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By OLISTIQ, Feb 17 2015 07:00AM

It is now believed that 80-90% of all disease is stress-related.

What is Stress?

A situation that demands us to exceed our resources or ability to cope.

Stress is all around us and we can all relate to it – you will most likely have found at least one person in a day whom has told you that they’re feeling stressed or at least giving you some information that
is likely to get you stressed; such as job losses, vandalism, suicide at your local train station, to name a few.

Being one of the biggest issues to deal with and the biggest cause of illness some of which even lead to death, most of us do not really understand what it is and are ill equipped to recognise it or take steps to minimise the negative effects of it.

Stress and anxiety, negative and harmful thoughts, disturbing feelings, emotional turmoil or physical trauma, all bring in imbalances, which can lead to more serious health issues if left untreated.

Over 105 million days are lost to stress each year– costing UK employers £1.24 billion, with 11% absence attributed to stress, 60% claim stress is damamging staff retention and 83% think stress is harming productivity.

20 ailments from stress:

1. A third of the population undergo stress in varying levels in a 2-week period. The working population is subject to emotional, physical, and mental stress.

2. Stress is one of the main factors causing insomnia and other sleep disorders. When stressors are present, the body naturally heightens its response system, thus, leading to wakefulness.

3. Stress causes chest pain, high cholesterol, cardiac problems, depression, and a host of assorted problems, which causes hair loss.

4. In the 1930s, Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, first used the term stress in an organic framework. He used the term in his study with animals, which, he concluded, had similar responses to stress as humans, e.g., hypertension, lingering back pain, and chronic abdominal problems.

5. Stress triggers blood vessels to close, thereby reducing profuse bleeding from a flesh wound. The term stress means to draw tight, which originated from the Latin word stringere.

6. A stressor, the stimulus that causes stress, which can be real or imagined, can affect a person in a short term (acute) or over long periods (chronic)

7. Highly stressed women have a higher tendency for suicide, particularly working mothers who lack substantial support and understanding from others than most women with moderate levels of stress

8. In the UK alone, approximately 5 million people are stressed in their jobs.

9. Bringing up a family in a highly developed and urbanised city – where everyone has to put up with the high costs of living, rising crime rate, traffic congestion and air pollution, is highly stressful

10. Money is the major cause for stress in nearly all countries according to a poll survey. The less stressed are: Russia, France, and Italy.

11. Stress poses a great threat for diabetes and heart attack by altering blood sugar levels, which can cause fatigue, impulsive mood changes, and hyperglycemia

12. Reaction to stress makes the blood thicker and more viscous, which can lead to a blood clot. Powerful hormones, intended for urgent situations only, flood the brain and can kill healthy brain cells

13. Through generations, stress has effectively enhanced human survival, because of its specific traits that jog your wakefulness and develop bodily functions.

14. Extremely loud noises can cause acoustic stress that can spark off a spell of Long QT Syndrome – a heart disorder

15. Hints of posttraumatic stress disorder has been recorded in Homer’s Iliad during the Trojan War when Achilles bemoaned of being emotionless and hinted of suicidal tendencies and rage

16. Stress is interconnected with the topmost causes of death globally: accidents, cancer, heart disease, suicide, lung disorders, and cirrhosis of the liver

17. Stress increases the risk of pre-term labor and intrauterine infection. Additionally, chronic levels of stress place a fetus at greater risk for developing stress-related disorders and affect the fetus’s temperament and neurobehavioral development

18. Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.

19. Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body.

20. Men are more likely than women to develop certain stress-related disorders, including hypertension, aggressive behavior, and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

We here at OLISTIQ exist to help you to recover and manage this stress and help you recognise when you are in a state that is not serving you, to take the steps to change your experience quickly. Being active and tackling the issue of stress by safeguarding against stress through preventative tools as opposed to reactive tools, to help position you in a positive and productive state.

Your body is able to restore its natural, inner ability to heal when you're relaxed, stress and worry free.

Offering you: workshops, courses, mentoring, coaching, reiki to help you remove unwanted stress, but will also give you a way to achieve deep relaxation resulting in better sleep.

The first session begins by dentifying the root cuase of stress and then tailoring a programme specific to the recipient.

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