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Stress, anxiety and low mood

Having an understanding of these three conditions often helps us to tell if we are just having a bad day, or if we are indeed succumbing to the modern day illness of busyness.


Levels of these chemicals can vary from person to person - probably being partially responsible for determining the nature of our personalities - and also within the same individual, dependent on factors such as the hormonal balance of our bodies (in both men and women), time of day, time of life and external circumstances. 

Mood disorders lie in a very complex field where the emotional constitution and psychological factors interact with the ability of the hypothalamus and other parts of the brain to control emotions. It is also true that the prevailing mood is equally affected, and sometimes profoundly so, by social and personal circumstances.

Stress is not an illness in itself. It tends to manifest itself by way of unpleasant symptoms, both physical and mental. These include the feeling of nervousness, a racing heartbeat and sharpening senses, as well as a feeling of being overwhelmed, irritable or restless. It occurs when we are put under too much pressure and we struggle to react rationally or to relax.

Anxiety is the reaction to undue stress. It can be triggered by a wide range of circumstances including performing or speaking in public or social situations. Anxiety can be treated in a similar way to stress, and finding an effective management technique for you goes a long way towards easing your symptoms.

Low mood is an emotion many people have experienced. It can come about for no apparent reason – we just wake up in the morning and feel a bit down or sad. Other times, there are identifiable reasons for you feeling the way you do. This is just part of the normal fluctuations of emotions which we experience.

What is important with low mood is to distinguish it from depression. Depression is a medical condition in which the sufferer experiences feelings outwith the normal range of emotions. It is a serious condition which must be treated by a medical professional, particularly if accompanied by thoughts of suicide.
Having an understanding of these three conditions often helps us to tell if we are just having a bad day, or if we are indeed succumbing to the modern day illness of busyness. 

It is important to examine your symptoms carefully, as stress, anxiety and low mood may lead to more serious health conditions, including high blood pressure and heart problems. 

The good news is that they are all treatable, often through a combination of self-help techniques and herbal remedies, most commonly Vital Energy Valerian, Avena sativa and St. John’s Wort.

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