Stress is usually a common problem and occurs due to certain pressures in life. It is an emotional constrain that make people feel they can’t cope with life pressures. People always feel stressed now and then due to,
lifestyle events, work pressures, traumatic events, relationship, financial constraints, and health related issues. Many people are involved in long-term chronic stress while others feel stressed now and then. In this article I will discuss why people get stress, effects and ways to reduce stress
Why do people get stressed?
As we continue with our daily lives, we usually encounter events that are stressful, our nervous system always send signals to the rest of the body to trigger a physical response. After getting stressed people usually experience symptoms such as heavy breathing and an increased heart rate. This symptoms have a negative effect on our health. The psychological effects triggers and overwhelms the normal functions of the body. Today people should avoid and train their mind to overcome stressors such as: demanding children, relationship issues and financial constraints to evade stress build ups which eventually becomes a health problem.
Effects of Stress
The following are some of the psychological and physical changes as a result of stress
- Psychological effects
Constant worrying, nervous habits, becoming withdrawn, mood swings, loss of concentration and focus, over emotional, irritability and short tempered.
- Physical effects
Nausea, appetite fluctuations, increased blood pressure, muscle tension, increased heart beats and aches and pains.
- It is crucial to seek help if you feel stressed. This initial signs have typically shown that stress is a problem. If not treated, it can be chronic and in the long-term, it can develop to illness such as depression, heart problems, diabetes, and bowel may start to develop.
Stress and diet
Diet and stress always go hand in hand. Someone eating a healthy diet can be less stressed than someone eating a poor diet. Poor diet causes the digestive system to have a strain, hence feeling overstressed. Making a change to what you take can have a positive impact both emotionally and physically.
Foods such as caffeine, foods with high fat and sugar and Alcohol, have a negative impact on the body when stressed. High intake of caffeine can cause insomnia and nervousness which are linked to stress. Consuming processed foods daily can cause depression. This is because of the high levels of oxidized fats that blocks essential fats needed in the body.
Stress reliving foods include: Fruits and vegetables, healthy stacks, calcium rich foods and carbohydrates.
Ways of dealing with stress
- Avoid smoking
Smoking has a negative influence to the body, more so, when you are stressed. Nicotine is sedative which can have calming effects to a stressed person.
Having frequent exercises helps the body to function smoothly which triggers happy hormones such as endorphins. Exercises helps relax body muscles that triggers stress related aches and pains.