Curing Mental & Emotional Problems - Part II


In the last article you have read about depression and anxiety. Now in this article you will read about Phobia, Stress, Common signs of too much stress, some ways to cope up with stress and Acupressure and Magnetic Treatments.

Phobia

Phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of an object, situation or activity that compels a person to avoid it obsessively. For instance, you may dread the sight of touch of a spider, or you may have a morbid fear of heights (acrophobia). Such fears do not usually prevent you from leading a normal life; you can simply avoid spiders or high places. Some phobias however, may make normal life impossible. A common example is agoraphobia which is generally defined as fear of public places.

Phobias often have no identifiable cause. Sometimes, phobia can be traced back to a traumatic experience in childhood. People who lack self esteem are more likely to develop social phobias or agoraphobia.

A phobic person is aware that his or her fear is irrational but is still compelled to avoid the subject or situation he or she fears. An exposure to the subject of phobia causes a physical reaction, often with sweating and rapid heartbeat. A factor that is common to all phobias is avoidance of the object of phobia and this may severely limit a person’s activities. Anxiety and panic attacks sometimes develop in relation to phobia.

Phobias are principally treated with exposure therapy. Acupressure and Magnetic therapies are helpful for treating the phobic terrain i.e. the background of anxiety and phobias.

 

Stress

A degree of stress is not in itself unreasonable and is indeed a necessary stimulus to high performance. Stress occurs all the time in most people’s lives. Too much stress can however, seriously affect physical and mental well-being. Stress decreases the quality of life by reducing feelings of pleasure and accomplishment.

When we encounter a stressful event, our bodies undergo a series of hormonal and biochemical changes that put us in a alarm mode. Our heart rate increases, adrenalin rushes through our blood stream and our digestive and immune system temporarily shut down. If the stress continues and we stay on high alert for a prolonged period of time, we experience exhaustion and burnout.

Common signs of too much stress include:

  • Increased irritability
  • Heightened sensitivity to criticism
  • Loss of concentration
  • Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
  • Drinking and smoking more
  • Indigestion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Stiff neck and/or tight shoulders
  • Headache

Recent research suggests that anywhere from two thirds to 90% of illness is stress related. The following list indicates some of the health problems that can be caused or exacerbated by long term stress.

Health problems linked to stress:

  • Heart attack
  • Infertility
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Memory Loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Insomnia

The potential causes of stress are numerous. Your stress may be linked to outside world, the environment in which you live or work, or your family. Stress can also be induced by your own irresponsible behavior, negative attitude and feeling or unrealistic expectations.

Furthermore, the causes of stress are highly individual. What you consider stressful depends upon many factors, including your personality, general outlook on life, problem solving abilities, and social support system. Something that is stressful to you may be neutral or even enjoyable to someone else.

None of us can avoid stress altogether, but we can return to a state of balance and regulation through a variety of means: exercise, humor, play, music, prayer or meditation. These activities provide calming and relaxing sensory input for stress relief. Stress is also a well known trigger for depression and it can also affect your physical health. So it is important to identify the cause of stress in your life and minimize these factors.

Some ways to cope with stress:

  • Simplify your life – Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities into the day; leave some things out.
  • Manage your time wisely.
  • Be prepared – Organize your day ahead of time. Anticipate challenges. Try to keep your plans flexible. Don’t worry about things you cannot control.
  • Relax – When you feel your muscles begin to tense, breathe deeply. Inhale to a count of six, pause for a second and then slowly exhale.
  • Exercise Regularly – Exercising may decrease stress by improving a person’s health and by giving them an outlet for relieving stress.
  • Eat Smart – A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can give you more energy.
  • Laugh – Humor is a great way to relieve stress. Laughter releases endorphins; natural substances that help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Yoga – Slow down the mental activity and by gently stretching the body and massaging the internal organs, yoga creates a climate of dynamic peacefulness within.

 

Acupressure/Magnetic Treatment

For the treatment of mental and emotional problems by acupressure, it is important to first apply pressure on the reflex points of pituitary, brain, nervous system, solar plexus and diaphragm, thyroid and adrenal glands in both the hands and feet.

Symptoms of diseases may vary individually- so apply pressure on all the points on hand and feet. The points which result in pain on pressing are the relevant reflex points.

To cure depression, apply pressure on the upper parts of the fingers and thumbs of both feet and hands. These are very important reflex points.

Apply pressure on the triangular area between the thumb and the index finger as well as on all the fingers of hands and feet in the manners of massage. Applying pressure on the back, along both sides of the backbone in a downward direction with the help of the thumbs of both hands alleviates many disorders of nervous system, strengthens muscles and reduces the stiffness and pain in body and joints, common symptoms of mental disturbances.

To stimulate the appetite, apply pressure on all the reflex points of digestive system. If the patient suffers from diabetes or any other diseases, pressure should be applied on related reflex points.

Hormonal disturbances can also results in many emotional problems; therefore female patients should apply pressure on reflex points of endocrine glands. If the patient is married, pressure should be applied on reflex points of endocrine glands and the reproductive organs to stimulate libido as a satisfied sexual life helps in curing many such diseases.

Tension is a common symptom and such patients are often stressed out and in despair. To reduce this applies pressure on both sides of neck in a downward direction with the help of thumbs. In addition apply pressure on all channels of hands and feet.

Drink magnetized water 8-10 glasses of water every day to eliminate the toxins from the body. Wear magnetic head cap and head belt every day 30-45 minutes morning and evening or it can be worn throughout the night too.

Acupressure can cure many diseases in a short time i.e. from 1 week to 1-2 months. But it is better to continue giving pressure on relevant reflex points for few months after the symptoms vanish.

 

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