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Stress and Health Issues

tiredStress has a strong link to health issues. Stress itself can make one sick and cause significant health problems or worsen conditions of health diseases. Modern life has brought stress to everyone who leads a hectic life, especially in Western countries; be it work related stress or stress concerning a relationship, we feel that we must keep up with the never ending multiple demands of the modern era and tend to forget that our health can be impaired and sometimes lead to chronic diseases.

Stress signs can be physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive. Stress related health problems are caused when one encounters grief, hatred, anger and fear; try to refrain from all of those stress triggers and just relax, learn to forgive, to be tolerant and to accept other ideas and you will see that you would feel better.

The most common trigger for headaches is stress which can cause severe migraines. When someone is stressed, the body responds immediately, your blood vessels constrict and your heart beats faster. Headache is a stress related symptom for many people, one must try to relax and relieve the stress with other means of treatment not just by taking headache pills.

Diabetes type two is known to get worse by stress. Stress raises the sugar levels and also causes bad patterns of behavior such as bad eating habits and excessive alcohol consumption.

Heart disease – heart problems are caused by stress related issues, heart attacks or other cardiac problems can derive from stress, which might have an effect on the blood vessels.

Asthma – recent studies show that if a mother experiences chronic stress when pregnant, her baby is likely to have asthma.

Obesity – stress causes higher levels of the cortisol hormone which causes to increase the fat in the abdomen.

Depression is also caused by stress, research shows that people leading a stressful life tend to get depressed much more than people who led a peaceful life.

Stress can cause memory problems, loss of judgment, short temper, moodiness, dizziness, nausea or loss of sex drive.

Stress differs from one person to another, one cannot know the level of stress that he /she can tolerate and therefore have to watch out for signs of stress.

How can one cope and reduce stress:

You have to identify the stressors in your life which means controlling your daily schedule first of all, your emotions and your thoughts. Identify the source of your stress and start dealing with it. The first thing to do is to start a stress diary in order to understand who and what to eliminate in your life that causes stress. Is stress an integral part of your life or is it just a temporary phase, do you get stressed when a certain person addresses you or is it nearly everyone who approaches gets you stressed.

Stress management commences with identifying the sources of stress, it is not always so obvious, and you have to understand the role you play in maintaining or creating the stress levels in your life.

Learn how to eliminate your stressors and try to focus on what makes you calm. If talking about politics makes you stressed than either avoid this issue or talk about it and present your ideas, don’t keep in inside.

There isn’t one formula to deal with stress related issues. Some would recommend to avoid the stressor others would teach to adapt or alter the stressor. No single method works for all.

Physical changes should also be practiced, sleep at least eight hours at night, exercise and eat healthy food, avoid too much alcohol and cigarettes and maintain good relationships with your surroundings.

There are excellent medical institutions holistic and spa clinics which teach  how to deal with stress, one can admit himself /herself to one of those top-notch medical clinics in Thailand or in India and receive a full relaxation treatment.