“Stress Kills”. We’ve all heard this before. It’s a universal fact. But how does stress really kill?
No points for guessing that stress in 21st is a part and parcel of contemporary living. There are hassles in all walks of life—from jobs to roads, and from home life to entertainment. Stress comes in numerous packages, but the overall effect on our lives is easy to observe. There are so many physical and emotional signs linked with stress that it has been called the silent killer. What is it about stress that makes it a silent killer, and what can we do to change it?
Let’s just say exposure to chronic psychological stress throughout one’s life is associated with various complications as stress comes knocking our door in several forms. With ever changing lives and hectic routines, bad types of stressors, such as a fight with our partner or kids or the fear of losing our job can trigger bad emotions. And then there are the day-in, day-out types of stressors, like financial problems, and unhappiness in relationship, or chronic illness. When we say there is stress in our lives, we usually are talking about the sum total of the effect on us of all forms of stress.
Humans are wired to react and to overreact due to stress with a rush of adrenalin. For example, if you had a cockroach appear out of nowhere, your heart would start to beat faster and you’d instantly either grab something to kill it off with or just start backing away to put some distance between you and that menace. This type of response is called the “fight or flight” response. During this physiological response, your mind does not always thinking very logically, but your body is involuntarily ready to respond immediately.
While this flight or fight response is certainly apt and helpful in certain situations, it doesn’t have much value in helping us deal with the kind of stress we experience in this day and age of constant scrutiny and the need to be perfect. It leaves us with digestive complications, tensed muscles, overwhelmed brain function, and highly taxing cardiovascular systems. In short, stress can kill you! You might not notice it, until it gets bad though, so stress is a silent, shady of killer that hides behind the drapes or bushes to attack its victim.
But reducing stress or coping with it , even in today’s world, is a possibility. In fact, it is a necessity.Peopleneed to take care of themselves physically and mentally. Adding stress management to your targets and goals is the best idea if you are under a lot of stress from various aspects of your life.
Stress management consists of identifying and understanding your problem, and acting upon it by getting the necessary help and getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in moderate physical activity. Nutrients like the B-complex of vitamins, calcium, and magnesiumcan nourish the nervous system from the claws of stress. Some herbal teas can also help you keep calm.
But, Sleep is absolutely vital to good physical and mental health, although not every person needs the recommended seven to eight hours. Optimal sleep is a must. Over-the-counter sleep tablets made from the drug, diphenhydramine, will help you get to sleep, but the sleep will probably not be as restful as natural sleep. Use it only when you have run out of options
If we are honest with ourselves, we can identify the tell-tale signs that stress is reaching an abnormal level. But, the situation can become harmful when the sufferer is in denial, and refuses to get help.
Stress can cause serious problems—fatal ones too– and even if it doesn’t; it sure can make you thoroughly miserable. This article isn’t meant to scare you, but to spread some awareness and to encourage you to take preventative measures before the ship has sailed. If you think you or your loved ones may be affected by more than normal everyday problems, it is recommended to get the necessary help and consult a doctor, or a psychiatrist or a qualified counselor to go over your options.