tense muscles.
Your digestive and immune systems are needed to fight infections and when these systems are too weak to overcome them due to chronic stress, the body needs help from natural or prescription medicines to get back its fighting power.
Organic, herbal teas have been helping people feel good inside and out for centuries
When you feel stressed it’s important you make time to relax and recharge. Organic, teas containing adaptogenic herbs like astralagus, ginseng and flowers like echinacea and elderflower have traditionally been used to strengthen the body’s resistance to illness by supporting the immune system to heal and decrease the effect of stress on our adrenal glands. While organic, herbal teas can’t prevent you from feeling stressed, they can help protect your body from the effects of future stress.
The more you understand the link between your mind, body and your health the easier it will be for you to recognise what makes you stressed and how you can reduce stress in your everyday life.
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