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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 29 Jul 2011
‘Stress’, in today’s fast-paced world needs no introduction. Everyone, at some point in their life has experienced it – at work, during exams or while going through a personal crisis. In 21st century, stress has become a part of every one’s life affecting body and mind. Above all, stress takes you miles away from enjoying a happy and peaceful life.
Let’s learn more about how stress may affect you.
Is stress affecting your life?
Everyone knows what stress feels like! You may seem irritated, you can feel your elevated heart beat, you may make snap decisions.
If you –
- Are constantly irritated and get angry over small issues
- Find it difficult to concentrate or pay attention
- Have trouble remembering details
- Feel unhappy, overwhelmed or isolated
- Complain of loss of appetite or overeat
- Find it difficult to sleep at night
- Experience headache or pain you can’t explain
…then stress probably is taking a toll on your health.
How can stress affect your well-being?
Hair and Skin – Stress can cause severe hair-fall problems. Some people develop skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis.
Immunity – Increase in stress decreases immunity, making the person susceptible to cold and flu.
Stomach ailments – Acidity, ulcer, constipation, gastritis all are common diseases associated with stress.
Pain – People who work in high-stress environments often experience head-ache, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, etc.
Mental health – Stress causes anxiety and nervousness. Over a period of time, a person may show signs of depression, negativity, and inability to take control of situations. It may make people addicted to alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.
Changes in appetite – Stress may either increase or suppress appetite. The person may end up being obese, or weak due lack of proper nourishment.
Heart/Cardiovascular diseases – Rapid heartbeat is body’s common reaction to a stressful situation. Over a period of time, it may develop into heart problem or blood pressure. Blood pressure is a silent killer which may affect heart, kidney, and lungs or even cause stroke.
Diabetes – Researchers have linked increasing incidence of Type II Diabetes to stress. Diabetes is also a silent killer which may affect your heart, kidney, eyes, bones, etc.
What you should do if you have stress?
If you face stress everyday, here are a few tips to help you tackle it.
- Identify the source of stress – Before you begin to eliminate it from your life, identify what’s causing stress. If it’s your job, talk to your boss to reduce your workload. If it’s financial situation in your home, talk to a financial expert who may be able to sort things.
- Socialise more and do fun things – When was the last time you took a vacation and forgot about work or time? If you cannot recall a date, take a break. Go out (even if it’s just for dinner outside) with your family and friends more often.
- Exercise/Yoga/Play – Exercise releases endorphins in your body, which makes you feel good. So just jog, have a brisk walk, join a yoga class, or play badminton with friends.
- Meditate – Meditation can be useful in eliminating stress. If you don’t wish to meditate, try giving yourself sufficient “my time” in which you can focus on problems and plausible solutions.
Stress is a problem created by us. Many people don’t realise the repercussions of high-stress. We do hope this article serves as an eye-opener.
Start uprooting stress and planting seeds of happiness, today!
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