Stress, Anxiety & Depression
What’s your stress?
Mental? Physical? Emotional?
Are you a worrier? Do you suffer from anxiety?
(Are these questions stressing you?)
We could continue discussing, Acute
Stress verses Chronic Stress,
or Internal Stress
verses External Stress...
the bottom line is, stress
impacts a person’s health and well-being.
A 1992 study found that a 30-minute back massage given daily for five days reduced anxiety
of hospitalized and depressed children.
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Hence, I am offering this Reset Package
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The parasympathetic nervous system is activated by rest and safety. This is known as the relaxation response, which slows the heartbeat, increases the secretion
of most of the glands and increases digestion and elimination, conserves energy, tissue regeneration and repair in response
to safety, rest and nurturance.
sympathetic nervous system is activated during stressful events,
providing a burst of energy, often termed the fight-or-flight response. Heart rate and
blood pressure increase. Blood is directed to the heart, brain and skeletal muscles, and away from digestive, urinary and
other areas that are not immediately involved in fight-or-flight.
Long-term, unrelieved stress may increase cancer risk by keeping the sympathetic
nervous system turned on, and the immune system suppressed by the body’s cortisol.
Cells respond to stress by changing
their size, shape and function.
Our body/minds are equipped to tell us when
we have had enough sympathetic activation and it is time to let up.
Effects of Stress on the Body:
including neck and back pain,
indigestion, pain, cramping,
constipation, diarrhea and increased gas),
lack of sex drive,
tremors or shaking,
dryness in mouth or throat,
unexplained allergy attacks,
difficulty breathing or feeling like it’s hard to take a deep
high-pitched laughter or voice,
without diet changes
risk for heart failure goes up:
increased left ventricular dysfunction,
heart rate and blood pressure increase,
and increased clotting
can potentially lead to
pulmonary embolism and stroke
Pulmonary and Endocrine Changes:
Asthma flares -
insulin production can increase
while sensitivity to insulin
some at risk for developing diabetes
of Stress on Mood: anxiety, lack of focus or difficulty concentrating,
lack of motivation, irritability, edginess, or frustration, anger, feelings of sadness or depression, panic attacks, feeling
overly guilty or nervous
Diet - Eating a whole-food, plant-based diet (lots of veggies, whole grains, nuts and legumes,
and fruits, while limiting processed and high-sugar foods).
Exercise - 45 to 60 minutes a day of brisk activity
(any physical activity that gets you moving and gets your heart rate up is great; the more your clients enjoy the activity,
the more likely they are to continue doing it).
Stress reduction and management - 30 to 60 minutes
per day of formal stress management (massage, yoga, tai chi or meditation, for example).
- Building and maintaining connectedness and community through whatever means makes sense to you. This can be family,
church, volunteering or, more than likely, a combination of several things.
of Stress on Behavior:
Angry outbursts, mood swings,
use of alcohol or drugs,
appetite changes, overeating, under
social withdrawal, frequent crying spells,
overreacting to minor annoyances or occurrences,
frequent use of over-the-counter medications,
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