Stress is not insurmountable. Strategies for managing it are being discovered all the time. And age-old natural remedies are now supported by the science.
Knowing the difference between stress and anxiety can empower you to decide whether you need to take a few minutes off and focus on taking deep breaths or book yourself an appointment for help from a medical professional.
Factors contributing to stress and anxiety include genetics and environmental factors, epigenetic imprinting of stress, personality and subjective status, or an individual’s perception of her socioeconomic standing.
Every individual’s response to stress is unique, dictated by a range of factors from genes, prenatal environment to psychological factors. Varying levels of sensitivity of cortisol receptors and Premenstrual syndrome(PMS) are other factors at play.
Stressed out people tend to get less sleep and exercise and crave unhealthy foods and alcohol—all of which contribute to excess weight. Practising good nutrition, healthy eating habits and using adaptogens help control the damage that stress wrecks.
It’s very important to involve your body in controlling stress, as research has shown that physical fitness leads to mental fitness. The stress-busting effects of exercise work at, both, a neurochemical and a behavioural level.
Meditation is a process of training your mind to focus your thoughts on one thing (like your breath) or redirecting your thoughts from a negative spiral. Research shows that it helps reduce stress and improve concentration when practised regularly.
When a person is faced with stress, their adrenal glands release glucocorticoids (cortisol). These increase blood glucose and inhibit all physiological processes that are not essential to survival. Certain aspects of learning and memory are enhanced.
The right amount of stress, for a short duration, can actually have a positive effect. However, elevated stress levels over long periods can lead to a weakened immune system, blood sugar imbalance and diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Chronic sleep deprivation can increase the risk of several chronic conditions like obesity, depression and diabetes, according to a report by the CDC. Research indicates that insufficient sleep may sensitise individuals to stress-related disorders.
Therapy (or psychotherapy) is when one can talk openly with a licensed mental health professional who’s ‘objective, neutral and non-judgemental’. Using research-based techniques, the therapist helps the patient work through their problems.
Here are a few types of therapies:
The therapist will be able to help work through your issues with a customised approach suited to your needs. If you’ve been struggling psychologically, we urge you to discard of any misconceptions and seek the help you deserve as soon as possible.
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