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The Not-So-Widely-Known Reasons For Your Stress & Anxiety

The New Year is a time when many of us take a long hard look at the last year and try to evaluate the good and the bad, and set new goals and dreams for the next 52 weeks ahead. The holiday period and the end of year shuffle do not come without their fair share of stress. Life is already stressful enough, and although the last few weeks of the year have a heightened amount, it's important to both our physical and mental health that you handle the juggling act as best as possible because stress is indeed a very real threat to your overall well being, if not handled in the correct manner.

The key to handling stress as the year draws to a close is to establish the cause and root of the issue, and properly address them. Many who simply cannot cope with stress are often found to be at an increased risk for developing anxiety and depression. all too often we think that stress is associated with mental health only, but much of the causes for stress are actually physical in nature. Take a look at these common reasons for increased stress as they may surprise you greatly:

Overproduction of Histamine

Sometimes the amount of stress you're under isn't all your own fault; sure, taking on too many projects with an impossible deadline is something that you can avoid, but when the body decides to produce more histamine than it can handle, it's often out of your control.  Histamine is a neurotransmitter that is released in connection with some form of an allergic reaction. However, if the body produces more than is necessary, the results can be as severe as excessive compulsions, depression and insomnia. If this is the case, seeking medical attention immediately is the best approach.

Insufficient Vitamins

There are three B vitamins that are essential for the body to be able to function at its highest rate. B3, B6 and B12 are crucial for optimal mental health, and when the body is deficient in these nutrients it often leads to increased feelings of anxiety, inner tension and mood swings.

Adrenal Imbalance

Too much adrenaline in the body can result in an extreme amount of anxiety, while low levels can cause severe depression. Finding a happy medium in these levels is something that is of the utmost importance in your overall health.

Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Neurotransmitters are vital chemicals found within the brain that are used by neurons to help send and receive specific signals within the brain to help to facilitate adequate and proper communication throughout the body, mainly in reference to the vital organs. These chemicals are responsible for the proper function of even the simplest of practices in our daily life, so having a depleted amount stored in the body can spell disaster fro your health, especially when it comes to your overall mood and perception. Imbalances in neurotransmitter levels occur most often due to a lowered intake of fat. which is why those on fad diets are often the main sufferers. With this comes an increased amount of depression and anxiety. A healthy and steady diet can help to regulate the neurotransmitters throughout the body.


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