The following statistics from the American Institute of Stress reveal stress is a highly prevalent condition in the United States.
|U.S Stress Statistics from the American Institute of Stress||Data|
|Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms |
caused by stress
|Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress||73 %|
|Feel they are living with extreme stress||33 %|
|Feel their stress has increased over the past five years||48 %|
|Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress||76 %|
|Reported lying awake at night due to stress||48 %|
What is Stress?
Project CBD defines stress, saying, “Stress is primarily a physical response to feeling attacked, resulting in the release of hormones and chemicals like adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine.”
According to Medicine.net, “stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic system
Chronic Stress vs. Acute Stress
The American Psychological Association (APA) places stress in two main categories: 1. Acute 2. Chronic
According to the APA, “Acute stress, the most common form of stress, is short-term and stems from the demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future (APA, 2011).”
On the other hand, the APA states that, “Chronic stress, a long term form of stress, derives from unending feelings of despair/hopelessness, as a result of factors such as poverty, family dysfunction, feelings of helplessness and/or traumatic early childhood experience (APA, 2011).”
Effects of Stress
According to the Mayo Clinic, common effects of stress include
|On your body||On your mood||On your behavior|
|Headache||Anxiety||Overeating or undereating|
|Muscle tension or |
|Chest pain||Lack of motivation or|
|Drug or alcohol misuse|
|Fatigue||Feeling overwhelmed||Tobacco use|
|Change in sex drive||Irritability or anger||Social withdrawal|
|Stomach upset||Sadness or depression||Exercising less often|
Stress Management Techniques
WebMD proposes the following stress management techniques .
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
- Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.
- Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Learn to manage your time more effectively.
- Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
- Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
- Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
- Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
- Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.
How does CBD affect stress?
CBD has been shown to inhibit the enzyme responsible for degrading the endocannabinoid AEA (Anandamide). Naturopath Jacqueline Jacques writes, “Because anandamide is normally rapidly broken down by FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) , and because CBD regulates FAAH, CBD’s primary importance is its ability to maintain anandamide levels, thus enhancing anandamide’s beneficial effect in the ECS (Endocannabinoid System). CBD also binds weakly to CB1 and CB2 receptors and has a range of activity outside of the ECS that contribute to its health benefits.”
So CBD indirectly prevents the degradation of anandamide. “These data create a compelling argument that eCB (endo Cannabinoid) signaling is an important regulatory system in the brain that largely functions to buffer against many of the effects of stress …”(7)
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