Herbal Ayurvedic Remedies for relieving stress and anxiety
What is stress?
Stress is the body's reaction to challenging situations. It is our original flight or fight response when faced with a new experience. The body actually releases chemicals like adrenaline to help cope physically and emotionally. This causes the familiar reactions of a pounding heart, flushed face, sweating etc. Small amounts of stress are actually good since they help to protect us. We think more clearly to make a quick decision, are able to work faster to meet a deadline, push ourselves harder to accomplish a task. All of the body's systems work in a higher gear in a situation of stress. However when stress lingers day-in and day-out, when you are in constantly demanding situations, the body's systems are unable to function normally. In a state of chronic stress, the body feels that it is in a constant life-threatening situation and can no longer relax. Being in a constant state of alert soon causes the body's systems to break down.
Who can get affected by stress?
Just about anybody including babies can get affected by stress. Over 89% of people have reported experiencing serious stress in their lives. Over 65% of visits to family doctors are for stress-related symptoms.
What are the symptoms of stress?
We can all recognize the immediate symptoms of stress
The long term effects of stress include:
- Pounding heart
- Fast breathing or difficulty breathing
- Mouth goes dry
- Muscle tightening especially those of the stomach
- Need to urinate
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis
- Inability to focus
- Problems sleeping
- Digestive problems which can lead to chronic conditions such as IBS and Crohn's disease
- Loss of sexual drive
- Abuse of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs in an attempt to relax.
What causes stress?
Stress can be caused by internal and external factors. Stress is caused by large part on an individual's perception. For e.g. driving may not seem stressful to some but can be to others. Even positive situations such as getting married or starting college can be highly stressful. In fact any event that is perceived as a challenge can be stressful.
Other than external factors such as one's job or family demands, stress can also be caused
by internal factors such as unrealistic expectations, obsessing, negative self-talk.
Top Ten Stressful Life Events
Death of a close relative
Injury or illness
Fired from job
Source: Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory
Herbs and Herbal formulations that relieve stress
What are some natural ways to prevent and treat stress?
A person's ability to cope with stress is hugely affected by relationships. Build strong relationships with loved ones, friends and co-workers.
Your outlook on life also determines your perception of situations. Try to keep a positive, upbeat attitude. Do not try to bring perfection, learn to be easy-going. Everyone goes through challenging situations in life but those who are emotionally healthy are able to bounce back more quickly and move forward
Exercise is a great means of relaxing and relieving stress
Practise other stress relieving methods such as yoga, meditation and tai-chi
Get involved in hobbies like gardening and scrapbooking
Herbs such as Ashwagandha and Bacopa help the mind and body be relaxed and yet feel energetic. Ashwagandha is often recommended in autoimmune diseases such as arthritis as it is an anti-inflammatory and also helps the body to relax.Mentat is an ayurvedic formulation of 26 herbs and minerals that helps to relieve stress and anxiety related cognitive and behavioral disorders. Geriforte is a combination of over 40 herbs and minerals. It has been clinically proven to lower stress levels, reduce fatigue, raise performance levels and improve cardiovascular health.
Herbal remedies for Stress Relief
For Stress Relief, Enhanced Brain Functions, Anti-Depressant
Reduces stress, increases fitness
Lowers stress levels and stress hormones