At work, your phone keeps ringing, you have late orders, your boss rattles and because of that, you feel discomfort in the pit of your stomach? No doubt, you are stressed. What are the effects of stress? Can we be stressed without our knowledge? How to learn how to manage it?
What is stress
Ball in the belly, sweaty hands, heart racing, hot flashes … If these sensations are familiar to you, you may be suffering from the evil of the century: stress. The hectic pace of work, the management of everyday life, traffic jams and the annoying presence of others are all sources of stress that must be dealt with.
Stress is a phenomenon of adaptation of the body that allows us to react to our environment. As soon as we are confronted with a stressful situation, the brain sends a signal to the adrenals that they release hormones: catecholamines like adrenaline. These hormones will increase heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, breathing, to bring more oxygen to the muscles and heart.
Our level of vigilance is at its maximum, our body is alert ready to react. If the situation persists, the body enters the phase of resistance. New hormones, glucocorticoids (cortisol), are secreted. They increase the blood sugar level to provide the energy needed for muscles, heart, and brain.
All these hormonal secretions are normally regulated by blood sensors and the brain. But if the stressful situation continues even longer, this regulation no longer works. The organization is overwhelmed. He always produces more hormones and enters a state of chronic stress, he ends up exhausting himself.
If not treated properly, the stress can become chronic, generating insomnia and depression.
When stress makes you sick
For different reasons, sometimes the stress is prolonged. The body then does not have time to rest and exhausts little by little, both physically and psychically. In the long run, various symptoms can appear, from headaches to insomnia, through digestive disorders, loss of appetite, anxiety, eczema or even hair loss …
Among the manifestations of stress are palpitations and chest pains. They also tend to stress us even more … So rather than suffer these symptoms and imagine that we are doing a heart attack, it is better to consult a cardiologist when these signs are repeated.
The cardiologist first verifies that there is no real cardiac dysfunction thanks to an electrocardiogram. ” If there are irregularities if the heart beats a little fast … If these signs are clear, it argues in favor of hyperadrenergic, that is to say, that the patient secretes a lot of adrenaline. In this case, we can discuss the most appropriate treatment to calm the symptoms, “explains Dr. Katy, a cardiologist.
If the gentle methods (sport, relaxation, yoga, reduction of stimulants such as coffee or tea …) are not effective to fight against these symptoms, the prescription of a beta-blocker may be considered. Beta-blocker is less harmful and more effective on the physical symptoms that the patient may have, than the psychotropic drug, which potentially has the potential for adverse effects. Beta-blockers also have the advantage of not causing habituation or drowsiness.
Anti-stress medicines and herbs
There are many ways to cure anxiety with medicines you can find in market. Some of them are very expensive and some are cheap. But experts that medicines like xanax are not a permanent solution to cure. Now question is how long does xanax stay in your urine in your blood and body to make you feel better? Just few hours and that means it is a temperory solution.
If you talk about herbs, they are a natural source and a good way to help with your anxiety.
Some herbs are:
Laughing is good for your health. Laughter has been studied scientifically and has an interest in resolving tensions and reducing stress.
The goal of Laughter Yoga is simple: laugh again and again until you can not. A small eccentricity that has been proven for our health: ” The interest of yoga of laughter is to allow people to be less stressed, to access a near-immediate well-being because when we laugh, we develop the hormones of happiness, “says Karima Ngo, facilitator of the yoga of laughter.
Several scientific studies have also shown that laughter lowers the level of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress. And it does not matter if the laughter is provoked. ” Our brain does not make the difference between true laughter, genuine laughter and simulated laughter, it will produce exactly the same hormones of happiness, ” says Sofia marry.
So in case of stress or anxiety, pay yourself a slice of laughter. It’s safe and good for you.