Stress Is Bad For Health

Stress Is Bad For Health

What is stress? Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s reaction to internal and external stimuli. External stimuli can be things like a new job, a move to a new city, marriage and overworking. Internal stimuli are feelings that come from inside, for example, the need for perfection or the need to please others, fear of change and even, self esteem issues.

However, stress also exists to help you survive. It is the body’s way of preparing you for a potential or existing situation of danger. When a stressful event occurs, the body immediately changes gears, initiating a series of processes designed to help you survive the threatening situation. Glands in your body release the natural steroids such as cortisol that helps the body to process and metabolize sugars, repair tissue damage faster and temporarily stop processes such as digestion and growth; and adrenaline that prepares the body for physical action. When the situation improves, the cortisol and adrenaline levels decrease.

Whatever the triggers may be, stress can produce either negative or positive reaction. An appropriate amount of stress is necessary in our lives, but too much stress can be harmful to our wellbeing and health.

Many people experience continuous stress that rarely seem to let up such as money issues, a job that never ends due to bad management of work-life balance, not having enough hours in the day, emptiness of a monotonous job that you don’t like, relationship matters, constant caregiving, pressures of holiday travel (including shopping, parties and family gatherings), taking on too much responsibilities, striving to be perfect, disorganized clutter or any other form of agitations. Thus, stress can become the rule rather than the exception. When you begin to experience long periods of stress with no real relief, stress hormones cause the body to quickly use up its store of sugar, and when that happens, your metabolism may begin to damage muscle and tissue.

Negative stress takes a huge toll on your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. It weakens your immune system and causes perspiration, muscle stiffness, headaches and trouble breathing. Eventually, long term stress can cause bone loss, depression, stomach upsets, high blood pressure, stroke, digestive problems, heart disease, sleeping disorders, hair loss, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, obesity, obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder, sexual dysfunction, tooth and gum disease, ulcers and possibly, cancer. It can also cause feelings of distrust, anger, anxiety and fear which in turn can destroy relationships at home and at work.

At the same time, we cannot live healthy lives without some stress because if a person goes too long without a good stress response, his or her body begins to lose ability to properly hanse stressful situations. Therefore, when a stressful event or situation does occur, the body, being out of practice, may release too many stress response hormones and it may not be able to shut them off when it should.

In order to cope with their stress, many people tend to look to things that are not only ineffective, but also unhealthy such as drinking alcohol, living in denial of problems faced, taking drugs, overeating, smoking cigarettes and resorting to angry behavior. Instead, there are more proactive and effective ways of dealing with stress. Try taking naps to recharge your batteries, expressing yourself artistically by diverting your energies into something creative be it acting, playing an instrument, writing poetry or singing, having a good laugh, meditation and best of all, get a massage! Visit a professional massage therapist or ask a friend or partner to give you a back rub. You will feel relaxed immediately and rejuvenated instantaneously. Nothing beats a great body massage after a long, stressful day. Your body, mind and soul will thank you in the long run.

18 Ways To De-stress After Work

Are you stressed out? Do you wake up feeling stressed because you feel that you didn’t sleep enough and have to get up to face the day? Braving the stressful traffic full of noise pollution and time wasted on the road trying to get to work on time after sending your kids off to school. Seeing the pile of work piling up even higher each time on your desk and you are hungry because you either forgot to eat your breakfast (because you woke up late after pressing the snooze button a million times) or you are feeling uninspired to complete the job. You brave the traffic once again to get home and after a stressful day a work, you have even more stress dealing with everything that still needs to get done before the day ends (dinner plans for the family, household chores that need to be completed, fitting in whatever social life you could into your already hectic schedule, more work that you brought home from the office because your deadline is tomorrow etc)

Sounds familiar? More often that not, our daily challenges lead to a certain degree of stress and tension. Hey, RELAX! We don’t have to be perfect or even have to do everything by ourselves either. There are ways to make your life easier. The less stressed you are, the happier you will be. You need to find healthy ways to reduce stress and relax at the end of the day. Some people find moments of solitude very calming, while others seem to unwind better in the company of loved ones. With the right balance of physical activity and mental down time, combined with a healthy diet and a good night’s sleep, you will renew and rejuvenate yourself for the next day which delivers great benefits to your body, mind and soul in the long run.

