How To Get Rid of Stress and Anxiety
When the brain perceives a threat or dangerous situation, the nervous system of the body responds simultaneously by releasing stress hormones, which include Adrenaline and Cortisol. These two hormones make your heart beat faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure shoot up, breath quicken, and all the senses become sharper and more alert. These physical changes increase strength and stamina thus prepares you to come out of that dangerous situation.
What is Stress?
Stress and anxiety is actually the feeling of being under pressure. This pressure can be mental or emotional. It can be a fear too, fear of failure, fear of getting disappointed or disappoint some other person. It may be a fear of some physical threat too.
All of these pressures and threats turn into stress when a person feels unable to cope with them. For many people it becomes a part of life but when you are constantly running on emergency mode, your body and mind pay the price. People react differently to stress and anxiety, so a situation, which can be stressful for one person, may be very motivating for someone else.
Causes of Stress and Anxiety
Many things in life cause stress, particularly work, relationships and financial issues. Modern life is full of deadlines, frustrations, hassles and demands. These things are known as Stressors. How these stressors are built up depends upon your perception about them. There are external causes as well as internal causes of stress and anxiety.
- Changes in life
- Financial problems
- Unrealistic expectations
- Lack of assertiveness
- Inability to accept uncertainty
Effects of Stress
Stress affects your body, mind, and behavior. They can affect your health, may be you do not realize it. Common effects of stress are:
- memory loss
- inability to concentrate
- constant worrying
- short tempered or moodiness
- inability to relax or restlessness
- overwhelming feelings
- feelings of loneliness or isolated
- eating less
- insomnia or sleeping too much
- isolating from society
- neglecting responsibilities
- depending upon drugs, cigarettes and alcohol
- nervous habits for example nail biting, blinking
- Aches and pain
- Chest pain
- rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
How to get rid of stress and anxiety
Although it’s not possible to get out of stress and anxiety completely and totally eliminate it from your life, but you can learn how to deal with it. You can reduce its impact and cope with the symptoms.
Learn how to manage stress
Managing stress means taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with issues and problems.
Learn how to relax
Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing activities activate the body’s relaxation response which helps to deal with stress response. Crystal therapy, acupressure massages, spas, and foot massages are all helpful in keeping stress down. By practicing these techniques, you can effectively combat stress and anxiety and ease tension.