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STRESS is the trash of modern life – we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up & overtake your life (Danzae Pace)

Stress is defined as anything that threatens the health of the body or has an adverse effect on it’s functioning, such as injury, disease, depression or worry.

Constant stress brings about hormonal changes within the body and also reduces the immune function. What is important is how we respond to it.

Where potential stress loads cannot be reduced, it is vital that we attempt to react differently, so that tension is released instead of bring internalised. Stress is cumulative, and we become less able to cope with it’s symptoms over time.

There are endless lists as to what causes stress, and these are relevant to different individuals – this could be due to a specific personality type – and this would then affect people in different ways. Emotions such as guilt, resentment, self- pity, self- loathing, anger, depression, anxiety & brooding over conflicts are all causes of cumulative stress unless they are harmlessly discharged.

There are 2 types of stress: EUSTRESS & DISTRESS.

Eustress is essential – as it is needed to ensure maximal growth & development – involving the embrace of both supportive & challenging events equally and simultaneously.

Distress – this involves perceiving challenging events without equally & simultaneously supporting the events. Distress can erode productivity and initiate chaos in any one or more areas of our lives.

Physical Effects of Stress

The body has a unique adaption system to cope with stress. The hypothalamus responds to stress by initiating the General Adaption Syndrome (GAS) via 2 pathways.

First the SYMPATHETIC nervous system affecting the internal organs triggering the adrenalin release.

The second is the response from the brain – hormones which stimulate a variety of hormones from the outer layer of the adrenal glands.

The first response is known as the fight, flight or freeze response – where the body gears up to physically prepare to fight back or flee. When it is not adequately dealt with and exercised it accumulates and leads to physical illness.

The follow physiological sequence occurs:

All muscles tense up, increasing the levels of lactic acid & anxiety levels rise.

Sugar is released for extra energy & the adrenal glands excrete more adrenalin, increasing the heart rate. Increased blood flow provides nutrients to the muscles and improves alertness. Blood supply to non-essential organs is reduces due to vaso-constriction – thus raising the blood pressure.

The spleen puts out more blood into the circulation, further increasing blood pressure. Respiration increases so to raise blood oxygen levels for the brain and muscles to be able to react. Pupils dilate to facilitate “sharper” improved vision & the pores on the skin dilate to initiate the body’s cooling effect. During this “alarm” state digestion is reduced, salivary glands halt thus giving the dry mouth effect. The kidneys slow down urine production due to blood flow restriction & the immune system activity is reduced. Where there is an adequate response – then all returns to normal.

However if stress is not released, the body enters a “resistance stage” where many of the alarm responses become chronic. The hypothalamus attempts to regulate however this becomes a hormonal regulator from the pituitary & adrenal glands rather than via the CNS. Hormones remained altered and the adrenal glands conserve sodium in order to maintain a normal blood pressure. Blood sugar disturbances are also evident in erratic attempts to meet the required demands in emotional crisis. Patients present with periodic sugar cravings, irritability, headaches and sometime the shakes.

Other symptoms in the resistance stage are:

  • Chronic Fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns
  • Eating disorders – loss of appetite / over indulgence
  • Nervous disorders – Nail biting, inability to sit still, headaches, palpitations
  • Emotional disturbances – anger / easy to cry, anxiety, low self-esteem
  • Inability to plan forward or coping with work load
  • Unexplained pains – abdomen , chest
  • Allergies – auto immune disease may develop
  • Low sex drive, periodic hot flushes & irritation at being touched

 

As the adrenal glands weaken further, they get tiered of trying to conserve sodium, then the potassium levels increase causing fluid retention, weakness & cramps. Sometime dizziness and low blood pressure are evident, emotional & nervous system disturbances worsen along with increased fatigue and sleep disorders. By this stage serious efforts to combat stress become essential. The resistance stage allows the body to continue fighting after the effects of the alarm stage have worn off. This stage is reversible if attention is paid to diet, exercise & stress relief techniques. Some patients stay in this stage for as long as 10 years, however if drugs are used to suppress stress, the onset of the exhaustion stage will be more intense & rapid.

The Exhaustion phase is critical – where the body just gives up and can no longer cope with stress & the adrenal glands are worn out. Unless this stage is rapidly reversed, the prognosis is serious – leading to potential stroke, heart attack, ulcers, cancer and / or diabetes.

