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The Purpose of Stress

We go about our day to day lives with stress. That’s just a fact. It is not something that needs to be bad and overwhelming. There really is no escaping it, it’s a biological response that is necessary and the top researches in the field will tell you stress is a part of life until the day you die. It sounds dreary and it may sounds hopeless but that is because most people put too much negative connotations with stress.

Stress isn’t fun and most everyone doesn’t enjoy the feeling. Sure there are the stress addicts that make it a way of life for one reason or another. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It doesn’t have to consume us and our focus as much as it does for most of us. The more you understand about stress and it’s nature the more power you can gain to control it.

Stress is a biological and usually a psychological response to certain external stimulus, in the medical field dubbed stressors. It is a necessary part of our brain that helps us deal with danger and challenges. It is apart of the brain with fight or flight mode, it is in our “lower brain” but that doesn’t make it any less important. It is more primal and made more for those settings than our urban industrial lives. Nature didn’t mean for it to be in a workplace, traffic, overly complex relationships, the strange societal/cultural forces, etc. It is there though and we need to learn to use it effectively.

This is a short article pointing to much more comprehensive ideas, but with articles ideas from the past and those to come will unravel and you will understand more about yourself and how you feel. There will be, with your effort, an empowerment in your life over emotional stress and it’s implications. Until that point, take it one day at a time and diversify your resources.

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Multivitamins for Your Health and Emotional Stress

Multivitamins come in great variety. Some are well balanced, some can cause you damage, many are synthetically made. They are a great and easy way to get most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate optimally. From your eyesight to your energy levels to every organ multivitamins help you in so many ways.multi-vitamin-emotional-stress

When I say some can cause you damage I refer to Vitamin A and Iron. To much vitamin A will cause eye-site damage. For men, to much iron can cause liver and other health problems. Women need a lot more iron because they deplete it on their periods. When you see Multivitamins for men and those for Women, this is usually the only difference. There are some natural multivitamins that also have herbs for prostate health and other herbs for women but it’s mostly the same thing.

Multivitamins are obviously good for your physical health but some studies also show they help balance your emotional stress and emotions in general. Others don’t agree so much and some don’t at all. I feel there is a strong connection between taking a daily vitamin and feeling better. It will be up to you to decide once you start taking one.

The best options when shopping for multivitamins are the food based choices. These will not only digest better but are not synthetically made like many of the cheap and advertised brands. When you buy a brand name you are paying for all the advertising and the usually higher margins then most smaller companies. Rainbow Light is a nice smaller company that makes ok priced multivitamins that are food based.New Chapter and Megafoods make terrific vitamins and have great company philosophies. Check out there websites to learn more. Drug stores and superstores are almost all synthetic with what a lot of dietitians would say a not well balanced formula. There are many of brands out there so do your research.

One last thing to consider is the cheaper vitamins use cheaper quality vitamins and minerals and even knowing put forms of the vitamins in that are less (in some cases not even) digestible. If you have a lot of money you should go for higher priced liquid vitamins. It’s your health and if all you can afford are cheap generic brands that’s a lot better than nothing. I feel you will find yourself with less emotional stress and more energy if you just take a once a day vitamin.

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What exactly is stress and how can we define it?

A psychologist would call stress how you choose to react to a stressor. There are three stages of effects of stress according to Hans Selye.what-is-stress

  1. Alarm – The stressor or event that may cause harm is perceived. This triggers the mind to go into alarm. Adrenaline is then created and released as well as the production and release of cortisol. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate.
  2. Resistance – If the alarm state isn’t enough to overcome the stress we enter resistance. In resistance we try to cope with the stress psychologically.
  3. Exhaustion – This is the last stage of the general adaption syndrome. This is when your body cannot produce anymore cortisol and adrenaline and you cannot continue with the two previous stages. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate again. If exhaustion is allowed to continue damage to the body is done, your immune system becomes very weak.

