A lot of us deal with stress and anxiety, and the causing factors vary. The corporate world, emotions, loss, change, the weather, people around you, studying, a certain lifestyle…the list goes on.
Anxiety and stress in the right doses is okay, it’s normal, but excessive stress and anxiety which you cannot get under control can have a huge impact on your daily life. It can permanently hamper both your physical and emotional health. Extreme fear/worry will become a habit that is difficult to get rid off.
All of this stress leads to a bunch of other issues and WE are going to help you deal with it all smile emoticon
1. Deal with stress related headaches
Headaches are e common problem and hinder many lives. However there are different types of headaches; Migraines, sinus headaches, tight muscles in the face & neck. However, tension headaches are a big deal and a huge amount of people are facing this problem.
stress-induced fluctuations in neurotransmitters—like serotonin and endorphin activate pain pathways in the brain, leading to headaches.
How do you fight this? The answer is, relaxation time.
No for real, you need to prioritise and take time out in the day for it if you want to lead a better way of life. Do 15 minutes a day of mindful relaxation. Start of with 15 minutes and make it 30 in a month or so. Sit in a quiet place, and close your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose, and let it fill your abdomen; hold it for 5 seconds, then exhale. Studies have shown that simple, deep-breathing exercises like this reduce blood pressure and make you feel better.
2. Stress related Breakouts
Chronic stress hormones increase oil production in the skin glands which leads to things like zits and even full blown acne & nobody wants that!
Your cure: Warm water and lime (refer to one of our older posts:
This easy to make drink helps to detoxify your skin. Furthermore, try using a dry loofah and move it up your body starting from the ankles in circular motion, this increases blood circulation and soothes your skin which in turn reduces stress symptoms because of its calming sensation.
3. Stiff Neck due to Stress
Sore, stiff muscles after a long day of work? After a stressful day, the trigger points in muscles can go into spasms and cause cramps. You need a massage! Pamper yourself when you deserve it.
Try everything from hot stones to hydrotherapy. Even try “ischemic compression therapy” with this, trigger points are acted upon & it helps relax muscles in the neck and upper back. The hydrotherapy I was talking about is “kneipp hydrotherapy” Fill up your bathtub with really cold water (as cold as you can take) then warm up the water. Alternate between hot and cold water about 5 times while in the tub. The change in temperature increases your blood circulation and helps to relax muscles.
You can also take a really cold shower to loosen up sore muscles for the dramatic change in temperature may constrict and open blood vessels, removing toxins like lactic acid and improving blood supply and lymph flow!
4. Stress-related Fatigue
Have you noticed that when you are too stressed out, it’s a little hard to sleep. Thats probably because you have wandering thoughts and spend the night worrying about things. This leads to major fatigue during the day, making it really hard to deal with every day life. Your memory becomes impaired, you get moody and irritable.
There’s a technique called “thought-stopping” where you actually need to consciously stop negative or stressful thoughts. Every time a worrying thought comes to your mind just picture a massive stop sign, it works! Be calmer and more conscious of your behavioural patterns, you will slowly see a change.
5. Stress related Weight Gain
Your sudden weight gain could very well be related to stress. why? because we tend to binge eat when we are under pressure, don’t you like your comfort food before an exam? so imagine what happens when you are stressed out all the time. To combat both things, the next time you are feeling anxious, go for a run, hit the gym, walk your doggy, exercise relieves stress.
Also, swap your junk food for healthy snacks, Foods rich in carbs actually promote positive feelings because they increase serotonin in the brain! Try eating things like: Grains, bananas, avocados, spinach & broccoli. These are all high in vitamin B which will make sure you feel good about yourself and give you a sense of well being.
Carbohydrate-rich foods like yams increase serotonin in the brain, which promotes good feelings. And whole grains, bananas, avocados, chicken, spinach, and broccoli all contain vitamin B, which can boost your sense of well-being.
6. Stress kills your health!!!
Stress actually manages to weaken your entire immune system and makes already existing conditions that you have worse (e.g. asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes etc) Do things that make you happy, watch happy movies, watch comedies and laugh, laugh till you cannot breathe! Laughter is the best therapy.
7. You can bloat up due to stress. So when you are stressed, your body also reacts, blood is diverted away from normal digestive processes to large muscle groups elsewhere. After which you experience things like bloating, vomiting, constipation, painful bloating, diarrhoea and even IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Relax those belly muscles! place a hot water bag on your belly to soothe it and provide some relief. Also, eat foods which are high in fiber, such as almonds, peanuts, so nuts, artichokes and oranges! This will help your bowel movements and will relieve constipation.
8. Sore feet due to stress
Just soak them in a tub of hot water and then finish off with ice cold water. Try a foot rub and relaxing foot creams can work wonders too!
Hope this helps all of you experiencing stress or anxiety! You can only help yourself, so give this a shot