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Managing Stress: Know the Warning Signs

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 07 Aug 2013

Managing StressWe are living in a time where we are constantly striving to meet a variety of expectations from people around us, both professionally and personally. As a result we feel the stress level is going up. When it comes to managing stress, a lot of us get perplexed about how to stay away from it.

When it works properly, positive stress keeps us alert and responsive to our situations and often acts as our body’s defence mechanism in emergency situations. It helps us to remain focused, energetic and enthusiastic. Positive stress, in simple words, makes us react intelligently with immediate effect at a given situation and helps us meet challenges.

However, when stress gets out of control due to certain internal and external stimuli, it can create havoc to our body, mind, hormones and behaviour.

The first step towards managing stress is to detect its presence from the very beginning. Following are some of the symptoms which signify the influence of negative stress in us:

Physical Symptoms: Pain in muscles and joints, constipation or diarrhoea, dizziness, increased blood pressure and palpitation, chest pain, frequent cold, nausea and headache

Emotional Symptoms: Irritation, frequent mood swings, inability to relax and sleep, short temper, depression, feeling of isolation and loneliness, agitation, feeling of over-excitement and a sense of general unhappiness

Mental Symptoms: Inability to memorize and concentrate, poor judgement, feelings of pessimism, growing anxiety, constant worrying, racing thoughts and memory problems

Behavioural Symptoms: Eating disorders, sleeping disorders, urge of staying isolated from others, tendency to procrastinate

How to manage stress: The keyword lies in acknowledging the fact that there is no situation stronger than you and your mind. It is important to believe that you have complete control over your mind. With courage, confidence, optimism and a well-organized thought process, you can win over any emergency situation or negative emotions.

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