Stress affects quality of life. Identifying its symptoms can help cope with it by taking some simple steps.
Varsha is a homemaker. Her day starts at six in the morning. As soon as
she wakes up there are thousands of chores she has to accomplish. Her
daily routine consists of making breakfast for her family, preparing
her kids for school, preparing their lunch boxes, cooking, cleaning and
the list is never ending. She finds herself lucky if she gets a short
break from her routine. At the end of the day Varsha is so stressed
that she feels like tearing her hair out.
Like Varsha, stress is experienced by many people at some point or the
other. A child feels stressful while dealing with exams, an
entrepreneur feels stressed out while dealing with business; a common
man confronts stress while tackling his daily expenses and so on.
What is stress?
Stress can be experienced in different arenas of life such as school,
jobs and relationships. Stress is very hard to define. What could be a
nerve-racking situation for one may not be that much stressful for the
other. Stress is the result of any situation which makes you feel
frustrated, irritated and nervous.
Common symptoms of stress
Here are some common symptoms of stress divided into three major areas.
If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than a month then you
may be leading a stressful life.
- Frequent arguments and quarrels
- Clashes with co-workers and employees
- Feeling left out and isolated
Stress is not always negative
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a
positive one. Stress can be positive if you view it as a challenge. A
stressed out person needs to acquire the right attitude towards stress.
Experts believe that certain amount of stress is necessary in day to
day life. For example, a student who has to present his report in front
of a packed classroom may feel stressed. He may experience stage
fright. But his stress
can lead him to take the challenge. He will prepare thoroughly for his
presentation and this could lead to positive results at the end. On the
other hand, inadequate stress could be damaging as it makes you feel
depressed and miserable.
Positive thinking and stress are interrelated. Being optimistic
can reduce half of your worries. Having a negative point of view
regarding every task you do is the first step of the ladder called
stress. Do not make your failures affect you, instead try again. De-stress a little and take some time off. You can always do it better next time. Positive thinking tackles stress, making you live longer and healthier.
Coping with stress
Stress has become an inseparable part of life in the present fast paced
times. As working hours are being stretched longer, family and health
become the victims of stress. If you can identify the symptoms of stress
then do not wait to cope with them. Learn to cope with stress with some
of these simple but powerful ways and beat that stress away.
The aim of meditation is to calm down your worries. It is the
great way to cope with stress. Find out a quiet corner in your home and
Try to get rid of wandering thoughts and focus on your surroundings.
Practice this daily for five minutes and you will notice positive
You should organise your day-to-day chores and should priorities your
activities. Maintaining a schedule is a good idea to tackle deadlines.
An organised lifecan help
you reduce stress to a large extent. When you are prepared there is
always some time on hand to manage life. You can go easy on yourself.
For example, keeping things in their place the night beforecan help you reduce anxiety in the morning when you cannot find things.
a routine will keep your mind and body fit thus lowering the level of
stress. Devote about 15-20 minutes daily to a workout session. If you
are physically fit then you will be able eliminate half of your stress.
Yoga could be a great way to beat the stress.
Insufficient amount of sleep could be the major cause of stress. A normal adult needs 8 hours of sleep. Adequate and sound sleep
is necessary to lead stress free lives. A good amount of sleep can even
delay the onset of the skin's ageing process. So hit the bed on time to
rise and shine the next day.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is the key to a stress free life. One should know the importance of vitamins, calcium and essential minerals in diet. A balanced diet will keep away stress. There are other health benefits too that a balanced diet offers.
According to the American Medical Association
60% of all human illness and diseases are the outcomes of stress. Acute
stress could speed up the ageing process also. Stress may lead to drug
addiction, alcoholism, obesity,
heart problems and other damaging behaviours. So if you find yourself
fighting with stress more than often, it may be advisable to make a few
lifestyle changes and lead a stress-free life.