Stress: Leaves you Vulnerable to Depression & AnxietyThe word “Stress” signifies a feeling of being overloaded with pressure and everything just seem beyond you and you wonder how you will be able to cope up with the situation. Two things come to mind while referring to stress, firstly the psychological perception of the pressure and secondly the way the body responds to it with multiple systems. Any stressful event whether external like an accident or internal like fear of losing a loved one to some illness triggers the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline surging through your body thereby increasing the heart rate and circulation of blood. Fat and sugar are mobilized preparing muscles to act in a particular way. After stress has been triggered it takes some time to calm the body and mind.
Stress directly or indirectly is a threat or challenge to our well-being. In the modern world repeated and prolonged stress can lead to harmful physical and psychological ailments like hyper tension, heart attack, depression and anxiety. Responding negatively to any situations will make us clinically depressed and will further lead to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness!
Stress being a very common disorder sometimes attains great proportions. Studies conducted over the last few decades reveal that self help is the best remedy when it comes to dealing with stress on a day to day basis. From meditation, deep breathing exercises and yoga to strenuous physical exercises all help in defusing stress. Since it has been perceived that the stress response begins with the brain in relation to some specific activity or situation, researchers are studying to alleviate the situation that creates stress. This can be done by changing the interpretation of the situation that is seen to be the most stressful by clarifying the positive effects and protecting from the negative ones. This will result in more focused attention and quicker understanding that will result in minimizing the effects of stress thus improving productivity and performance. The better we manage our emotions and thoughts to the innumerable problems we face at home or at work, the better mental health we are likely to enjoy in later years to come.