Dr Longmore: Stress Exam

Stress refers to any action to a physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think or feel.

Change is stressful – whether the change is good or bad.

Worry produces stress. Indeed, stress is an unavoidable part of life…

Pressures and deadlines at work. Problems with loves one…pay the bills. Lack of sleep, overwork, excessive alcohol, smoking, illness, getting ready for holidays… are stress for many people.

Some people handle stress well, and has little impact on their health. Others are very negatively influenced by it.

Stress can cause fatigue, chronic headaches, skin disorders, irritability, changes in appetite, memory loss, low self-esteem, high blood pressure, sleep problems, etc…

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustration and demands, for many, are way of life ..

If you find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s time to take action in order to bring your nervous system back into balance.

  • Eat a diet of fresh foods (fruit/vegetables)
  • Avoid process foods and all foods that create stress in the system, such artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, too much chocolate, fried foods, junk foods, pork, sugar, white produces –flour/potatoes- foods containing preservatives or very heavy spices.
  • Minimize dairy products
  • Limit your intake of caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco,
  • Drink 1 ½ to 2 litre of water a day
  • Have a good network support, if you are lonely or isolated you are vulnerable to stress.
  • Maintain your sense of control, if you are confident it’s easier to take stress in stride.
  • Watch your attitude and outlook, be optimistic, have a sense of humour, accept that change is part of your life.
  • Your ability to deal with emotions, you are vulnerable to stress, if you don’t know how to calm and soothe yourself when you are feeling sad, angry, afraid…
  • Learn how to manage, and ultimately reduce stressful situation by taking care of yourself, making time for relaxation and rest.
  • Recognise your stress and identify the stressors.
  • Identify negative coping mechanisms such alcohol, and try and replace with positives ones such as perusing a finding a hobby.
  • Manage your time effectively
  • Enhance relationships through better communication
  • Get regular exercise. Physical activity can clear the mind and help keep stress under control
  • Get sufficient sleep each night
  • Take a day off
  • Do not repress or deny your emotions. Acknowledge your feeling and accept them.
  • Do not be afraid to cry. It can help release the stress
  • Keep noise level down
  • Try Yoga
  • Always have a substantial breakfast
  • Take few minutes to consider the day
  • Take a bath in the evening


VitC essential to adrenal gland function. Stress deplete the glands hormones, the anti-stress hormones.

Calcium and Magnesium lost when stress is present.

Co enzyme Q10 increase energy and protect the heart and the immune system.

L-tyrosine help to reduce stress on the body. An effective and safe sleeping aid. Also good for depression. (Do not take it if you are on an MAO inhibitor drug.

B complex all the B are necessary for health and proper functioning of the nervous system.

and more.

Come to MMF for a check-up of your stress and vitamins.