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Stress

Stress is unfortunately a fact of modern life! The simple definition of stress as found on the NHS website is the 'feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure'. People react to stress in different ways and also employ a variety of techniques to deal with the resulting feelings.

Current lifestyles and demands placed on us all are major causes of stress. Worries about family situations, financial problems and concerns at work are strong factors that influence stress and can affect many things in your life.

Symptoms of stress include:

  • Feeling anxious or irritable
  • Worrying about anything and everything
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Smoking or drinking more
  • Being forgetful
  • Muscle tension
  • Problems sleeping
  • Headahces
  • Stomach problems

The above list is not exhaustive but gives some an idea of symptoms that can show up when people are under stress.

Stress is thought to be culmulative and different people have different levels of tolerance before the effects become too much to bear. The symptoms as a result of stressful situations also vary from person to person. One person may find they have changes in eating habits, or they smoke or drink more alcohol. Another person may suffer from muscle tension and headaches. Stress is a fact of life so it is essential that we have ways of dealing with it. There are many ways of coping with stressful situations including natural solutions, herbal supplements and sometimes medical intervention.

The most simple life changes can be to eat a more healthy, varied diet; breathing exercises; being flexible and accepting of situations that you cannot directly control; and any form of physical exercise. All of these are fairly easy to do for most people and can have a huge effect on quality of life and the ability to deal with stress. There are also some supplements that are known to help with stress. We have talked about these in other areas of the website so have just included links to each product below.

5 HTP

Co-enzyme Q10

Acidophilus Plus Probiotic

Magnesium