Why stress results in physiological discomfort

Stress is our response to external circumstances or internal beliefs, expectations or unfinished business within us. However, there is a very real physiological effect of stress on the body beyond tight muscles and headaches.

When the body is under stress, the body acts as if it is dehydrated. With prolonged stress, the body goes into ‘dehydration alert’ and in response produces cholesterol to coat the cells to reduce water loss. This makes the body more acidic resulting in aches and pains, headaches, sore muscles and overall tension in the body. There is often a craving for sugar or stimulants like coffee to ‘pick you up’ from your tiredness and stress overwhelm which makes the body even more acidic, adding to the viscious cycle. Many people then look for a quick fix by taking medication for their aching back, neck, limbs or headaches. However, without the source of the problem not being addressed, the distress continues.

It is essential to take full responsibility for your health. Stress is inevitable in our busy lives – however, beyond a reaction to alert us to change something, overwhelm isn’t inevitable as we can do something about it. Having a good diet that alkalises the body, taking regular exercise and relaxation time where you can reflect on your life’s journey, is essential to create the life you truly want to live. However, often our conscious intentions to change are sabotages by unconscious patterns – thus psychological counselling is an excellent way to bring into conscious your existing sabotaging patterns and take full control of your life.

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