Stress is a blurred response to the demands that life places on us. This is also how it builds up. In the course of time, it leads to frustration, an indivisible component of modern life.

Our day-to-day life has its allocation of stresses—peer pressure, marital, financial and workplace problems, among others.

There is not a single healthy person who is absolutely free from stress. All of us accumulate stressful feelings, sometimes for no real reason. The moment we get into this ‘pothole,’ we begin to put pressure on the system, till any further build-up will only ‘blow it up.’

Besides, the more one keeps quiet, the more one is looking for an outlet, or emotional punch bag. This could be one’s spouse, child or colleague.

Stress occurs in three stages:

  • .An initial period of alarm or physiological arousal.
  • A longer phase of resistance, marked by irritability, impatience, anger and fatigue.
  • A final stage of exhaustion, represented by physical and emotional imbalance, maladjustment, withdrawal, illness or disease; and, in some cases, death.

One should, however, realise that not all stresses are stressful or negative. If one can deal with stress and anxiety effectively, it can help us to reach our goals faster.

You would think of this as ‘good’ stress, or ‘eustress’, which motivates and propels us to do well in life and also career.

Research shows that stress, in childhood or later years, affects the way our DNA is expressed. Childhood stress is something that many of us have become aware of only recently.

One major study has found that children who were traumatised or suffered neglect or abuse while growing up, were over one-and-a-half times more likely to develop heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses in adulthood.

Stress, anxiety and depression are primarily a result of either psychological or physiological causes. An unsolved emotional issue can affect an individual’s physical health just as much as emotional well-being.

On the other hand, stress can lead to biochemical imbalances or deficiencies, while influencing their mental and emotional outlook negatively.

It is, indeed, ironical that the connection between mind and body is often overlooked in most conventional protocols. As a matter of fact, even mild-to-moderate emotional illness can have unfavourable effect on our body.

Research suggests that mild forms of depression can hasten death in patients with heart disease.

Likewise, stress is perceived to elevate cholesterol and blood sugar levels, potentially increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

HEALING WITH HOMEOPATHY

For over 200 years, homeopaths have treated stress, depression and anxiety safely and successfully without side-effects. Homeopathy is mind-body medicine, which aims to help the mind and body achieve balance and harmony.

Stress is often an outcome of shock, grief, disappointment or life-changes. It can leave one drained and vulnerable to illness, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. When stress is left untreated, stress responses can become long-term or chronic.

Stress and health are closely linked. Chronic, long-standing stress can induce a number of mind-body disorders, including mood swings and substance abuse.

Homeopathy helps to rebalance the mind and emotions. It is effective in people of all ages, from children with emotional or behavioural problems to adults bogged down by stress, anxiety and depression.

CLINICAL STUDIES

In a clinical trial, a group of students suffering from test-induced anxiety and stress were given either the homeopathic remedy Argentum Nitricumor placebo (dummy pill). The level of test-induced anxiety and stress was significantly reduced in the homeopathic medicine group when compared to the placebo (dummy pill), and this effect appeared to persist over time.

Depression is one of the most commonly treated conditions by homeopaths worldwide. In a six-year study of 6,544 patients, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 71 per cent of patients improved.

In a national survey, conducted by The Society of Homeopaths, UK, and published in the noted journal, The Homeopath,87 per cent of patients who complained of stress-related mental and emotional problems reported positive changes after homeopathic treatment.

SELF-HELP

Focus your attention fully on another activity when stressed or anxious, something you like doing.

Try relaxation techniques; find the one that suits your needs best.

Meditate, listen to soft, soulful music, help others, spend time with others, speak to, or visit friends.

Indulge in physical exercise—walk, swim, go to the gym, cycle, or take the stairs, instead of the lift.

Avoid stimulants like alcohol, cigarettes (smoking) and coffee.

Limit your responsibilities. It’s alright to say no.

 (In a career spanning four decades, DrMukesh Batra has treated over a million patients and been honoured with several fellowships and over 50 national and international awards, including the Padma Shri. He has authored several books, including Healing with Homeopathy.) 

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