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Stress

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Stress
We know what stress feels like but what is stress and how does it affect us?
Stress is a feeling that’s created when we react to particular situations. It is your body’s way to meet up with demands by increasing alertness, stamina, creativity etc. When you encounter a stressful situation, your body produces a hormone called Adrenaline. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.
It is quite amazing what our bodies can do!
When in a situation these changes happen so quick we don’t even notice them, like when, while driving a dog suddenly runs into the road, you automatically slam on the brake and steer to avoid hitting the dog. Your body released adrenaline, increased your alertness, and strengthened your muscles in a matter of seconds!!!This type of “short=term” stress is not bad for your body. Your Body returns to normal in a few minutes.
“Long- term” stress affects the body negatively. For an example, a long and ugly divorce .Your nervous system continues to produce adrenaline and this can wear out the body’s reserves, leave a person feeling depleted or overwhelmed, weaken the body’s immune system, and cause other problems.
How does long term stress affect us

Physical effects
• Sweating
• Back pain
• Chest pain
• Cramps or muscle spasms
• Erectile dysfunction
• Fainting spells
• Headache
• Heart disease
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Loss of libido
• Lower immunity
• Muscular aches
• Nail biting
• Nervous twitches
• Pins and needles
• Sleeping difficulties
• Stomach upset

Emotional effects
• Anger
• Anxiety
• Burnout
• Depression
• Feeling of insecurity
• Forgetfulness
• Irritability
• Problem concentrating
• Restlessness
• Sadness
• Fatigue

Behavior effects
• Eating too much
• Eating too little
• Food cravings
• Sudden angry outbursts
• Drug abuse
• Alcohol abuse
• Higher tobacco consumption
• Social withdrawal
• Frequent crying
• Relationship problems

How to treat stress
Exercise
Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and smoking
Eat a balanced diet, fresh fruit is always healthy and delicious.
Make time to relax during each day, just relax, sit back and take a few deep breathes in.
Communicate your concerns or worries with your manager, family, partner, friends.
Seek professional help if the stress affects the way you function.
Have a massage……At Fleur de lis Spa 

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  1. ZINHLE Dlamini
    June 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for good tips; I would like to recieve more tips as they have helped me.
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    Thank You

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