The definition of stress can be different for different people. Stress is a mental and physical reaction to events that shake up our every day routine in an unpleasant manner. It is a sort of upheaval and your body and mind reacts in what is often called a “fight or flight” mode. The definition of stress for some people can be headaches, body aches or a sudden shortness of breath along with heart palpitations.
The “flight or fight” mode is a biological stress response and in our past, when humans had to fend for themselves in the wild, it protected us against death and destruction. Now, the definition of stress has changed because we have clothing, shelter and food and we aren't hunting and gathering and defending ourselves from wild animals.
Circumstances change in your life and the definition of stress may also change. When you are overwhelmed by your work load or your children are sick, or you don't have enough money to pay the bills and collection agencies are calling you at all hours of the day, the stress builds, the worry builds and the anxiety builds until you feel like you are going to incinerate.
The definition of stress can change when you become more stressed out. You find it nearly impossible to control your stress or have a very hard time trying to manage it. The more stressed out you become, the harder it is to shut it down. You can't find a balance in your life, even when the stressful event has ended, because your stress hormones, heart rate, and blood pressure remain elevated.
Stress can also have long term effects on your health, which is another circumstance where the definition of stress can change. When you are stressed you are more prone to heart disease, heart attacks, obesity, drug addiction, memory problems and depression. Once you realize that you are overstressed it is vital that you come to grips with this problem. You must learn to relax and learn to react to life's “curve balls” in a more positive manner.
At one moment your definition of stress could be headaches and nausea at another moment it could be nervous tension and a feeling of anxiety. Medications, whether prescribed or herbal, can help with these stressful feelings. Prescribed medications such as Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium, Prozac, Paxil, Ativan and others treat these symptoms but they also cause side effects in many people.
When looking toward herbal treatments find alternatives with ingredients that include Magnolia or Phellodendron bark, passion flower, lemon balm, St. John's wort and skullcap to name a few. These ingredients treat stress and do not carry the side effects that are linked to prescribed medications.