Stress Related Risks and A Natural Way to Avoid Them

In today’s fast-paced world stress is everywhere; home, work, school and even at play. If you’re like most people today, you have a lot on your plate and are faced with a wealth of daily stressors like being stuck in traffic, deadlines and pressure at work, as well as conflicts with friends or family members. Stress is characterized by an internal state of high tension and a sensation of psychological and physical pressure.

Depression is a common mental disorder that often accompanies stress and affects twice as many women as men. It is important to identify the underlying causes that lead to depression. You may believe that those feelings of factors like stress at work or the loss of a loved one, but there are other factors that may increase your risk for depression.

For example, cases of depression have been linked to environmental factors, such as inhalation of fumes given off by paint or cigarette smoke. Other underlying causes of depression include a deficiency of vitamins, minerals or essential fatty acids (nutritional) and an imbalance of neurotransmitters or hormone imbalance (physiological).

Symptoms of Depression

  • Sad, anxious or flat mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Insomnia or increased sleep
  • Poor appetite and significant weight loss,
  • or increased appetite and significant weight gain
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Magnesium is essential to the balance of the nervous system, nerve coordination and muscular relaxation. Vitamin C is effective in the fight against stress and act as an antioxidant (a protection), which means that they inhibit the destructive action of the free radicals on the nervous system and the organism in general.

A herbal tea made of the following plants: camomile, linden, hawthorn, sweet mint, orange blossom, aniseed, lemon balm, valerian root, have an anti-stress and soothing effect. On a regular basis, take a warm bath, a sauna or a steam bath.

Healthy Eating

  • prefer whole foods
  • eliminate sugar and sweets
  • avoid alcoholic beverages
  • beware of acid-forming foods
  • prefer foods with a low glycemic index

Stress is directly related to our emotional stability. Learn how to better maintain your emotional health through physical exercise, relaxation, meditation, spirituality, a better outlook on life and being in harmony with the people close to you.

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