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Stress, Anxiety & Depression
One of the biggest concerns with our modern and hectic lifestyles is the increased rise in mental and emotional problems.
Stress, Anxiety and Depression affect many millions of people in the UK and across the world. There are certain connections between them but there are also many differences that need to be understood in order to effectively aid each condition.
Let’s begin be examining the problem of stress.
The first thing to understand about stress is that it is a natural part of being alive. We need some stress to exist and thrive. Gravity is a stress on the body but when it is removed, for instance, when people spend months in space, their muscles waste away due to a lack of stress.
For most people life “is” stressful. Why? Simple – Either they are doing something they don’t want to do, or they are not doing something they want to do. This “is” stress! What this means is that the real answer to stress lies in changing the way you think.
Faulty thinking lies at the root of our stress issues.
However, after a period of time the problem of stress also becomes a physical issue as the body gets stuck in the “stress response” to life. This is where our adrenal system becomes over active and our bodies make too many stress chemicals. Breaking out of the physical stress response requires a rebalancing of our hormonal system.
To do this the body requires a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and protein and low in sugar and processed foods. We also need a good dose of fat! Remember not to believe that “fat is bad”. We NEED fat to be healthy.
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, when we are anxious our bodies have become locked in the adrenal system and this causes the physical symptoms (increased breathing, elevated pulse, sweats, panic attacks and feeling out of control) that affect many people. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being. People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems or reduced energy may also be present.
Depressed mood is a feature of some psychiatric syndromes such as major depressive disorder but it may also be a normal reaction to life events such as bereavement, a symptom of some bodily ailments or a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.
Depression is best treated by a mixture of diet, natural remedies, psychotherapy and exercise. These four provide a balanced approach to creating a happier state of being. Sadly many people either use one or two of these ways rather than all four.
Given the complexity of depression please call us to arrange a FREE 30 minute consultation where we can aid in putting together a four step program to assist in the quest to be happy in life!
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