Creating Waves of Awareness
UNDERSTANDING STRESS BETTER.
All of us talk about stress one time or another. We seldom go deep to find out what is actually stress, why it happens, when it happens and how we should cope with this problem or phenomena.
All of us in life go through this “stress” or stressful period, whether we are kids, adults, male, female, old or young. Stress plays an important part in our lives positively and negatively.
Central nervous system CNS, plays a very important role in everyday stress related mechanism and works closely with our body's endocrine system to regulate the effects of stress. It is to be noted that the sympathetic nervous system becomes primarily active during the period when one is undergoing a period of stress.
Stress is a physiological response for survival. It has a purpose and that is to keep us alive through “ fight or flight” situation. It is an inbuilt mechanism and an instinctive natural response built within our human anatomy through its DNA in millions of years of human evolution.
Whenever we undergo a “stress or stressful condition, say a death of a close family member, or some up coming examination or a job interview, our body reacts to it with the “stress response”. As one writer in a book says “ Stress is not just a feeling of being thrown off the basic biological balance of the entire body. The stress response is a powerful hormonal response that will determine whether your metabolism will burn fat or store fat at any given time”
The best way to manage stress is by balancing the three hormones, Cortisol, Adrenaline and Insulin. The imbalance of these three are the cause of many problems and one of them is Obesity.
I will describe in short these three hormones and what they do to our body when reacting to a stressful condition. It is not possible to go into detail of all hormone production.
Adrenal Glands are two in number, located on top of our two kidneys. Each gives out different hormones. The Adrenal Cortex secretes Corticosteroids such as Glucocorticoids and Mineral corticoids. These Hormones are responsible for responding to stress using carbohydrate, fat, and protein, and regulating the salt and water balance in the body.
The adrenal medulla secretes both adrenalin and noradrenalin, also known as epinephrine and norepinephrine respectively. These hormones are involved in the body’s “fight or flight” response.
Cortisol another hormone also produced by Adrenal glands is a stress hormone that gives one a heightened sense when one is working on some serious projects, or one is worried about something challenging in life.
The above two hormones have a side effect of breaking down the body, and at the same time act as success hormones, because without any challenge - which causes stress , we cannot achieve success. Successful people have learn,t the art of managing the stress by balancing their life style.
Now we come to our third hormone INSULIN produced by Pancreas gland. Insulin on the other hand is designed by nature to help repair the body. Thus we can see how mother nature helps in combating stress with these three hormones.
In today,s modern life the signs and symptoms of stress can be any or all of the following.
Craving for sweets and carbohydrate.
You starve at night and yet not hungry for breakfast.
You cannot go to sleep.
You wake up unrefreshed.
You wake up with foggy mind.
You feel overwhelmed.
You feel high heart beat.
You need tea or coffee,to “wake you up”
you catch frequent colds.
You suffer from panic attacks.
You are obese and can not loose weight.
Even if you exercise and eat less;
Some other sign and symptoms also need your attention.
Memory problem, irritability, inability to concentrate, poor judgment, pessimism, anxious thoughts, and constant worry.
Moodiness, irritability, or short temper, agitation, inability to relax. Feeling over whelmed. Sense of loneliness and isolation. Depression and general unhappiness.
Aches and pains, diarrhea,constipation, increased frequency of urination, indigestion, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heart beat,loss of sex drive, frequent colds and irregular periods.
Eating more or less, sleeping too much or too little, isolation in one form or the other,procrastinating, or neglecting responsibilities, consumption of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes , nervous habits such as nail biting, picking of nose. etc.
The truth about the matter is, whatever be the level of stress a pragmatic approach to a life style managed with sensible diet, regular exercise, and a positive attitude towards life
can make all the difference.
You can lower your obesity and many other problems without medication, if you try and understand your body,s language and it,s mechanism.
I will close this article by saying that Homeopathy with its 2000+ medications covers stress extremely well. It is not possible to elaborate on all the medicine in this blog.
As a matter of fact Hahnemann had given so much importance to mind symptoms because one of his first assignment was in a mental hospital,where he successfully treated his patient. If you combine homeopathy with yoga and meditation, it is often a win win situation for sufferers of stress related issues.
I am inclined to say that Stress and Homeopathy were made for each other.