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 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:
● Difficulty concentrating
● Poor judgement
● Memory related issues
● Nausea and dizziness
● General aches and pains
● Chest pain
● Loss of libido
● Frequently sick
● 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 possible to treat chronic stress and increase overall health.
Treating Chronic Stress
At The Banyans, we look at an integrated approach to help treat chronic stress. Ensuring you have enough energy and strength to tackle your priorities is vital to wellbeing. While staying at our wellness retreat, and working with a team of experts in allied health, you can develop sustainable strategies for a positive effect on your longterm health.
Because we work holistically, in addition to psychology and various therapies, we also build in physical therapy and emotionally health activities. These can include creative classes, directed reading, reflective journaling, as well as forest bathing, yoga and other physical exercise. Exercise increases your energy and concentration, and releases endorphins which reduces stress related hormones. Nutritional therapy is also an imperative part of your stay to ensure you’re getting the right amounts of nutrients in your diet. Taking steps to improve your overall health will significantly help you manage stress.
Seeking Help At Our Wellness Recovery Centre
If chronic stress persists, it’s important that you seek advice from a healthcare professional, such as a psychologist. A psychologist can help you manage stress effectively and identify the issues in your life which are contributing to your high stress levels. Studies have shown that chronic stress can be treated with appropriate lifestyle and behavioural changes, therapy, and in some circumstances, medication.
Get in touch with the best stress management retreat and rehab centre in Queensland, Australia to get a no-obligation discussion about your goals and discover just how we can serve to help you to become the very best version of you.
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.