Stress is like an invisible, heavy-weight snake. It slithers up your back, clamping your neck to the point of stiffness, and jamming your arms till they feel like they’re made of lead. One might dismiss it as being tired, or having had a really long day, but in reality it’s a symptom of stress. Types of stress vary on the environment or situation you are in. But most of them induce behavioral signs of stress in a person, and that is a clear indication of being over-stressed due to something. It shows itself in the lack of patience and getting irritated and irked easily in situations where you are usually relaxed.
Stress is the side effect of a pill that doesn’t suit your body, like unpleasant situations, harmful environments, mentally taxing workload, etc. that your body reacts to badly because it cannot take it anymore. It’s a warning signal that your mind is beyond saturated and has reached its limit and more often than not, one might not even know that they are stressed until they’re at breaking point.
Physical symptoms of stress are the most common but almost the most difficult to identify as they always come under the category of ‘too tired’ or even ‘mood swings’ and are not to be ignored. Physical effects of stress are frequent colds and infections, constant headaches, low energy levels, insomnia, upset stomach, tense muscles, and many more. Check these off your stress symptoms checklist by making a fixed schedule and signing up for a sport, or other physical activity.
Swimming, cycling, playing badminton or basketball are good options, as they’re liberating. Chronic stress symptoms are mainly psychological in nature, whereby our mind triggers the ‘fight or flight response’ and when even that fails results in the manifestation of anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, feeling overwhelmed, overeating, crying spells, frequent boredom, the list is endless. Chronic stress treatment includes relying on your loved ones for comfort and support-one of the root causes of accumulated stress and emotional effects of stress is not reaching out and asking for help.
Meditation, yoga, chanting, taking out the time to learn a new language or an instrument will go a long way in managing your stress. Stress and anxiety symptoms are like hidden thieves, and need to be identified and chased out.
Hence, the first step towards managing stress is to recognise symptoms and make a checklist. One can make two columns- what causes stress and its symptoms or effects. Keep a diary for a month and track your stressors and their resultant symptoms and accordingly choose your diagnosis. Since the basis of any kind of stress emanates from the mind getting maxed out, focus more on your mental health and work your way out towards maintaining your physical health.
For this, a primary source of relaxation is meditation. Deep breathing practiced with trying to attain a state of thoughtlessness. This is perhaps the best kind of stress treatment there is that one can practice on a daily basis, which will leave you feeling as rejuvenated as a good vacation does.