“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: what is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a ‘yes’ resound within you. When it’s right, your entire body will feel it.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Which of these is stress to you?
- You get promoted at work
- Your car breaks down
- You go to a fun party that lasts until 2.00am
- Your dog falls sick
- Your new bedroom set is being delivered
- Your best friend and her family are staying with you for a week
- You get a bad case of flu
- All of the above
If you think stress is something that makes you worry or moody, think again. Stress can derive from happy things, sad things, allergic things or physical things. To your body, stress is similar with change. Anything that causes a change in your life – even imagined ones – causes stress to us.
What Happens Within Our Body When We Are Stressed?
Hypothalamus (part of brain that controls body temperature, hunger, thirst and pituitary gland) is triggered and secretes corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH)
Pituitary (a gland at the base of brain) releases adreno-corticotropin hormone (ACTH) into bloodstream
ACTH stimulates adrenal glands (located above kidneys) to secrete cortisol, the best-known of stress hormones
Body becomes charged up on full alert for a fight or flight response
Thymus gland affected, weakening the body’s immune system and increasing susceptibility to infections, viral disorders and autoimmune diseases
Emotional and physical exhaustion
Types & Symptoms of Stress
The most common form of stress, it comes from demands and pressures of the past and future. A short-term stress, it can occur to anyone and is highly manageable. Physically, we may experience increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, dizziness, migraine headaches, shortness of breath and chest pain. Emotionally, we become momentarily angry, elated, boisterous, or resentful. Other symptoms include backache, jaw pain and muscular tensions as well as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Episodic Acute Stress
People with acute stress appear to be over aroused, short-tempered, irritable, anxious and tense. They are always in a hurry, tend to be abrupt, and always taking on too many projects and handling too many demands. Those prone to episodic acute stress include driven, hard-charging “Type A” personality types and worrywarts, always anxious about the next disaster they’re sure lurks around the corner. Symptoms like recurring headaches, indigestion, fatigue, hypertension, chest pain and insomnia are vivid warning signs of episodic acute stress. Treating it requires intervention of professional help that may take months. Without attention, this level of stress can lead to chronic stress.
Occurs when situations become impossible to deal with, chronic stress wears you down throughout a long duration. It grinds away mental and physical health, leading to breakdown and even death. Unfortunately, once stress becomes chronic, long-ignored symptoms become invisible. Grinding teeth, tremors, confusion, forgetfulness, over-eating, and alcoholism are just some of the symptoms that appear to be habits. Because chronic stress is based on long-term, often intractable situations, both the mental and physical symptoms of chronic stress can be difficult to treat and may require extended medical as well as behavioural treatment and stress management.
Myth: Stress is similar for everyone.
Truth: Stress is different for all of us. What is stressful to you may not be stressful to your friend. Each of us counters stress in a different way.
Myth: Stress exists everywhere and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Truth: There is much you can do to control stress such as setting priorities, planning ahead, exercising regularly and learning to see the bright side of life. Managed stress makes us productive and happy whilst mismanaged stress harms us. One of the ways to cope with stress is by taking a natural and safe stress management formula such as LiveLife’s Rilax™ anti-stress formulation that helps to relieve stress andreduce stress-related symptoms.
Myth: Only major symptoms of stress require attention.
Truth: This myth assumes that the ‘minor’ symptoms such as headaches and stomach acid may be safely ignored. However, these symptoms are the early warnings that your life is getting out of hand and you need to start taking control of stress.
Stay Calm with Rilax
As stress contributes to all kinds of illness, then reducing stress will naturally lower the risk of stress-related disorders, promote healing and enhance your overall well-being.
Natural and safe, Rilax works as a supportive, natural ally; helping your body to manage and adapt better to stress while you remain efficient and dynamic.
- Maintain a state of calmness and relaxation, whilst enhancing attentiveness and mental agility
- Enjoy better sleep, weight management, skincare, immunity, intestinal health, energy and well-being.
Rilax does not cause drowsiness, habituation, addiction, memory loss, weight variation and toxicity. Its capsules are suitable for vegetarians and Muslims.