What is stress?
We all undergo stress at some point in our life. Imagine when your kid screams loud, and you find no way to control his tantrums. Or when your boss keeps nagging you about the project deliverables, and you couldn’t focus on your work.
Furthermore, when you hear the death news of your loved ones. Or you might be familiar with pregnancy stress that is quite common in young mothers. In addition to this, the start of a new job, new relationships, or moving to a new city and a new country also sparks pressure.
Hence, if these same types of highlights keep firing again and again without effective management, our health silently suffers and develops serious issues.
In the first place, let us see the scientific explanation of stress. It is an emotional strain. When we feel threatened, our brain releases hormones.
It is the reaction of the mind to fight against the situation. But when we remain under pressure for the long term, other pain-associated problems arise, and we may develop severe depression. It would be relevant to note that “It’s not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.”.
Some people start emotional eating under pressure, which leads to obesity or cholesterol issues in the body. Why does this happen? It is because we fail to manage the fear and don’t know ways to relieve pain. Here we will see stress definition, its causes, and ways to relieve pain.
Is pressure always bad? No, it is not still bad. Eustress is a beneficial form of stress. It’s the brain alert to the body about the danger or new situation. In addition to work as an alert, it also supports many functionalities in the body and plays its part to keep us motivated and competitive.
Consider that you are competing against someone or doing some assignment within the given time, the hormones keep you going and brings out the best from you in the last moments.
But if you keep worrying about everything around and feel always stressed, then it can ruin your relationships, work-life balance, and health. By understanding the causes of pain, we can make an effective plan to reduce stress.
Causes of Stress
Life brings lots of challenges. We are suffered from many conditions that are beyond our abilities and capabilities. To cope with those conditions, we often exhibit signs of pressure. Lets us have a quick overview of different causes of stress.
Due to the evolution of science and technology, we are prone to pesticides, toxins, and simulated climate changes that take a toll on our health. As a reaction, our body develops pressure against these factors. Also, several new forms of the virus have emerged.
The latest one is the coronavirus named COVID-19. The signs can be observed from news and social media posts. Health care practitioners are still stressed due to direct dealing with patients. Up to the present time, as the pandemic is going on and we cannot imagine the stress levels of after it ends.
Work stresses are every day. The workplace environment, relationships with colleagues and boss, competition, work politics, and the ability to perform well all are significant factors which can cause pressure. Not only the job issues, but even the retirement process often leads to fear for many people.
Change or Starting something new in life
The most common stress is the start of a relationship, job project, or anything new in life. The inability of fast adaptability and acceptance of change in life creates stress. The beginning of becoming a parent is also painful for many couples.
It is a prevalent factor in pain. The country’s economic conditions, job market situations, inflation rates, lack of job opening causes anxiety among the workforce. That is true for the whole world due to the current coronavirus pandemic, which has changed the world dynamics.
Life events like accidents, divorces, and deaths are significant causes of anxiety. Likewise, surgeries and pregnancies cause lots of stress. It is essential to realize that body’s nervous system works in fight mode, releases hormones, inhibits the growth hormones, affects sleep, and disturbs the whole balance of the body.
Last but not least is the role of food choices and pesticides and herbicide. Youngsters are addicted to fast food. Unhealthy food choices pose the threat of food allergies, sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalance. Fast food addiction ends with emotional eating, obesity, poor digestive health, cancer, and severe life-threatening issues.
As we have seen the significant causes of stress, it is essential to list the most common signs of pressure to find effective ways to relieve stress. We have divided the stress symptoms into three main categories to have a complete understanding of the type of anxiety.
Signs/symptoms of Pressure
Cognitive Signs or Symptoms
Firstly, we will see the cognitive symptoms that affect health
Anxiousness or nervousness
Pessimist approach towards life
Poor decision making
Lack of concentration
Lack of objective judgment
Likewise, there are physical symptoms of anxiety:
1- Being lethargic
3- Fast heartbeat
4- Gastric symptom Like diarrhea, constipation, nausea
5- Muscular pain and sprain
7- Low immunity levels in the body
8- Nervousness, Wet and sweaty hands, and feet
9- Clenched jaw
10- Lack of sexual urge
Thirdly, we have categorized emotional stress symptoms.
1- Emotional eating
5- Low sex drive
6- Low self-esteem issues
7- Anti-social behavior
Effective ways to relieve Stress
A fact about fear is that it is the root cause of maximum problems in the human body. Pressure factors not only come from outside but also inside the body. Either it is due to job or life events, it is around us and bothering us all the time. I have summarized the key points that give a holistic view of effective pressure management.
1- Be active: Activity reduces pain
2- Sleep well: Sleep well to minimize the anxiety level
3- Limit caffeine intake: Avoid or limit the tea, coffee and energy drinks
4- Stay close with friends and family: Sense of belonging and social bonds reduce the low moods. Express your love with your family and friends and satisfy emotional attachment needs.
5- Communication: Communication helps to clear doubts and reduces pressure
6- Eat well: People start emotional eating when stressed. So, eat well and satisfy your tummy to avoid emotional eating
7- Do yoga: Yoga is a mood enhancer. It is also helpful for mental health. It is strongly recommended for deep cleansing your aura from adverse effects.
8- Deep breathing: When you breathe, it fills your stomach with maximum air and activates the nervous system’s relaxation response. As a result, you feel more peaceful and calmer.
9- Using overpowering scents: Lavender and Jasmine help to reduce it. They fill your surroundings with positive energy and make you feel good.
10- Meditation: Meditation triggers relax response and help to improve the repair mechanism of the body.
Eustress or distress
The upshot of this discussion is that you can make your anxiety either distress or eustress. Life is always challenging. Adapting to change and motivating your brain through some of the above techniques will cleanse your aura and induce positive energy. You can effectively manage your pressure through yoga, meditation, and healthy relationship habits.
BY: SHUMAILA FARHAT
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