With so many of us leading fast-paced lifestyles in a modern world, it’s no surprise that we can feel burned out, exhausted, chronically overtired and listless. We’re more connected than ever, and we’re also more stressed.
Stress in today’s world doesn’t mean simply being frustrated or feeling under pressure. Modern day stress can manifest itself in many different ways, and without the proper management of symptoms and an effective treatment plan, it can lead to more serious issues.
Causes of stress
With many people juggling more roles, responsibilities and demands than ever before, stress can come from any number of areas in your lifestyle.
As technology and society have advanced, new opportunities have opened up for people everywhere. There are a wider variety of jobs available, and it’s easier to stay ‘wired’ at every minute of the day with mobile phones and the internet. However, this also means it can be harder for us to ‘switch off’ and truly appreciate our surroundings. It can also be difficult to adequately relax and recharge, so we miss out on that crucial time to ourselves.
Some common causes of stress include pressure from the workplace or work environment, from friends or family, or the expectations and burdens you put onto yourself. Stress can also be linked to events that are particularly trying, such as buying a new house, moving across country or falling into debt.
Work is a particularly common cause, especially in the modern business environment where employees are expected to work faster than ever. In fact, a recent survey from the American Psychological Association found 69 per cent of employees are significantly stressed by their work, and 41 per cent usually feel tense or stressed out during the average work day.
Troubles with your partner, friends or family can also trigger an experience of stress, as human connections are one of the most important parts of our social lives. In addition to this, chronic illnesses can also cause stress as they impact other areas of your life, from your finances to your relationships with others.
Symptoms of stress
Now that you know the common triggers for stress, how can you recognise when you yourself are experiencing it? There are many different indications, signs and symptoms associated with the condition.
These include an inability to concentrate, problems with memory, anxiety, constant worrying and insomnia, among others. Emotionally, you could be affected by moodiness, agitation, a feeling of loneliness or depression, an inability to relax and greater irritability.
Stress can also manifest itself in physical and behavioural symptoms such as aches and pains, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, a change in eating patterns, procrastination and isolation. This is because stress affects key areas in the body such as the nervous, respiratory, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems.
Stress is the body’s natural response to a challenging situation, but prolonged symptoms can lead to more serious health problems. It can raise your blood pressure, affect your immune system and even speed up the physical ageing process.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can effectively manage the symptoms of stress. It’s all about taking control of a situation so you can take care of yourself.
If you can, avoid any situations where you know you will be subjected to unnecessary stress. If you can’t avoid it, think about how you can change it so it’s more acceptable for you, such as letting other people know how you feel in an appropriate way.
Stress management courses and counselling can be a good way to safely release that tension and restore your mental and physical balance. Some people also find alternative therapies helpful, such as acupuncture or massage.
Keeping yourself healthy is also a good way to feel better prepared to face each day. That means getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet and taking part in regular physical activity and exercises for the good of your body. Making sure you have enough relaxation time is another key part of dealing with stress.
In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms of stress. However, if you want a natural way to prevent and reduce the effects of stress, plants such as the Korean ginseng and Withania have the potential to help prepare the body for times of increased mental and physical demand.
If you are experiencing stress in your life, it’s important to seek the advice of a professional and reach out to those closest to you in order to begin treating the symptoms.
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