In everyday life, we say and hear the terms stress and tension very frequently usually to denote any work pressure or any worry for our beloved ones or it can be related to any money matter or can be due to any quarrel, etc. But what does it mean actually?
In terms of Physics, it is a stretched state of an elastic object due which its length increases. When it comes to us, it is a feeling of being tense or a feeling of being strained which makes you feel nervous. It is a normal phenomenon to feel tensed. Our body reacts to any adverse condition by creating a tensed state in the body which helps in its resolution. This reaction can be either fight or flight response which occurs in order to save it from any harmful stimulus or any threat. These reactions depend upon the situation arrived and the genetic behavior of any person. Under flight response, the person tries to escape the situation while the fight response gives him/her the courage to face off that situation.
The feeling of being tensed usually arises when any sudden or many tasks have to be done simultaneously. Any stressful event can lead you toward frustration and can make you feel nervous and anxious. Anxiety is a common reaction to stress/ tension which makes it worse. It is a sense of uneasiness or nervousness accompanied by apprehension or restlessness for any uncertain event.
While we always say and feel that tension and anxiety play a negative role in our life, but these are not always. These two also help to resolve any adverse condition in our life. For example, only when we get tensed anxious for our exam, we study more to get good marks or can compete with others only when we put an extra effort by becoming anxious for the outcomes. Hence tension and anxiety keep us feel motivated to achieve our goals and motives.
According to the intensity of the situation, stress can be classified into mild, moderate and severe types and so is the level of anxiety associated with it. While mild stress includes the problems faced by us in our everyday life, severe stress may even include life-threatening conditions, for example, stress due to sudden diagnosis of any severe disease condition such as leukemia.
Under mild stress we may not get any symptoms other than being in an anxious and nervous state. But severe and chronic tensed conditions can result in physical symptoms as well, i.e., effect of stress arises in body as symptoms other than anxiety and nervousness. List of common symptoms developed under tension are mentioned below:
- Frequent headaches
- Increased sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Trembling of hands and legs which may be visible to others or may remain as a sensation only for the person.
- Change in appetite
- Disturbed sleep
- Pain in abdomen
- Easy fatigue
- Dullness of senses
- Increased frequency of micturition
- Apart from these physical symptoms, mental state of person includes:
- No desire to work or socialize
- Feeling of impending misfortune
- Unable to concentrate, restless
- Frequent anger outbursts at trifles.
People having chronic tension and anxiety problems are more prone to develop negative health issues like anxiety disorders, panic disorder, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. Or their present illness might get worse over a period of time.
Chronic tensed and anxious states can interfere with your daily life and make you feel sick. This might become a serious matter of concern and should be treated adequately. Indications, when you need external help, are:
- Develop some irrational fears and start avoiding your routine tasks.
- Constantly tensed or worried for something too insignificant.
- Feel anxious for trifles which previously used to be flawless.
- Keep on feeling tensed for any of the traumatic event occurred in your past.
This can be dealt and cured adequately with the help of counseling along with homeopathic medicines. There are many homeopathic medicines for tension/ stress and anxiety which helps in resolving them faster. These are selected based on individualized symptoms similarity with the medicinal symptoms. These should be prescribed from a registered homeopathic practitioner and self-medication should be avoided. Commonly used homeopathic medicines for dissolution of tension and anxiety:
ACONITUM NAPELLUS: Should be thought of for acute stress and its consequences. This stress develops after some frightful incident. As its reaction the person develops excessive anxiety and fears. For persons who are worried constantly.
ARSENICUM ALBUM: Indicated when the person develops marked restlessness and anguish during stress. During this he tends to change place continuously. Along with this he may have fear of being left alone with cold sweating. May also get suicidal thoughts but lack courage.
ARGENTUM NITRICUM: Suited to persons who have great nervousness and anxiety due to tension. During tensive phase their time passes too slowly. Also gets impulse to do things in a hurry with fear and anxieties.
CALCAREA ARSENICUM: For persons who become anxious along with anger during stressful conditions and also desire for company. Slightest emotions cause palpitations. Also, they tend to become confused when stressed.
IODUM: Indicated for present anxiety and depression where there is no reference to the future. Must remain busy. May develop fear of people and shine everyone. Can be given when there is sudden impulse to run and become violent.
KALIUM PHOSPHORICUM: For anxiety and nervousness during tension which also leads to lethargy. Person may develop indisposition to meet people. Suited to irritable, hysterical people. Slightest exertion seems like a heavy task.