No doubt that stress in short bursts can be helpful and actually work as a positive motivator when it comes to accomplishing an important task. But when this feeling of stress continues for longer periods, it impacts our body and mind negatively. When our brain senses any kind of stress, our muscles tighten; the heart beat and the blood- pressure goes up. In general, our fight or flight response is triggered to make us ready for action.
HOW DOES STRESS HARM OUR BODY
However useful your body’s response to stress in short term is, it becomes harmful if stress continues for weeks or months. If the cortisol hormone levels remain high for long time, it can negatively impact our immune system and kill certain brain cells. Raised blood pressure and fat deposit in our blood stream may make us prone to heart attack or stroke.
If a person is already struggling with insomnia or sleeping disorders, the anxiety and tension can make things even worse for him. Long- term stress may start interfering with physical, mental, and emotional functioning of our body. A survey conducted by the National Institute of Health in America has revealed that around 40 million people suffer from chronic, long-term sleeping disorders, insomnia and restlessness.
CONSTANT STRESS CAN LEAD TO HOPELESSNESS AND DEPRESSION
Stress makes our body and mind feel completely exhausted; and we become an easily irritable, miserable and lifeless person. When the anxiety becomes a part of our daily life, our mind stops recognising the negative impact on body and accepts it as a normal feeling. Extreme amount of stress can push us to a point where we may feel alone, isolated and completely depressed. Chronic Stress and work pressure at office can cause serious damage to a person’s social and personal relations too.
STRESS CAUSES EXTREME FATIGUE
Another issue that comes along with stress is the constant feeling of tiredness and weakness. Don’t confuse the symptoms of fatigue with the feeling of drowsiness. Almost all of us feel exhausted and sleepy at night after a long busy day, and a good 6-8 hours sleep relaxes our body and rejuvenate our minds. However if you feel tired or drowsy all day it may be a result of fatigue.
STRESS MAKES YOU SUSCEPTIBLE TO DISEASES
After conducting various studies and experiments, researchers have now come to a conclusion that not just major problems like heart diseases and cancer, but most common illnesses such as poor digestion, weak immunity, body pain and muscle stiffness are also the result of stress and anxiety.
ANXIETY AND STRESS COULD CAUSE INFLAMMATION
Yet another most common problem caused by stress and anxiety is inflammation. It is a well-known fact that inflammation is the main reason of stiffness, swelling and pain in our joints. Joint pain is usually not considered as a standalone symptom of stress because it increases as the level of anxiety increases in the body.
It has been observed that people who suffer from panic attacks change the way they move, stand or sit; for example some people start shaking their leg or sit in an awkward way . All these changes eventually cause joint pain, stiffness and muscle tension. Stiff muscles put direct strain on the joints and make your joints work harder which leads to more inflammation and discomfort.
HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY
From cancer, heart attack and stroke to common cold and allergies, chronic stress makes our body more vulnerable to almost all kinds of illnesses. Thankfully, there are a number of ways by which you can get quick relief from the symptoms you may feel due to stress and anxiety.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation can be highly beneficial in improving the way one feels. One should never hesitate to take help from a professional therapist if he/she is not able to find a perfect solution for his/her condition. A therapist may advice you several relaxation techniques and personalised massage therapies which may be helpful in reducing overall feelings of stress.
Spas and wellness centres are no longer considered as the places for rich and famous to take full advantage of the wide variety of services they offer. Having spa time may relax your body and recharge your batteries. Just go and hit a Spa
De-stress your body and mind with a soothing massage
Beat the stress with Shirodhara
The word Shirodhara is combination of two words: in sanskrit “shiro,” means head, and “dhara,” means flow. It is an intensely soothing and balancing ancient therapy that is performed by pouring a warm, smooth stream of herbal oil onto the middle of the forehead (that is where the third eye is) for an extended period of time. The benefits of this therapy multiply when it is used with herbal remedies.
If you are not suffering with any major health problems, Shirodhara is still a great therapy for you as it helps you maintain your fitness, overall well-being and immunity.
So, follow these simple practices and de-stress yourself to lead a healthier and happier life.