Stress is a familiar word to most of us, and needs no introduction. It affects people of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities and economic status.
What is important to know about stress is that it is not necessarily always an awful thing. In the right situations, stress gave our ancestors the ability to fight dangerous animals, adapt to challenging climates and invent ingenious devices to survive. In the modern world, the right amount of stress helps us reach deadlines and come up with brilliant ideas.
Stress becomes a problem when it occurs in inappropriate situations or when it overstays its welcome. This can cause a variety of symptoms. The symptoms of stress may differ between individuals, but involve one or more of the following -
It is also important to know that stress in of itself is not a psychiatric diagnosis. But, it can cause mental health disorders or be a symptom of mental health disorders. Hence why, it is absolutely essential to recognize and catch the signs of stress early on. As we’re probably aware, it’s not always possible to avoid a stressful situation. What we can definitely try to do is minimise our risk for being put in such situations, or having some healthy coping mechanisms ready to tackle the oncoming stress.
Here’s a few tried and tested (science backed) stress management tips:
Experts have named stress as the health epidemic of this century, but it is still far from being accepted as such and treated with the urgency that it requires. This has to change, and fast.
We can start by understanding what causes us stress personally and find ways that work best for us. Only then can we can start having an open conversation with our loved ones, colleagues and neighbours about their stressors. At a larger level, workplaces can take steps to combat stress at work and government health policies can start incorporating stress.
April is stress awareness month, so take this chance and start a conversation about stress!
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