Whether it’s now or any other time, stress is a part of our everyday life. We can’t get rid of it completely. And a bit of stress is really useful to keep us motivated, creative and productive.
Do you feel like “My head’s about to explode”?
Don’t worry, this is exactly we are talking about – STRESS
Stress is the body’s natural defense against predators and danger. It produces some hormones that prepare our body to confront any danger or something challenging. It is usually referred to as the fight-or-flight mechanism.
So when humans face any threat or challenge, our body activates resources that help people either to confront the challenge or get to safety as fast as possible. The stress hormones produce large quantities of chemicals like cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
These trigger physical reactions like – increased blood pressure, heightened muscle preparedness, sweating and alertness. Environmental factors that trigger this reaction are called stressors, example – noises, a speeding car, scary moments, aggressive behaviour or crowding etc.
Stress is mainly of two types:
Acute Stress – This stress is short-term and usually the more common form of stress. Acute stress often develops when people consider the pressures of events that have recently occurred or face upcoming challenges in the near future. This stress will reduce or disappear once the person resolves the problem, challenge or deadline. Acute stressors are often new and tend to have a clear and immediate solution. Some short term effects of acute stress are tension headaches and upset stomach.
Chronic Stress – This type of stress makes harmful impacts upon your health and it develops over a long period. It occurs when a person can see no way to avoid their stressors and stops seeking solutions. An earlier traumatic experience in life could also contribute to chronic stress. Chronic stress makes it difficult for the body to return to normal level of stress hormone activity.
Some of the major stress triggering factors are:
- Job issues or retirement
- Lack of time or money
- Family problems
- Relationships, marriages and divorce
- Over expectations
- Dissatisfaction with certain things in life
- Abortion or pregnancy loss
- Uncertainty or waiting for an important outcome.
Acute stress could be of not much harm. In some cases even the acute ones could develop into a long term chronic stress. The chronic stress impacts ones future with several complications like:
- Hypertension and anxiety
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Lower immunity against diseases
- Muscular aches
- Sleeping difficulties
- PTSD – Post traumatic Stress Disorder
- Erectile dysfunction ( impotence) and loss of libido
- Personality disorders and mental health problems
- Obesity and eating disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Skin and hair problems
- Gastrointestinal problems like ulcerative colitis, gastritis etc.
Do you have any of these problems? Relax, there is always a solution for every problem, you just need to find it out or reach out to it. 3MEDS, the best medicine app in India provides some effective ways to deal with stress.
Stress isn’t something that just goes inside your mind; your body feels it too and gets influenced by its hormones. Physical activity helps pump up the production of your brain’s feel good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
Set a routine
A routine is highly helpful for yourself and your body to work better. When you have a well structured routine you would be able to finish your work on time avoiding deadline stress. And there will be bonus times left for you to indulge in some entertainment activities, hobbies and sports. And this will make you stress-free.
Wake up early
Waking up helps you keep your body as well as your mind healthy. Your internal body cycle could connect with nature’s cycle when you follow an “early to bed and early to rise” routine.
Make a to-do-list
Listing things really helps. Make a list of things that makes you happy and do try to fulfill it every day if possible. For example if music keeps you happy, then listen to some songs every day while you have coffee or tea. It will surely lighten up your mood. Also make a to-do-list for the activities or works you are intending to finish by the end of the day and prioritize according to their urgency. This helps you to stay focused and complete your work on time.
Relaxation and meditation
Whenever you feel overwhelming or stressful take a short nap or deep breath. Breathing exercises can help you to calm down. Always remember to connect with yourself when you feel you are drifting away without purpose. Meditation is an excellent method to cleanse your mind from all negative and stressful thoughts. Practice of yoga is also one method to stabilize your body and mind.
A nutritious balanced diet helps you to boost your immunity and health. We can see people tending to drinking, drugs and smoking during period of stress. They are not stress relievers instead they make it worse. So avoid their consumption.
Talk to others
Sometimes all you need is to vent out. Sharing your feelings and concerns with family, friends and work colleagues may help you wind down a bit during the period of stress.
Accept and Face your challenges
If you are facing any trouble or challenge in your life, always try to confront it fearlessly and find a solution rather than run away from it. Accept your challenges and deal with the situation in the best possible ways. Have the courage to try your part positively. And even if it doesn’t work out, always remember that there is always a room for improvement.
With willpower and focus, follow these ways and de-stress yourself.