Tame your stress

Achieved your deadline? Still trapped in the competitive circle? Feeling pressurised in the job ? Or still sweating due to the bundle of books for the examinations?
Do you wonder if you are really stressed? Is being stressed up just normal or a sign of chronic disease?
Defining stress in simple terms can be “any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. It is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action.”
To feel a little stress is just normal. A little stress is important for you. It keeps you alert, motivated and primed to respond to danger. It keeps you energy efficient and makes your work more effective thereby making you more competitive.
The way to respond to stress, however, makes a huge difference to your overall well- being. Sometimes, the best way to manage your stress involves changing your situation. At other times, the best strategy involves changing the way you respond to the situation. It is important to analyze if you are really stressed and how stress impacts your physical and mental health. It is equally important to recognize how your mental and physical health affects your stress levels.
#Analysing yourself
It may or may not be easy to identify stress signs but you may be able to differentiate from your regular behaviour.
If you observe stress might be affecting you, there are a few things you can watch for-
• Psychological signs – difficulty concentrating, worrying, trouble remembering and anxiety.
• Physical signs – high blood pressure, change in weight, frequent cold or infection and changes in menstrual cycle and libido (sexual desire)
• Behavioral signs – poor self-care, not having time for things you enjoy, avoiding leisure activities and even if you do, you may not enjoy them, relying on drugs and alcohol to cope
• Emotional signs – being angry, irritated, frustrated, and suffering extreme mood swings
#Ways to tame your stress well
• Diet Insight – Your diet highly influences your stress levels. Therefore, food can help tame your stress well. Comfort foods can help reduce the stress hormone and boost levels of ‘serotonin’- a calming brain chemical. Other foods can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that take a toll on your body over time. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up your immune system.
• Good and sound sleep – The brain chemicals connected with deep sleep are the ones that inhibit the production of stress hormone. So, if you don’t take a good sleep, it is definitely going to make you stressed the following day.
• Exercise on the go – Playing outdoor sports and exercising can help enhance the production of endorphins also called natural painkillers that helps with good sleep thereby reducing stress.
• Practicing Mindfulness – Practicing mindfulness isn’t a one-time job. It has to be done every day to make it a way of life. It helps you to live in the present and be conscious throughout your life.
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