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Stress May Lead To Physical Illness


A person who is constantly under stress is more prone to physical illness. By cutting down on stress, you will be able to reduce your chances of getting many stress-related illnesses like:

Hair

High levels of stress may cause hair loss in some people.

Mouth

Mouth ulcers are more common in people who have become run down because of too much stress.

Heart

Stress can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of getting heart attack and strokes.

Skin

Skin conditions like rashes, eczema and psoriasis may flare up during stressful periods.

Reproductive Organs

Stress can give rise to menstrual disorders and impotence.

Bladder

Some people develop irritable bladders, with the urge to urinate frequently.

Immune System

Stress can weaken the immune system, making a person more susceptible to minor infections like the common cold.

Stomach And Intestines

Stomach ulcers, gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome (frequent loose stools) are more common in people who are under stress.

Muscles

Tense muscles, nervous tics and minor muscle twitches are more common in stressed-out individuals.

Lungs

Anxious people may experience episodes of breathlessness, Emotional upsets can also trigger off asthmatic attacks.

Brain

Stress can cause emotional and mental problems like depression. In more serious cases, a "nervous breakdown" may occur.

Simple Ways To Relax

Relaxation helps to reduce tension caused by stress. Here are a few simple ways to relax.

Deep Breathing

Sit in a comfortable chair with your feel apart and arms hanging loosely by your sides. Close your eyes and let your head fall forward. Breathe slowly through your nose. Draw in the air deeply, allowing first your abdomen, then your lungs to expand. Hold your breath gently for a while. Breathe out slowly through your nose. Keep repeating until you feel relaxed. Then slowly open your eyes.

Neck And Shoulder Massage

Tension can build up in muscles of the neck and shoulders after long hours at a desk. To relieve tension in your neck and shoulders, you can massage the muscles of your shoulders and neck with your fingers using, small, firm, circular motions.

Imagery Building

You can relax by building images in your mind. Shut your eyes and imagine a beautiful scene. Explore every detail of this scene, the sights, sounds and smells. Take slow deep breaths and allow your mind to flow with your imagination.

Creative Activities

Creative activities like painting, photography and pottery are fun and relaxing. Furthermore, they give you a sense of accomplishment.

Smile With Saint John's Wort

If you're looking for a quick fix for the blues, take 300mg of St John's Wort a day. Of the 27 participants in a US study, 83 per cent saw a mood lift, compared to 22 per cent who took the anti-depressant drug, Prozac. The only catch is that it works best on mild depression, by improving your sleeping and eating patterns, and isn't a cure for deep-seated depression. Consult a doctor before taking this herb as it could reduce the efficacy of other medication like aspirin.

 

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