Stress Relief


ACUPUNCTURE and STRESS

1. Before making a diagnosis examine the tongue, pulse and ask questions. Find out what is causing the stress.

2. Tension is usually some sort of mental oppression or mental strain. We will clear out the negative energy. With the use of our Hi-Tech Energy machine with or without acupuncture treatment the mind will become calm.

3. We will balance the hormones which is a disorder from thee pituitary adrenal gland. When the hormones are in balance the ill feelings will go away. The hormones will then become balanced and can naturally deal with problems without burning strength.

4. Balance psychosomatic condition. Adjust life-style if possible.

5. Meditation for 15-30 minutes to empty our mind.

Stress Symptoms and Description

Stress symptoms often mimic symptoms of other problems. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent forgetfulness or your decreased productivity at work.

But the common denominator may be stress. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress may be affecting your health, and you may not even realize it. Recognize common stress symptoms – then take steps to manage them.

Effects of Stress
… On your body … On your thoughts and feelings … On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Pounding heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Back pain
  • Clenched jaws
  • Tooth grinding
  • Stomach upset
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sex problems
  • Skin breakouts
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Feeling insecure
  • Confusion
  • Burnout
  • Forgetfulness
  • Resentment
  • Guilt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Seeing only the negatives
  • Overeating
  • Under eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug abuse
  • Excessive drinking
  • Increased smoking
  • Social withdrawal
  • Crying spells
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Decreased productivity
  • Blaming others

Letting stress get the best of you may be doing more harm than you think. Take control by understanding the stress response and how your body reacts.

Physical reactions you experience when you’re stressed are no accident. The human body developed these defense mechanisms to deal with the threat of predators and aggressors.Instead of protecting you, your body’s response to stress, if constantly activated, may make you more vulnerable to life-threatening health problems.

What is the Stress Response?

Stress response, often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, is your body’s rapid and automatic switch into “high gear.” It’s easy to imagine how this reaction helps you deal with a physical threat. You need the energy, speed, concentration and agility either to protect yourself or to run as fast as possible. When you encounter such a threat, the hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body.

Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, situated atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones – the most abundant being adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.

Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances the brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes.The complex alarm system also communicates with regions of the brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

Stress Response Working Overtime

The stress-response system is self-regulating. It decreases hormone levels and enables your body to return to normal once a crisis has passed. As levels of the hormones in your bloodstream decline, your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal, and other systems resume their regular activities.

But physical threats aren’t the only events that trigger the stress response. Psychological “threats” – such as the stress associated with work, interpersonal relationships, major life changes, illness or the death of a loved one – can set off the same alarm system. The less control you have over these potentially stress-inducing events and the more uncertainty they create, the more likely you are to feel stressed.

Even the typical day-to-day demands of living can contribute to your body’s stress response. Also, many of our modern stressful circumstances, unlike most physical threats, tend to be prolonged. Consequently, you may be running on the fight-or-flight reaction longer than it’s intended to operate.

What’s good for your body in a short-term crisis can be very harmful over long periods. The long-term activation of the stress-response system – and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones – can disrupt almost all your body’s processes, increasing your risk of obesity, insomnia, digestive problems, heart disease, depression, memory impairment, physical illnesses and other complications.

Digestive System

It’s common to have a stomachache or diarrhea when you’re stressed. This happens because stress hormones slow the release of stomach acid and the emptying of the stomach. The same hormones also stimulate the colon, which speeds the passage of its contents. Chronic hormone-induced changes can increase your appetite and put you at risk of weight gain.

Immune System

Your immune system is a complex balancing act between components that operate as an all-purpose emergency crew and more specialized components that deal with specific disease agents. The immune system, like the hormone system, evolved so that it could quickly deal with physical threats. Indeed, cortisol is one factor that prompts the system to reprioritize its tasks.

These shifting priorities are essential for priming the immune system to respond quickly to injuries, like creating inflammation around a bite or puncture wound, but these changes are not beneficial in the long run. When you experience chronic stress, some features of your immune system may remain suppressed, making you susceptible to infections. Other features of the immune system may be permitted to run unchecked, increasing your risk of autoimmune diseases, in which your immune system attacks your body’s own healthy cells. Stress may also worsen the symptoms of an autoimmune disease. For example, stress can trigger lupus flare-ups.

Nervous System

Certain byproducts of cortisol act as sedatives, which can contribute to an overall feeling of depression. If your fight-or-flight response never shuts off, the stress hormones may contribute to persistent and severe depression, as well as feelings of anxiety, helplessness and impending doom. Such stress-induced depression often results in sleep disturbances, loss of sex drive and loss of appetite. It also may make you more vulnerable to developing certain personality or behavioral disorders. Studies also suggest that chronic activation of stress hormones may alter the operation and structure of brain cells that are critical for memory formation and function.

Cardiovascular System

Chronic activation of stress hormones can raise your heart rate and increase your blood pressure and blood lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) levels. These are risk factors for both heart disease and stroke. Cortisol levels also appear to play a role in the accumulation of abdominal fat, which gives some people an “apple” shape. People with apple body shapes have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes than do people with “pear” body shapes, in which weight is more concentrated in the hips.

Other Systems

Stress worsens many skin conditions – such as psoriasis, eczema, hives and acne – and can trigger asthma attacks.Individual reactions to stress. Your reaction to a potentially stressful event is different from anyone else’s. Some people are naturally laid-back about almost everything, while others react strongly at the slightest hint of stress – but most falls somewhere between those extremes. Genetic variations may partly explain the differences. The genes that control the stress response keep most people on a fairly even keel, only occasionally priming the body for fight or flight. Overactive or under active stress responses may stem from slight differences in these genes. Life experiences may increase your sensitivity to stress as well. Strong stress reactions sometimes can be traced to early environmental factors. People who were exposed to extremely stressful events as children, such as neglect or abuse, tend to be particularly vulnerable to stress as adults.

Managing Stress

Stressful events are a fact of life, but you can take steps to manage the impact these events have on you. You can learn to identify what stresses you out, how to take control of some stress-inducing circumstances, and how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally when you face events you can’t control. These strategies can include exercise, relaxation techniques, healthy nutritional choices, social support networks and professional psychotherapy. The payoff of managing stress is peace of mind and – perhaps – a longer, healthier life.

MEDICAL TREATMENT

Many types of psychotherapy are available. Some focus on changing current behavior patterns and others focus on understanding past issues. See who may benefit from each.Psychotherapy is a general term for a way of treating mental and emotional disorders by talking about your condition and related issues with a mental health professional. It’s also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy.

Through psychotherapy sessions, you may:

Learn about the causes of your condition so you can better understand it.

Learn how to identify and change behaviors or thoughts that adversely affect you.

Explore relationships and experiences.

Find better ways to cope and solve problems.

Learn to set realistic goals for your life.

Psychotherapy can help alleviate symptoms caused by mental illness, such as hopelessness and anger, so that you can regain a sense of happiness, enjoyment and control in your life. Psychotherapy can be short-term, with just a couple of sessions, or it can involve many sessions over several years. It can take place in individual, couples, family or group sessions. Sometimes psychotherapy is combined with other types of treatment, such as medication.

Common types of psychotherapy include:

  • Art therapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psycho education
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