In the end this could mount itself into your life in forms of depression, you may also get ulcers, cardiovascular issues, and even diabetes. All of this sounds very serve. It is unlikely most stress will develop this far and it is rare the aforementioned will happen. It is likely the first two stages of this will happen. But if you find yourself in the third stage you must find a solution. While you can maintain this stage for quite sometime you will want to take steps to not let it go this far. There are plenty of articles here for this and many more to come so please keep checking back.

Stress is easy to define, you know what it feels like. You now know some more of the affects it may have. Along with these it can cause behavioral changes, decrease in cognition, muscle tension as well as headaches. Be sure to not let yourself get carried away with stress and always be aware of when stress is happening in your life.

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How to Adapt to and Identify Emotional Stress

identify-emotional-stressEmotional stress can be overwhelming and it isn’t always easy to identify and adapt to. It can hide in the back of your mind and bleed through into your everyday life. It can range from devastating to a minor inconvenience. Even when it does not seem to be a burden it can be affecting you in ways you don’t notice or don’t give credit to emotional stress as the cause.

There are a few important signs to pay attention to that you may have not in the past. Emotional stress can affect behavior, cognition, and it can also affect your body. Your body triggers adrenaline production in reaction to stress and as mentioned before release cortisol, a harmful chemical. Emotional stress can elevate heart rate as well as cause headaches and migraines. Along with these effects it can cause you to feel very tired and irritable which I’m sure you know. Look for all of these signs and look for the links to your stress.

Once you know what to look for you can trace this emotional stress back to its source you can begin to either avoid or adapt to this stress. Adapting to the stress involves a few steps and some time. You have to accept this stressor as it is. You need to try and change your reaction to it. When the stressor is present look at it for what it is. Is it worth getting worked up over? You must remember it is your reaction that is causing the stress and to a point (a much lager one than you may think) you control your reaction.

So begin to identify your stressors. Pay attention to the way you feel and the effects listed above. Try to link them to get a better idea of how damaging it is and how much better you will feel when you take back control of your mind and life!

How to adapt to and identify emotional stress

Emotional stress can be overwhelming and it isn’t always easy to identify and adapt to. It can hide in the back of your mind and bleed through into your everyday life. It can range from devastating to a minor inconvenience. Even when it does not seem to be a burden in can be affecting you in ways you don’t notice or don’t give credit to the emotional stress as the cause.

There are a few important signs to pay attention to that you may have not in the past. Emotional stress can affect behavior, cognition, and it can also affect your body. Your body triggers adrenaline production in reaction to stress and as mentioned before release cortisol, a harmful chemical. Emotional stress can elevate heart rate as well as cause headaches and migraines. Along with these effects it can cause you to feel very tired and irritable. Look for all of these signs and look for the links to your stress.

Once you know what to look for you and you trace this emotional stress back to it’s source you can begin to either avoid of adapt this stress. Adapting to the stress involves a few steps and some time. You have to accept the stressor as it is. You need to try and change your reaction to it. When the stressor is present look at it for what it is. Is it worth getting worked up over? You must remember it is your reaction that is causing the stress and to a point (a much lager one than you may think) you control your reaction.

So begin to identify your stressors. Pay attention to the way you feel and the listed effects above. Try to link them to get a better idea of how damaging it is and how much better you will feel when you take back control of your mind and life!

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Finding Yourself Help with Stress

There have been a lot of changes in my life and I would like to extend them to yours. It is far to often we ignore the pressing issues in our life; we all have our excuses but eventually they just don’t cut it. We are lying to yourselves, paving the way to a worse tomorrow, and cheating the people around us of all we have to offer.
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We can accept all of this as is it. There is no need to deny it and let it get the better of us. Problems come and go; the sooner we find solutions the easier life will be. This is simple and obvious. Doing it can be the opposite but we don’t need to find ourselves trapped by our problems. It just isn’t necessary. Problems are a part of life and quicker we recognize them and put our focus on the solution the quicker they dissolve and the stronger we become for it.

