There are very few people in our society today who can say that they never feel stressed.
It is thought that the body evolved to secrete hormones and chemicals (like adrenaline) when faced with sudden fear or stressors, such as an animal attack. These chemicals allow us to escape from danger, and gradually dwindle away as the stressor is removed.
Today, we do not live in the same environment, and we experience stressors in very different forms – from an overload of paper work to family life. The same hormones and chemicals are released into the blood stream, but because many of us are constantly experiencing stress (even when the stressors are not immediately present), the hormones do not decrease, and we are forever in an excited state.
This state inhibits our ability to sleep, relax, and even think properly. If we are in this state for too long, our organs (especially the adrenal glands) become exhausted, and we cannot sustain our health any longer. In extreme cases, diseases can accelerate and our bodies become too drained to deal with life.
The mind is very powerful. If we can harness the emotions and thoughts of the mind, and allow ourselves to become calm for extended periods of time, we can eventually learn to apply this feeling to the rest of our lives. In a relaxed state, the body can heal, and take care of itself much more easily, reducing the risk for disease development.
Naturopathic medicine can support the body and restore the physical imbalances that arise with prolonged stress, while we work on learning to manage the responses to stressors.