‘Stress’ this word is itself a big cause of stress. Today, this word is common and prevalent due to its bad impact on health. Regardless of the reason for your stress, it depends on how intensely you take. Many of you have given stress priority inadvertently.
Therefore, it is essential to learn about it in depth before it becomes the in-frangible part of your life.
What is Stress?
Stress is simply a response our body gives to any kind of demand or change. A response could be emotional, physical or mental. There could be innumerable reasons for your stress.
Remind those reminiscences of your reactions when you about to meet the deadlines of your project, your teacher was going to inform your parents about your low grades, your wife was on pregnancy table and you wandering back and forth, your beloved about to answer your proposal and you are unsure of her answer, and even when your dad caught you doing vexatious.
It also when your favorite cricketer about to hit the century and that ball goes high in the air, it could be wicket or century, then there your heart comes to mouth and that is stress.
Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, we human can process the emotions and so the responses come up naturally. It becomes the ailment when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations and kept there for long periods.
How it builds up?
During the state of stress, the body releases a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, and nor-epinephrine to prepare the body for physical activity.
This causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to divert you from food, headache, and alike.
Impacts of negative stress
Distress is a negative stress reaction when stress continues for a long without relief. It can disturb the body’s emotional, mental and physical health.
Headaches, an upset stomach, sexual difficulties, loss of appetite, weight gain or loss, etc are the physical consequences. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety, etc are the emotional ones. And many such resulted from negative-stress.
The most prevalent life-threatening diseases could arise are heart diseases, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. Other symptoms of distress are dizziness, grinding teeth, racing heart, cold and sweaty palms, shaking body, etc.
Later to relieve the stress people fall into extra distress. They consume compulsive substances such as alcohol, drugs, and behaviors like gambling, sex, shopping, and the internet. They would be the easiest people to be trapped in the vicious circle (1).
De-stress and say hello to happiness…
Happiness and stress are two contrary things. If you wish to leave stress aside and want to jump into the happiness you should develop some habits and tactics.
Following are the habits you can use to destress yourself;
- For short-term relieve
- Take a deep and controlled breaths
- Eat a little chocolate
- Play with your pet
- Listen to music
- Talk to your family or friend
- Drink some green tea
- Clean your desk or room
- Take a shopping break
- Have a good cry to throw off stress
- Play music and dance
- Long-term relieve
- Practice meditation or other relaxation techniques
- Exercise daily eg. Weightlifting
- Read some good books daily
- Follow a routine
- Wake up early
- Accept and face challenges
- Eat healthy and balanced food
- Keep a positive attitude
- Make time for hobbies or interests
- Get enough sleep and naps
These are not the perfect solutions to destress but the suggestive ones. You can either pick up any one of the above or can find yours to release your stress. But do not hold it to you since it can seize your happiness and sometimes even reason to be alive.