The brain plays a critical role in the body's perception of and response to stress. The amygdala is a small, "almond"-shaped structure located bilaterally, deep within the medial temporal lobes of the brain and is a part of the brain's limbic system, with projections to and from the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and locus coeruleus. The amygdala has been implicated in modulating stress response mechanisms, particularly when feelings of anxiety or fear are involved.
Essential oils have an effect on the limbic system of the brain and therefore they can be used for stress relief as well as emotional support.
Modern life is full of hassles, work deadlines, frustrations, and demands by family and society. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. But this can influence biological processes resulting in weight management issues, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Also hormonal, adrenal and thyroid conditions can be attributed to chronic stress.
Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil including unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when it is too much and continues too long, the individual may suffer. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Chemical Stress includes
hazardous substances released into the body which creates damage at the cellular level by reducing the ability to cope with physical changes. Medications or environmental elements can cause this stress.
Emotional Stress occurs when a person is under stress affecting their emotions. There are 22 symptoms for emotional stress that include Moodiness, Impaired concentration, Fatigue, Memory problems, Excessive thinking about ones problems, Detachment, Reduced energy, Difficulty making decisions, Altered eating habits, Altered sleeping habits, Excessive use of alcohol or drugs, Headaches, Pain - usually in back or neck, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Heart palpitations, Decline in performance at school or work, Difficulty coping with daily life, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harm or Self-destructive behavior.
Pressure placed on the body by generation of pollution in the environment or by natural events such as weather.
Mental stress can be evoked by a number of mental tasks—e.g., mental arithmetic, public speaking, deadlines at the workplace, change in living circumstances.
Performance stress is one of the most common sources of stress in the workplace or any leadership role. Any working environment that has standards, the amount of pressure can lead one to question his or her abilities on a given task. There’s always this feeling of not being good enough in the confines of standards.
Physical stress is the body's normal response to events that are upsetting or that throw people mentally and emotionally out of balance. Physical stress is a way the body attempts to protect itself from experiencing further harm. Physically the body will ache when stressed i.e. back pain, headaches or fatigue.
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