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How stress affects our body?

What is stress? It is reaction that people exhibit under excessive pressures or demands placed upon them.
Stress is the wear & tear that our minds & bodies experience as we try to cope with our continuously changing environment.

How do we feel when under stress? We feel tensed, tired, anxious, anger, frightenal, depressed.

Stress Factors? In a working culture stress can be

  • Internal
  • External

External stress factors

  • Physical Environment: Like small working areas, noise, bright or very dim lights.
  • Social Interaction: Office politics.
  • Organizational: Meeting deadlines, rules & regulations.
  • Major life events: Lost job, promotion, marital status change, death.
  • Daily Hassles: Commuting (Traffic, Car breakdown), Misplacing important things.


Internal stress factors

Life style choice

  • Caffeine
  • Lack of deep
  • Overloaded schedule

Negative self-talk

  • Pessimistic thinking
  • Self-Criticism
  • Over analyzing situations

Mind traps:

  • It refers to unrealistic expectation from colleagues and own performances.
  • Talking things personally
  • Rigid thinking not being flexible to new ideas

Stress is also of 2 types

  • Positive stress: Surprisingly stress can have positive effect too it stimulates us to cope up with challenging situations and motivate us to enhance our performance at work.
  • Negative stress: As the term suggest it affects all the system of our body including respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, musculoskeletal and GI system. For e.g. If given a target to achieve in a limited time period and if we are not able to do that stress start setting in we breathe faster- heart rate- leads to in B.P muscles starts getting tensed, more over under high stress conditions individual exhibits a very peculiar tendency of consuming one particular kind of food or drink more, which generally we have seen turns out to be alcohol so in turn even the GI system also gets affected.

Sometimes constantly working under stressful conditions leads to our adaptation to work only under such situation. It means that until & unless a crises situation starts approaching when we are left with no other option but only to work we do the task in much better way. This is called as fight or flight response. So, either we run away from that situation or we face the situation with all the strength of resources we have.
A recent study shows that 80% of all modern diseases have origin in stress.
So in the end I will conclude with a saying by Hans Selye that It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

Management of Stress
We can adopt an ABC strategy for stress.

  • A- Awareness- What cause stress/ How to react.
  • B- Balance- There is a fine line between positive & negative stress & key is to cope up with it before it becomes negative stress.
  • C- Control- How to help ourselves combat the negative effects of stress.

Stress Management Techniques

Change your lifestyle which in turn will change our thinking & behavior.
Lifestyle change include a proper diet, a good sleep and lots of exercises. Exercises not only help us to relieve our pains & aches but also help us to reeling our pains & aches but also help in strengthening and condition of our muscles. It enhances the blood circulation cleans our mind of stress, improves our self-image, makes us feel better about ourselves.

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