Stress and Chronic Stress

Stress can be defined as your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. Stress can affect people of any age and gender and is mainly a physical reaction. When a person is stressed, the body perceives it to be under attack and reacts accordingly by releasing a combination of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. These hormones and chemicals prepare the body for physical action and result in an increased heart rate, tightening of muscles, increased metabolism and sharper senses. Also known as ‘fight or flight’, these physical changes increase one’s strength and stamina, and can enhance the senses, which is the body’s way of protecting you from harm.

Stress can be beneficial, producing a much-needed energy boost to assist you to meet difficult challenges such as deadlines, presentations and exams. However, too much stress can have negative health consequences both physically and psychologically. When blood flow is focused only on the important muscles needed to ‘fight or flight’, brain function is hindered and leads to an inability to make rational decisions. Excessive stress also adversely affects the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems.

The problem is that many people’s lives are full of stressful events. Stress can be caused by any external or internal pressures on a person. Normally stress is perceived to be negative, such as an exhaustive work load or difficult relationships, however positive events such as buying a house, getting married, or receiving a promotion can also cause stress.

Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is simply stress which is constant and persists over a long period of time, which can occur in response to everyday stressors that are ignored or poorly managed, along with traumatic life experiences. It can have debilitating effects both physically and psychologically by causing a multitude of problems such as muscle pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, a weakened immune system and insomnia. Research has shown that several major illnesses such as heart disease, obesity and depression are a result of chronic stress.

The following list contains common symptoms and warning signs of chronic stress:

Cognitive Symptoms
● Difficulty concentrating
● Poor judgement
● Memory related issues
● Anxiety

Physical Symptoms
● Nausea and dizziness
● General aches and pains
● Chest pain
● Loss of libido
● Frequently sick

Behavioural symptoms
● Eating too much or loss of appetite
● Sleeping too much or too little
● Isolation from family and friends
● Increased use of alcohol and drugs

Fortunately, it is relatively straightforward to treat chronic stress by making lifestyle changes, eating healthier and making better behavioural choices to increase overall health.

Treating Chronic Stress

At The Banyans, we look at a multitude of ways to help treat chronic stress as it can affect people in different ways. Ensuring you have enough energy and strength to tackle your outstanding commitments is vital. Making a commitment to making changes and utilising a stay at our wellness retreat aims to have a positive effect on your health. Exercise increases your energy and concentration, and releases endorphins which reduces stress related hormones. Taking steps to improve your overall health will significantly help you manage stress.

Because we have a number of complementary therapies on hand, we encourage the participation in relaxing activities throughout your stay, such as listening to music or reading a book, yoga and physical exercise. Nutritional therapy is also an imperative part of your stay to ensure you’re getting the right amounts of nutrients in your diet.

Seeking Help At Our Recovery Centre

If chronic stress persists, it’s important that you seek advice from a healthcare professional, such as a psychologist. Studies have shown that chronic stress can be treated with appropriate lifestyle and behavioural changes, therapy, and in some circumstances, medication. A psychologist can help you manage stress effectively and identify the issues in your lif e which are contributing to your high stress levels.

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If you or a loved one need help, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at The Banyans on 1300 226 926 for a no-obligation, confidential discussion. Your health is our priority.

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