What is Stress?

Stress is a psychological condition that occurs when your body reacts to mental pressure. It is a feeling of being exhausted or incapable of managing mental and emotional difficulties. Due to stress, you may suffer from numerous health conditions such as elevated blood sugar and blood pressure, high heart rate, etc. This happens because your body experiences some chemical changes due to stress and triggers these health issues.

What are the Symptoms of Stress?

Mostly stress is unidentified as you get used to it. However, that doesn’t really mean that it is not affecting you. After a certain point of time, you start developing some symptoms which are unknowingly caused by stress. So, identifying the early signs of disorders caused by stress is very important.
  • The symptoms of stress can be multidimensional. You may suffer from Cognitive problems, such as loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating, anxiety, constantly feeling negative, etc.
  • You may also experience emotional problems. For instance, if you are stressed, you may experience irritability, depression, grumpiness, remoteness, etc. There are some physical symptoms of stress which are easier to be discovered than mental or emotional signs. Often you may suffer from nausea or dizziness. You may develop body aches or headaches quite frequently. Rapid heart rate and chest pain are also very common in people with stress. Lack of sex drive may be another physical disorder you may experience. Other than these, some behavioral changes can be noticed in a person who is stressed.
  • Eating more or eating less and sleeping more and sleeping less are the most common behavioral changes one can observe in a stressed person. Additionally, they also have habits like nail-biting or pacing.
  • Consumption of alcohol or other addictive substances may be another symptom of stress. A person with this disorder tends to run away from responsibilities.

What are the Causes of Stress?

  • The causes of stress can be categorised by internal and external. Some of the common internal causes are pressure in your work, pressure in studies, relationship problems, financial difficulties, being very busy, problems in the family, and/or major life changes.
  • Whereas internal causes can be negativity in every approach, unable to accept ambiguity, inflexible thinking process, Unworkable expectation, etc.

When to see a Doctor?

Stress is more of an emotional disorder than a physical one in most cases. You may need to seek counseling for emotional help. However, if you are suffering from various physical issues due to stress, you may need to seek medical help. In case your health issues are making it difficult to perform daily tasks, then seeing your doctor is important.

Lifestyle Prevention of Stress

  • Preventing stress is possible. If you follow some healthy measures, you may avoid being stressed out.
  • Most important is a healthy diet. Being healthy is very important and eating clean is the key to being healthy. Working out daily is also one of the most important stress busters. Getting enough sleep is also important. Drinking at least 2 to 3 ltr of water is a very healthy practice to manage stress. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Do breathing exercises like pranayama. Reframe complications – wait, reorganize and look at the condition from a positive perspective. For instance, if you are caught in road traffic, take pleasure in the alone time

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Stress

Ayurveda has been a great healer for stress. There are some great Ayurvedic remedies that can help you calm your mind. Herbs and spices like Brahmi, Bhringraj, Jatamamsi, shanka pushpin are very effective in stress reduction.
  • Brahmi Tea: Brahmi tea is a great remedy to relax your mind. Add half a tsp of Brahmi to one cup of hot water and steep it for 5 to 7 minutes. Drink this tea twice a day.
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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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