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Soothe your stress by Eugenie Rowson

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, what would you give your stress level right now? When I ask my patients this question, one patient might answer: “Not very high; about 7”, while another might say: “Oh, it’s very high at the moment; about 7”.

Mental and physical exhaustion is no longer exclusive to high-powered executives. In this busy world of ours, today even schoolchildren are under enormous pressure. So how do we measure stress? Is it defined by what is happening to us, or rather how we perceive what is happening to (or around) us?

The causes of stress are known as stressors, and we are faced with literally hundreds of them every day. Any event that a person finds threatening or difficult to cope with can be a potential cause of stress. Stress is a subjective experience and what one person may find stressful, another may not. We feel stressed when we extend or push ourselves beyond the point at which we feel at ease. Each person weighs up a situation, activity or demand against his or her past experience and outcomes; and his or her coping skills will determine the response to the stressor at that particular time.

Stress is a strained physical, mental or emotional response to the various daily hassles, demands, changes and events in our lives. Such stressors result in a feeling of physical, mental or emotional dis-ease. External stressors include major life events such as starting a new job, marriage, moving home, having a baby, a death in the family, divorce and financial strain.

Secondary to these are our daily life hassles, of which there are numerous. Ongoing trials and tribulations are believed to cause us the most stress of all, and can subsequently disorder our health. We are plagued by the demands of daily life including tight deadlines, traffic jams, fear of crime, shopping, queuing, nasty neighbours, losing the car keys, time pressures, long working hours, excess noise, arguments, relatives and even burning the dinner. Our perception of stress is further influenced by internal factors such as our beliefs, expectations, levels of perfectionism, personality, past experiences, level of self-esteem, confidence and mental attitude.

Stress can have a multitude of symptoms or dis-eases. The symptoms of stress are caused by the hormone adrenaline which prepares the body for the flight and fight reaction – a certain amount of which is beneficial and assists us in ‘winning the race’. However, it may also bring on negative feelings, emotions and even physical symptoms. Some negative emotions that accompany stress and our response to stressful situations may include anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, despair, anticipatory fears, irritability, loneliness, depression, fear of failure, tearfulness, feelings of inadequacy and being overwhelmed, panic, anxiety and worry, and many more.

Mind symptoms may include brainfog, poor memory, confusion, lack of mental clarity, being easily distracted, poor concentration, nitpicking or faultfinding, inability to switch off, aversion to mental work, and more. A bombardment of mental, emotional and physical stressors in the long term also results in a range of physical symptoms such as adrenal gland burn-out, exhaustion, anxiety or depression, reduced coping ability, high blood pressure, poor blood sugar regulation, headaches, digestion disorders, unexplained hair loss, low libido, sleep disorders, water retention, weak memory and many more ailments, some of them serious.

What matters most is that we recognise when we are feeling stressed, worn out, wiped out, drained, shattered, beat, weary, tired, exhausted, fatigued, done-in, dog-tired, useless, pooped or exhausted, and find effective ways of correcting it. To help you achieve this, nature has a remedy for every imaginable disorder. Vibrational Medicine is an affordable, gentle, non-toxic and highly effective system of medicine. It is used all over the world and is acknowledged as the second leading system of medicine globally. Because it is such a gentle system of medicine with no harmful side-effects, it is ideal for self-help when treating common everyday ailments. It can also be used to good effect in conjunction with allopathic medicine. While allopathic medicine generally works by suppressing the symptoms we see, Vibrational Medicine works to boost the body’s innate healing ability and encourage and complete those healing mechanisms, bringing about true healing. Homeopathy offers a greener, safer, more effective way to improve your emotional and physical health. Here are a few of our favourite remedies for stress and exhaustion:

From our Symphony Range

Stress, exhaustion & burnout formula – For symptoms of exhaustion, burnout, mental and physical fatigue and exhaustion after prolonged stress. Assists with feelings of being overwhelmed, low energy levels, exhaustion and burnout. Improves adrenal function and the ability to cope with and respond to everyday stress. Promotes a sense of enthusiasm and renewed interest in life, and helps to restore emotional stability.

Calm, joy & golden light formula – For highly emotional, stressed-out states, where people are on edge, or ‘living on their nerves’. Encourages emotional calm, gives a sense of sunshine and joy. Soothes and encourages enthusiasm for life. Promotes a sense of relaxation. Helps one to feel safe and nurtured. Calms the busy-ness of one’s head.

Anxiety, worry & fears formula – This formula helps to relieve and overcome overwhelming and deeply ingrained feelings of anxiety and worry, unfounded fears, insecurity, fear of the unknown, nervousness and phobias. Promotes enthusiasm, a sense of fun, emotional calm and wellbeing, revitalisation and joyfulness.

Anger, rage & irritability formula – Use this formula to relieve feelings associated with anger such as rage, frustration, irritability, being on edge and feeling harassed and agitated. Promotes a sense of peace, serenity and calm. Argentum Nitricum – headless chicken type of behaviour – when you panic or worry about a forthcoming event. For a highly emotional state where fears are running high.

From our Maestro Range

Arsenicum Alb – anal type of behaviour – for great fear, anxiety or panic accompanied by restlessness and exhaustion. Disturbed by untidiness, disorder or confusion. Oversensitive to pain, noise and odours. A godsend for anxiety accompanied by an upset tummy.

Gelsemium – ostrich type of behaviour – especially helpful for anticipatory fears and panic before an event or interview. The person feels emotionally and physically numb with fear and can’t get motivated.

Lycopodium – for lack of self-confidence and courage. Apprehensive about forthcoming events. For a feeling of terror and panic before school, a speech or an exam.

Aconitum – your typical ‘panic attack’ remedy. To be used for a sudden and intense feeling of fright, panic, anxiety, worry and foreboding. Accompanied by oppressed breathing, racing heart, palpitations with stitching pains in the chest, flashes of heat, sweating.

Kali Phos – one of the best brain, nerve, heart and lung remedies in homeopathy. Improves potassium balance which is essential for mental and/or physical exhaustion brought on by excitement, overwork or worry, brain fog, poor memory, irritability, nervousness, easily startled, hysteria, dizziness especially on standing up or looking up, light headedness, shortness of breath on exertion, anxiety or feeling of panic; disinclined to talk or go out; great despondency about business; every activity or duty seems an overwhelming task; worn out.

Sepia – For moodiness and depression (particularly in women) that includes tearfulness, anger, a desire to run away and escape, feeling over-burdened, desperate, unable to cope or about to lose control; exhausted after prolonged stress and strain, argumentative (particularly with loved ones). This remedy has saved many a relationship and marriage.

Nux vom – known as the 21st century remedy, for those living life in the fast lane. Helps with detox, irritability and stress. Fussy about order and accuracy; highly impatient and irritable. Talks, eats, walks quickly. Liable to sudden outbursts of rage during extreme stress and is unduly exasperated over contradiction and trifles – feels better after a good blow-up.

Hornbeam (Bach Flower remedy) – for complete exhaustion, mental fatigue, long suffering under adverse conditions, mind and body are utterly drained, everything is a huge effort, helpful in convalescence.

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STRESS TRIO: Three essential remedies for burnt-out, busy executives, stressed students and worn-out mums.

Depression formula

Grief & trauma formula

Exhaustion, burnout & stress formula

FREE GIFT: Neck & shoulder tension formula

This special offer is available online or from The Remedy Shoppe, directly. For orders visit www.theremedyshoppe.co.za. Vibrational Medicine is an affordable, gentle, non-toxic and highly effective system of medicine.

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