Stress related conditions account for over 65% of doctor's visits. Autoimmune diseases like arthritis, heart problems and digestive problems are significantly related to stress. So how do we recognize we are under stress and how do we deal with it
The stress response is the body's flight or fight response. Any challenging situation prompts the body to charge itself with adrenaline, cortisol and other such chemical enzymes to help it to make a decision. This stress response proves very useful when we need to make instantaneous decisions such as averting an accident or finishing a task on time. However when you feel that you are constantly exposed to stressful situations, being in a perpetual state of flight or fight, will soon cause your body systems to wear out. It is difficult to get out of this state causing pressure on your heart, muscles, nervous system, brain and almost every organ in the body
How to recognize stress?
Immediate response to stress include symptoms such as a beating heart, fast breathing, sweating and flushing. When you are exposed to chronic stress, you will experience depression, constantly feeling overwhelmed, stomach aches, body aches, headaches, trouble sleeping, and a weak immune system making you prone to catching colds and other infections
How to deal with stress?
Keep a journal where you note down situations that caused you stress. This might help you to recognize what kind of situations to avoid or to be able to reflect how to be better able to cope with them
Build good relationships with friends and co-workers. Simply talking to understanding people can relieve a substantial amount of stress. (90% ofa psychiatrist's job is simply to listen)
Try and change your attitude to life. Many situations that seem stressful may be so only because of perception. For e.g. if you find waiting or driving in traffic stressful, try to make good use of the time by listening to music or audio books. The drive may soon be perceived as pleasurable.
Take up relaxing hobbies, exercise, meditate - All these activities not only keep you in good shape but also help you relax.
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