Stress is the physiological and psychological response of your body and mind and one experiences it when the demands exceed ones capacity to deal with them. Some amount of stress helps us to grow and become stronger and increases our resilience. Problem happens when the demands or stressors are excessive or they are continuing for a long time and the resources or the capacity to deal with them is exhausted in the process and at that time stress manifests and a breakdown happens leading to Negative consequences like…
- Sleep problems
- Feeling tired, fatigued
- Digestive problems
- Headache and aches & pains
- Feeling low
- Constant on the edge kind of feeling
- Mind going blank or inability to concentrate
- Feeling overwhelmed by the same activities which earlier you could manage.
If unchecked and untreated stress can lead to various mental health problems like Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, substance use & addictions to many other mental health and behavioural issues.
Furthermore stress can deteriorate your physical health and can not only lead to increased risk of Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, heart problems to even stroke and many other physical health issues it aggravates the problems if it coexists and negatively affects the treatment outcomes.
What can you do?
Stress is part and parcel of life and it can’t be removed, what one should aspire is to learn to deal with it effectively so that one grows and becomes stress resilient.
- Prioritize and learn to maintain a balance between various aspects of life.
- Exercise regularly
- Take healthy nutritious food including fruits and salads.
- Drink lots of water.
- Yoga and meditation.
- Nurture a positive attitude towards life and don’t let negative emotions and thoughts dwell for long in your mind.
- Take breaks and relax for few minutes during working hours.
- Inculcate your hobbies and find new ways to relax and unwind.
- Invest in relationships and nurture a good social support system.
- Maintain regular sleep timing.
- Cut down caffeine and stay away from alcohol and smoking and other substances.
When to seek professional help?
If you notice that despite your best efforts the symptoms of stress as listed above are not going away or they are worsening or you find that in recent times your smoking or alcohol or substance use has increased, consult a psychiatrist and get a proper evaluation done.
Remember for mental health issues the early you intervene the better the outcome.