Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Stress is the term used to describe the human body's failure to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats. As a result, the body experiences a state of alarm, which leads to an increase in adrenaline production. Common symptoms of stress include:
- Muscle tension
- Inability to concentrate
- Increased heart rate
- Dizzy spells or blackouts
- Rectal bleeding
- Chronic neck and back pains
If any of these more severe conditions begin to occur, it is important to contact your doctor immediately.
Causes of Stress
Stress is often caused by one or more of the following issues:
- Lack of sleep.
- Exams or project deadlines.
- Financial issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt.
- Family issues such as births, deaths, marriage, divorce.
Many diseases are also associated with or caused by stress, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or psoriasis. For this reason, it is extremely important to be able to reduce the stress in our lives, and the following home remedies for stress can help you do that.
Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Stress
Stress Relief with a Hot Bath
When we are tense or anxious, blood flow to our extremities (such as the toes and fingertips) is reduced. A hot bath can help to restore blood circulation, which helps to defeat the body's stress response and convince the body that it is safe. As a result, the body will begin to relax and reduce stress.
Individuals that are under stress often have extremely tense muscles. This tension can often make breathing difficult, which can further increase stress levels. A simple remedy to relax your breathing is the following:
- Roll your shoulders up and back, and inhale deeply.
- Hold for one second.
- Slowly exhale and relax your shoulders.
- Repeat this sequence five times.
Press your Temples (Acupressure)
A simple way to relax muslces when you are feeling stressed out is to massage your temples for five minutes. This is a form of acupressure, which uses pressure points in one part of the body to relieve pain and treat ailments in other parts of your body. By massaging your temples, you can indirectly relax muscles elsewhere in your body, particularly your neck.
Roll Your Jaw
If you find that you clench your teeth when you are stressed out, try the following: drop the jaw and roll it left and right for a few seconds. This helps to relax the muscles in your jaw, which helps to reduce overall tension in your body.
Ginseng is a wonderful herb that has been known to help reduce stress. Simply take one capsule of Ginseng or a cup of Ginseng tea three times a week when you are under increased stress (such as during exams or tight deadlines). Note that you should not take Ginseng continuously for longer than two weeks. Instead, it is better to cycle your usage.