Research by the American Medical Association has found that stress is a major cause in 75% of all modern world diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, ulcer, emotional disorders, and premature aging.
What is Stress?
In a Layman terms, a Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
Scientifically Speaking, a Stress is our body’s primary physical response. When we get stressed, the mind thinks that the body is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, causing our body to release a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for any physical action it might get into.
Causes of Stress
- Our Environment: We are bombarded with several demands to adjust like weather, pollens, noise, traffic, pollution etc.
- Social Stressors: We, human beings are social animals and live in society. We have to cope with Love, insult, fear, breakups, Office meetings, presentations, deadlines, competitions, death of our loved ones and list can go on and on!
- The 3rd source of Stress is physiological. Lack of exercise, poor nutrition, menopause in women, adolescence, inadequate sleep, injury, aging etc. These all tax our body causing it to trigger stress.
- The 4th source of stress is our thoughts, what we think. Let’s take an example, interpreting a sour look from your boss can make you think that you are not performing well and is likely to give you a lot of anxiety about your job security. Interpreting the same look of your boss as tiredness or a possible fight with spouse will not trigger that stress response from your mind.
Symptoms of Stress
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
- Becoming easily frantic, annoyed, irritated and moody
- Feeling of being overwhelmed
- Unable to relax and make your mind quiet
- Feeling bad about yourself
- Avoiding Friends and even Family
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Feeling Fatigue and Low energy
- Unexplained Headaches
- Stomach problems including diarrhea and constipation
- Tensed muscles with aches and pain
- Rapid heartbeat without doing any physical activity
- Chest pain
- Low immunity causing frequent cold and cough
- Loss of sexual interest and/or ability
- Ringing in the ear
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Excess sweating without any physical exercise
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
If you often get stressed (like 99% people), here are 5 Unique and Easy ways to De-stress in under 5 Minutes!
1. Take a bite of Dark Chocolate
Just 1.4 ounces, roughly a square of the sweet dark stuff can calm your nerves in less than 5 minutes. Dark chocolate helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, therefore relaxing the mind.
2. Enjoy a cup of Green Tea
Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger
3. Have a Spoon full of Honey
Honey is a Natural sedative and helps in relaxation.
4. Eat a Mango
5. Chew gum
Just 5 minutes of chewing a gum can actually help in reducing anxiety and lowering cortisol levels to almost normal.
Whether you are in office, in a middle of a meeting, a presentation, or at home. Take a 5 Minutes break. That’s all you need to Relax, Calm down and relieve yourself from Stress!