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How Stress Affects You Physically (And What to Do About It)
Virtually everyone has experienced stress at one point or another. Essentially, stress is the reaction of the body to any change that warrants an adjustment of some sort. Stress can be a physical, emotional, or mental response.
The human body is capable of handling stress, but it is not good for the body to experience continuous stress without any relief in between. When that happens, a person can experience distress, which is a negative stress reaction. It can lead to and entail physical symptoms, such as sleep issues, headaches, chest pains, and more. Stress can also exacerbate the effects of some diseases. People often try to use substances, such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, for stress relief, but more often these agents tend to maintain stress rather than relieve it.
Since every individual is different, it cannot be predicted how any one person will react to stress. There are many common effects that stress can have on the human body. There are emotional symptoms, such as moodiness, a feeling of being overwhelmed, depression and low self-esteem, having difficulty relaxing, and avoiding other people. There are also physical symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia, stomach problems, low energy, muscle aches and tensions, chest pains and rapid heartbeat, frequent infections, and loss of sexual desire and/or ability. There are also cognitive and behavioral symptoms that can take a toll. Chronic stress can cause problems that are even more severe, such as mental health problems, eating disorders (including obesity), cardiovascular problems, menstrual problems, gastrointestinal problems, and sexual dysfunction.
Although many people will be exposed to stress, it can be manageable depending on how it is handled. If you are experiencing an excessive amount of stress, the first thing that you should do is consult your physician. He or she can rule out any other potential causes of your symptoms. If the stress that you are experiencing is really the cause of the symptoms, your doctor can refer you to a trained therapist.
A good massage is helpful in the short term, but chronic stress calls for regular massages. When muscles tighten up, blood has a harder time travelling through the body, delivering oxygen and vitamins where it needs to.
Two to four massages per month is recommended to keep muscles loose and blood flowing.
Body treatments have different effects, depending on how they are designed. Some stimulate circulation and draw out toxins that accumulate in the body due to stress and harsh environments. Some leave your skin feeling beautifully moisturized and your body relaxed (similar to a massage). Typically, the goals are to remove toxins from the body and to relax the muscles, opening up healthy blood passages.
Different people will prefer different treatments. Try experimenting with several until you find your favorite.
Vitamin therapy is another option. With this method, healthy and safe doses of natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids are injected directly into a patient’s blood stream, bypassing the digestive system and therefore retaining 100% of the benefits that sometimes get lost when taken orally. Vitamins stimulate cells and provide nutrition for the body, taking some of the burden off the mind and allowing for greater processing of oxygen.
Another potential solution is to spend time in a relaxing environment, such as a spa. Dr. Berkley Skin + Body, a medi spa in Los Angeles may just be the place for you, if you are located in the area. Body treatments, massages, and vitamin therapy are just a few treatments offered at this clinic. It would be worth a try to see if you can alleviate your stress here.
About the Company:
Dr. Berkley Skin + Body is a 1500-square foot medi spa facility in Studio City, CA. Dr. Berkley graduated from UCLA in 1975 before completing her doctorate at the University of California Irvine Medical School in 1979. Studying and practicing Medical Esthetics since 2006, Dr. Berkley obtains excellent natural-looking results thanks to her artistic eye, good hands, and soft touch.