Stress is one of the most common complaints for people across the globe. It’s an affliction that assaults just about all of us these days. Left unchecked, it can contribute to a number of health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Even more disturbingly, stress can often trigger secondary responses and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

In today’s frantic, constantly connected world stress is lurking beyond the obvious daily work and financial pressures.  There are numerous other potential triggers which are so obvious that you may overlook them. On the plus-side however, if you are aware of these potential  triggers and your exposure to them, you can actively employ techniques to help combat and manage your stress levels. We got some insights from the team at Skin Renewal who shared some of the “hidden” stress triggers and techniques you can employ to try combat the stressful side-effects of these triggers.



Stress triggers

Overstimulation from communications

Sometimes it feels like we’re “too connected” to the world. Mails and messages are dropping 24/7, and beware if you don’t respond timeously! The constant stress and demands via both verbal and electronic communications can add a great deal to your daily pressures.


Too much to do and too little time

There are simply too few hours in a day! This has become a mantra for Michelle and I while we work tirelessly on building Equilibrio. In a world of on-demand info, deadlines and constant expectations the struggle to juggle priorities has become a daily part of our daily lives.


Disrupted sleep

Good quality sleep for a period of 6-7 hours is a prerequisite for healthy brain and body function. Sleep deprivation can result in serious health issues, not to mention mental health issues such as brain fog and memory loss.  This in turn can affect feelings of not being in control, which can trigger a stress reaction. Stress in turn causes hyperarousal, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness and further disrupt sleep.

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Sugar and excess carbohydrates

When you consume high amounts of sugar and too many carbs on a daily basis you are going to find yourself on a blood sugar roller coaster. Once on that ride, you realise quickly it makes you stressed. A high-sugar meal or beverage picks you up, but in no time you’re crashing down again. This constant blood sugar roller-coater causes anxiety and can also disrupt sleep patterns.


Overuse of antibiotics, antacids and anti-inflammatories

These days it’s too easy to prescribe medications which treat health symptoms, but often do not get to the root of the problem. The medications can cause chaos in your gut and we now know that a healthy gut is essential to so much more than a regular loo visit. Healthy gut healthy body and mind.

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Stress symptoms can play havoc on your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Here are some common symptoms to look out for.


Stress and anxiety can seriously debilitate one’s life. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a cycle where it’s almost impossible to limit our exposure to stress. What we can do, is employ some of these useful techniques to help reduce the negative effects of the stress we’re experiencing – without having to resort to calming medications that numb our brains.



Meditation forces us to be present and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, while improving concentration and productivity.

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Physical activity releases your endorphins or happy hormones, leaving you feeling fab and in a better mood. Exercise improves your energy levels and overall health and sense of well-being.


Listen to calming music

When listening to calming music the brain can release a chemical called dopamine. This makes us feel both happy and relaxed. Studies have also found that certain types of relaxing music can improve memory function.


Train your brain

Brain training is a process which makes use of neurofeedback technology. The data received from the brain mapping session reveals areas of the brain which need to be exercised either via visual, sound or alternative means. Brain Training has been proven to be highly effective in treating both stress, anxiety and their adverse effects such as brain fog, memory loss, and emotional instability.


Keep a diary

By writing down the day’s events, you can reflect on what were stressors in your day. The ability to see what triggers your anxiety and any patterns in your behaviours will better equip you to manage your stress and anxiety.




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