Flower Remedies

Understanding Stress

Stress is generally defined as a mentally and emotionally disruptive influence. Though there are positive types of stress such as sex and laughter, most people tend to think of stress in terms of its negative effects.

Of all of the body’s systems, the nervous system is probably the most fragile and easily affected by stress. The delicate balance of your nervous system is taxed by a combination of emotional, physical, and chemical factors (including food allergies, sensitivity reactions, poor diet, poor water, air pollution, and noise). Stress may also appear as a response to pregnancy, family or job-related problems, a major physical trauma, or a personality type that is overly self-critical and has unreasonable expectations of others.

As a result of stress, you may suffer from a host of disorders including insomnia, nervous tension, reduced circulation, aches and pains, certain types of arthritis, alcoholism, asthma, backache,canker sores, headaches, hypertension, sexual problems, mood swings, lethargy, reduced immunological function, insomnia, dermatitis and other skin disorders, colitis, and ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Although it would be both impractical and impossible to eliminate all forms of stress and tension, there are numerous herbal approaches that we can take to minimize their effects, and the Bach Remedies are among the most useful.

Do You Overeat to Compensate for High Stress?

Many people use food to soothe their emotions and to compensate for excess tension. Are you one of these individuals? There are a number of signs that a person can evaluate to determine whether or not they are prone to obesity through stress.
These include the following:
• You eat, move about, and walk rapidly.
• You are impatient.
• You speak quickly and speed through the ends of your sentences, often speaking without sentence structure.
• You are unable to relax without feeling guilty about not working or taking care of some “important business,” even on vacation.
• You usually attempt to do two or more things at the same time, for example, working while eating breakfast.
• You are extremely shy and have difficulty communicating your needs. When confronted with an important choice in social situations, you will go with the decisions of others even to your own detriment so long as you can avoid conflict by doing so.
• You think that time management means doing more things in less time.
• You define success by how fast things are accomplished.
• You are compulsive about owning things or controlling things rather than enjoying them.

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