Can The Recession Be Blamed for Increased Cases of Stress?

We all feel stressed from time to time but according to research by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of people admitted to hospital for stress in England (from June 2011 to May 2012) has risen by 6.8%.

6,366 admissions higher than this time last year, the study went on to show that the highest proportion of admissions came from people aged 18-60 (working age) who are located in the North West (20 per 100,000 people) and London (15.9 per 100,000).

What is the cause?

Characterised as being under ‘too much mental and emotional pressure’; there are a number of theories circulating about what could have caused this rise in stress. However one of the clearest indicators so far might be the changing economy.

With more and more of us being put under pressure to keep our jobs following rises in job losses; the need to work and deal with redundancy can trigger symptoms of stress and cause you to suffer from sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and an inability to concentrate.

Similarly working too hard and too many hours can lead to a build of stress that can increase your chances of developing heart disease.

What can be done?

Whilst the changing economy is beyond your control there are a number of natural remedies you can try that reduce your stress levels and ensure you feel more relaxed.

Licorice Root – this herb is believed to contain cortisone that can help your body to handle stressful situations more successfully whilst normalising your blood sugar levels. By ensuring you have access to a steady stream of energy, Licorice can provide you with the energy to tackle situations and no longer feel fatigued.
Passion flower – considered a mild sedative, Passion flower can help you to experience more restful sleep and avoid developing symptoms of insomnia from stress.
Chamomile – relaxing and restorative, Chamomile is great for dealing with the physical effects stress can have on your body.
Rosemary – relaxes the muscles in your body, preventing tension and ensuring better blood flow to your brain and eyes. Known to encourage increased mental clarity, Rosemary can help you to view stressful situation more clearly.
St John’s Wort – best know for its ability to combat depression, St John’s Wort can help your pituitary gland to break down excess quantities of the stress hormone norepinephrine.

And taking herbs is not the only thing you can do relieve stress.

You can also try burning incense, performing meditation and doing yoga. Simply choose which one is right for you and they can help you to channel your stress and release it.

So give them a try and make sure you don’t become another statistic…

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