It is almost impossible to comprehend Zen and relieve yourself of stress in a big city (yes, in a small one too). Since the valerian, motherwort and heavy artillery do not help, it is time to ask experts about new ways of dealing with nerves and find out what this threatens us.
Here's what Alexandra Makarova, a doctor at the Osteo Poly Clinic, said about the effects of insidious stress on the body:
“They say that all diseases are from the nerves, and rightfully so - nothing has such a bad effect on health as stress.
If short-term stress is the body's reaction to danger and an instant "shake-up" (in some cases even useful), then with prolonged nervous shocks the body is depleted. The result is another reason for new stress: various diseases arise or worsen, which spoil our health - both physical and mental.
So why should we be afraid of stress? And that's why - it leads to depression, memory lapses, insomnia and all kinds of neuroses. But this is not so bad: stress can cause serious cardiovascular diseases (for example, hypertension, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction) or provoke disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract (very often stomach and duodenal ulcers). Well, as a given - people who are constantly nervous, have weak immunity and are often sick.
How it works?
Stress activates the central nervous system, which signals the release of stress hormones. Despite the name, these hormones - adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol - are needed for the body to function normally. But it's all about the dose: we need very little for the health of these hormones. Under stress, they are produced in large quantities, and this leads to unpleasant consequences.
Why do palms sweat?
By the way, you probably noticed that if you are worried, cold sweat breaks through you, and your palms become wet? This is what nature intended - stress hormones are quickly eliminated from the body, for example, with sweat. More serious stress, causing the reaction "run, Forest, run", also made our ancestors sweat good, fleeing from danger - this is how hormones left the body. But a modern person moves little and lazily, so a high concentration of stress hormones in the blood persists for a long time.
What does this lead to?
Stress sets off a vicious circle that can be very difficult to get out of. During nervous shocks, the main organs - the heart, lungs and brain receive the bulk of the blood and work hard. But the vessels, other "non-main" organs and tissues begin to starve and receive less oxygen. Result: hypertension, cholesterol plaques.
Another point - with prolonged stress in the blood, the level of cortisol increases. This inhibits cell growth and division, which leads to poor skin healing and early aging. Alas, stress can also lead to diabetes.
The nervous system, as you already understood, is also depleted, this impairs cognitive abilities and memory. Cherry on the cake - libido, potency, fertility decrease. And the appearance does not change for the better - a tired, driven, irritated look does not paint anyone.
What to do with the body?
Under stress, such a non-standard method as osteopathy works successfully. It will help give the body the energy to cope with all the troubles and helps the body reduce the levels of those hormones that are off scale under stress. Another plus is that osteopathy helps to remove the "protective shell" that we have in response to danger (after all, muscles tense under stress), making the body more flexible and able to cope with the load."
Alena Shilkinene, cosmetologist at East Side Ostozhenka, told us what to do with the skin after stress:
“Stress has a negative effect on the skin as well. It stimulates the adrenal glands, which produce adrenaline and cortisol, which cause skin problems:
- Cortisol provokes the slow production of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. This causes the appearance of wrinkles and creases in the skin.
- Anxiety-induced high blood sugar leads to dry skin, loss of tone and minor rashes.
- Stress affects blood pressure, the rise of which leads to vasodilation, rosacea and rosacea.
- Decreased immunity due to stress leads to viruses such as herpes.
- Stimulation of the sebaceous glands - the appearance of acne.
- Negative emotions lead to clenching of the jaw, lips and forehead tension.
- Diseases such as psoriasis and eczema can also occur.
What to do with the skin?
Cosmetology will help to cope with the effects of stress on the skin. You can moisturize the skin through biorevitalization, remove wrinkles and creases with fillers or a fractional laser, and peels, cleanings and lasers can help treat acne.
Traces of negative emotions and "clamps on the face" can be removed with massage. If you combine beauty treatments with massage techniques, you can restore the skin after stress, make it radiant, toned and healthy. As if you've never been nervous."