Maybe it’s money trouble or the burden of caring for a sick relative. Maybe it’s your job. Maybe it’s the traffic. Whatever the cause, everyone seems stressed out these days. People once hotly debated the idea that stress can affect your body, but we now know that stress can cause both short- and long-term changes to your body and mind. The more we understand how stress affects us, the more we learn about how to cope better. Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
How can I improve my emotional health?
First, try to recognize your emotions and understand why you are having them. Sorting out the causes of sadness, stress and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health. The following are some other helpful tips.
Express your feelings in appropriate ways. If feelings of stress, sadness or anxiety are causing physical problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. It’s OK to let your loved ones know when something is bothering you. However, keep in mind that your family and friends may not be able to help you deal with your feelings appropriately. At these times, ask someone outside the situation—such as your family doctor, a counselor or a religious advisor—for advice and support to help you improve your emotional health.
Live a balanced life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life too. You may want to use a journal to keep track of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. You may also need to find ways to let go of some things in your life that make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Make time for things you enjoy.
Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in a healthy way. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies. These include having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change and keeping things in perspective.
Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. For example, you may do it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply. Ask your family doctor for advice about relaxation methods.
Take care of yourself. To have good emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. Using drugs or alcohol just causes other problems, such as family and health problems.
Homeopathy to Relieve Stress
Has stress got the better of you? Homeopathy has two objectives. It offers basic treatment for the way we respond to the ups and downs in life, so that we can get back on an even keel, and crisis treatment, which is specifically suited to a situation and the symptoms it causes – in this case stress.”
Homeopathy is a particularly suitable form of alternative medicine for stress and the disorders it can provoke, with a very personalised approach.
So, what is its major advantage of homeopathic treatment? Homeopathy is a holistic remedy, never dissociating physical symptoms (migraine, insomnia, back ache) with the patient’s mental state. Simply put, before any diagnosis and prescription, a homeopathic consultation requires a lengthy preliminary discussion. Getting to know the patient like this means the origins of the stress can be established, as well as the patient’s response according to his or her “condition”.
Each person is thrown off balance by stress in our own particular way. For example, you could constantly be unable to cope or be able to put it off till the future indefinitely. You may react to stress with anxiety attacks or inversely, becoming really overbearing with others.
During the homeopathic consultation, a questionnaire (about your mind, general state of health and even your sensitivity to the weather) means that the way you react to outside stimuli can be identified and thus your unique homeopathic profile and ensuing basic treatment can be established.
Some common basic homeopathic treatments for ongoing stress
• Argentum Nitricum is suitable for people who are in a hurry, always chasing time – who are often very emotional and prone to digestive problems;
• Phosphorus settles down fiery characters. In meetings such people are often enthusiastic, but fade just as quickly as they flared up. They are often hyperactive and are prone to periods of complete exhaustion;
• Sepia calms down those highly anxious people who feel such an acute sense of duty that they put up with more than they can manage, at the price of their equanimity and wellbeing.
Homeopathic treatments for crisis situations of stress
Sometimes we have to deal immediately with particular events that provoke extreme stress. Before the right homeopathic remedy can be chosen, it is necessary to diagnose exactly what type of stress it is and the reactions it has triggered.
Homeopathy also acts on immediate symptoms, while altering the patient’s condition on a long-term basis. Homeopathic practitioners often recommend one of these four remedies for stress-related problems:
• Ignatia is effective for dealing with ongoing aggravation, when you’ve had all you can take and have reached the limit. This could be related to ongoing work-related or relationship stress;
• Gelsemium sempervirens helps calm stress in the case of nervous anticipation, which regularly prevents you from sleeping, such as before an exam or a big life event such as marriage;
• Arnica Montana can help relieve the stress of mental anguish caused by a sudden emotional shock, such as a break up or bereavement;
• Ambergris helps those who feel stressed in public situations, such as meetings and presentations, fell more confident in themselves.
Do note that ongoing stress is often a warning sign that you need to make some changes in your lifestyle, and your homeopathic consultation will underline this.
In the meantime, the basics of a balanced diet, a good sleep pattern and regular physical exercise are all essential along with homeopathic treatment for you to regain your stability and ramp that stress down.