Stress and its effects

Stress and Its Effects

Virtually every average Nigerian undergoes stress. It’s either stress from the hectic city lifestyle, multiple tasks at once, the regular “hustle”, or traffic jam. It does not only sap your energy, but it also affects your health, physical appearance, mood, and even behaviors.

Indeed stress can affect you physically, emotionally and health-wise and when it is not properly handled can lead to further health complications.

Now let’s see how all these happen:

What is Stress?

Stress is the way the body responds to demand or threat. Like when you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.” You can say it is a way of your body protecting you.

Stress can help you face challenges. It is what keeps you on your toes when you have a presentation at work,  it increases your level of concentration as well as pushes you to study when preparing for an exam. However, when stretched to a limit, stress stops being helpful and starts affecting your health, mood, productivity, relationship and quality of life.

How to Know You are Stressed

Why the Sudden Weight Gain in the 20’s

Stress symptoms can be vague and maybe the same as those caused by medical conditions. So it is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • General weakness
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail-biting, fidgeting, and pacing

EFFECT OF STRESS

sudden Weight Gain in the 20's

  1. STRESS on YOUR HEALTH
    – Headaches
    – Muscle pains
    – Chest pains
    – Stomach pains
    – Fatigue
    Further health complications due to stress. At include
    – High blood pressure
    – Diabetes
    – Obesity

2. STRESS ON YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
It causes
– Pale looking skin
– Eye bags

Weight gain
– The appearance of gray hair
Pimples (Acne)

3. STRESS ON YOUR MOOD
Stress can cause
– Anxiety
– Restlessness
– Lack of focus
– Anger
– Sadness

4. STRESS ON YOUR BEHAVIOR
– Overeating / under-eating
– Angry outbursts
– Social withdrawal
– Drug or alcohol misuse.

How To Manage Stress

sudden Weight Gain in the 20's

Nobody likes to look older than they are, or visit the hospital frequently or deal with skin problems…… So here are a few ways I suggest you manage stress:

– Regular physical activities

– Practicing relaxation techniques

– Get enough sleep and rest

– Keep a positive attitude at all time

– Always have people around

– Learn to say no to request that will cause additional stress in your life

– Accept that some situations are beyond your control (you cannot do it all)

– Assert your feelings, opinions, and belief

– Sleep and rest well

– Give time to your hobbies

– Attend social gatherings

– Eat healthy, well-balanced meals

– Be optimistic

Stress and its effect

 

It takes a while to process and understand life but don’t push your body limits to a point where stress becomes chronic. That is all I have for you. Do have a nice day