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Don’t let Stress Kill You!

- By Dwaipayan, 26 August 2020 | 5 MIN READ


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Stress could trigger from any event or thought that makes us feel upset, angry, or nervous. It’s the body's reaction to a challenge or demand. Often in short bursts, stress can be positive, it helps us avert danger or meet a deadline. Stress is a typical psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. But when stress is associated with multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines, and paying bills, can push us beyond our ability to cope.

Our brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system to protect us. When our brain perceives a threat, it signals the body to release a burst of hormones that increase our heart rate and raise blood pressure. This "fight-or-flight" response drives us to deal with the situation.

Once the threat disappears, our body returns to a normal to relaxed state. Sadly, the nonstop complications of modern-day life mean that some people's alarm systems seldom shut off.

By incorporating stress management into your life can give us a range of tools to reset our alarm system. It can help our mind and body adapt (resilience). Without it, our body might always be on high vigilance. Over time, this adds to chronic stress that can lead to serious health problems.

Do not allow stress to damage your health, relationships, or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.

Identify triggers

You can first identify what triggers stress in you, and then try to monitor your stress. Things like what makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable? Do you regularly get headaches or an upset stomach with no medical reasons?

Some stressors, like work pressures, relationship hiccups or financial concerns, are simple to identify. But daily annoyances and demands, such as waiting in a long line or being late on a meeting, could dramatically contribute to your stress level.

Even positive events, such as buying a house, car with EMI’s around the corner can be stressful. Above to that, a change to your life can cause significant stress.

Take Action

As you identify your stress triggers, think about dealing them straight away. Pinpointing what you can manage is a good starting point. For example, if stress prevents you from a good sleep night, the answer may be as easy as limiting your screen time and letting your mind wind down before bed.

While, when stress is based on high demands at work or a loved one's illness, you may want to change your reactions to it.

Don't get stressed that you have to figure it out on your own. You can always ask for help and support from family and friends.

Practice Healthy Living

A healthy lifestyle will help you cope with stress. Choose a healthy diet over frequent junk snacking, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Reduce your screen time — television, tablet, computer, and phone — and more time relaxing.

Start to practice deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, meditation, or being in nature. Give time to yourself. Get a massage, soak in a bubble bath, dance, listen to music, watch a comedy show — whatever needed for that tranquility.

 

Takeaway

Stress is part and parcel of our daily life and won't disappear from our life how harder we try. One has to manage stress effectively. And stress management needs to be ongoing. By paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax techniques could help you counter some of the bad effects of stress and increase your ability to cope with challenges associated. 

Hope the read helps you to understand and manage stress better. Do let us know any particular experience you wish to share with us. We're much eager to hear from you! 

 

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