Stress is a silent killer, this is a statement that we hear often and yet tend to forget about. We just think that is happening to someone else. We don’t have these kinds of problems. We are just exposed to simple everyday stress situations. We are not at any danger or we don’t even have a high risk for stress related diseases. We go through our days without even knowing what can cause stress and what problems potentially can arise from long term exposure to stress.
What causes stress?
The answer to this question is very individual and unique to each of us. For some of us stress is caused by a very simple and unimportant situation like missing your keys or a change in
a political policy that doesn’t really have an impact on your personal life. You are still reacting like world has to come to an end. On the other end of the spectrum are people who will accept a situation whatever it is and look for a solution. No drama, no stress, typically uses a problem solving oriented approach.
Some people are born with this great approach, some learn to take control of their own life by their
choice. And many people are still affected by stress and stressful situations daily, and most of the
time they are not even aware of dangerous health consequences that stress can cause:
- Work related problems
- Personal life challenges
- Health challenges
- Sudden changes in life
All these changes can cause stressful situations for every individual. How these changes are going
to affect our health and wellness is based on the individual response. Some people get physical
symptoms very fast, others don’t . But if we are exposed to this for a long period of time we will
have some sort of physical symptoms that may include but are not limited to:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Digestive changes
- Emotional changes
Physical symptoms can range from high blood pressure to insomnia, depression, anxiety etc.
It is very important to understand that stress needs professional attention and control. If you are
experiencing any symptom, consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
How to control stress?
Is it possible to take control of your stress and your life? Yes it is, but it requires some work and
commitment from you. You are the one who has to control the stress and make it a daily habit. You have to change the way you are accepting situations around you. You need to think carefully and wisely about what you can and can’t change. After determining the things that you can change; work on finding solutions. Things that you can’t change, accept as they are and let them go.
It is crucial that you learn to control stress in the situation while you are exposed. Focus on your breathing and calmness. As you inhale, focus on calmness and peace and as you are exhaling, release the stress, madness, anger and anxiety. Create a very clear picture in your head that each breath you are taking is bringing calmness, peace and clarity. This will do wonders for your stress levels if you practice it immediately after exposure to a stressful situation.
Is not only great for overall health and wellness, it will also improve your how body responds to stress exposure. Any physical activity is beneficial, chose things you enjoy, however, try to incorporate walking, swimming, and or gardening as these are activities that help realign one with the universe.
It is the oldest medical treatment in the world and is very effective for stress and stress related diseases. In the past decade a lot of research has been done about acupuncture. It has been found to be a safe, effective way of treatment for stress and stress related conditions.