Let’s talk about stress. You got some? Many of us have been asked if we have stress in our lives and a common answer to that question is, ‘who doesn’t?’ Let’s look at this. Stress is literally defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Sound like something you are familiar with?
WebMD, in their article ‘The Effects of Stress on the Body’ (https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body) indicates that while stress can sometimes be good for the body, some of the adverse effects include “headache, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and problems sleeping….diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety”. Statistically, significantly more than half of all doctor’s office visits are for stress related complaints. WebMD indicates that the lifetime presence of an emotional disorder is over 50%, frequently related to untreated stress reactions.
Types of Stress
According to Medical News Today, (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145855.php) in their article ‘Why Stress Happens and How to Manage It’ there are 3 types of Stress:
- Acute Stress – short term, most common. Often caused by thinking of the pressure of things recently occurred or upcoming demands in the near future.
- Episodic Acute Stress: someone who has frequent triggers of stress; too many commitments & poor organization complicates this.
- Chronic Stress: This is the most harmful type and continues over a long period. This can be caused by ongoing poverty, a dysfunctional family, unhappy marriage. People suffering this have a hard time seeing an escape and often stop seeking solutions.
Since the causes, symptoms, emotional reactions and behaviors associated with stress are many and varied, making it hard to properly diagnose, a professional will take into account many factors of a person’s lifestyle.
So, what do we do when faced with stress? Eat ourselves silly? Scream at our family, friends and neighbors? Exercise? Drink? Smoke? WHAT????? Treatment options, according to Medical News today, include: “self-help and…therapies that may help to induce relaxation [to] include aromatherapy or reflexology.
The Mayo Clinic has an article titled ‘Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits’ (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743), in which they list the benefits of massage to include effective treatment for: reducing stress, pain and muscle tension; anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-related insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, etc. Massage has the added benefit of increasing feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Massage has been recognized since ancient times in China as a beneficial, and even necessary component of daily living and optimal health. Massage Therapy can trace its roots throughout most cultures and only recently has been pushed aside in favor of medicine and surgeries. The current time has seen a resurgence in this, and other alternative therapies.
Beaumont Health Systems recognizes Reiki therapy as a stress reducing aid also. (https://www.beaumont.edu/other-education/allied-health/reiki-training). Reiki is defined as: “a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.” Beaumont’s article indicates that as of 2010, a Health Forum survey indicated 21% of the hospitals responding offered some sort of Reiki and or Therapeutic touch. They support Reiki benefits to include stress reduction, pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, less fatigue for oncology patients, improved quality of life for the elderly, and reduced burn-out for their nurses. Reiki treatment is available to anyone who isn’t currently bleeding or with a freshly broken bone. Clients of reiki frequently experience a sense of relaxation and well-being during the session.
Sound therapy refers to a range of therapies in which sound is used to treat physical and mental conditions. The Gazette, in the article ‘Healing Sound: Tibetan singing bowl therapy reduces stress, physical and emotional strain’, discusses the benefits of some modalities of sound therapy. Some people find that listening to soothing music assists in meditation, relaxation, stress reduction and sleep. Sound therapy increases these effects of this by using vibrations to possibly heal aches and pains, reduce stress and other mental and emotional issues. Other methods of sound therapy use tuning forks for additional results.
While stress is common in all of our lives, there are many natural, non-invasive ways to cope and offset the harmful effects of stress. The Mind Body Collective is proud to offer the above therapies, in addition to Hypnosis, Nutrition and Herb Counseling. We are excited to be adding meditation to our offerings also.
We would love to help you with your needs!