Stress Management

Stress and Illness – The Relationship between the Two

It is not possible to eliminate stress totally from your life. A Certain level of stress is necessary to face everyday events and challenges. For example, when we have to face an interview or speak in public, our body produces adrenaline in response to stress and this improves our memory and increases our energy levels. Such stress is not chronic, and is a natural response to environmental stimuli,

It is  continuous and prolonged stress that is detrimental to health. This form of stress has a great impact on our body. Research on the effects of stress has proven what has been known to ancient systems of medicine for a long time. The state of the mind has a profound effect on the body. A number of illnesses have a psychosomatic origin.

Stress manifests itself in different ways in each individual and may result in stomach problems such as cramps or diarrhea or in a more severe form cause stomach ulcers.

Headaches are another general complaint of people suffering from stress. Some have noticed that stressful situations tend to trigger migraines. Stress even affects our complexion and skin. Studies have shown that those suffering from chronic stress experience recurring infections of the upper respiratory tract and colds.

Stress is one of the major factors behind high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease. Cancer, heart disease and diabetes have also been linked to stress.

In order to manage prolonged stress we need to adopt certain lifestyle patterns. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way in mitigating the effects of stress. Exercise, plenty of fresh air and a nutritious diet help the body to respond to stress.

The extent to which you allow stress to influence your health and your behavior depends to quite an extent on your spiritual quotient. In other words, spirituality in any helps us to deal, manage and control our stress levels.