Mental Stress And Its Effects On Your Body

Lately I’ve been seeing several clients who have come to see about bodily pain and inability to sleep. They tell me about the pain in their upper shoulders, neck, lower back and chest area. But when I do a health evaluation on their condition, I find that their body pain is all coming from their head and the mental stress they are carrying.

If you have difficulty falling asleep, that’s a clear indication that you have an overload of mental stress. When you can’t fall asleep, it means that your body wants to rest but your mind is still running. Your mind is still jumping from one concern to another. This condition is well known in meditation circles as “monkey mind”, and the trick is to get hold of the mind and calm it down.

Mental stress can cone about by constant worry and fear about something that is going on in your life. This not only causes headaches and faster heartbeat, it can also cause physical pain in the body like upper shoulder, neck and lower back pain. Other effects of mental stress include frequent sniffles (runny nose), low energy, digestive problems and a decrease in libido.

How Mental Stress Shows Up In The Body

1. Headaches

Many studies have found that mental stress can contribute to headaches, a condition characterized by pain in the head or neck region.

One study of 267 people with chronic headaches found that a stressful event preceded the development of chronic headaches in about 45% of cases. A larger study showed that increased stress intensity was associated with an increase in the number of headache days experienced per month.

2. Chronic Pain

Aches and pains are a common complaint that can result from increased levels of mental stress.

One study made up of 37 teenagers with sickle cell disease found that higher levels of daily stress were associated with increases in same-day pain.

Other studies have shown that increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be associated with chronic pain. For example, one study compared 16 people with chronic back pain to a control group. It found that those with chronic pain had higher levels of cortisol.

3. Frequent Runny Nose and Sneezing

If you feel like you’re constantly battling a case of the sniffles (runny nose), stress may be to blame. Stress may take a toll on your immune system and can cause increased susceptibility to infections.

In one study, 61 older adults were injected with the flu vaccine. Those with chronic stress were found to have a weakened immune response to the vaccine, indicating that stress may be associated with decreased immunity.

In another study, 235 adults were categorized into either a high- or low-stress group. Over a six-month period, those in the high-stress group experienced 70% more respiratory infections and had nearly 61% more days of symptoms than the low-stress group.

Similarly, one analysis looking at 27 studies showed that stress was linked to increased susceptibility of developing an upper respiratory infection.

If you are constantly having runny nose, sneezing, catching colds and flu, that can indicate you may have mental stress that in turn is stressing your body and bringing down
your immune system.

4. Low Energy

Chronic fatigue and decreased energy levels can also be caused by prolonged stress. For example, one study of 2,483 people found that fatigue was strongly associated with increased stress levels.

Stress may also disrupt sleep and cause insomnia, which can lead to low energy. One small study found that higher levels of work-related stress were associated with increased sleepiness and restlessness at bedtime. Another study of 2,316 participants showed that experiencing a higher number of stressful events was significantly associated with an increased risk of insomnia.

5. Changes in Libido

Many people experience changes in their sex drives during stressful periods. One small study evaluated the stress levels of 30 women and then measured their arousal while watching an erotic film. Those with high levels of chronic stress experienced less arousal compared to those with lower stress levels.

Another study made up of 103 women found that higher levels of stress were associated with lower levels of sexual activity and satisfaction. Similarly, one study looked at 339 medical residents. It reported that high levels of stress negatively impacted sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction.

6. Digestive Issues

Digestive problems like diarrhea and constipation can also be caused by high levels of stress. For example, one study looked at 2,699 children and found that exposure to stressful events was associated with an increased risk of constipation.

Stress may especially affect those with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These are characterized by stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

In one study, higher daily stress levels were associated with increased digestive distress in 181 women with IBS. Additionally, one analysis of 18 studies that investigated the role of stress on inflammatory bowel disease noted that 72% of studies found an association between stress and digestive symptoms.

7. Rapid Heartbeat

A fast heartbeat and increased heart rate can also be symptoms of high stress levels. One study measured heart rate reactivity in response to stressful and non-stressful events, finding that heart rate was significantly higher during stressful conditions.

Another study in 133 teenagers found that undergoing a stressful task caused an increase in heart rate.

In a similar study, exposing 87 students to a stressful task was found to increase heart rate and blood pressure. Interestingly enough, playing relaxing music during the task actually helped prevent these changes.

Natural Remedies for Mental Stress

For the purpose of calming the mind, we find that the HijamaHerbs Head session can be very beneficial. By removing the dirty blood in the head area, it helps calms the head, improves focus and eliminates excessive mind chatter. By way of herbs, our recommended herbs are the Ganoderma mushroom, Reishi mushroom and Lion’s Mane mushrooms.

HijamaHerbs Head session plus the Ganoderma, Reishi and Lion’s Mane mushrooms can be beneficial to calm your mental stress and turn off the “fight or flight” state of mind, and calm down your mind. The mushrooms further help your remove toxins and balance
your body systems.

HijamaHerbs methodology is that almost all ailments arise due to blockages. The blockages can be at the physical, emotional and sihr/jinn level. HijamaHerbs practitioners are skilled in finding where the blockages are located. When the blockages are correctly identified, then HijamaHerbs sessions are performed to clear the blockages and pull out the dirty blood. Herbs are provided to help rejuvenate the internal organs.

Malaysian Mushrooms play an important role in reversing chronic ailments by removing toxins on a cellular level and correcting imbalances in the body. These imbalances include nutritional, hormonal, immune system and acid/alkaline imbalances. When toxins are removed and imbalances are corrected, the body can heal itself.

HijamaHerbs sessions for ladies is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed. Also available, emotional healing, counseling for married couples, counseling for young adults seeking their true career path.

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email – aminshah@shahclan.net. We are based in Boston, MA – USA.

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