Being STRESSFREE

What is STRESS ?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make an individual feel threatened or upset its balance in some way. In other words, stress is the complex interaction between the events of life and the perception of those events by an individual. When we sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—our body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic reaction or the stress response.

What causes Stress ?

Events such as getting married, buying a house, going to college, Major changes in life, Financial problem or receiving a promotion can be stressful. also excessively worry about something that may or may not happen, or pessimistic thoughts about lifE causes stress. Sometimes UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS, rigid thinking or UNCOMPROMISED ATTITUDE causes stress.

stresses are catagorized into two types - acute stress & chronic stress. there's an important difference between chronic and acute stress. Acute stress is Short termed anD nothing wrong with this. Chronic stress is the baseline level of stress We feel at all times. If you're always "stressed out" that's chronic stress...and chronic stress is bad.
Chronic stress impacts on long term
THE STRESS RESPONSE IS THE BODY’S WAY OF PROTECTING US. WHEN WORKING PROPERLY, IT HELPS US STAY FOCUSED, ENERGETIC, AND ALERT. IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, STRESS CAN SAVE OUR LIFE—GIVING US EXTRA STRENGTH TO DEFEND OURSELVES. THE STRESS RESPONSE ALSO HELPS US RISE TO MEET CHALLENGES. STRESS IS WHAT KEEPS US ON OUR TOES DURING A PRESENTATION AT WORK, SHARPENS OUR CONCENTRATION WHEN WE’RE ATTEMPTING THE GAME-WINNING FREE THROW, OR DRIVES US TO STUDY FOR AN EXAM WHEN WE'D RATHER BE WATCHING TV.
BEYOND A CERTAIN POINT, STRESS STOPS BEING HELPFUL AND STARTS CAUSING MAJOR DAMAGE TO OUR HEALTH, OUR MOOD, OUR PRODUCTIVITY, OUR RELATIONSHIPS, AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE.

EFFECTS OF STRESS - ON BEHAVIOR & ATTITUDES

ANXIETY / NEGITIVITY / FRUSTATION / FORGETFULNESS / WORRYNESS / INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE / POOR JUDGMENT / MOODINESS / IRRITABILITY OR SHORT TEMPER / AGITATION / INABILITY TO RELAX / FEELING OVERWHELMED / SENSE OF LONELINESS AND ISOLATION / DEPRESSION OR GENERAL UNHAPPINESS

STRESS is being build-up when the smooth progress of a workable plan interrupts

The body's Stress ResponseS

When we perceive a threat, our nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for the emergency action.

What influences to widen Our stress- comfort zone ?

our ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of our relationships, Our life experiences, Our emotional intelligence and genetics.
  • Our support network – A strong network of supportive friends and family members can be an enormous buffer against life’s stressors. On the flip side, the more lonely and isolated we are, the greater our vulnerability to stress.
  • Our sense of control – It may be easier to take stress in our stride if we have confidence in ourself and our ability to influence events and persevere through challenges. If we feel like things are out of our control, we're likely to have less tolerance for stress.
  • Our attitude and outlook – Optimistic people are often more stress-hardy. They tend to embrace challenges, have a strong sense of humor, and accept that change is a part of life. Our ability to deal with our emotions – We're extremely vulnerable to stress if we don’t know how to calm and soothe ourself when we're feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by a situation. The ability to bring our emotions into balance helps us bounce back from adversity and is a skill that can be learned at any age.
  • Our knowledge and preparation – The more we know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope. For example, if we go into surgery with a realistic picture of what to expect post-op, a painful recovery will be less traumatic than if we were expecting to bounce back immediately.
Dalai Lama offers some tips on reducing our stress in an article titled "Fight stress, positively"

DALAI LAMA

" One of the approaches that I personally find useful is to cultivate the thought: If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. In other words, if there is a solution or a way out of the difficulty, you do not need to be overwhelmed by it. The appropriate action is to seek its solution. Then it is clearly more sensible to spend your energy focusing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there is no solution, no possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you cannot do anything about it anyway. In that case, the sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be for you. This formula, of course, implies directly confronting the problem and taking a realistic view. Otherwise you will be unable to find out whether or not there is a resolution to the problem. "

How to deal with the Stress ?

MEDITATION
DEEP BREATHING
DECOMPRESS & REDUCE MUSCLE TENSION
GET ACTIVE
HEARTY LAUGHTER
BE GRATEFUL

These two instant stress relievers work for me

Squeeze at the circled spot by applying firm pressure on the fleshy skin between your index finger and thumb (called the "hoku" spot in traditional Chinese medicine) is a proven de-stressor, researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University say: Just 30 seconds of acupressure reduces upper-body tension by 39%.
"It relieves stress, combats insomnia, soothes tired legs, and brings all-over relief to an overworked body and mind."
But relaxation is The best stress relievers

Healthy diet helps to fight against the Stress

Take a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress.
  • CARROT : Munching on crunchy foods also helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh veggies offer satisfying crispness but won’t bog you down with too many calories.
  • TEA : Calm frazzled nerves with a steaming cup of your favorite tea blend. The soothing warmth and tea’s plant compounds work together to level off your body’s response to stress. Both herbal and black tea can help.
  • NUTS : Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts are high in the antioxidant vitamin E and zinc — both good for boosting your immune system. Bonus: Those nuts are good sources of B-vitamins, which help the body manage stress, too. Since nuts are high in (healthy) fat, stick to a 1/4-cup portions.
  • MILK : Have a glass to get more B-vitamins, protein, vitamin D and bone-building calcium to relieve tense muscles. Stick to the low-fat (1%) or skim varieties. If you prefer it with more flavor, have some with whole-grain cereal in the morning or sip on some chocolate milk around bedtime to bring on more restful sleep.
  • BANANA & AVOCADO : That’s two things, we know, but what do these fruits have in common? They’re loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low. Add sliced banana to your morning oatmeal or a half-cup of sliced avocado to a lunchtime salad or sandwich. That will cover your potassium needs for the day.
  • FATTY FISH : The heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected. They’re also good for just about every part of your body, including the eyes, skin and hair.

A Stress quiz

How well do you handle stress in your life?
  1. I have people I confide in when I’m feeling under pressure who make me feel better.
  2. I feel comfortable expressing how I feel when something is bothering me.
  3. In general, I feel in control of my life and confident in my ability to handle what comes my way.
  4. I find reasons to laugh and feel grateful, even when going through difficulties.
  5. No matter how busy I am, I make it a priority to sleep, exercise, and eat right.
  6. I’m able to calm myself down when I start to feel overwhelmed.

Each “yes” answer represents an important stress coping skill. Each “no” represents an area to work on to become more resilient.

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES SUCH AS YOGA, MEDITATION, AND DEEP BREATHING ACTIVATE THE BODY’S RELAXATION RESPONSE, A STATE OF RESTFULNESS THAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF THE STRESS RESPONSE.
We should aim to take over stress - not allowing stress to take over our lives.
Created By
Pradip K Maity (pradipkmaity@outlook.com)
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