Waking feeling exhausted and like you could sleep for a further 12 hours? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you find it hard to fall asleep with all the mental chatter?Do you find yourself taking on more than you can handle?

Stress in the modern world

Unfortunately in todays society stress is unavoidable. More and more, people are becoming overwhelmed with the demands of life. With less time for ourselves, how are we able to unwind?

Stress triggers our 'fight or flight' response, preparing the body to avert potential danger. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released, causing the heart rate, metabolism and breathing rate to speed up. This is beneficial in short bursts but if the stress response goes on for too long, it can have damaging effects on wellbeing.

Stress reduces digestion and impairs the absorption of nutrients required for growth, repair and restoration. Furthermore stress places a larger demand on the body for nutrients like B vitamins and magnesium.

If left unmanaged, stress can lead to disease such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue and exacerbate existing health conditions.

Common causes of stress

  • Work & study - deadlines, exams, and smart phones causing us to be always switched on.

  • Relationships - bullying, emotional strain and conflict.

  • Financial - bills, increasing cost of living, having dependants.

  • Diet & lifestyle - poor diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use.

  • Environmental - car fumes, GMO foods, chemical additives and flavour enhancers, sugar.

  • Health related stress - recent diagnosis, pain, chronic illness.

  • Major life events - death in the family, divorce, child birth, accidents, loss of job.

Symptoms of chronic stress

If you think your experiencing chronic stress look out for symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Digestive issues

  • Migraine headaches

  • Skin problems

  • Altered appetite

  • Irregular periods

  • Reproductive problems

  • Weight loss or gain

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety

  • Blood sugar dysregulation

How naturopathy can help

There are many different ways to manage stress, including identifying your triggers, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and seeking support from others. Its also important to correct nutrition and mitigate any nutritional deficiencies that may be present and exacerbating symptoms.

It may also be advisable to perform a 24 hour cortisol test to get a deeper understanding of your cortisol awakening response. This will evaluate if your producing to much or too little cortisol or if your cortisol is rising to late in the day causing energy to peak in the evening contributing to sleep disturbances.

If you would like to get on top of your stress, book an appointment by calling 0400 770 322 or Book Online.