Pressure Management

Posted by kkman168 27/06/2017 0 Comment(s) General Health,

Modern Life more stressful than ever

 

Long hours working, pressure to perform at school, cost of living; millions of people are unable to cope in today society. Technology that is supposed to make our life easier is actually making this worse. Take the mobile phone. In the past, when the mobile was not invented, if the phone rang and you were out – bad luck. Today, with the internet, social media, email, and connected devices, we are now available all the time.

 

Symptoms of stress can include, headaches, fatigue, stomach ache, indigestion, muscle tension (neck, shoulders, back), changes in appetite (loss or overeating), and increase consumption of tobacco and alcohol.

 

Psychological symptoms include tension, irritability, anger and depression.

 

Taking appropriate steps to adjust your daily living, rest, exercise and diet can help reduce stress levels.

 

Your body produces a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol requires vitamins in order to be broken-down. Also, carbohydrates and fats are released into the blood stream. Vitamin C and B-Complex are required to break down these fats and carbohydrates. An inadequate supply of vitamin B may stress the central nervous system as tries to keep the system in-check. Without it, this will lead to anxiety, fatigue and irritability.

 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical damage and boosts the body’s immune system promoting healing from infection or injury.

 

In addition to the importance of healthy bones, calcium is required to for the healthy function of the central nervous system. High stress levels will effect calcium absorption levels and may lead to osteoporosis.

 

Include foods that contain nutrients beneficial in times of stress into your diet.

 

Breakfast – add fresh berries to your cereal or drink freshly-squeezed orange juice to boost your vitamin C levels.

 

Lunch – with either a salad or sandwich, add spinach leaves to increase magnesium intake.

 

Dinner – add fish as part of your dinner at least 2-3 times per week to increase your vitamin B6 intake. Green vegetables like broccoli and green capsicum will also assist boosting vitamin C levels.

 

Snacks – during the day, snack on celery sticks, raw carrot sticks or small pieces of dark chocolate.

 

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary and fatty foods, which can lead to declining energy levels, and aim for a balanced diet to ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. 

 

If you are feeling stressed all the time, chances are your body is suffering too. Take some time to assess your current situation, change your diet, change or modify your daily schedule and take up a stress-relieving activity like yoga or reading a book. If these do not assist, please consult your healthcare professional for advice and therapy.

 

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