Let’s Stress On Stress
‘Hi! I am here for you yet again.’
‘Aha, hello! So now you are here to help me fight procrastination?’
‘Well, darling it depends on how you employ me.’
‘I am going to finish all the tasks soon now. The deadline is nearing.’
‘I am glad I could be of help to you.’
‘Hi! I have found my home in you, honey.’
‘Go! I don’t need you. Just leave me alone.’
‘Getting rid of me is not going to be easy. I’ve been dancing in your head all day for quite some time now.’
‘Oh, dear God! I just can’t handle this burden. I’ve become dysfunctional.’
Stress is a subjective topic of discussion. It is like a cap on a bottle of a carbonated drink which when put on with optimum pressure keeps the drink safe and edible inside. But when the pressure due to the cap increases too much the bottle bursts leaving the drink splattered and useless. Stress is difficult even for professionals to define because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us.
Although we all talk about stress, it often isn’t clear what stress is really about. Many people consider stress to be something that happens to them, an event such as an injury or a job loss. Some believe that stress is how our body, mind, and behaviour changes or responds to an event in our lives. When something happens, we evaluate the situation and try to understand and calculate to see if it is threatening to us. If yes, we think whether we have enough skills to deal with that situation. If our skill set is good enough to handle the problem, we do not see the situation as stressful. But, if our skills do not seem enough to cope with the situation then it is considered stressful. Everyone has their own perspective towards a situation and different coping mechanisms.
Human brain is the most fascinating object in the entire universe, leaving behind the black holes, galaxies, dark matter, and etcetera in competition. The image of a nerve sense transporting information inside the human brain is similar to the picture of a galaxy, how fascinating!
Despite all the magnificent and wondrous characters, the brain can be affected deeply by something as diddy as stress. Well, stress is not as diminutive as it seems. The very fact that it can affect the way of life, health and peace is enough evidence to prove so.
The stress a school student experiences in today’s time is equal to the stress a mental patient in the 1950s experienced. This shows how we are evolving as a species, into the depths of mental disorders.
Stress is good in small quantities and can even motivate enough to boost productivity. Our reaction to stressful situations determines its impact on our health. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. It can be understood by taking an example of people with different tastes in music, for some rock music is soothing and for others it is sheer noise. Different individuals respond to stress differently. Some start to blush, some start eating more and some eat less. Some people some grow pale under stress. If we respond in a positive way and take the target as an opportunity to learn, the stress is positive. Yes, stress can indeed be positive against the common notion we have that it is always negative and bad.
Negative stress is a great harm to the human health and happiness. By understanding ourselves and forming our own coping mechanisms, we can learn to handle stress effectively. This can even help in converting negative stress to positive stress. Stress management is not about learning how to avoid or escape the stressful situations rather it is about learning to understand how our body reacts to such situations, and about learning to develop skills which enhance adjustment. To learn stress management is to learn about the mind-body connection and to the degree to which we can control our health in a positive sense.
There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances, imbalance in thyroid level etcetera that increase reception to infections. To overcome these harmful effects of negative stress, there are various stress busters. Some of them include the following:
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Deep Breathing
Practice these techniques and see how it helps you deal with stress. See how you like it!
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