Stress Related Symptoms – Health Effects of Stress, how do you deal with it?

10 ways to reduce stress

The Effects of Stress

The health effects of Stress and anxiety is caused by what we are mostly thinking about and our self-talk.  Other outside sources can also help worsen the effects of stress on our body and mind. When all around you are stressing out then it becomes contagious. Everyone then becomes part of the problem and not the solution.

Negative energy and negative self-talk then become negative conversations wRelief for stress headacheshich then gets expanded and expanded.  Downward spiral with no way out.

Nations and even the world can be affected by the stress levels of the people, worldwide stress causes everyone to act and react from their fight or flight responses.  When everyone is feeling the effects of the global stress there are fewer people to calm things downs and create positive and rational behavior.  The 2016 election in the USA has caused major stress worldwide. No matter where in the world you are, the 2016 election was a part of the media cycle.

What can you do about it?

Reducing stress can be a challenge for most so, therefore, using your tools to de-stress are crucial.  Everyone knows the basic de-stress tools like meditation, deep breathing, exercise etc.   However when all around you are stressing out how do you protect yourself from getting effects of stress?

Affects of stress on your body

Take a look at the diagram above of your face.  You can see how points on your face affect a corresponding organ.  This is why it is so important to combat stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Constant stress causes your organs to react.   Sometimes people will think it is what they are eating and drinking, which is also a contributing factor, but most people tend to not think their stress levels are causing illness.  Effects of stress increase your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and your body reacts to the fight or flight response.  This in turns shuts down your digestive system and you start to get stomach issues, IBS, weight gain, bloating and general ill health. Some people also get stress headaches too.

Sometimes people will think it is what they are eating and drinking, which is also a contributing factor, but most people tend to not think their stress levels are causing illness and disease.

There are stressful times to come in the World and how you as an individual deal with those stressors will determine how the people around you are reacting to you. Also remember pets also respond differently when they are living in a stressful household.

Be the change you wish to see in the world, a very famous quote by Gandhi

Right now there has never been a better reason to make sure you are part of the positive change.  Limit your time spent watching and listening to What stress is doing to the worldthe media.  Mostly the media excels at negative coverage.  Listen to positive and uplifting affirmations.  Volunteer for a group less fortunate than yourself. Getting involved in charities is always a positive experience because you are making decisions and taking actions to make a positive change for others. This brings down stress levels for you and the people you are helping.

People who live alone can be more prone to stress and depression.  If you know of anyone who does live alone then check in with them and make sure they are looking after themselves and staying positive.

The world is becoming an even smaller place than it ever was and the rising waters, global warming and the changes in the balance of the controlling leaders of the world is taking its toll on many people.  There are many who worry and stress about the planet all the time and what is going to happen to it and how feeble they feel.
This is more true for the younger generations. Millenials are the most stressed generation along with Gen X in 2016.  This does make sense as these age groups are bringing up children, building careers and homes and making life-changing decisions. These new generations also have more access to information than any generations previous.  As such, their stress levels are higher at a much younger age. The amount of children that are on anti-depressants is astounding.  17 Million worldwide……..

Today, children 5 years old and younger are the fastest-growing segment of the non-adult population prescribed antidepressants in the U.S. Children as young as 4 have attempted suicide while influenced by such drugs and 5-year-olds have committed suicide. Between 1995 and 1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in the under 6 population and 151% in the 7-12 age group. In 2004, the FDA ordered that a “black box” label be placed on antidepressants warning that they can cause suicide in children and adolescents.

Affect of stress on children are often ignored – Speak to your children no matter how old they are and find out what worries them.  There are other solutions for your child apart from taking medications.  Let them know they are safe at home and in their immediate surroundings.  Let them know it is ok to share their feelings, they need to feel validated.  Deal with your own feelings surrounding what is stressing you out so that you are more relaxed.  Spending time with your kids without stressing reassures them that things are safe and there is less for them to be worried about.  Teach your children how to Journal and express themselves through writing or drawing.  Also, a great idea for the adults to be journalling as well, which is a great way to reduce stress and get all your thoughts out of your head.

There are several communities getting together to raise the energy levels and there are great reasons for joining or at least listening to some of them.


 

Please share this with others and be part of the positive change we are all looking for.

Thank You…..


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30 Comments

  1. Jasmere

    I can definitely attest to yoga because once I tried it, I started to feel a peace of mind I’ve never felt before. I think another thing that really helps with stress is mediation. Doing it for at least 10 minutes a day and I can say I’ve really noticed a difference to be honest. 🙂

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad you found something that works for you, there is not one fit for all and whatever it is that helps you cope naturally is always good.

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  2. Irma

    Thank you for this awesome post!
    I wish I knew then what I know now, and I would have raised my child up with more coping skills. However, I was not raised with any myself and have had to learn them in the past couple of years.

    I think that they should teach this stuff to kids in elementary school to help them prepare for the real world. I am sure there would be less bullying if more people learned how to cope with stress and negative emotions.

    EFT/tapping, journaling and many others have helped me to calm down and stay centered and I have learned much about how stress affects me.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you, yes teaching children coping skills is how we are going to change society in the future. Coping skill are not being taught in schools anymore and things have to change.

