Effects Of Stress And Anxiety On Your Well Being June 9th, 2020

Unless it is positive stress (also known as ‘eustress’) which gives you a fresh burst of energy or motivates you, stress is an unwelcomed guest for your health.What is more concerning is that people continue to live with negative stress (also known as ‘distress’) even though it is completely manageable.

Let us dig deeper into negativestress, its impact on your life and simple ways to deal with it.

Stress Vs Anxiety

Stress is usually short-term response to stressors such as work pressure, death of a loved one, loss of job or illness and other such reasons. It reduces or goes away with the resolution of the stressor. If the problem is out of control or emotional pressure continues for a long period, it becomes chronic stress.

Anxiety can persist longer even after its trigger, or cause has been addressedandthe situation is no longer dangerous or threatening. Anxiety generally arises from chronic stress.

Stress adversely can take a toll on your health in the form ofheadache, fatigue, sleep disorders, body pain, gastrointestinal issues, menstruation issues, lower libido, lower immunity, lifestyle diseases, heart attack, depression, and panic attacks.

Impact of Stress on Your Daily Life

Stress steals the joy from your life. Your productivity decreases inthe workplace, you begin to face relationship issues, and you may reduce social interactions. In a worst-case scenario, you may resort to smoking, alcohol or some other addiction.

Coping, Reducing and Preventing Stress

The good news is that stress management is completely in your hands.Here is how.

Isolate from Stress

Whenever you are stressed out, take a few deep breaths, and thenisolate from the situation or the toxic person/relationship. Go for a long walk/jogging, do meditation, play with your kids, listen to music, engage in your favourite hobby, or embark on a holiday.

Eat, Exercise and Sleep Well

Focus on feeding your body with healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Omega-3 rich foods, herbal tea, dark chocolate, yoghurt, citrus fruits and eggs can alleviate your stress quickly. You can even take natural supplements that aid in stress management.

Physical activity is a great stress buster. It releases the body’s stress hormones and uplifts your mood.Ensure at least 6-8 hours of a good night’s sleep every day.

Work Smart, Not Hard

Manage your time in a way that you don’t have to work long hours or rush to meet deadlines. Learn to say ‘no’ for tasks that is not your priority or under the scope of your work.

Find a Talk Buddy

Bare your heart to someone by talking out your problems and getting advice on how to deal with a situation that is causing stress. If the stress is chronic, you can even join support groups.

Maintain a Stress Diary

Pen down your thoughts and feelings in a journal to vent out your frustration. It will relieve your stress significantly.

While you cannot prevent stress because it is a natural response of your body and emotion of the mind, you can learn to manage it. With practice, you can eventually eliminate it from your life.

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