Mental and Emotional Stress and Homeopathy
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Stress: The 3 Stages of Chronic Stress
The "Fight, Flight or Freeze" (alarm)
(adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol) are released by the adrenal glands. The
pupils of your eyes dilate and you become much more alert. When the stressful
situation reduces, the increased production reverts, allowing your body to
return to rest (homeostasis).
The Resistance Phase (adaptive) response
resistance phase, cortisol receptors become less sensitive to the mechanism that
returns the body to rest. This causes increased cortisol production and results
in various side effects such as headaches, memory loss, insomnia, low libido,
and high blood pressure.
Exhaustion (overwhelmed) response
when the capacity for stress resistance is overwhelmed. This stage is
characterized by depletion of energy and may lead to poor metabolism, insulin
resistance, and lowered immune function. The exhaustion phase can eventually
lead to adrenal insufficiency or even a total shutdown of the adrenal glands.
Homeopathic Remedies For Stress
Biggest shock and fright remedies (see also Arnica) and itís also one of
the main ones for the beginning of a sickness with fever. The picture may
appear from a single experience or may develop from watching too many
horrible stories on TV or social media. Symptoms can come on very rapidly
and intensely, often in the middle of the night. Things might start with
strong anxiety or nightmares with a pounding heart. It can be helpful for
panic attacks with fear and anxiety which come on suddenly. The patient may
appear agitated and there may be an intense and irrational fear which may
lead to palpitations, breathlessness, dry mouth, dizziness and in extreme
cases even heart attack. This emotional state can lead on to acute illness,
so itís important to manage the anxiety and fear. The remedy can be taken
frequently (every 10 minutes if necessary for up to 5 doses) and could be
added to a water bottle and sipped.
Anxiety is often accompanied by or from fear of
disease, fear of contagion, fear of public places. Symptoms include
dizziness and diarrhea. People who need this remedy are often jittery,
impulsive and suggestible, but can usually be easily reassured. They may
crave sweets and salt, which usually make the symptoms worse, particularly
the diarrhea. Focus is on the bowels and the limbs. Noisy with
loud gurgling and this over activity, diarrhea. Anxious, stressed
Tremors of the hands and shaky legs. Flushed and overheated, craves sweets
which can easily make them feel sick.
The big trauma remedy for accidents
and injuries. Also has a picture of feeling battered and bruised and the
person will often say ďIím fine, I am okĒ when itís pretty evident theyíre
not. Can be used for how someone might feel after a bitter divorce, an
abusive situation including the work place, or just a shock where they feel
as if they have "been beaten up" or "hit by a truck".
Anxious, very nervous. Fastidious. Anxiety about
their health and have a tendency to need things to be very orderly, very
clean and very secure. Time pressure
can be a major source of stress. Focus
on disease or becoming ill. Afraid that some minor symptom is a sign of a
serious disease. Involves many doctor visits to determine their health
status. Financial loss can be particularly stressful for them. Worry about
getting sick, they may also worry a lot about not getting well again, of
being incurable. Stress that they have a particular disease, or an
undiagnosed disease and go to many doctors and specialists Ė they are very
needy when under stress. A great need to control everything and can be
obsessive about small details; the more stress they are under, the more they
will obsess. Stress about an some outside of their control, like the food or
water on a trip overseas. Anxiety can occur any time but at night and
particularly between midnight and 2 am is a
common time aggravation and they wake feeling anxious and restless and
actually get out of bed to pace around. Digestive issues (commonly diarrhea)
or asthma attacks related to anxiety.
Aurum is a homeopathic remedy made from the metal gold. It is a deep
acting Syphilitic remedy. Used or someone with has
severe depression, a feeling of emptiness and despair, often with suicidal
thoughts and tendencies. Fear of contagion, fear of being incurable, despair
of recovery, and hand-washing is quite likely to be part of the picture as
they can be OCD in this depressive state. No interest in life or the people
around them. Feelings of guilt or regrets about something they feel they
should have said or done differently. Feeling that they have lost their
purpose in life and their life is not worth living.
Stress about their business or about money. Hard
workers. Deep insecurity about not having enough money Fear of poverty. When
such a person faces uncertainty at work, then their stress levels can go
through the roof. The stress manifests itself most typically as physical
pain or stiffness.
Hard worker. Worried about being observed or
stressed by being hurried towards a deadlines. Chilly, flabby type.
Craves sweets. Sour perspiration. dependable, solid but become easily
overwhelmed from working too hard or perhaps as a result of an illness.
Start to fear they are losing their mind, but do not show it. They need to
work, they want to get back to their job and they feel burdened by the
responsibility of it all Ė work, life, family, employees, etc.. Foggy and
confused when tired and this adds to their anxiety. Donít cope well with
change, worry or bad news and an underlying dread of disaster can develop.
Generally quite fearful, fear of heights and enclosed spaces. They
often crave sweets and eggs and are easily fatigued.