Types of Stress

  • Mental – Responsibilities, financial / career, long working hours, perfectionism.
  • Emotional – self attitude, imbalance in relationships, anger, fear, sadness, betrayal, bereavement.
  • Psycho-spiritual – life’s goals, spiritual alignment, imbalance / lack in spiritual nurturing
  • Physical – Exercise, pregnancy, adolescence, menopause, aging
  • Traumatic – Injury, surgery, infection
  • Biochemical – Deficiencies of essential vitamins & minerals, amino acids, addictions, genetic disorders
  • Toxic – Environmental pollutants, chemicals, addictions & Psychological draining environments.

The first step to coping with stress is to recognise there is a problem & what are the particular stress triggers. It is vital at this stage to get the patient to quietly assess their own situation and identify note the source / trigger.

Then they will need to answer 3 critical questions:

  • Is this short / long term?
  • Can I control this issue or do I need to focus on controlling the reaction to it?
  • Can I set limits for myself / others that may help resolve this issue?

Ultimately the patient has to recognise the issue, attempt to find an immediate answer as to what & then take the responsibility to alter it to ensure a healthy positive outcome.

When relating stress to the work place – it could be due to a number of issues – lack of support structures, work overload, inability to cope with demands and unrealistic deadlines, and these trigger the stress response in the body physically while at the same time depleting the mental ability to cope. It becomes a vicious cycle where inevitably it begins to spill over and impact on the persons home and personal life – this is where the balance becomes critical for coping. In todays’ fast paced lifestyle, it appears to be the norm to have high stress levels, but learning to recognise & cope are not given the credit that it should.

A holistic approach is required to regain the homeostasis required for optimal physical & mental functioning.

 

 

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TOP 10 CHALLENGES THAT THE YOUTH OF TODAY FACES – FINAL

This week our final for June, we are discussing the last three challenges the youth of today faces.
These are probably the most difficult to overcome. INADEQUATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES which in turn could lead to POVERTY and lastly JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

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SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS?
+TEACH WORK MANAGEMENT SKILLS. Teach your teen some basic ways to manage tasks, such as making lists or breaking larger tasks into smaller ones and doing one piece at a time.
+TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP – (Jobs are no longer guaranteed)
- Help your child set effective goals.
- Teach your kids financial literacy.
- Let children solve their own problems.
- Foster creativity.
- Get kids involved in the community.
- Find “learning lessons” in adversities.
- Brainstorm business ideas
+DO NOT try to solve your teenager’s problems. As a parent, it is hard to see your child under stress. But try to resist solving your teen’s problems. Instead, work together to brainstorm solutions and let your teen come up with ideas. Using this approach helps teens learn to tackle stressful situations on their own.

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TOP 10 CHALLENGES THE YOUTH OF TODAY FACES - PART 3
We continue with the top 10 challenges the youth of today faces.

So far we have discussed:

- Single Parent Households
- Substance Abuse
- Early Maturity
- Violence in Schools

The next two challenges are:

MATERIALISM
It is sad but a bitter fact that we live in a society that promotes consumerism and materialism. And we unknowingly encourage and instill this philosophy into our children. Surprisingly we teach our children that the success and happiness in life is measured by how much stuff or wealth you acquire or what Brand name items you where? It is nothing but natural when kids ask for things which their friends may have. But instead of fulfilling their demands immediately, we should take a pause and think seriously. In which direction we are heading? Never mind, we satiate their demands which are within our financial limit, but that is not a good sign at all.

OBESITY
Recent trends show that approximately 25% kids are obese in India. There is a thin line between being chubby and being obese. Why so? What went wrong? Who’s to blame? There are several questions which instantly pop up. Video games, TV, the internet and fast food can be blamed partially. Today, kids are spending more time watching TV, surfing the internet than running around. This sedentary lifestyle has dangerous consequences. The saddest thing is that they can feel socially awkward or being ridiculed by their peers. Apart from obesity-related health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, other side-effects are low self-esteem, depression, etc.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?

- BE A ROLE MODEL. Whether you know it or not, your teen looks to you as a model for healthy behavior. Do your best to promote sustainable living. Make your own clothes, grow your own food philosophy.

