Beating Stress is Difficult

 

 

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Post Traumatic Stress can be horrid (source)

 

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an overwhelming 428 000 people in the UK suffer from work-related stress. The condition, though varying in its severity, is not to be taken lightly, as it can manifest into physical and psychological dysfunctions that hinder both the sufferer and their co-workers from performing their duties.

As much as stress is a very serious issue, many fail to successfully combat the condition and find it difficult to be productive or live normal lives. If you’ve tried and failed to beat stress, these may be some of the reasons why.

  1. You’re not in control of your workspace

In a study by the American Institute of Stress it was found that high stress levels are associated with an employee’s little to no control over their work conditions. In other words, if your job gives you minimal flexibility, stress levels will rise. The same study found that those who were older had either learnt to adapt to the conditions or found better jobs.

  1. Your body is too reliant on comfort foods

Although the kind of food you eat doesn’t necessarily cause stress, Dr. Norman Pecoraro – an expert in stress and eating – believes that food and stress work hand-in-hand. Stress hormones move energy around, with the body using fat deposits to signal the brain to stop responding to stress. Without this energy, the body would cease to function effectively in times of stress. As the pressure persists, your body will look to the easiest ways to deal with it: craving foods rich in sugar, fat,and alcohol. This not only creates a cycle where eating comfort foods results in guilt and anxiety, but it also becomes a health risk.

Alternatively, health specialists recommend drinking clean water and eating fresh vegetables, fruits, soups and yoghurts. These healthier options help to calm you down and successfully help you combat stress.

  1. You blame yourself for what’s happening in your life

Dr. Joachim Stoeber and Dr. Dirk Janssen from the University of Kent’s School of Psychology established that self-blaming and denial are among some of the most detrimental coping mechanisms to combating stress. They went on to find that reframing one’s outlook on life, using humor to make light of a bad day, and acceptance of circumstances, helped individuals to lower their stress levels, particularly when they had a bad day.

  1. You don’t live an active lifestyle

As has been shown by numerous studies, stress leads to the degradation of physical and mental health. Stress begins to slow down neurogenesis, the process of creating neurons responsible for learning and memory in adults. If you’re not an active person, these neurons don’t generate at a rate that can effectively counteract stress. A study by Dr. Smeyne of the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital showed that those who exercise regularly have more brain cells. What’s more, it’s highly known that exercise promotes the production of endorphins, which have a positive effect on happiness.

Stress isn’t natural, and should be something taken seriously. If you’re suffering from the condition, you should try to implement the aforementioned solutions to your everyday routine. Changing your diet, outlook on life, and exercising regularly, have been proven to help combat stress. It is also recommended that you seek professional help when the condition becomes too severe.
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Tendai is a content manager for Maestro Pressure Coolers and has written numerous articles on health and wellbeing.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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