Stress affects people in different ways and causes different problems for different people. While there are many things that you can do for yourself to help manage stress, working with a Natural Health Practitioner who understands these differences and is able to identify and provide treatment for your specific needs will enable you to manage your stress better and reduce the impact of stress on your life.
Believe it or not, stress does have a purpose and small amounts of stress can even be beneficial. Short-term stress can motivate you and give you the energy that you need to perform a task or activity. In more primitive times, when we were faced with a threat from predators, the stress response was responsible for making sure that we dedicated 100% of our resources to survival. When you face a stressful event your body goes through a process in response to this stress.
Fight or Flight
First your body pumps out chemicals including adrenaline that help you to respond quickly to the situation. This is known as the “fight or flight” response. You may feel your heart beating faster, your breathing speed up, you may begin to sweat and feel full of energy. You body also directs blood away from your digestive and other organs to your muscles, heart and brain. Maintenance After this very fast initial reaction, your body releases different chemicals that allow you to stay in this active state to deal with the stressor. This includes breaking down stored energy in the body so that you can stay for longer. All of this is a normal process, designed to help you to overcome a stressful situation by giving you the energy you need to deal with it.
After the stress has gone your body has time to recover. With proper recovery time your body builds up its energy stores again and the parts of your body that were neglected while the stress was happening regain their normal supply of blood and nutrients. However, if you face stressful situations often or have extreme, longstanding or ongoing stress, your body will use up all of its energy resources and you become exhausted. Also, the nature of the stressors we face has changed, and now there are not many times where the strategies of running or fighting is very helpful. Therefore, we need to manage stress, and our response to stressors to ensure balance and health.
Written by Zone 3 Therapies Blog
At Zone 3 Therapies, we are committed to “adding years to life, and life to years”, by helping you age optimally – by not only helping to extend your potential lifespan, but keep you well in the process. Using cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art technology, we can assess the rate at which you are ageing (your ‘biological age’) with cellular health analysis testing and your overall stress response, which significantly contributes to the ageing process, addition, your practitioner may order other functional medicine tests such as an adrenal hormone profile, antioxidant status testing, salivary hormone testing and blood tests, to assess factors that are impacting on your rate of ageing