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Stress- Reasons and Remedies

August 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness

Stress is modern man’s constant enemy. People work longer hours under greater time constraints, over global time zones with less recreation time more and more people struggle to cope with their stress levels, as life becomes more and more hectic. Each and everyone have some problems, a challenge, a competition to win, an exam to pass, a business deal to strike, a deadline to meet, or a relationship to maintain; the main difference is how different people handle stress. When we are challenged either by society, or law, or our moral values, we experience stress. In fact stress can bring positive effect as well, since it pushes you to do your best, or to give more, or to move out of your comfort zone. With proper self awareness and management techniques stress levels can be lowered, perceptions altered and responses improved.

Stress can give keep you on your toes or to study till late hours for an exam or for delivering a lecture in office workshop, rather than being part of a friend’s wedding. It is said that – ‘When the going gets tough, it is the tough who gets going’. If you are not mentally tough and prepared to handle the pressure, stress becomes a threat to you, both physically and emotionally.

Normally stress is a response, may be psychological or physiological, to incidents and events that tend to make you upset in some way. These events are negative since these derive you to negative thoughts, withdrawal from an engagement, appointment, social gathering or a relationship. Alternatively these events require you to make certain adjustments in yourself, these can be positive as well. For example you may be stressed before a presentation to your board of directors to seek a promotion or a couple of days before your marriage.

The main problem in this modern world is the disproportion between work and private life. To support the family financially, parents should work. If the father works enormous hours then the mother should stay at home to care the children, or the mother returns to work to supplement the household income. Either way there is stress. Peoples are not getting time to do exercise, play sports and socialize with friends. So they became inactive. If they got time they are often so stressed and exhausted from work that they simply do not have the energy to pursue hobbies and recreation.

Then the outcome will be mental breakdown or other mental illnesses, family breakdown, job loss, bankruptcy and in the most serious cases, suicide. Prolonged high stress levels are linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and anxiety disorders, alcoholism and associated liver disease and chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, headaches and poor immune system function (repeatedly getting colds and flues). Independent of the factors or situation that makes stress, the important thing is that stress can make some major impact on health. However, every person has different reason and different mindset to the way one responds to stress. One situation that is very stressful for you may be very ordinary for your friend or colleague. It depends on certain factors – your personality, your attitude, the way you have been brought up, your philosophy of living life, and even your education.

Reasons of Stress There are different reasons that cause stress. Frustrations – Some people are stressed because they are frustrated for one or more reasons. The reason can be their workplace, a relationship, social issues or one’s moral and philosophical response to society. Conflicts – Some people do not have the decision making ability and are always caught in two situations. They have to make a choice from two equally appealing options and they feel stressed. For example, a working mother may be stressed out because she is not able to give proper time to her baby and at the same time, she feels that her job is also important.

Pressure – Some people are stressed out from pressures from colleagues, family members or from society.

Simple way to respond to stressors effectively: Make an effort to understand the Stresses. Clarify and pinpoint just what is causing the stress, accept that some (causes of stress) can’t be changed. Alter your thoughts, values, expectations. Raise your confidence. Try to improve your Physical Response. Try to change your Perception. Work at lowering your physical response by improving exercise, rest, sleep, meditation, eating habits, etc. Improve your Emotional Response Work at not dwelling on negative feelings and to develop new friendships. Learn new skills, develop personal and interpersonal skills. Improve your behavioral Reaction. Improve your education (take up a course). Work on better time management.

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