Guest Writer: Anna Kucirkova
When your body reacts to a situation and causes mental, physical and emotional pain, we call that stress. Despite stress being a negative thing, it can also be a source of motivation leading to increased productivity. When stress affects a person severely, it’s called chronic stress. Chronic stress is not beneficial at all and it leads to some serious damage. The best way to deal with this type of stress is by learning how to manage it. Below are some methods to overcome stress and its effects.
Effects of Stress
Some physical issues that result from stress include stomach upset, muscle pains, energy loss, headaches, nervousness, and insomnia, among others. Symptoms may vary from a person to another because the body responds differently when subjected to stress. Long term stress can lead to heart-related diseases and panic attacks which feel like a heart attack. Many people also experience eating disorders, which can lead to obesity, irregular menstrual cycles, hair loss, ulcers, acne, or diseases affecting your digestive system.
Stress has been known to cause depression and anxiety. Excessive worrying can lead to a person feeling overwhelmed and a loss of self-esteem, which can then lead to the avoidance of others. People affected by stress are normally moody and easily irritable, making them little fun to be around. According to mentalhelp.net, chronic stress can be a major cause of thinking problems(cognitive), bipolar disorders, personality, and behavior changes.
When it comes to communication, stress can manifest itself in a number of ways. Stress may lead to high emotions due to anger or frustration. It can also be a major reason a person isolates himself from other people. This cuts all communication and the person is unable to get the help that he/she needs.
A stressed person can easily misjudge someone trying to communicate with them. Stress can also be a reason why a person is unable to speak in public due to anxiety.
How to Curb Stress
know the cause of stress
The first step is actually establishing the cause of the stress. Since everyone has different stress triggers, it is better for one to know his or her own triggers and then try working on it.
Most people experience stress because of hiding problems for themselves. For example, in the workplace, you can talk to your boss about a task you are finding difficult to accomplish. In academics, you can try to seek help in areas you don’t understand instead of stressing about it. Also in your relationship communicate early about things affecting you to avoid building tensions and having a meltdown. By expressing oneself, stress levels will go down. If you are experiencing long term stress, a professional therapist might help you feel better.
Other Ways to Reduce Stress
Exercise will help reduce tension, anxiety, depression and also relieve stress. Your overall life quality will improve generally if you work out.
Overindulging in caffeine, alcohol, sugars, and nicotine increases the stress levels in your body. Foods rich in vitamins and magnesium help your body to have strength when you experience stress.
Meditating, praying, and getting enough sleep are some of the other actions you can take to manage stress. Also, indulge in a hobby and some fun activities.
Since stress is a part of our life, the best we can do is manage it. Following the above steps will help you manage stress, resulting in a real life change.