First what is stress?

Physiological or biological stress is our bodies response to a stressor such as an environmental condition.
An event that triggers the stress response may include:

  •  environmental stressors (hypo or hyper-thermic temperatures, elevated sound levels, over-illumination, overcrowding)
  •  daily stress events (e.g., traffic, lost keys, quality and quantity of physical activity)
  •  life changes (e.g., divorce, bereavement)
  •  workplace stressors (e.g., high job demand vs. low job control, repeated or sustained exertions, forceful exertions, extreme postures)
  •  chemical stressors (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, drugs )
  •  social stressor (e.g., societal and family demands)

Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another.

 

What can stress do to our body?

There is a connection between stress and illness. 

Theories of the stress–illness link suggest that both acute and chronic stress can cause illness, and several studies have suggested such a link.[1]

According to these studies, both acute and chronic stress can lead to changes in behavior and in physiology. Behavioral changes can include smoking, changes in eating habits and physical activity. Physiological changes can include changes in sympathetic activation or HPA activity, and immunological function.[2]

The HPA axis regulates many bodily functions, both behavioral and physiological, through the release of glucocorticoid hormones.  And glucocorticoids (GCs) are a class of corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates.

Both glucocorticoids and corticosteroids (along with other hormones) are involved in a wide range of physiologic processes, including stress response, immune response, and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.[3]

Stress can make the individual more susceptible to physical illnesses like the common cold.[4, 4*] Stressful events, such as job changes, may result in insomnia, impaired sleeping, and physical and psychological health complaints.[5]

Chronic stress and a lack of coping resources available or used by an individual can often lead to the development of psychological issues such as delusions [6] depression and anxiety.

Chronic stressors that may not be as intense as an acute stressor like a natural disaster or a major accident, but they persist over longer periods of time.

These types of stressors tend to have a more negative effect on health because they are sustained and thus require the body's physiological response to occur daily.

This depletes the body's energy more quickly and usually occurs over long periods of time, especially when these microstressors cannot be avoided (i.e. stress of living in a dangerous neighborhood).

 

Symptoms of stress can vary

Signs and Symptoms of Stress;

  • Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Stuttering or stammering
  • Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
  • Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
  • Rashes, itching, hives
  • Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon
  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
  • Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
  • Sudden panic attacks
  • Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
  • Diminished sexual desire or performance
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  • Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  • Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
  • Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
  • Trouble learning new information
  • Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
  • Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
  • Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
  • Little interest in appearance, punctuality
  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
  • Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
  • Overreaction to petty annoyances
  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  • Reduced work efficiency or productivity
  • Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
  • Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
  • Problems in communication, sharing
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
  • Frequent use of OTC drugs
  • Weight gain or loss without diet
  • Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use   (Source)

 

 

 

So how to deal with stress?

In today's market there are lots of products that can help you to fight stress easily.

 

Toys

 
Stress Relief Balls

Squishy stress ball relief is useful for all children and adults, but especially those with ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, or high anxiety levels.

These toys help promote a sense of calm, reduce stress / anxiety and can increase focus / attention.

Perfect for the classroom, home or office, they're great for teachers, students and anyone else.


 
Finger Dice Stress Reliever (6 sided)

Fidget cube is designed to help relieve your everyday stress, anxiety and increase concentration.

Helps increase your sense of peace and attention allowing you to focus on your work. 


 
Fidget Cube Advanced (Prime 12 Sided) 

Unique 12-sides provide added tactile puzzles to improve engagement and increase variety.

Each side specifically focuses on engaging neural pathways through tactile and auditory methods to improve cognitive abilities and memory retention.

Reduces stress and anxiety.

Help focus for children, students, teens, and adults [Dodecagon Dice].

Help to relieve stress from work and school.

Flick, Spin, Roll, Touch. Each side reduces fidgeting and helps maintain focus and mental clarity.


 
Spinner Fidget 

BEST GADGET to relieve stress, anxiety, ADHD, autism, quitting bad habits, killing time or just helps you focusing.

Keep your calm regardless your circumstance or immediate environment.


 
Speed Cube

The amazing smart cube.

Great for anti-anxiety in adults and kids, for autistic , ADHD, stress relief, for fun.


 
Soothing Marble Fidgets

Anti stress, anxiety for adults and children.

Soothing Marble Fidgets for help with ADD, ADHD or OCD and Autism.

It helps relieve stress and increase focus.

For sensory kids and to improve focus in kids and adults with attention problems or nail biting by giving them something to occupy their hands with while on long car rides, while on school field trips or when out in public.

Made from BPA-free materials, which means they are safe and non-toxic.


 
Wacky Tracks Plastic Fidgets Snap & Click Puzzles 

Great for those with extra energy, ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, or high stress / anxiety levels.

These toys help promote a sense of calm, reduce stress, anxiety and can increase focus and attention..

Fidget toys for sensory kids.

It keeps fingers busy and minds focused.