The stress that comes with these problems is our biggest focus on this website. Stress reducers and stress management techniques are what we try to communicate/facilitate. However there is a lot more to it and often those looking for these techniques are going about it the wrong way. It is great to reduce stress and learn stress management techniques but these are just part of the bigger picture. You must get to the root of your issues. You must have a solid foundation of ideas in addition to these rooms of stress management.

Your mind houses your essence, it contains the fundamental beliefs that shape your life. The more you look into these ideas the more you can mold them! The more you dig up your problems and face them the less stress you will have. It can be very hard to look at your problems in the face, but if you start small and be realistic you lay a smoother road for yourself to travel on for the rest of your life. What you do today will build your future, there isn’t any reason to put it off. Fear and laziness will get in your way but as long as you do your best and be real with your life it will get better and you will grow into the person you want to be.

Be happy with were you are, look at were you want to be, but stay present in the moment because that is were the future beings and that is were change happens. Empower yourself!

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A few great methods for calming down

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Try taking several deep breathes to calm down

There are a million different ways we can become stressed out.  Stress can really come at you when you least expect it, and the best defense for a stress attack is a good knowledge of how to fight it.  Thankfully, there are several different ways to help yourself calm down after a long stressful day.

The first method I like to use to calm down is get some exercise or simply go for a walk.  Walking helps you release pressure build up from stress and it also releases a naturally occurring chemical in your body called an endorphin.  Going out into nature, a park, or even just a sidewalk can be much less stressful than remaining where you are currently at anyways.  This will help you both get the exercise you need to stay healthy and the time you need to think your way through your stressful situation.

Simply taking deep breathes to calm down is another stressreducer.org favorite.  If you can’t find your way to the park for a quick stress-walk then try finding your way to a cubicle or bathroom stall where you can be alone for a few moments.  Simply take many very deep breathes repetitively and in a calm manner.  This can be done anywhere, but being alone really helps reduce the stress.  Technically, the oxygen that you are inserting into your body is promoting healthy blood flow and oxidizing/cycling red blood cell levels throughout the body.  This calms the nerves, and releases physical tension as well.

Calming down can be a very difficult thing to do when you are in a pickle.  However, there are ways to reduce the amount of times you get riled up in the first place.  One of the best ways to do this is a change in the way you perceive certain situations and interactions with people, work, and the things around you.  This is a lifestyle change type of defensive attack towards stress.  The goal is to reframe the situation that you are in, and reanalyze you opinion of the situation into a less stressful viewpoint.  You can greatly increase the experience during a situation that might need calmed down by the way you look at things.  Reading mental health books and other pieces of literature that address pessimism and other destructive emotional thought patterns can really be a lot of help to someone who wants help calming down.

Of course this is all easier said than done, but at least you have learned a few quick methods to help with calming down, and a good suggestion for a long term attack at your stress problems.  Remember, calming down can be easier than you think, after all, it is mostly mental.

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Emotional Stress and You

emotionally-stressed-guyStress can build up and over time and become very emotionally damaging. It affects us emotionally as well as mentally and physically. It can put up mental and emotional blocks that over time can distance us from the people and things that make us happy. Emotional stress is not something to push aside and try to avoid; it is something to deal with as it comes.

Don’t push aside emotional stress

Without emotional stress our life becomes more rich, the experiences we have become more exciting and welcomed, and our relationships become more fulfilling. It is not necessary to feel this emotional stress and by no means is it necessary to have it take the drivers seat of our life. The more you push it aside the more it takes control, the less attention you pay to it the more attention it takes from you (in subtle and not so subtle ways).

Keys to overcoming emotional stress

There are many keys to overcoming this emotional stress, you must listen to it as it arises. What are the triggers for this emotional stress? Is it something you can change? If these triggers are not something you can avoid, the next step is to accept them as they are. Once you accept them as a part of your life you can begin to adapt to them. You will start to gain control over them. You will start you realize it is not this that is stressing you out, but it is your reaction to it that is causing the stress. You will continue to learn that it is your choice of how to respond to the stress. You will start to see that the emotional stress is something that you are choosing to have in your life.

Remember it is your choice to feel the emotional stress, you are empowered but you must realize it.

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