In today’s world, with the increasing tasks for each and everyone, stress is building upon all of us. Thus, knowing how to manage stress becomes very important in this fast pace world.
Stress affects all aspects of your life, your mental as well as physical well-being. People handle stress differently. In fact, the response to stress differs between males and females.
Women are believed, that they can face situations in a better way heads on rather than using the ‘fight and flight’ response. This is supported by medical science as an oxytocin factor. Oxytocin is an anti-stress hormone produced more in females as compared to males, which helps them in managing stress tactfully.
In this cut-throat competition and marathon of life and work, women try to move fast forward to stand as equal to their male counterparts. Also, they want perfection in ticking all the boxes of ideal housewife standards at home. And therefore, they are at a greater risk of becoming a victim of stress.
Health problems due to Stress
Stress usually reflects its implications on the Behaviour of a person and easily leads to changes in appetite, avoiding responsibilities or increased use of alcohol, drugs, etc. Physical symptoms like Low energy levels, Headaches, upset stomach, constipation and nausea, Insomnia, Loss of sexual desire, nervousness and shaking & cold or sweaty hands and feet, Clenched jaw and grinding teeth can be seen in the different stages of stress. All this can turn into mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders, Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke, obesity and other eating disorders, menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and loss of sexual desire in both men and women, Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss, gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, and ulcerative colitis.
Stress is becoming an inescapable part of our lifestyle. But it depends on you that how you manage your stress. Stress management is something we all need to learn. Thus, the basis of my research and discussions with a few experts, I have collected simple todo’s to reduce your stress levels and thus avoiding related issues hampering your health.
1) Take long breaths
Take 2 minutes out of your busy routine in different parts of your day. Like when you wake up from your bed, working in your office, in your meal breaks, before you go to bed, before dinner, etc. Close your eyes and take slow and deep breaths. Soon you will start feeling better or light after doing so.
2) Practise Mindfulness Meditation
Studies have shown that Mindfulness meditation helps in reducing stress to a considerable level. When done regularly and in a disciplined way, it not only reduces your stress levels but also promotes your overall well being.
3) Start penning down the things
It’s a great practice to start penning down the positives of your life as well as the things or tasks vital or important to you. This will give you one view of the entire picture you are surrounded with and thus will help you in prioritizing the things and segmenting them under urgent and important.
4) Sleep well
An average adult needs 7-9 hours of sound sleep to feel rested. Sound sleep energizes you for your next big day and thus plays a very major role for your mental and physical well-being.
I have written down in my pre-launch e-magazine as well as in my previous blog on Insomnia and sleeping problems, its impacts and solutions. Please read my blog on How to Sleep Questions? Deal Insomnia to refer for the same or to understand and resolve your sleeping problems in case you have.
5) Eat right
Caffeine or high-sugar snacks give you lots of energy but that wears off or fades away quickly. Rather consume food with vitamin B, such as bananas, fish, avocados, chicken, and dark green, leafy vegetables. Studies show that Vitamin B helps in relieving stress by regulating nerves and brain cells.
6) Give yourself some time
This could be listening to music, reading a good book, or going for a movie. Once in a while, you should go for such options for a change.
7) Exercise helps reducing stress
Physical activity relaxes muscles and improves mood. Physical activity may also help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. It boosts the levels of “feel-good” chemicals in your body called endorphins that help improve your mood.
8) Avoid resorting to unhealthy ways to manage stress
This includes drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, smoking, or overeating. These bad options may make you feel better for a while but can add to your stress levels in the long term. Try substituting these with healthier ways, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or finding a new hobby.
9) Get Vocal
Talk to your good friend or a family member with whom you are comfortable about the source of your stress. This may help you feel better and help manage stress. They may not only help you see your problems in new ways but also suggest solutions.
All these activities will help you relax down and manage stress levels. Though try to avoid any sort of medication for managing stress but in case the situation is going beyond control you should seek medical help. Your relationships can be a source of major stress in your daily life.
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