We all have heard that stress is one of the major factors that cause herpes (oral or genital) outbreaks. This information has been known for a while, but many people still don’t take it seriously. The University of North Carolina School of Medicine has recently officially confirmed that stress reactivates herpes virus in human body. This is one of the major breakthrough in herpes field, and hopefully scientists will find a way to develop a herpes cure using this information.
It has been confirmed by researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine that stress is more likely to cause cold sores and herpes outbreaks. You can read the full article about this development and learn how herpes reactivates in neurons. This discovery was confirmed after running some tests on mice. Now researchers are hoping to use this stress activation mechanism to develop effective herpes treatment. It is uncertain how long it will take to develop this treatment, but until then people can still use this knowledge to prevent herpes outbreaks.
This discovery explains why some people have many outbreaks at first, but after some time the number of outbreaks decreases. Over the time, people just get used to the idea of living with herpes and stop worrying about it which helps them manage their stress levels.
Keep in mind, that stress is not just causing herpes outbreaks, it can cause other diseases and conditions including heart disease. Stress raises blood pressure, lowers immune system, speeds up aging, causes problems with digestion, sleep and weight and, of course, depression.
Should we worry about stress too much? And does all stress has negative effects on our health?
Stress is a state of mind that we experience in many different situations, mostly when our body adapts to a new information and surroundings by extending it’s comfort zone. When you brain is failing to adapt to a new information, that’s when the problems begin. But remember that stress is a state of mind and it can be controlled.
Here are a few suggestions that can help you overcome stress and make your life with herpes more pleasant:
– Celebrate everything that is going on in your life. Live a full life, a life of passion and joy. Live in the present, forget about the past and stop worrying about the future.
– Mental issues can usually be controlled by mental images (visualization) and spiritual journeys. Train your brain to focus on positive mental images and you will notice changes within no time.
– Pleasant conversations will give you a quick relief. Try to laugh a few times a day.
– Love yourself for who you are. If you have herpes, love yourself even more for that. Love others for who they are. And if you have even one person in your life who loves you, appreciate them.
– Light physical activity, nice long walk in nature, fun hikes with friends, yoga, meditations – all this can teach your body to relax and perform better under pressure.
– Talk to health professionals and doctors. Meet up with people who are going through the same things you are. And if you can’t do it yet, just let it go, relax and give your brain a break.
– Live a healthier and happier life with herpes.