How to : Deal with Stress

For some reason, stress has been a major problem in our society. Especially for those people who works at a corporation. Stress can backfire if not dealt with however, not everyone is aware on how to deal with them.

In our previous generations, it hasn’t been introduced yet. Maybe it is due to the fact that, people are happier before. Small things can be a contentment for them but right now, even if you have everything, you are still stressed and willing to be happy.

I could probably say that, not all things can be bought by money. This includes “pure happiness”.

Now, what will happen stress has been left unattended. Well to spoil you, it could be life threatening. Here’s the list of few complications you might have, by WebMD:

  • Heart disease. Researchers have long suspected that the stressed-out, type A personality has a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. We don’t know why, exactly. Stress can directly increase heart rate and blood flow, and causes the release of cholesterol and triglycerides into the blood stream. It’s also possible that stress is related to other problems — an increased likelihood of smoking or obesity — that indirectly increase the heart risks.
    Doctors do know that sudden emotional stress can be a trigger for serious cardiac problems, including heart attacks. People who have chronic heart problems need to avoid acute stress — and learn how to successfully manage life’s unavoidable stresses — as much as they can.
  • Asthma. Many studies have shown that stress can worsen asthma. Some evidence suggests that a parent’s chronic stress might even increase the risk of developing asthma in their children. One study looked at how parental stress affected the asthma rates of young children who were also exposed to air pollution or whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. The kids with stressed out parents had a substantially higher risk of developing asthma.
  • Obesity. Excess fat in the belly seems to pose greater health risks than fat on the legs or hips — and unfortunately, that’s just where people with high stress seem to store it. “Stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol,” says Winner, “and that seems to increase the amount of fat that’s deposited in the abdomen.”
  • Diabetes. Stress can worsen diabetes in two ways. First, it increases the likelihood of bad behaviors, such as unhealthy eating and excessive drinking. Second, stress seems to raise the glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes directly.
  • Headaches. Stress is considered one of the most common triggers for headaches — not just tension headaches, but migraines as well.
  • Depression and anxiety. It’s probably no surprise that chronic stress is connected with higher rates of depression and anxiety. One survey of recent studies found that people who had stress related to their jobs — like demanding work with few rewards — had an 80% higher risk of developing depression within a few years than people with lower stress.
  • Gastrointestinal problems. Here’s one thing that stress doesn’t do — it doesn’t cause ulcers. However, it can make them worse. Stress is also a common factor in many other GI conditions, such as chronic heartburn (or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Winner says.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. One animal study found that stress might worsen Alzheimer’s disease, causing its brain lesions to form more quickly. Some researchers speculate that reducing stress has the potential to slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Accelerated aging. There’s actually evidence that stress can affect how you age. One study compared the DNA of mothers who were under high stress — they were caring for a chronically ill child — with women who were not. Researchers found that a particular region of the chromosomes showed the effects of accelerated aging. Stress seemed to accelerate aging about 9 to 17 additional years.
  • Premature death. A study looked at the health effects of stress by studying elderly caregivers looking after their spouses — people who are naturally under a great deal of stress. It found that caregivers had a 63% higher rate of death than people their age who were not caregivers.

There could be more so take good care of yourself. Why am I saying this? Because, stress can be a huge burden if left untreated/unattended. If in doubt, always ask your Doctor or visit the nearest clinic.

If unable to visit a Doctor, here’s a list how you could handle stress before it becomes worse. You could do the following:

  • Exercise – Clearly it contributes in fighting stress and has a major role in you health. Of course before doing extreme exercises, it is best to consult a doctor or physician first. Also, watch the food you’re eating. Anger management? Exercise!
  • Drink lots of fluids (water) – Our body is made of 50-80% of water, unable to replenish your body fluids has a huge impact on your performance and in your health as well. Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Meditate – Not only our physical body is affected but our emotional state as well. Meditation can help you relax your mind and keep a clear head. It helps you to handle pressure on a professional manner too.
  • Do your hobbies – Basically by just doing what you really like will make you happy. Happiness can really boost your mood, it helps you mentally and physically. Do what you love and you won’t regret it, your only regret would be, not giving it a try.
  • Talk to someone close to you – A very common method to release stress is to talk to someone you really trust. Not only it boost your intimacy to that person but it’ll also help you sort through your thoughts and clarify whatever is going on for you at the time being.
  • Listening to relaxing music – It gives you positive vibes and energy. Not only it makes you a little happier but it boosts your productivity in order to accomplish the tasks at hand.
  • Take a time-off/vacation – Workaholic people needs break as well, stress can attack you any moment so you have to be ready at all costs. Plan your days and take a break, you are not a machine. Even machines have maintenance periods too.
  • Laugh – A fake laugh can have an effect, what more if it is real. Laughing is the best medicine they say, it decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Talk to God – What I mean by this is pray. Prayer relaxes your mind from the troubles of your daily life. It gives your soul the time to heal and promotes inner peace.
  • Eat healthy foods – This is self explanatory however it should be emphasized. Eating healthy foods reduces your risk of heart diseases and stroke. It also promotes longevity.
  • And last but not the least, Have Fun!

There are so many things you could do the handle stress appropriately, but for me talking to God might be the best choice to make. Always seek guidance and pray for you and your family. Remember to handle stress, don’t let it control you.

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