COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT
Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body.
When you repeatedly experience the fight or flight stress response in your daily life, it can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems.
The following are some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
Alternative Medicine and Stress Management
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
More and more Americans are using alternative and complementary therapies, often for stress-related complaints. The results of a nationwide survey of 1539 adults published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that 1 in 3 Americans uses therapies considered unconventional. Find out what alternative stress management therapies work the best.
About The Author
Dr. Randi Fredricks is a psychotherapist and best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on treating mental health with alternative medicine. As a holistic psychotherapist, she devoted her career to learning about complementary and alternative therapies that improve emotional health.
Dr. Fredricks' book Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health
provides a comprehensive overview of such treatments and has an entire chapter on using natural remedies in stress management. Dr. Fredricks treats addiction, anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders using traditional psychotherapy and other alternative holistic approaches at her office in San Jose, California.
This Ebook is 3140 pages.