How harmful is stress for your well-being: With today’s modern world luxuries, responsibilities and deadlines are the main stress-givers. These days almost everyone has duties, tasks to do. No-one realizes how stressful their lives have become and how their day-to-day habits impact their well-being.
What is stress?
Well, first let’s find out what actually is stress? Stress is our body way of responding to any kind of demand. So, when we are given a certain task, we feel a little pressurized to complete it within the given time and perform to the best of our abilities. For example, students are often stressed about their academic performance and exam results because they want their parents and teachers praise and approval. Employees have stress about their never-seem-to-be ending work, paycheck and deadlines and they want their boss ‘s approval (bonus is a plus). But in all this chaos, we forget how we are harming our own well-being. When we get stressed, our body feels alarmed and release adrenaline, which is a “fight or flight ” hormone.
While a little stress is often considered healthy, too much stress is harmful to our health and if ignored, it can lead to mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Stress is like an invisible demon which slowly eats you from the inside out.
Physical symptoms of overstress include headaches, fatigue and breathlessness. Behaviour – wise, a stress-prone person becomes cranky and impatient. Stress causes sleeping problems and insomnia. People tend to depend on caffeine, smoking and drinking to relieve short-term stress which in turn is detrimental to their well-being.
How harmful is stress for your well-being?
American Psychological Association says stress is the reason for an upset stomach or indigestion in about 25% people. Stress-prone people are about 40% more likely to develop mild cognitive problems. Chronic stress can increase the risk of heart problems or stroke. Stress can also cause premature ageing (grey hair and wrinkles.)
How to de-stress yourself?
The answer to this question is pretty easy! First, take a deep breath. Post that, take a much-needed break. Break here doesn’t necessarily means vacation at an exotic beach (you can go to if you want to though). It simply means giving your mind the much-needed break from the stress causing situations. Here are some stress busters – listen to your favourite song, meditation, reward yourself with treats when you complete a particular stressful task (massages or a spa day or chocolate), exercise, stretching, spend time with your loved ones etc.
Stress, these days is inevitable but don’t let it overpower you and harm your well-being. Give your work, your best but don’t forget to take a break once in a while. All the luxuries in the world can wait, your health is a priority. Take care.