Am I stressed?

Whether it’s an issue related to work, an argument with a friend or problems with the family – everyone feels stressed sometimes. Do you ever wonder about the effects that stress can have on your body and mind? Stress is recognized by many as the no.1 proxy killer disease today. The American medical association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Medically, stress is defined as any condition or situation that places undue strain on the body. The causes of stress can be varied. It could be due to physical illness or injuries or psychological reasons like fear, anger or frustration and even something like unusual happiness.

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In this blog post, we have some insightful stress facts that you might be unaware of.

 

How to know if you are stressed?

Following are common manifestations of stress:

Physical symptoms

  • Palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain & other signs similar to those of heart disease
  • Unusual rapid breathing, dizziness, light-headedness
  • Tingling sensations in hands and feet
  • Chronic or recurring neck pain and backache
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sudden and excessive hair loss
  • Appearance of skin problems
  • Loss of libido
  • Diarrhoea or constipation, heartburn and other digestive problems

Psychological symptoms

  • Difficulty in concentrating & decision making
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic fatigue, even after resting
  • Prolonged anxiety
  • Changes in appetite and increased reliance on alcohol, nicotine or other drugs
  • Difficulty coping with what normally would be minor setbacks
  • Decreased enjoyment of pleasurable activities or events

How can you cope with stress?

Good nutrition is especially important during periods of stress. When stressed out, some people are always hungry and binge eat; others have to force themselves to eat. I’ll leave you with some tips for eating during stressful periods. However, no diet can make stress disappear completely but these tips ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs for dealing with stress and keeping the immune system healthy. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

Don’t

  • Skip breakfast.
  • Eat quickly.
  • Follow fad diets.
  • Drink excessive coffee and alcohol as these can affect your mood and sleep patterns

Do these simple things to cope better:

  1. Take a multivitamin pill.
  2. Eat regular and healthful meals; several small meals may work best.
  3. Exercise regularly to increase the production of endorphins, brain chemicals that lift mood.
  4. Listen to your favourite music; this too increases endorphin levels.
  5. Practice deep breathing, meditation and Yoga. We will soon share a Yoga routine that’ll help you keep stress at bay.
  6. Make a to-do list for the day. It’ll help you remain organized and prevent unnecessary panics.
  7. Talk to family and friends.

So the next time you’re stressed, take a step back, inhale and laugh. Remember who you are and why you are here. You’re never given anything in this world that you can’t handle.

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