Stress is an ever-constant component of life. In moderate amounts, stress helps motivate us, but when it gets too much, stress can be debilitating. Stress comes from the body’s defense system, which protects us from danger. When activated, it floods our bloodstream with hormones and prepares us to confront threats. This is known as the fight or flight response. When faced with a challenging situation or a feeling of immediate danger, our bodies give us the best chance of surviving the precarious situation by preparing us to stand and fight or make a quick escape to safety.
During an intense situation, our body produces chemicals like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals elicit the following reactions:
- Increased blood pressure
- Tense muscles
That is why you often hear people remark that during an intense crisis, they felt that time ‘slowed down.’ This time dilation happens because our brain, heightened from the chemicals, can process more information faster than usual.
Other physical effects of stress include slowing bodily functions like digestion and your immune system. Your brain focuses on keeping your breathing, blood flow, and alertness at an optimum level so you can spring into action at a moment’s notice.
Negative Effects of Stress
Different people react differently to stress. Some people can handle vast amounts of stress easier than others, and some even thrive on it. Others can experience adverse health effects when stressed and might start to exhibit the following symptoms:
- Excessive sweating
- Pain in the back or chest
- Cramps and muscle spasms
- Nervous twitches
Prolonged exposure to high stress can lead to behavioral changes. You might start to experience food cravings or start abusing drugs and alcohol to cope with stress. Some people might become socially withdrawn. This can negatively affect your relationships with your loved ones, which may lead to sudden angry outbursts or frequent crying.
When stress becomes a part of your daily life, it can lead to chronic stress. This kind of stress can happen over a long period and is more harmful than acute (short-term) stress. Chronic stress can derive from living in a stressful environment for a long time. Children from dysfunctional or low-income families often exhibit high levels of stress. Men who have spent significant time in war zones or unhappy marriages often exhibit signs of chronic stress too.
This constant heightened stress level can make it difficult for the body to return to a normal level of stress hormones. It can eventually cause problems in the following areas:
- Immune system
- Reproductive system
Chronic stress can develop into more serious mental health conditions if left untreated. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder can all be attributed to chronic stress.
Ways to Reduce Stress
Exercise – Keeping your body active can help you cope with stress. Studies that have shown that physical activity can help to improve your mood. When you exercise, your body releases those ‘feel good’ hormones like dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. This is why the term ‘runner’s high’ exists. On the flip side, leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to increased levels of stress and depression.
Healthy diet – The adage that ‘you are what you eat’ has never been more true than when it comes to stress. Eating a healthy balanced diet can improve your overall mood. Eating too many processed and high-sugar foods can cause you to experience higher stress levels.
Aromatherapy – It’s been proven that pleasant smells can engage the pleasure centers in our brain, which in turn helps us to relax and feel less stressed. They also help us to sleep better, reduce our blood pressure, and slow down our heart rate.
How to Use Stress Away Essential Oils
Stress Away Essential Oil Aroma Mist by Sabai arom combines the pleasant scent of Thai lemongrass with the calming scent of lavender and the uplifting aroma of spearmint together with eucalyptus, bergamot, and cornmint. This aroma mist is specially developed to help relieve stress whenever you feel anxiety building.
If you’re wondering where to put essential oils for stress relief, here are some things you can try:
- Spray Stress Away Aroma Mist in your working room or office to create a pleasant working environment.
- You can spray it on throw pillows or soft furnishings in your living room to create a relaxing environment when you’re unwinding in front of the TV.
- Carry it with you in the car. When the traffic jams get too much for you to handle, put on some relaxing tunes and relax amongst the pleasant Stress Away scent.
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