Here 18 ways to help you de-stress after work :
1. Leave work on time. Do not take your work home with you either.

2. Change out of your work clothes as soon as you get home. This simple step        instantly helps you feel more relaxed because it helps you make a clear transition from work to your more relaxed home persona.

3. Listen to relaxing music. Whether in your car, at work, at home and
anywhere else that you can. It helps ease the transition between work
and home. Singing along to your favorite songs really helps uplift your
moods too!

4. Setting healthy boundaries. Turn off your mobile phone and computer off
after a certain time each night if you can. The explosion of social
media and the rise of smartphones has to led to the invasion of our
private relaxation time and blurred the boundaries between work and
home. Constantly checking on your mobile devices contributes more to
your stress levels. By never taking breaks, constantly staring at a
screen and trying to take in information, the memory process becomes
disrupted, which takes the form of stress, impaired concentration and
even negative emotions such as anger as levels of stress hormones kick
in. Switch it off. It is good for your health and emotional wellbeing.

5. Exercising is a great way to destress and also stay fit & healthy. Be
it joining a gym or exercising at home with a video, the exercise
program can be as simple or as challenging that you make it out to be.
Whatever you decide, know that any form of physical activity that
exercises your whole body is a great way to destress after work and
also connect with friends and other people. Or you could go for a walk,
a bike ride or play ball with the kids. This goes a long way to help
you let go of the day’s stress.

6. Yoga is different from exercise. Yoga involves stretches that can help
you destress your body and relieve any tension that you may have. This
is especially great for people who are not into high impact exercise
but still achieve a lean, toned body.

7. Take a short nap if you are exhausted, but ONLY a short one. Spend a
little time with a cup of tea (drinking something warm like tea or milk
can help com for your body because it acts like an internal massage),
yoga or reading a good book instead. Too much down time might leave you
feeling sluggish and interfere with your normal sleep patterns, which
doesn’t help you reduce stress.

8. Participate in a favorite hobby or activity that you enjoy. Cooking a
favorite meal, doing needlework, playing futsal or going for a movie
could do the trick for you.

9. Include some downtime in your weekly schedule to do whatever sounds fun
at the time or perhaps do nothing at all.

10. Meditate or daydream about your next vacation or that cute person at
work.Take a minute or two for you. When you reflect on your day, focus
on at least one good thing that happened.

11. Take a hot bath before going to bed. Add different scented oils in
your bath to help further destress your mind and body. Popular scented
oils are ylang-ylang, lavender and lemongrass.

12. Hug your partner, your kids, your pets, your neighbors and anyone else
you can find!

13. Practice deep breathing exercises as it has a lot of health benefits
such as stress reduction. For example, before you get out of your car,
sit quietly, close your eyes and take three long full breaths.

14. Eat a quick energy-boosting and satisfying snack like bananas or
almonds.

15. Massage your ears. This is a great and fast way to destress yourself.
It releases endorphins and makes you feel better. In only a few minute
you can feel the effect instantly.

16. Use stress relief products such as squeezing a stress ball. Stress
ball release tensions from your muscles and the squeezing activity
takes your mind off from negative thoughts. You can also use
relaxation mat to destress yourself after a hard day at work.

17. Make dinner the healthiest meal of the day to help refresh and
de-stress your body after work and avoid heavy foods such as nasi
lemak or pizza. These types of foods can weigh you down and not
make you feel your best. Eat something light instead like a fruit
smoothie, tuna salad sandwich or salmon salad.

18. Last but not least, get a massage. A massage at least once a week is a
great way to de-stress after work and if you schedule one at the end
of the work week, that way you will feel relaxed for the weekend. And
Thai Odyssey may just have the perfect kind of massage just for you!

Health Benefits of Thai Massage

Ever been for a Thai massage? If you have, you will know that it is heavenly and oh-so-divine! But if you have never been pampered under a cool, shady banyan tree in a beautiful Buddhist temple or on a beach in Thailand, the good news is NOW you can get your Thai massage fix right here in Malaysia!

