The Lifestyle of people has become so hectic & competitive that it's becoming all the more difficult to stay stress-free & enjoy life. Everyone has different stress triggers.

What is Stress?

Stress describes a person’s physical or emotional response to the demands or pressures of daily life. Common causes of stress include work, money, relationships and illness. 

Stress can be a positive thing – helping an individual to grow, develop, be stimulated, and take action. However, if stress exceeds a person’s ability to cope it can impact on their mental and physical health in a range of ways. 

People deal with stress in different ways and the ability to deal with stress changes throughout life. Those who have developed effective strategies to deal with day-to-day stressors are less likely to develop physical and psychological symptoms. 

Interesting facts related to stress

  • Women appear more prone to stress than men

  • Digestive problems may occur

  • Over time, stress can make you feel sad

  • Daytime sleepiness can happen when you’re stressed

  • Frequent stress decreases your immune system

  • In women, stress may mess up your regular menstrual cycles

  • Weight gain from chronic stress is possible

  • High blood pressure develops from chronic stress

  • Your genes can dictate the way you handle stress

  • Poor nutrition can make your stress worse

  • A lack of exercise is stress-inducing

  • Relationships play a key role in your daily stress levels

Causes of Stress

Work stress tops the list. Causes of work stress include:

  • Being unhappy in your job

  • Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility

  • Working long hours

  • Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process

  • Working under dangerous conditions

  • Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination

  • Having to give speeches in front of colleagues

  • Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn't supportive

Life stresses can also have a big impact. People go through many of them, such as, the death of a loved one, Divorce, Loss of a job, Increase in financial obligations, Getting married, Moving to a new home, Chronic illness or injury, Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem), Taking care of an elderly or sick family member, Traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you or a loved one.

Repercussions of stress on our body & in your life

When we feel stress in the daily routine of our life. Our body launches physical responses.  Our nervous system springs into action,  releasing hormones that prepare us to either fight or take off. It's called the "fight or flight" response, and it's why, when we're in a stressful situation, we may notice that our heartbeat speeds up, our breathing gets faster, our muscles tense, and we start to sweat.  This kind of stress is short-term and temporary and your body usually recovers quickly from it. Our body also responds physically towards stress. It gives signs like Headache, Fatigue, Difficulty sleeping, Difficulty concentrating, upset stomach, Irritability.

Medical conditions that can occur as a result of chronic (long-term) stress include:

  • Heart palpitations 

  • Hyperventilation 

  • Gastrointestinal problems

  • Worsening skin conditions

  • High blood pressure 

  • Recurrent colds and flu 

Tools to fight against Stress

There are many ways that can help you in fighting stress. These exercises are:-

  • Exercise and Diet

  • Relaxation and mindfulness

  • Counselling 

  • Medications 

When you live a stress free life

No matter how calm you are. Stress is a feeling that easily takes its place in your life. The complexities and demands of modern life mean that learning to let go is easier said than done – but for those who regularly live with stress, there are plenty of good reasons to address the situation. 

The positive impacts of a stress free life are:-

1. You will have a better sleep.

2. You can eat proper meals on time, which means you will feel hungry.

3. You will sense a clearer mental health or peace you can say.

4. There will be less stress on the heart as well. Because feelings such as stress, anxiety, depression etc affect our heart directly.

5. Stress also affects the human’s productivity. In other words when the person is stressed it can lead to absenteeism.