Professionals who are busy in their work-engagements, quite often exhort to their colleagues, “I am very stressed up”.
Well, that looks true: There is nothing unusual about the statement as such, because professionals in various fields of operations would be really in stressful situations. But there is something lacking in the perception of Stress in such statements. Most people use the word ‘stress’ to express their preoccupation with busy schedules and the speed at which they have to carry out their duties. Stress in its true sense does not represent such state of affairs.
According to Oxford Dictionary, stress is a state of affairs involving demand on physical and mental energy. The dictionary adds further that a condition or circumstance which can disturb the normal physiological function is stress. In medical parlance, stress is defined as a perturbation of the body’s homeostasis.
The central nervous system in human brain has its protective mechanism to take care of the body as a whole in normal and in abnormal situations within certain limits. In challenging situations the nervous system prepares the physic for defensive action: This is done by releasing cortisone and adrenaline hormones. The hormones increase blood pressure to prepare the body to react to the situation created by increased demand on the physic. But when the body fails to counter the body-mind demand, the released hormones and the chemicals remain unused in the blood stream for long period of time. That situation compels the body in constant preparation to fight the situation or to flee from the situation. This is the basic background of acute stress and stress related consequences which the medical fraternity has to deal with.
Timely detection of stress enables the affected person to take adequate remedial measures and to save the situation in time. The common signs and symptoms of stress include memory loss, lack of concentration, poor judgment, seeing only the negative, anxious thoughts, constant worry, irritability, short temper, agitation, inability to relax, sense of loneliness and isolation, depression and unhappiness.
Untreated, acute stress will create severe health hazards: They include body aches and pains, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive, frequent colds, temptation for eating more or eating less, sleeping too much or sleeping too little, willful isolation from others, neglecting responsibilities and using alcohol and drugs as self help to relax.
With the rapid diversification of human activity, almost everybody comes face to face with severe stress situations. Stress originates from circumstances and surroundings to which human beings are condemned to respond and react. Such reactions are essential elements for survival and existence. The surroundings include needs of livelihood, relationship demands, chronic health problems, pressure at workplaces, traffic snarls, meeting deadlines, growing-up tensions, skill formations, competitions, different complexes and other social-cum-individualistic conditions. People react to these conditions in their own ways. Although the conditions invoke stress, such stress situations do not affect the majority. In some persons, however, the induced stress tends to persist and intensify as days pass on. These are the people who need to take care of the situation and choose measures for stress management.
Learning to realize the conditions and environs behind stress situations is the first and foremost requirement to manage and to control the ill-effects of acute stress that affects even the mental equilibrium of the afflicted.
There are many methods for coping up with stress. Usually practiced methods are change in lifestyle, relaxation techniques like yoga and physical exercises, listening to soothing music, deep breathing and personality development. Clinical hypnosis is another trusted treatment for Stress. These measures might help a stressed up persons to a great extent and save them from the malady. Once the person stops the exercises, it is very likely that the individual may slowly and steadily go back to the pains of Stress, again. The signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems. For a person experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it is important for the person to see a doctor for a full evaluation. A competent medical practitioner can help determine whether or not the symptoms are stress-born.
Various studies and researches have confirmed that stress in moderate level is necessary for survival in the path of existence. Stress responses are body’s best defense mechanism against inner and outer dangers: In a risky situation body releases stress hormones which instantly make the physic more alert and focused. Thereby the body gets prepared to act with increased strength and speed. It keeps a person sharp and ready for action. As a result moderate stress increases performance and help people to discover their inherent talents.
The best way to deal with Stress is to welcome stress: Understand the truth that stress is an ingrained human trait for existence. Let not panic take over the situation when stress-centric symptoms are observed. Instead, be cool; be engaged in the present rather than visualizing the experiences of past and achievements for the future; Look around and see the beauties and merits of the present. Stress, thereupon, becomes “forgotten chapter”.