Feeling overwhelmed, irritable, and anxious? Do you feel like you are juggling one too many things or you just don’t feel like getting out of bed and facing the day

Stressed? Lets Unwind, Relax and Rejoice | February 5, 2019

Feeling overwhelmed, irritable, and anxious? Do you feel like you are juggling one too many things or you just don’t feel like getting out of bed and facing the day... this might just be thanks to a bad day, but it doesn’t mean you ignore the signs. These could be the first signs of stress. Stress, that ubiquitous modern companion, is bred by our increasingly demanding lifestyles.  At times it is unavoidable, but the more important question being what is to be done should the stress become unbearable. Stress is the feeling of being under large amounts of mental or emotional pressure. When pressure associated with a particular situation or everyday activities becomes too much for an individual to cope with is when it turns into stress. Most of us don’t consider stress to be an illness, but it significantly features in how we behave, feel and think. It can even affect our body’s day-to-day functioning.

Are you Stressed?

While stress itself is not a disease it could cause serious health conditions if not tackled in time. Early identification of the symptoms not only helps one cope with stress it also prevents the adoption of unhealthy approaches, such as drinking or smoking to deal with it. Recognition of stress pointers also helps prevent escalation and potentially serious complications, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression to name a few. Listed below is a summary of several indicators of stress, broadly categorised into the areas where they manifest. This list is by no means comprehensive, but a quick reckoner to signal the presence of stress.

Behavioural indicators

  • A feeling of resentment regarding situations or people
  • Lack of attention towards oneself, including ignoring personal care
  • Isolation and avoiding social situations and gatherings
  • Staying in bed all day

Physical signs

  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • A noticeable change in eating habits, either a loss of appetite or eating too much
  • Excessive drinking and smoking (both very addictive)
  • High blood pressure

Emotional indicators

  • Frustration
  • Crying and depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anger

Psychological signs

  • A negative attitude towards everything
  • Low self esteem and a feeling of failure
  • Fear of interacting with people
  • A feeling of hopelessness
Most people experience a combination of these symptoms and it might be good to note that stress affects people differently. 

Managing stress

While you can't completely avoid stress, you can minimise its effects by changing how you choose to respond to it. Daily practice, conscious effort, and discipline to use the suggestions mentioned below can soon have unwanted stress under control. Attitude: If you can’t change the situation then try changing your approach to it. Be willing to be flexible.
  • Recognize when you don't have control, and let it go.
  • Take control of your own reactions.
  • Set realistic goals.
Relax and Recharge: Taking 10-15 minutes out in a day to relax or to do something you love is known to reduce your stress levels. Learn how to relax: Relaxation, such as deep breathing, can help you calm down and relieve the stress associated with a situation Talk to someone :Just talking to someone is helpful and could help you resolve your issues Take control: Find solutions to your problems - it will help you feel more in control The American Heart Association provides quick tips that you can adopt as ‘emergency stress stoppers’. Practise them whenever you feel under pressure and deflate the situation before it escalates.
  • Count to 10 before you speak
  • Take three to five deep breaths
  • Walk away from the stressful situation, and say you'll handle it later
  • Go for a walk
  • Don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry" if you make a mistake
  • Set your watch 5 to 10 minutes ahead to avoid the stress of being late
  • Break down big problems into smaller parts
  • Drive in the slow lane or avoid busy roads to help you stay calm while driving
  • Smell a rose, hug a loved one or smile at your neighbour
Take a little time to unwind, adopt simple changes in your daily routine and the reward for your efforts could well be a healthy, balanced life with time for work, relationships, relaxation and fun.  

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