What is stress?
In physics, stress is the force acting on the unit area of a material. In psychology, stress is a feeling of emotional strain and pressure. But if a common, middle-class, middle-aged man is asked the same question, the answer will be rather simple. The reply will be something like, the tension of expenses, future planning, new challenges of digitalization and of course, this global pandemic that we all are aware of.
What are the consequences of stress?
The positive effects may include, adrenaline rush, a boost in energy, an urge to do something about the situation or finish a pending work. The negative ones will be is headache, followed by nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disorder and exhaustion. Very few people are aware of the long term effects of stress. This includes insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, irregular heartbeats and premature death. Stress, is also one of the leading causes of depression. Depression, if not treated at the right time, causes mental disorders and even suicides. It is statistically proven, that suicides kill more people than cancer. So it is high time that we take stress and its effects quite seriously.
Classification of Stress:
Stress, according to the symptoms, can be classified into two types:-
Acute Stress: It has short term effect on the body that mainly causes adrenaline rush and anxiety.
Chronic stress: It has long term effects that may be a cause of unhealthy lifestyle. It might pose a serious threat to health, if not properly cared.
Chronic stress results in the release of hormones that can adversely affect our regular body functions and nervous system.
• Heart diseases
• Depression and anxiety
• Gastrointestinal problem
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Accelerating age
• Premature death
How to fight back?
It is very important to understand the causes and effects of stress to avoid it as much as possible. Listed below are some of the common tasks that you can do to avoid stress:-
Focus on the moment
Reframe the situation
If it is related to a past incident, keep in mind the popular phrase “Been there, done that.”
Have a grateful attitude; try to see the positive side of the situation.
Try to include yoga or meditation in your daily life.
Eat a balanced diet.
Listen to some soothing music before sleep.
Stress is a mass problem, and we must take it seriously before it is too late. Let us therefore, come together and take a pledge to fight against stress and help others around us do the same.