Whether you’re the school kid who’s revised for the wrong exam, the driver stuck in traffic with a plane to catch or Tony Blair realising that no weapons of mass destruction are ever going to materialise, we’ve all felt stress at some point in our lives (with the possible exception of Judith Chalmers). Stress is that feeling we get when under pressure or in an intense environment. It might be an increasing workload that causes it or a simple trip on the tube at peak time either way you really don’t want too much of it. Whilst a little bit of stress can boost your enthusiasm and help you got that extra mile to achieve your goals too much of it over a prolonged period can cause some seriously negative effects on your health. Stress is actually the main cause of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression but can also lead to a whole host of more noticeable symptoms including body odour, erectile dysfunction, bad skin, dandruff and psoriasis as well as anger, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
Additionally stress is one of the main causes of sexual dysfunction. Stress isn’t simply an abstract concept; we can measure it by the quantities of stress hormones in the body such as cortisol and adrenaline which get released when we’re in high pressure situations. Whilst for most of us stress will subside as deadlines are met and situations resolved some may need to consider counselling, stress management or medication to help them through.
Many people find that exercises such as yoga can help to alleviate stress. You can watch a yoga video tutorial to help relieve stress here >
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