To look good, we take care of our external appearance but to feel good we need to consider our internal body environment. In this age of constant pressures of different kinds, we need to maintain life by managing several stressors or managing stress triggers. Depending on the stressors our body responds differently. Moreover, each person reacts differently too, to the same stressor depending on his or her personality.
Life event like extents of loss, dishonour and danger are related to the development of psychiatric disorders. Injury, damage to property, loss of resources, the demise of a near one and apparent life threat, divorce, business failure, natural disasters are other possible causes of stress. Among consequences of stress that link to health is increasing smoking, substance use, accidents, sleep problems and eating disorders. People who live in more stressful environments like these may thus get addicted faster and experience higher mortality from various ailments and also suffer from lifestyle diseases.
Stress can be short-term or long-term. However, continuous short-term stressors also cause several problems in our body system. Stress affects our body and our ability to fight diseases, increases some chemicals in our body which negatively affect blood pressure and if not controlled may lead to complications.
We as humans are resilient and usually able to cope with adverse circumstances. Generally, in young, healthy individuals the body can manage stress. Nevertheless, people with chronic ailments, the elderly or who are genetically prone to be affected by stress would need help.
We must accept the fact that we need to live and maintain life along with the stressors be it at the workplace, in a marriage or insecurity in schools, malls, other public places. Once we learn to accept certain facts, we shall be able to find solutions to manage these through various means.
Nonetheless, even after adequate planning and effort, some issues may spring up, so learn to anticipate these, plan for such situations. Most importantly be realistic with yourself, understand and acknowledge your limitations and work around them, so that you are much more prepared.
Practising yoga or any form of exercise can make you feel energetic and positive. The benefits of Meditation are also vital in responding to stressful situations. Eating right, sleeping enough is essential so that the body is well-equipped to put up a tough fight. Take adequate breaks in the form of long walks, short vacations, fun activities to move away from the routine, monotonous life. Follow your unfulfilled dream, make time for a hobby class. Keep away from negative people and thoughts, or if unavoidable, learn to ignore them. You must be aware of stress eating. A little more or less of anything can escalate your stress level.
In fact, though we have no control over stressors, we definitely can decide our responses. As aptly quoted ‘When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!’
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.