Stress is a normal physical response to events that make us feel threatened in some way. When we sense danger, the body's defenses kick into high gear with the stress response; the fight, flight, or freeze reaction. Stress isn’t always bad; it’s the body’s way of protecting itself. In small doses, it can help us to perform better under pressure and motivate us to do our best. It can help us to stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can improve our strength, focus and reaction time which can literally save our life. The stress response also helps us rise to meet challenges in our personal lives, at work, school and in sports.
But too much stress in our lives stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to our health, mood, productivity, relationships, and our general quality of life. It's important to learn how to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. Stress is dangerous because it can creep up on you. You can get used to it. It may start to feel familiar, even normal. You may not notice how much it's affecting you.
Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently. It can lead to serious mental and physical health problems and take a huge toll on your relationships at home, work, and school. An individual's ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of their relationships, general outlook on life, emotional intelligence and genetics.
You’re extremely vulnerable to stress if you don’t know how to calm yourself when you’re feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by a situation. The ability to bring your emotions into balance helps you bounce back from adversity and is a skill that can be learned at any age. The more you know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope.
Signs & Symptoms of Stress
Moodiness, edginess, irritability, short temper, agitation, restlessness, feeling overwhelmed, sense of loneliness/isolation, sadness, depression, memory problems, concentration problems, anxiousness, poor judgement, constant worry, irrational negative thoughts
Chest pain, body aches and pains, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, decrease in sex drive, over eating, isolation from others, sleeping too much/little, frequent colds, procrastination, nervous habits (nail biting, pacing), substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, cigarettes)
The signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological or medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it’s important to see a doctor or health professional for a full evaluation. They can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress-related.
Causes of Stress
Situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. They are individual as people stress differently over different circumstances. Stressors may include a heavy work schedule, poor relationship, buying a house, going to college, getting married, etc. What causes stress depends, at least in part, on your perception of it.
Work, school, relationships, finances, children, family, time, major life changes
Chronic worry, pessimism, self doubt, perfectionism, anal/rigid thinking
Effects of Stress
Body pains, heart disease, depression, weight problems, eating disorders, insomnia, digestive problems, skin conditions, autoimmune disease
The more your body’s stress system is activated, the harder it is to shut off. Prolonged exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
Medications prescribed for controlling stress can be habit forming and cause unwanted side effects. Research your options. It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision about whether stress medication is the right approach for you.
Laser Therapy Can Help Reduce or Eliminate Your Stress
To address your stress, at laserhealthservices.ca a certified laser technician will apply Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), otherwise known as a soft or cold laser, to release endorphins in your body naturally, using your own body chemistry. Endorphins are released in our bodies during exercise, excitement, pain and sexual activity. They are our body's natural pain killers. They help to reduce the sensation of pain and also help us to feel better emotionally. Stimulating specific points can initiate or alter reactions inside the body and help to reduce if not completely eliminate your stress.
Most targeted points are auricular (on the ears), while others may be on the head, face, hands, feet and limbs. This non-medical, non-invasive laser procedure is safe and extremely effective. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been successfully applied to help clients relieve pain and control addictions, health disorders and conditions in Canada and the UK for more than 30 years.
As an added bonus, in addition to improvement in the condition they are seeking therapy for, due to the release of endorphins (the body's natural pain killers), many clients experience pain relief where they normally may have issues in areas such as headaches, neck, back, shoulders or knees.
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