Medical Definition of Stress

Stress definition as taken from MedicineNet: In a medical or biological context 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 systems. So, what is the medical definition of stress? We can talk about two main types of stress and discuss further about it.

medical definition of stress

Medical Definition of Stress – Emotional Type

Emotional stress can be caused by problems in a relationships, the loss of a relative or any situation that might hurt your heart deeply, leading to irritability, depression and emotional instability. As per Ayurveda, emotional stress disturbs the mind-body operator concerned with the emotions and functioning of the heart.

Mental Stress

According to Ayurveda, mental stress is caused by an overuse or misuse of the mind. If you do intense mental work for a long time or work on the computer continuously for many hours, it can cause an imbalance in the mind-body operator concerned with brain activity, energy and the mind.

The first symptom of the imbalance is losing the ability to handle day-to-day stress. As you become more stressed, it impacts mental functions causing you to become hyperactive, depressed, sleepless, restless, a negative thinker and plus you lose the capability of making firm decisions. Whatever the reason, there are some simple home strategies that are available for managing or preventing stress. In this video, we have some tips for managing stress.

Importance of Good Diet & Regular Exercise

Poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can exacerbate the effect stress is having on your physiology. Therefore, addressing key dietary and lifestyle factors is imperative if you want to create lasting change and true wellness for your patients. Current scientific knowledge and clinical experience now tells us that the standard Western diet, high in carbohydrates and processed foods, but low in fruit, vegetables and good fats, is detrimental to virtually all aspects of health-including our stress-management system.

Physical exercise not only promotes overall fitness, but also helps patients manage emotional stress and tension more effectively. For example, exercise can emotionally removes a patient temporarily form a stressful environment or situation. Regular exercise also decreases stress by decreasing circulating excesses of cortisol and catecholamines, and reducing HPA sensitivity.

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