Help and advice on how to relieve stress naturally and end anxiety, depression, and other stress-related illnesses

Feeling stressed out, anxious, or depressed?

Whether you just need a little extra oomph to help get you over a rough patch or feel you’re coming to the end of your rope.

Take heart.

Because Stress-Free Tomorrow is here to provide you with the support you need to take control of your life and find the joy in living again.

For the past 20 years, we’ve researched and used a wide variety of holistic approaches to stress relief.

And it’s this experience -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- we look forward to sharing with you, from nutrition, herbs, and exercise to aromatherapy and meditation.

Plus, we also search the Web for products designed to make your life healthier and happier, and then serve them up in quality reviews we hope will shorten your journey to a stress-free future.

Of course, we at SFT don’t claim to be doctors of any description, so in the interest of providing that all important disclaimer, do be sure to always seek the counsel of a qualified health practitioner when warranted.

But we have been where you are now, and we think you’ll find on our growing site the tools -- and the straight talk -- you need to take a step back, regroup, and move forward with a renewed sense of peace and purpose.

So what’s eating you?

Stress is a regular part of our day-to-day lives, and can even be healthy at certain levels and under the right conditions, but life in our fast-paced society is increasingly leading to unhealthy levels of stress and stress-related illnesses.

Whatever is causing stress, whether it’s global issues like climate change or more personal issues such as trouble at work, making ends meet, or simply finding enough time to take care of ourselves and our families, this unwanted tension can become like an uninvited dinner guest who doesn’t know when it’s time to leave.

We all feel the effects of stress, but there are ways to stop the madness and take the reins back.

What exactly is stress?

First, understand that stress is as old as life and just as natural. In fact, at its root, stress is really nothing more than your body’s way of responding to a demand. If we never experienced any kind of stress at all . . . well, we probably wouldn’t be alive.

Stress comes from both the environment and from inside ourselves and can be either “good” or “bad” or short- or long-term.

Examples of good, or positive, stress include the excitement and anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve, the thrill of landing that job you’ve been wanting forever, starting your own business, or even winning the lottery.

Short-term stress is the kind of stress we feel when we take an exam or prepare for a job interview, or even a first date. This kind of stress can also be good, in that we may be more alert and have more energy to perform at our best.

It’s when stress becomes long-term, however, that problems can arise.

Fight or flight gone awry

The fight or flight response is a hard-wired and ancient physiologic response designed to prepare the body to either fight or flee a perceived threat. This is achieved through a series of chemical reactions originating in the hypothalamus region of the brain.

When a potential threat is perceived by the central nervous system, a series of nerve impulses is delivered to the hypothalamus, which then communicates to the anterior pituitary gland.

The anterior pituitary gland then secretes ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which in turn stimulates the release of various hormones (epinephrine, norepinephrine, DHEA, and cortisol) by the adrenal glands.

It is the fight or flight response that triggers amazing bursts of speed when running from a perceived attacker, and it’s also the response behind the amazing stories of mothers lifting cars off their children.

Thousands of years ago, when our ancestors lived within nature, this adaptation contributed to our very survival. If we were being chased by a big predator, the fight or flight response gave us the speed to help us outrun it or the strength to help us turn around and fight it.

In our modern world of today, though, we’ve replaced most of the large predators with traffic jams, highway noise, office politics, bill collectors, shooting-of-the-day news stories, and holiday shopping crowds. Yet we’re still walking around in virtually the same bodies as our ancestors.

Our ancestors weren’t fighting or fleeing 24/7, so they had plenty of time between stressors to relax and recharge their nervous systems.

But with our fast-paced society, we don’t necessarily have that luxury, so unless we find our own ways of relaxing and recharging, these constant stresses trigger our fight or flight response to the point where we can begin to suffer either short- or long-term consequences.

The fallout from stress can be either mild or severe, but either way it’s something we all want -- and need -- to avoid.

Want to get back on the road to happiness and vitality?

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your stress, why not check out our reviews and articles or get started digging into the effects nutrition, herbs, exercise, aromatherapy, and meditation have on stress and learn how a few simple steps can have you feeling like yourself again.

Because it’s never too late to begin the journey back to a healthy, vibrant, stress-free tomorrow.