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Managing Stress: How to Keep Calm and Carry On

Managing Stress
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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, dishonor, and danger is 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 in 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 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, 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.

Practicing yoga or any form of exercise can make you feel energetic and positive. Meditation also plays a vital role 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.

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 above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute fairly common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.

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