Stress and You

Did you ever notice the rise of cases of depression among different people from all walks of life,ages and demographics? Perhaps we shouldn’t be wondering since our fast-paced lives and the demands of modern living, society all contributes to the rise of various sicknesses that weren’t even present during the time of our parents.Stress is a serious issue and it can lead to serious problems. As a matter of fact, there are numerous mental and physical disorders and these are all related to stress. Other common by-products of stress that are rampant nowadays are: depression, anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, cardiac issues, just to name a few.

There are so many things that can bring us stress and it doesn’t even have to be something big of an issue. Something like our daily commute, noise, smoke all contribute to stress. Our world is simply faced with situations that can easily trigger stress in us and this in turn can make us feel angry, irritated, sad or nervous. So how we deal and choose to feel in these situations (which differ from person to person) can depend on either our social conditioning and physiological attributes which we have inherited. There has never been a one-fit-all solution when it comes to dealing with stress.

To understand stress you must first know that generally stress can be broken down into 2 types: chronic and acute. Acute stress is temporary in nature. They go away as quickly as they came. Whereas chronic stress are stressful episodes over a prolonged period of time and many are so used to it then they no longer view them as problematic. 

When our body is stressed, it reacts by releasing hormones to ensure you are given the right physical and mental condition to deal with it. However when stress become chronic, there is a tendency that the body deteriorate at a much higher pace. You will put yourself at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, depression, digestive problems or skin conditions like acne or eczema. The list goes on.

So what can you do to deal with stress? You start with acknowledging that stress isn’t a disease. Stress is presence as part of our evolutionary process. Although there is no uniform method in eliminating stress, there are plenty of ways where you can learn on how to manage it. What you need to do is to find out which one works for you best.

Psychologists recommend these few things that you can do to manage stress better.

Exercise. Regular exercise is a known and effective mood reliever. It can liftyour mood and serve as a form of distraction to whatever is causing you to bein stress. Rhythmic exercises such as walking, running, swimming, and dancingare particularly effective. Doing physical activities like exercises makes your body release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphinsinteract with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins makes you feel happier too.Varying physical activities works best for me. For example some weeks I do moreyoga and then the next week its more high impact and running. Find your balanceand bliss regarding exercise but do keep moving.

Senses. Engaging your senses is another fast way to relieve your stress. What you need to do is to find which one of the five senses work best for you. Listening to music? Doing craftwork? Smelling and drinking hot green tea? Or how about filling your home with aromatherapy oils, which have been proven to be a great form of stress reliever. Take your pick or try them all!

Eat. Or to be more exact eating a healthy diet with nourishing food. Stress often create situation where the sufferer turn to food for comfort which will result in eating disorder. However if you are to engage yourself with eating a healthy and balanced diet, a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high-quality protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.

Connect. You are not alone. There are plenty of people out there who go through the same situations as you are currently and came out stronger because of it. If they can do it, so can you. If you feel that you are lonely and alone, why not try joining a group that shares your interests or maybe reconnect with old friends.

Sleep. When it comes to sleeping, quality will always override quantity. Though there is a recommendation that we have minimum hours of sleep per day, quality sleep will allow you to feel less stressed and more productive and emotionally balanced. Lack of quality sleep can result to more havoc in our bodies that few people even know of. Poor sleeping can result to weight gain, hormonal imbalances, headaches and other more serious problems. Be sure to get at least six hours sleep. If you wake up frequently during your night’s rest, understand the underlying factors to this.

Meditate. This is simply the art of being still, calm and at peace for a brief time. Give your mind and body just a few minutes a day to let go of any worry. You may sit in a garden or anywhere really, as long as it lets you sit comfortably without any disruptions. You will be surprised how this simple act can do so much good.

Stress comes in different forms and can creep into our busy lives. What we can do and how we react to these stressors is the key to living a happier and healthier life.

What I particularly love about Tides Lifestyle is they obviously have thought about the debilitating effects of modern-day stress but also acknowledges that modern living comes with certain triggers and therefore have carefully curated products that can alleviate if not totally get rid of stress. Their essential oils and body products are certified pure with no chemicals, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetics. Coz we wouldn’t want to relieve one issue but unknowingly put on other risk factors now would we? Always choose products that won’t trigger hormone imbalances like synthetic fragrances. This leads to more mood swings, sleepless nights and food cravings.

One of my favoritesin de-stressing is diffusing blends of Italian Lemon, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot with the Bluetooth ultrasonic diffuser. It lets me de-stress by engaging my senses cause I love playing nature sounds at night prior to sleeping and the aroma is just divine. I used to have difficulty sleeping but this welcome routine got rid of my insomnia. What’s also great about the Bluetooth diffuser is it can work for more than 12 hours so I wake up so rested and refreshed! Since my mood can change quite often, I’ve also experimented with other oils and products. Another favorite de-stresser to get rid of sore muscles is soaking into a hot bath tub with a few drops of lavender, sampaguita and/or orange essential oils and epsom salt then followed by a nice one-hour massage using the Vitality Body Oil. It may seem extravagant for some but after years of dealing with stress and its ups and downs, I think it’s a better investment to put in your overall health and wellness rather than spend money later on medical bills. For me its money well spent to love and treat yourself.

About the Contributing Author:

Diane is a clinical psychologist, writer, and travel enthusiast. Her work has brought her to various reaches of the world and enabled her to see and experience.….the Serengeti in Africa, the real geishas of Japan, the monsoon in a tropical jungle as well as the craziness of the Big Apple. She is a modern woman living an independent lifestyle doing as she pleases.