When you snap the links together, they emit a satisfying CLICK sound.

 

 
Stretchy String Fidget

Fidget and sensory toys are great for all children and adults, but especially those with ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, or high anxiety levels.

These toys help promote a sense of calm, reduce stress, anxiety and can increase focus and attention.

Made with high-quality custom formulated materials, they are hypoallergenic, nontoxic and FREE of BPAs, phthalates and latex.

Each unit is 12 inches long and stretches up to 8 feet!

 

           

 
Tangle Classic Sensory Fidget Toy

Tangles are appealing to all ages, to boys and girls alike, and even adults.

Tangles are the perfect sensory fidget toy for children or adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer's, Dementia, or other special needs.

Great for kids with anxiety!

Helpful for kids and adult with trichotillomania.

Tangles bring out creativity and artistic imagination!

Tangles are silent and calming. They do not disturb or disrupt others.


 
Flippy Chain Fidget Toy

Relieve your stress with flippy chain fidget.

Sutible for ADD, ADHD, anxiety and autism.

Perfect at workplace or school.

And they make NO NOISE!


 
Roller Chain Fidget

Stress reducer fidget. Perfect for ADD, ADHD, anxiety and autism.

These six chain links with rolling silicone bands are perfect for hours of silent fidgeting.

You can roll around your fingertip, across the table or in the palm of your hand.  6 chain, 8 chain and 14 chain.

Made in USA, hadncrafted!

 

                           

 
 
Spinner Ring ( anti stress jewelry)

Great for relieving stress and for meditation.


 

Supplements

Why supplements?

Vitamins, minerals and supplements are so immportant in fighting stress.

When we are at stress our body uses a lot more vitamins and minerals then usually.

So we need to keep our vitamins, minerals and supplements at hand to give our body a push to fight stress easier.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral essential for nerve and muscle function. And it has role in over 350 fuction in our body. Magnesium is known to promote relaxation. A deficiency can cause stres. Also research indicates magnesium seems to play a major role in the hormonal axis and regulation of the stress response.[7] Magnesium glycinate pure powder is the best absorable in body, 400 mg a day.

 

 

 

Vitamin B-Complex

Research shows that B-complex vitamins are linked to improved mood.[8] Also B vitamins are important for sleep and the formation of several important neurotransmitters associated with stress.

 

 

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C suppresses the formation of the stress hormone cortisol. And vitamin C is required to produce norepinephrine, a chemical that acts as both a stress hormone and a neurotransmitter.

Vitamin C is essential part for coping with stress.

Dosage is 1 gr a day .

 

 

 

Zinc

Zinc plays a main role in regulating your response to stress.

The highest concentrations of zinc is in the brain,hippocampus.[9] Low levels of zinc are linked to stress,anxiety depression, ADHD, memory loss, dementia, mental retardation, and learning disabilities. [10]

Dosage 30 mg a day.

 

 

 

Multivitamins

Stress depletes body of all vitamins and minerals so good balanced multivitamins are necessary!

 

 

 

Melatonin

It is natural hormone made by our body in the brain’s pineal gland.

And melatonin helps control sleep cycles. Sleep and mood are closely connected. [11] Meaning melatonin can relieve stress.

One study shows that melatonin can help in stimulate healthy sleep patterns. [12]

Dosage is0.3 - 6 mg. Small dose to aid in falling asleep may work better than a larger one.
Also small dose it will reduce or eliminate any undesirable side effects.
To insure sleeping through the whole night, try taking a time-released dose of 0.3 to 5 mg.

 

 

 

Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

GABA is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and it is made by our brain.

Orally taken GABA supplements can help promote relaxation and immunity and reduce anxiety during times of stress.[13]

GABA can also help in treating symptoms of ADHD.

Anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, seizure disorders, and numerous other conditions including addiction, headaches, Parkinson's syndrome, and cognitive impairment are all related to low GABA.

Dosage is 500 mg as needed in times of stress from one to three times a day on an empty stomach.

 

 

 

Theanine

L-Theanine it is an amino acid found in tea.

It has calming effect and reduces physiological responses to stress. And also it raises levels of GABA, the calming neurotransmitter.

Dosage of L-Theanine is 50 to 200 mg. [14]

 

 

Lactium

Lactium is made from the casein protein in milk. And it has been shown to reduce stress-related symptoms, anxiety, emotional and social problems, and digestive problems.

Lactium act on GABA receptors. Lactium  improves sleep, reduces stress and cortisol levels while inducing relaxation and improving mental function. It is effective alternative to medication for anxiety and insomnia.

Lactic is often combined in compounds with the L-Theanine and Magnesium.

Dosage is 150-450 mg at bedtime. [16 , 16* , 16** ]

 

 

Anti Stress Bath

Make your bath work for you. Bath salts can relax you and help you fight away your stress.


 

Humor

Yes humor is also one of the best anti stress remedies. So here it is one for the end!

 

Layla 🙂

 


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