imagesHealing with Reiki may be your answer to the stress and anxiety of your daily routine. This Japanese technique involves what practitioners call laying on of hands. Focusing on the energy of the body, this process is said to create a feeling of wellness that comes from tapping into life force energy. Many who have experienced a session with a master of this art report that there is substantial benefit that comes from it.

If you are totally new to this form of aligning spiritual energy, then you might be encouraged to learn that this is not a religion. Rather, it is a path of living in harmonious ways. Your body, mind and spirit all become attuned to peaceful living. It is also a way of living in better social alignment.

These holistic sessions are said to promote relaxation. The client, fully clothed, reclines on a table while the practitioner passes hands over the body. Clients report feelings of general well being, warmth, a sensation that they are being soothed or relieved of pain and sad feelings. The relaxed state tends to rid clients of their stress and feelings of anxiety.

Stress-SymptomsIt is believed that stress comes in two forms. Acute or sudden stress, that by definition, is brief and has an endpoint. The body’s response to this is to change the biochemistry in the blood to give the body a sudden boost of energy. This energy gives the body more strength, heightened senses and an awareness that imminent action is likely. In situations like this, if action isn’t taken to rectify the stressful event, the body might use this energy on itself. So it is not uncommon for people experiencing sudden stress to clench their fists, clench their jaw or grind their teeth. In some cases they may get headaches, blood will pump faster through the body and veins may bulge. Other symptoms might be cramps or bloating of the stomach. On the whole, however, sudden stress is an inevitable consequence of living and the body’s response is appropriate and necessary.

Stress becomes a problem when it is severe stress. Commonly described a chronic stress, it is stress that is prolonged and unrelieved. It is often a consequence of the person not dealing with small stressors that overtime become bigger or combine with other stressors to snowball into something that is uncontrollable.

Severe stress might be overworking – spending long hours at the office doing something that has an unrealistic deadline. This could cause the person to develop an unhealthy lifestyle, where they eat fast food and rarely exercise. This, in itself, would cause symptoms of ill-health if it continued for any length of time, but it would not be stress related unless the person involved was reacting to it in a stressful manner.

By this, I mean, the body’s response to the situation would be to trigger the release of hormones like adrenaline, cortisol and oxytocin into the bloodstream for a prolonged length of time. These hormones are agreed to be the bodies common response to something that is perceived as stressful. They are what gives the body it’s boost of energy. This response has been dubbed the ‘fight or flight’ and more recently the ‘tend and befriend’ response.

Simply put, these hormones put the body on high alert. You could use the analogy of a fire alarm going off. This works to wake people up and escape from a burning house but can you imagine if this fire alarm went off for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It would soon become intolerable to live in the house.

The hormones cause a number of changes in the body. They increase the blood pressure. This is bad for the health of the heart over a long time. The increase in adrenaline and cortisol is also thought to increase the chances of heart disease. The blood becomes thicker, in preparation for an injury, and this can lead to blood clots that lead to strokes. Blood is diverted from the stomach and this can lead to cramps, diarrhoea, constipation or bloating.

The stress hormones overstimulate the immune system which over time starts to work against the body or is unresponsive to real threats to the body. This means people suffering from severe stress catch colds, flu’s and possibly worse far easier than people who are not as stressed.

Severe stress gradually becomes debilitating because it works on all of the body’s systems. All types of complaints could be a consequence of stress ultimately. The key is to be responsive to the changes in your body and determine if this could be stress related. Then take action to defuse this stress or find an outlet for the pent up energy.

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that should not be taken lightly as if not managed can lead someone to commit suicide. When a person has this disorder they have constant ups and downs that can be caused by various reasons with each reason being different from one person to another.

Comedy TragedyResearchers have found out that the cause can be neurotransmitters that is inequity in a persons brain with no clear reason why this happens. A lot of people become bipolar because they get stressed too often which then leads to depression. Others inherit the disease from their past family that has been passed on to the current generation.

Research shows that if one of your close relatives has had this disorder then the chances are very high that you too will acquire this disease. Although not everyone who has had a relative with bipolar disorder will become bipolar having one increases the chances of you also getting the diseases.

The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation has made a research about how much a families history has a role deliberating if one will become bipolar. Their research found out that when one’s parent has this disorder the chances of the child getting this disease as well is 15 to 30 percent. And when two parents had or have this disorder then the chances raise 50 to 75 percent. With this research been done its crucial to emphasize that even if your family doesn’t have a history of bipolar disorder one can still be affected by it.

The things that happen in our lives can also cause one to be depressed and then lead to bipolar disorder. Below are some known occurrences that can put someone at risk of developing this disease. These include:

- When ones health is not good for a period of time

- Becoming nervous for a particular situation

- The death of a loved one such as a family member

- Using too much drugs such as marijuana and cocaine

- Not getting enough sleep

- Having no goals you want to achieve

Understanding the cause of this dreadful illness is the first step to managing and with time eliminating it. Living a healthy life is advised for individuals who suffer from this disease. Family plays a big role in helping one with this disorder so they should support the sufferer all the way and one should also make use of bipolar disorder support groups.