- GET YOUR TEEN MOVING. Getting regular exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress, for both adults and teens. Encourage your teens to explore an exercise/activity they enjoy, whether it is team sports or other activities like yoga, wall climbing, swimming, dancing, or hiking. You might even suggest trying a new activity together like hiking in the outdoors.

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In this post we will continue to discuss the top 10 challenges the youth of today faces. To recap our first post discussed, Single Parent Households and Substance Abuse.
The next two are:

EARLY MATURITY

In earlier generations, kids enjoyed being kids. But today, with the advent of satellite television and internet, kids are bombarded with unwanted information. They are exposed to some adult-related content too, which is not at all conducive for their delicate minds. The concept of childhood becomes problematic.

VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

When we send our kids to school, we usually take a sigh of relief. Schools play a major role in teaching life skills to young minds and their endeavor must be recognized. It is reasonable to expect that these sacred places of learning would prove as safe havens for children. Increasing cases of crime in school makes us lose our sleep. No, these are no minor cases of bullying but serious full-fledged crimes like stabbings, fighting and suicides.

Teenagers face a variety of stresses. For some, it is trying to balance a part-time job with mountains of homework. Others may have to help out at home or deal with bullying or peer pressure. Whatever the cause, starting down the road to adulthood has its own special challenges.

CALL your "health care provider" if your teen seems:
– Overwhelmed by stress
– Talks about self-harm
– Mentions thoughts of suicide
– Also call if you notice signs of bullying, depression or anxiety.

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–ACUDETOX – for management of stress & anxiety,
- BACH FLOWER REMEDIES – for emotional balancing
– SUPPLEMENTS for the management of stress and mild to moderate depression as well as assisting with the focus and clarity of mind especially for the wandering mind and high stress times around exam time.
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As it is Youth Day/Month June 16th, we thought it apt to discuss this topic.
The youth are the pillars of social, economic and political developments. In addition to their intellectual contribution and the ability to mobilize support, our youth bring unique perspectives to our lives and society. As a society we should value the imagination, ideals and energies of young men and women, which are also the future stakeholders of our society. We will Explore some of the basic problems faced by today’s youth, in our evolving modern world.

SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS

When kids see their parents living under different roofs, their adolescent mind suffers. The last two decades, we have seen an increase in single parent homes. It is really tough to look after a child in divided home. The situation is far more difficult when kids are raised single-handedly. Even if the parent / s are participatory ans involved it has been seen that the children are often deprived of parental guidance, which may result in an unwanted number of problems, such as alcohol/drug abuse, school dropout, and teenage pregnancies. Often these children do not have a childhood as they are burdened with adult responsibilities.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

“A cigarette in my hand…I felt like a man.” Yes…..the famous anti-smoking campaign by Gary Lawyer did manage to scare smoking to some extent. Leave aside the society, cigarette smoking is not even justified in the world of cinema now. Smoking was cool, back then. But nowadays, the awareness to the danger of smoking has increased substantially. Unfortunately it is not the same in case of drinking and using drugs. They are still assumed as cool stuff. Youngsters literally hang around booze. Apart from damaging their own health, they also risk the society. Under the influence of alcohol, these brats will rash drive and do several other anti-social activities.

It’s extremely important for people with addictions to seek help and if you know someone who can’t make the leap themselves, it’s important for you to then be supportive and encourage them to do so.

We will be discussing more challenges over the coming weeks during the month of June, so watch out for our posts.

WHAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

- The National Department of Social Development in partnership with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has run the 24-hour Substance Abuse Helpline for over 10 years: Call 0800 12 13 14. If you are unable to call you can also SMS 32312 and a counsellor will call you back.
- SADAG has also created an online “Contact a Counsellor” button.
- Along with the SADAG Facebook page, there are also other online communities you can get in contact with for help or simply to learn more about substance abuse and how you can help someone with an addiction problem. The Ke Moja Substance Abuse Facebook page is another great online platform.
- For those with alcoholism, outpatient programmes are offered by organisations like the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependences (SANCA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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ACCUDETOX – for management of stress & anxiety, addiction, ADDHD
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES – for emotional balancing
SUPPLEMENTS for the management of stress and mild to moderate depression as well as assisting with the focus and clarity of mind especially for the wandering mind and high stress times around exams.
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