A well indicated
remedy for flu or flu like symptoms. Achy body and malaise with slow onset.
May become weak, shaky and dizzy and may even experience chills and hot
flushes, diarrhea and headaches, which might be in relation to the actual
virus or as their mental/emotional reaction to their situation.Anticipation or stage fright remedy. Headaches.
Weakness of the limbs, legs feel weak and wobbly. Loose stool or frequent
urination before an exam or performance. Big anxiety remedy to be used
before an interview or giving a talk. Major remedy for fear, anxiety, weak
legs and weakness after receiving a shock or bad news. Feel paralyzed by
their experience, by thoughts of the future. Feel like they are stuck
and they just canít think. May become weak, shaky and dizzy and may even
experience chills and hot flushes, diarrhea and headaches, which might be in
relation to the actual virus or as their mental/emotional reaction to their
Sensitive to unfairness or injustice. Feel as if
they are bullied. Will say how "it is not fair". Romantic
disappointments. Stabbing sensation in the body. Cuts or wounds that
do not heal properly, just as in a C-section. Used also for rape or abuse
Very important stress, grief, shock of bad news remedy or death of a loved
one. Use for sensitive individuals who are often anxious following a
grief, disappointment or other stressful experience. Bordering on
hysterical. The moods can be volatile and physical symptoms can be too.
Mood swings, frequent sighing. They may burst into tears (or laughter) or be
uncharacteristically rude or defensive. They can also become OCD in their
anxiety. Headaches like a nail being driven into the side of the head are
common, as well is the sensation of a lump in the throat or crampy pains in
the stomach or back.
Kali Phos may appear when someone has become exhausted by overwork, worry or
illness and they feel anxious and unable to cope. This remedy has an
affinity for the nervous system so they may be jumpy and oversensitive and
easily startled. Physical symptoms nclude headaches, backaches and
digestive upsets. Hearing unpleasant news or thinking about world events can
aggravate the problems. Concentration may become a problem, along with
insomnia and a sense of nervous dread. Eating, warmth and rest often bring
relief. Can be used as a cell salt in 6X
of other potency.
People who need this remedy often have a lack of
self-confidence. Outwardly they may be domineering
and overbearing with people they feel comfortable with. Often
feel self-conscious and intimidated by their superiors or people they perceive
as powerful. Major issues with taking on responsibility ncluding
marriage or parenthood and this can cause anxiety and fear of failure. Losing
a job and the prospect of having to go to the unemployment office or perhaps
apply for something else will be daunting. They can be rude and dominating.
Once they start
the task they usually perform well and come out on top. Claustrophobia,
irritability, digestive problems with major gas and bloating and a craving for
sweets are often indicators for Lycopodium.
Natrum muriaticum (Nat Mur)
Major grief remedy. Loss of a loved one or loss of a job, loss of
freedom. Unexpected change and total upheaval in daily life. Deep emotions and can appear aloof and reserved, which is a protective
mechanism. Not always comfortable in social situations so are often
lonely and can be easily hurt and offended. Dwell on what may be
minor past offences from others. Refuse to be consoled even though they may want
it. Good listeners. Often be fearful, with anxiety
at night, fear of robbers or intruders and fear of enclosed spaces. Migraines and insomnia are symptoms that may arise as part of their anxiety
picture and may come on after a loss or grief. The anxiety may not be obvious as
most things can tend to be hidden.
Type A personality, ompetitive, work-focused and usually successful. Entrepreneurs or
high level managers with a lot of responsibility, used to working long hours and
being constantly occupied. Crave stimulants to keep going, so this is
likely to be their go-to at times like our current situation; alcohol, coffee,
drugs to excess and then they become liverish or irritable. Stress
generally comes on in relation to work and they are not great at taking
holidays, needing to have their finger on the pulse at all times. A job loss or
financial loss means the loss of financial security, fear of poverty and
major stress. Classically wake around 4 am and then have trouble getting
back to sleep. If they do get back to sleep, they may wake later feeling
terrible and then are bad tempered for the rest of the day. Digestive
system is also a source of aggravation for them, in particular suffering
indigestion and constipation, both of which are worse when stressed.
People needing Phosphorus are outgoing, excitable,
generous, and open hearted. Because they are so open they can also be jumpy and
full of vivid fears and imaginations. Anxiety can be triggered by almost
anything as they lack the boundaries necessary for modern life. Over-sympathetic and when they become worn out from watching too many news
programs, spending too much time on social media. They generally over-care for
everyone so suffer exhaustion. May get spacey or even become ill. Better for company and reassurance.
Better with conversation and a massage or
back rub. They
need their friends and family around them for energetic support because
they are often high touchy types.
For a fear or a fright that is very intense. Canít bear to be on their own,
they feel isolated and there may be a great fear of the dark. There are likely
to be nightmares or night terrors which can be horrific. Can be
very angry, and the anger can erupt very suddenly and may be violent. Can be a great fear of water and dogs.
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