stress

Almost everyone will experience stress. Depending on the situation, it can be moderate or severe and is often caused by factors a person experiences daily. Sometimes stress has an identifiable cause whereas other times the cause may not be apparent.

Physical reactions

Stress can affect the body physically and have a devastating impact on our body. It can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Headaches, stomach pain, nausea, stomach ulcers, and chest pain can also be caused by stressful events. Stomach ulcers usually develop over time and are not caused by a specific stressful event. In some cases, the body will produce extra hormones such as adrenaline in response to the stressful situations.

Stress can also compromise your immune system, increasing your risk for diabetes, heart attack, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Mental reactions

Stress can affect the body mentally. Certain mental conditions that result from stress may include depression, anxiety and irritability. The severity of these conditions will vary from individual to individual and will most often depend on the type and length of the stressful condition.

Are these reactions to normal?

Some individuals may wonder whether their physical and mental reactions to stress are normal. That all depends on the frequency and intensity of such reactions. For those who experience stress on an occasional basis and will sometimes have mild headaches or sleeplessness accompanying the stressful incidents. Headaches and sleeplessness quite normal and should go away on its own.

Reactions to stress becomes abnormal when the intensity and frequency of the reactions causes the person to have a hard time functioning as a result of the stress. This is where intervention from a medical health professional may be needed in order to rid oneself of the stress or learn how to deal with stressful situations better.

CBD and cannabis for stress relief

Your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps modulate endocrine and neural responses to stress. The endocannabinoid system affects how our adrenal and thyroid glands produce and secrete hormones when we are stressed. In the most simplest terms, when our bodies are stressed, the endocannabinoid system helps us balance our nervous system and our the way our body secretes hormones and responds to stress.

Your body’s endocannabinoids (which are a part of the endocannabinoid system) help make you resistant to stress, similar to the way your endorphin system provides natural pain relief. When your endocannabinoid system is deficient, your body is more susceptible to experiencing stress.

Non medicinal ways to help relieve stress:

It is important to view stressful events for what it is which is a normal occasional occurrence which happens to almost everyone. It is really when the stressful situations become frequent and intense that an individual should be concerned about how it is affecting them in the long term scheme of things and do what they can to have more calm in their life.

Stress (weighted) blankets

Weighted blankets, also called stress blankets are blankets that are 20+ pounds heavier than your average bedding. They are designed to distribute pressure all over the body. This distributed pressure creates a feeling of being held or hugged. It promotes serotonin and melatonin production and and is supposed to relieve anxiety and stress while giving you a restful sleep. Melatonin and serotonin are chemicals that regulate our mood and overall sense of calm.

Complications

A common complication of stress is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be serious for some and may future heart problems.

  • Sleep Disorders
    • When individuals are dealing with stressful situations they may find that their sleep habits are disturbed. Some individuals may find that they are unable to sleep (insomnia) due to the  stressful situation while others may find that they sleep large amounts of hours (hypersomnia) in order to avoid the stressful situation.
    • For those who do not get enough sleep they may find that they are more accident prone and less productive during the day. As for the individual who sleeps many hours throughout the day, they may find that depression is an issue because in some cases oversleeping and depression may be related.
    • The best way to help rid oneself of these sleep disorders is by eliminating or alleviating the stress through either natural or medical remedies.
  • Eating Disorders
    • Individuals who experience stress may also find themselves turning to food or away from food as a coping mechanism. Some people who are stressed out try to reduce their stress by eating whereas others feel that they are so stressed out they couldn’t possibly eat a thing.
    • Both of these situations can be detrimental if taken to the extreme. Individuals should be sure to eat healthy meals each and every day regardless of the stress. Eating healthy meals may help to alleviate the stress.

Laughter helps!

  • Laughter boosts hormones.
    • Laughter reduces the level of cortisol, and epinephrine.
    • Laughter also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters.
  • Laughter creates friendships by strengthening human connections.
    • We use laughter to deflect anger and aggression and to communicate goodwill.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system.
    • Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. This means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects from stressful situations.
  • Laughter strengthens abdominal muscles.
    • Laughter exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward.