As much as we hate it and try to avoid it, stress will be a part of our lives (unfortunately). Increased levels of stress, especially the negative kind, can have a huge impact on health, and lead to illnesses, headaches, neck, lower back pains and stomach problems.
If not managed properly, stress can have many long-term effects that can negatively affect your life. It can create mental blocks that are hard to break, and may lead to wrong habits such as consuming alcohol and drugs, to get rid of stress. This is only a temporary fix and assures the return of stress.
On the other hand, there are many ways (besides intoxication) that can help reduce and eliminate stress. Lets look at some causes and symptoms related to stress, and what treats it.
What can cause stress?
There are many possible causes of stress. This is because every individual is different and responds to different situations differently. However, let's look at some common causes that escalate stress levels in our daily lives:
Stress related to work: this could be related to your boss giving you stress, completion of an important project, risk of looking for a job, lack of career growth, etc.
Financial reasons: this is a major reason for stress to dwell across the globe. People stress over not being able to achieve financial stability, rent issues, salary issues, the burden of hospital bills after a sudden tragic medical emergency, etc.
Social reasons: everyday we encounter stressful situations, with our loved ones, strangers, etc. This could include break-ups, divorce, social boycott, etc.
Personal reasons: people can be stressed about virtually anything. This could relate to your favorite football team losing an important match, or not being able to do something you’ve really wanted to do, for example you want to take a vacation, but cannot due to family.
Global reasons: this could include stress related to a mass population. The case of Syria causes stress to not only Syrians, but also all those who are concerned for them. Another example would be global warming.
Stress can lead to headaches, pains, illnesses and psychological disorders (in severe cases).
We all know that laughter is the best medicine. But exercise comes second to none. Physiotherapy aims at reducing stress by mentally, emotionally detaching them from the cause of stress. Physiotherapy for stress may include:
Massage therapy: Which helps the stressed individual relax, mentally and physically; uplifting their moods and making them feel happier.
Exercises: Inactivity can leave an individual feeling not so good about himself. Exercise is known to revitalize the mood and refresh the individual. Plus it helps keep you fit and in shape.
Stress therapy: This is usually for working individuals who spend a lot of time on their desks, and in front of their computers. This can lead to stiffness in the lower back and neck. Massage in the office is a great way to deal with stress at work. That is if your office provides you this facility.
Have you had a stressed out day? Are you looking for some peace of mind and relaxation? Well, why wait any longer? Contact our team of professional physiotherapists today, and get rid of that unwanted stress.