We live in a challenging world. We need to be multitasking, always available, within reach of a phone or computer. We worry about our jobs, our homes, the health of our loved ones, especially now, in the age of the pandemic. Some people think that they are coping well with it, convince themselves that it must be so, that stress is already an integral part of our life. However, it happens that the body does not keep up with this crazy pace and can not cope with functioning in constant tension. He’s starting to rebel. He says, ” enough, I can’t do this anymore.” And it sends us different signals.
These can be headaches, abdominal pain, more frequent infections-colds, herpes, cystitis. We dump them on the carb of fatigue, and when we feel a little better, we move on.
How does stress affect us?
It stimulates the body to produce the hormones that we need to mobilize all the forces to action: adrenaline and cortisol. It is to them that we owe a quick “injection” of energy that appears in difficult situations.
However, their positive effect is short-lived. If we live in tension for a long time, in a state of constant readiness, the excess of these hormones becomes harmful. It weakens the immune system, promotes the development of cardiovascular diseases, contributes to obesity. Disrupts the secretion of hormones.
And it reflects negatively on the psyche: over time, it can lead to anxiety and depression. The problem is that many of our ailments are not associated with a stressful lifestyle. We go from doctor to doctor, looking for the cause of malaise. I believe that psychosomatic diseases have become the greatest scourge of the 21st century.
Where to look for help?
A doctor we can trust. Because such a diagnosis is also not easy to accept. The patient, who hears “nothing is wrong with you”, and after all suffers from real ailments, begins to seek help on his own. On the internet, with strangers, among friends. Some experiment with diet, others try so-called alternative therapies.
Managing a patient with psychosomatic illnesses requires a lot of experience from the doctor. We need to change the way we think. If any organic diseases have been ruled out, instead of writing down tablets, it is better to refer the patient to therapy. Recommend him rest, sleep, a healthy dose of movement. A great remedy can be meeting with friends, talking, laughing, hugging, which in our time is sorely lacking.
So how do we manage?
Permanent stress cannot be underestimated. It is necessary to learn to soften it, to unload it-in different ways. Although I am a very “school” doctor, I believe that we need various kinds of soothing therapies today.
- Yoga, tai chi, meditation. Forest “baths”, that is, the most frequent contact with nature.
These methods, which were once considered a paramedicine, today turn out to be the only way out of the vicious circle, cope with stress and, as a result, neutralize its negative effects.
- There are also very important factors that I call the 4S system. It’s sleep, sex, sports and nutrition. If we make sure that they occupy the right place in our lives, it will be easier for us to cope with everyday challenges.