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  3. Stephanie

    Hi Helen, thanks for sharing this. You’re right, there is so much going on in the world that is causing us a whole to get stressed a lot more. To be honest, I was very surprised by some of the facts/statistics you mentioned, such as children under 5 being prescribed anti-depressants. This is actually quite saddening. I used to be on anti-depressants, so I know what it’s like to be in a really low place, so it’s such a shame that kids are feeling like this too. I really hope things can change soon.

    Also, I definitely feel that issues relating to stress need to be talked about more. Most people don’t take these issues seriously until it gets worse. I’ve known people to make fun of others who took time off work for stress-related issues. It just goes to show that people don’t take it seriously, and I think that’s part of the problem of why the issues are getting more prevalent.

    Your article has been really thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you I appreciate your feedback and it is as you say something that needs to be talked about so much more than it is.

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  4. Sydnee

    Stress is such a big part of life and I know that in high school I began having panic/anxiety attacks that I eventually learned to curb with some success. I also think a lot of people believe that everyone always has some level of stress that those of us who are more deeply affected by it are told to get over it. I speak out about my anxiety and how it’s affected me but I still get caught off guard with attacks here and there. I need to better divvy up my time to balance work (teacher), my online life (Beauty/Fashion blogger+YouTuber) and downtime with my family and friends. It’s always a juggling act.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It is not uncommon to have panic and anxiety in schools. Many of my clients have been students, once I teach them EFT they have a tool to eliminate their panic and anxiety, hopefully you will try it and not have to do such a juggling act. Let me know how I can help.

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  5. Kim

    I started yoga and meditation and I LOVE it. It has helped a lot with stress

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It certainly does help when done on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing your stress relief technique.

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  6. Jay Read

    Thank you for your post and you seem very passionate about supporting others with your incites and research.

    For me I find relaxing in each moment with everything that arises allows me to live a stable, beneficial and clear life that doesn’t have to look a certain way, allowing my gifts, strengths and talents to flow forth.

    Best Jay

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes I am passionate about helping others and hopefully achieve this through my website. I am so glad you have found a strategy that helps you also. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Chris

    Helen, thank you so much for the great post. I have 3 young boys, and can oftenm forget that they too can suffer from periods of stress.

    Your article has opened my eyes to being more in tune to their stress levels, in addition to my own.

    Thanks, and I look forward to your future posts!

    Chris

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad I was able to help Chris. Having 3 boys brings its own stress I am sure 🙂

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  8. Emma

    Stress is something that we all tend to get at some point and I’ve certainly been through my fair share during school. I used to get conjunctivitis all the time because of stress so I know what harm it can do to your body! Thanks for sharing this with us, I’m sure this is going to help a lot of people, not just me 🙂

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes you are so right, and conjunctivitis is one of the affects of stress, so glad you identified what and how your body reacts too.

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  9. Lawrence Gregory

    Hey Helen =)

    Love the advice you give us on what to do to eradicate the negativity/stress.

    I completely agree that these are some of the main factors than cause us to be this way.

    Creating new positive habits it a must do! =)

    Thanks.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Agreed, being positive is hard when everyone around you is negative. We all need to be more positive everywhere in our lives.

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  10. Andrea

    What an informative post, and so true that our own feelings affect the whole world. A great yogi, Swami Sivananda says, “Individual Peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.”

    Thank you for bringing this to light and for all the practical solutions and methods you’ve offered in order to lessen and even eradicate stress and anxiety from our lives. We all need to be more aware of this!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments. If we were all to reduce our stress levels and increase our positive outlook it could pave the way for world peace. 🙂

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  11. Valina

    HI Helen,
    very interesting! Some really great information, thanks.
    My eyes are not the best so the image was also a bit small for me, but I would really like to
    be able to read it clearly – can you help? It would be useful for me in my massages to be able to
    have this in my room or to be able to show to clients.
    Look forward to visiting your site again soon
    thanks

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I am going to change the image so you can see it better check back soon for a better one.

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  12. Fatima Zehra

    Music and reading has always helped me calm my nerves. Thanks for sharing this, its so insightful

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You are welcome, music and reading are great ways to reduce stress and to get away from all that is going on around you.

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  13. Marlaine

    Hi there,
    I enjoyed reading your post! And I absolutely agree that media is a negative stress in our lives. So is social media, if you get too deep.
    I myself find that reading through especially the Book of Psalms in the Bible is a very good stress reducer. Being reminded of the God who controls all takes stress OFF of me!
    Are you able to enlarge the image of the face? I couldn’t read the text, but was intrigued by the idea of it.
    Thanks!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Let me see what I can do about the image, and thanks for asking. Anything you do to reduce stress is a game changer and good for your health.

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  14. Harry

    Hello Helen.

    I totally agree that stress is spreading worldwide. Every time that I am coming back to the city from a trip to the countryside, I can sense the negativity in the air. I know that this sounds weird, but I just feel it.

    When people are stressed, their functioning capacity becomes compromised. Our body can’t handle long-term stress and eventually our mind gets disconnected from our body and we get depressed.

    Personally, meditation helps me a lot, but I am sure that there are plenty of other ways to counter stress.

    Harry!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      So true and it is not weird. Energy plays a big part in our lives and the more negative the more destroying it becomes to the energy levels and our health. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress as part of your health regime.

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  15. Ben

    I listen to music, mostly classical music, on the local classicl station when I am stressed. It helps a lot. Also drinking a cup of good tea or going on a ten minute walk. What do you think?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      All great things to do especially taking a walk and listening to the music. Making sure of course that your tea is decaf and herbal 🙂

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