Stress and balance: how to manage one to discover the other!
The term “stress” refers to the reactions that a physical, mental, social or emotional stimulus requires to respond to an alteration in the way we act, think or feel.
This is what gets us out of our comfort zone when we’re unsure how to handle the situation, thus affecting our balance.
Any change is a stress, or creates one: it is part of life, so much so that when life itself does not put stress in our path, we create it.
In fact, many people need to see their glass as half empty to give themselves a reason to react, so to create a stressful situation: an excessive reactivity that becomes an addiction.
Some people live through these intense periods very well: however, for others this situation can create a particular tiredness, headaches, irritability, a change in appetite, memory loss, low self-esteem, a drop-in blood pressure, insomnia or gastrointestinal imbalance.
Do you recognize yourself? But wait, there’s more:
It’s not difficult to understand that this permanent tension is the ideal nest for disease: research shows that 80% of diseases, cardiovascular problems, cancer, and various infections, have an origin related to stress, physical or emotional.
The protection faculties of the body are brought to their maximum: this is done as an action of preservation, response to urgency and internal tension (fight or flight).
These reactions and follow up transformations have an inhibitory effect on the ability of white blood cells to respond to a pathogenic aggression: they are originally intended to cope with imminent physical danger and claim to gather all of our faculties of combat.
However, at the same time they prevent the body from defending itself against pathogenic aggression, which means that they cause a decrease in immunity.
The majority of our stressful events are not physical threats, but the body responds as if it were.
To better protect yourself, recognize the various forms of stress
There is the environmental stress (the excesses of temperatures, the changes of climate, noise, pollution etc). The endogenous stress (pain, psychological conflicts, metabolic deficiencies, disease) to which, according to our psychological profile, the intensity of the conflict, its duration and its repetition will have us react in three stages: (Don’t worry, I’ll take you through it…)
1. The alarm phase: a danger to which we must adapt at all costs, a phase of shock that mobilizes the entire sympathetic nervous system.
2. The resistance phase: it’s a rather chronic traumatic situation which leads the body to develop endurance faculties.
3. The exhaustion phase: where the person’s resources no longer allow them to control their nervous state. There is danger, metabolic impairment, onset of sclerosis, psychosomatic disorders, and degenerative lesions.
Of course, these three phases also have pathological consequences, such as so-called oxidative stress, toxic acidosis, and nutritional deficiency.
As indicated above, the increase in adrenal activity leads to an overproduction of adrenaline.
This overproduction forces the body to metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates faster to provide more energy to the body in distress.
This forces the body to eliminate amino acids, potassium and phosphorus, and leech into the magnesium stored in the muscles, thus leaving less calcium in reserve.
In addition, a stressed body can’t absorb nutrients properly, so in the long term, the body is lacking in irreplaceable nutrients, resulting in the nutritional deficiency noted above.
One of the most frequent deficiencies is the lack of B vitamins and certain electrolytes, which are so important in the functioning of the nervous system.
A stressed body stimulates the formation of free radicals whose oxidation damages tissues and cell walls. This is known as “oxidative stress”.
Another consequence of adrenal dysfunction, added onto nutritional depletion, and excess cell oxidation is acidosis.
The resulting chemical imbalances disrupt the acid-base balance, creating an excess of acidity in body fluids, and it’s in an acidic environment that most chronic and degenerative diseases are triggered.
However, on a fundamental level, it is already very unpleasant to suffer from the symptoms such as:
- Water retention
- Strong perspiration
- Bowel movements with burning sensations
- Fluctuations between constipation and diarrhea
- Burning sensation in the mouth
- Teeth sensitivity to fruit acidity
It’s time to take advantage of the power of essential oils!
Aromatherapy for stress
It’s very important to accept a situation, and then to let go. The following essential oils can help with that:
Rose otto (rosa damascena), frankisence (boswellia carterii), lemon (citrus lemonum), vetiver (vetivera zizanoid), grapefruit (citrus paradisi)
To relieve feelings of anger caused by stress, use:
Roman chamomile, with ylang ylang, lavender, bergamot
If stress puts you in a depressive state, use:
bergamot, geranium, ylang ylang, clary sage, jasmine, sandalwood
Feel free to create your own synergies of oils that you add to a palm full of cream for example, which will allow you to massage your hands, the base of the fingers, in order to breathe in your oils.