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Stress: Modern Day Existence

Today’s lifestyle is considered by 72% of Australians to impart significant ‘stress to their lives that it significantly affects their physical health. Stress is attributed to several phenomena that are inherent to today’s society living that is driven by performance, competition and perfection, which leads to an insidious increase in ‘stress hormones’. Uncontrolled Stress is rising and it is a social phenomenon now, that it is becoming more recognised due to the damaging effects on the body and the mind. It’s contributing to ill health and symptoms such as rising rates of depression, fatigue and the development of chronic diseases like: heart disease, vascular disease and cancer.

Sources of stress

Stress comes from various sources of different natures, such as physical, psychological, emotional, social, etc. A stressful event can either be a happy one (wedding, birth, travel, etc.) or an upsetting one (getting fired, going through a divorce, the loss of a loved one, etc.). The stimulus can be eitherminor or very significant, and either temporary or chronic. We don’t all react the same way to sources of stress, so it is important to identify what your stress triggers are to better face them.

Signs of stress

When faced with stressful situations, the human body reacts by releasing various hormones, including Cortisol and Adrenaline. In its initial phase, stress can cause symptoms such as palpitations, lump in the throat, anxiety, distress, etc. These symptoms are usually short term.
But after a long period of time, uncontrolled stress can be harmful to one’s well-being and health; symptoms can then be of a physical, emotional, psychological or behavioural nature.
Here are a few examples:

  • sleep disorders
  • muscular pain and tension, headaches
  • digestive symptoms disorders
  • irritability, agitation
  • depression, anxiety
  • increased social isolation
  • relationship problems
  • loss of self-esteem
  • weight gain and appetite irregularities
  • lower performance and low motivation
  • work absenteeism

Obviously, stress has very negative effects. However, when it is properly managed, stress can also have a good side to it also. Indeed, it can be useful to increase one’s concentration, it contributes to creativity, increases productivity and helps develop new skills.
But for that to occur, you must learn to control it and better manage it.

At 2B Positive Health Group we are offering alternative
options for stress relief

Consider booking a series of introductory sessions in the Vortex Modulator for stress management.

Call Bodies in Motion on (03) 9816 3800 or Request an appointment