The way your body responds to the demands and challenges faced is called stress. Stress can be both, negative and positive and there are ways in which you can deal with it. One most important aspect of stress management is good quality sleep. If you are not getting it, it may lead to depression and anxiety.
Stress is a normal part of your and everyone’s life. It is triggered by a range of events which can be small to major ones. Small like daily hassles and major like a job change or a divorce or giving birth etc. The response to stress may also include some physical components such as an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure. Mental components such as negative thoughts, and personal beliefs about the stressful event, and emotions, including fear and anger. Giving birth or a job change is counted as positive changes in the life of an individual and stress can trigger from this too. From major to minor circumstances, stress can follow. It only depends on the way you handle the situations or the circumstances.
Symptoms Of Stress
- Elevated heartbeat
- Chronic pain
- Lack of sleep
- Loss of sex drive
- Stomach disturbances like constipation and diarrhea
- Lack of hunger
- Depressed mood
- Sweating may also occur
Handling Stress In A Healthy Way
The purpose of stress is quite important and it helps you to respond in situations so that you are out of danger and threat created by the situation. When you are exposed to stress in a regular pattern, it can lead you to mental health difficulties like anxiety and depression, etc. Stress may also give you some physical disturbances like an elevated heartbeat, headaches, constipation, and nausea, etc. Researchers have also suggested that when you are more exposed to stressful situations, you are unable to deal with the physical illness.
Some strategies for relieving stress as suggested by Dr.R.K.Suri is:
To combat stress this is the most powerful tool. When you put physical stress on your body through exercise, it can relieve you from mental stress also. Regular exercise can make you stay away from stress completely. It also lowers the hormone which is responsible for stress. The hormone is cortisol and this lowered with regular exercise. The quality of sleep is also improved and you develop confidence in yourself. When you follow activities like walking and jogging, the continuous movement of the muscles will make you distress.
Reducing the caffeine intake:
Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolates, and some energy drinks. It is basically a stimulant and increases anxiety in us. Take a note of whether it is making you anxious and if it is making you anxious and stressed then please cut it off from your day. Although some studies have shown that it is good but in moderation and that also for some and not for all of you. People are sensitive to caffeine and this can greatly vary from person to person.
Writing down may help:
This is one way to handle stress. Recording about the things that you are stressed about is one strategy and then writing the things you are grateful for is another strategy. When you are writing the gratitude, you are writing about the things you are grateful for and you are also focusing on positives in your life. For this, you have to keep a journal in which you can jot down the things you are grateful for.
Spending time with family and friends:
When you take the support of your family and friends in your tough times, it will help you to get through the stressful events and situations early and easily. When you are a part of some groups like family and you are having a good friend circle, you have a sense of belonging and self-worth. It benefits both men and women. Females also use this to relieve themselves from the level of stress they are handling in their daily lives.
I know it is quite tough when you are stressed or in a stressful situation, but it will help you to come out of the situation. It is basically good for your health, and relieves the tensed muscles, and makes you happy once again. It will also improve your immune system and mood in the long run. For this, you can simply watch a TV show which is funny in nature and you can also hang out with friends who can make you laugh and support you.
Practicing mindfulness :
Mindfulness is a practice that makes you aware of your present situations. It will bring your consciousness to the present and relieve your negative thoughts. This will help you in combating stress in your daily life. There are several methods for this like meditation, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, etc.
If you or any of your friend is suffering from stress and unable to overcome it despite following above mentioned tips or other common tips.Than consult professional psychological help.
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