Anxiety and depression are two of the most common illnesses in our society today. An accelerated pace of life and the constant bombardment of stimuli to which we are subjected are guilty of a wide variety of mental disorders that have devastating effects on our physical and psychological well-being.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders rank sixth. Anxiety and depression are generally treated with pharmaceutical medications, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, restlessness, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and headache. Also, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and can lead to substance abuse (source). This leads many people living with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach, not so harmful to health.
Stress is nothing more than an evolutionary physiological response to a certain stimulus or dangerous situation, pulsations rise, blood pressure increases, blood moves to extremes, our body stops performing certain vital functions to focus all its energy on fight or run as best as possible. This mechanism has been very useful to us for thousands of years, but today, due to over stimulation and our frenetic pace of life, it is causing us more problems than benefits.
Sometimes, we can spend most of the day stressed out, constantly linking one activity to another, without even realizing it. This in turn triggers a large number of physiological reactions, such as digestion problems, assimilation of nutrients, tiredness, bad mood, sleeping problems, tension, muscle pain, anxiety, vices, poor diet, etc. To give us an idea, when we are exhausted our immune system loses effectiveness, since keeping it active consumes great energy and if we have to run or fight, that energy will not be used to keep you safe from any viruses or heal your wounds faster.
The point is that once your mind relaxes, your whole body automatically begins to relax as well and therefore different vital functions (blood pressure and circulation, hormone levels, mood, chemical processes, etc.) that directly influence our health.
When you take a pill against headache, that pill does not solve the problem caused by the headache. That pill, in any case, will reduce your pain sensation, facilitating you to continue advancing throughout the day, but nevertheless, it does not solve the problem internally, for which reason, a large number of side effects accompany it.
For that reason, more and more people are deciding to treat their health using more natural techniques such as meditation or hemp oil. Both methods induce your mind into a state of relaxation from which your own body can more easily balance and recover.
However, although everyone knows that stress is not beneficial, in practice, managing it is not an easy task.