Contrary to the popular Swedish massage of the West (which focuses on the physical aspect of the body with the kneading of muscles),Thai Massage addresses and combines techniques usually found isolated in the Western physiotherapies such as Trigger Point Treatments, Myofascial Techniques, Neuro Muscular therapy, and Manual Therapy among others. The combination of energetic and physical aspects is what makes Thai Massage unique and so effective. Traditional Thai massage is a deep, full-body treatment. It starts at the feet and progresses up to the head using a sequence of gentle, flowing exercise movements. The recipient’s body is moved and loosened; the joints and the muscles stretched with some techniques linked to Yoga. This unique type of massage influences the energetic side as well, restoring the flow of energy throughout the body with applied acupressure on the ‘sen’ energy lines of the body, aimed at harmonizing and energizing.

It is this combination of yoga stretching, the calmness of meditation with acupressure, exercise movements and reflexology that makes it a healing art.

Thai massage is worked on a floor with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing without the use of oil. Using mainly point pressure and muscle stretching, the Thai method not only use hands to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the feet, knees and elbows are used as well. The mat allows therapists to use their body weight to massage you, which elevates the uniqueness of the experience.

 

What are the benefits of having a Thai massage? 

If you’ve been stressed at work or have a tight neck from hunching over your laptop, a Thai massage will relieve the pain of stressed and overworked muscles. It also releases build up of lactic acid and toxins.

A Thai massage will increase your range of motion (through combination of assisted stretching and muscle manipulation) and so also prevents injury.

If you’re a sloucher it will improve your posture and body alignment!

Although you may feel sleepy straight after, it actually increases your energy levels and balances the body’s energy pathways. According to traditional Thai medicine the body has 72 000 energy lines of which 10 are considered principal. These energy lines are conduits for the ‘flow of life’ (or ‘vital energy’). Physical benefits aside, a Thai massage aims to unblock these energy paths which promotes both physical and mental wellness.

Having a Thai massage will increase blood circulation and stimulate nerve endings, often resulting in people saying they bodies feel light after a massage.

And the best benefit of all? It’s body toning! ^_^

History Of Thai Massage

  Thai massage and Thai medicine are said to have been practiced for over 2500 years and founded by the legendary Shivago Komarpaj (another variant is Jivaka Kumara Phaccha), who was a personal physician to the Sangha (Buddhist monks), a friend and physician to the Buddha and renowned as a healer in Buddhist tradition. Though there are many influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture, credit is given mostly to Mr Komarpaj. As practiced and taught by Khun Paschal, this therapeutic massage emphasized balancing and strengthening and is based on the concept of vital life force energy. This energy flows along channels in the body called “sen”. “Sen” lines correspond to the meridians of Chinese medicine and the “nadi” of Indian points. These points are addressed specifically by the therapist doing the massage and are pressured, rubbed and stretched through manipulation by the therapists’ feet, knees, elbows and hands.

As a healer, Khun Phaccha’s social role was closer to a religious figure than to a medicinal doctor. As such, the ancient texts (originally on palm leaves) which describe his teachings, as well as the followers who continued in his path were closely associated with life within the temples and centers of Buddhist life. After the invading armies of Burma destroyed Ayutthaya, the capital was moved further south to Bangkok. As soon as the Royal Family settled down in the new Grand Palace, all surviving text and inscriptions referring to the ancient art of massage were summoned and brought to the neighboring temple, Wat Po and were transcribed to stone tablets, where they remain to this day.

Traditional Thai medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and well-being, developed over thousands of years and this includes proper nutrition, physical exercise, the use of medicinal herbs and therapeutic massage. Besides curing diseases and ailments, the primary goal of traditional Thai medicine is maintaining health and well-being as the ancient Thais live by the saying, “the absence of illness is the best blessing”. Thai massage is one of the four branches of traditional Thai medicine. It is a healing technique that was practiced before doctors. The massage involves point pressure and stretching and it can be done on the floor, a firm mattress or a mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, stress and tension, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and postural alignments.

Till this day, Wat Po continues to serve as foundation to the rich history of Thai massage. Wat Po has a very active school located within the temple grounds that serves as a training center for many massage therapists in Thailand.