Effects of stress on your health

Effects of stress on your health

Have you ever felt like your heart is beating at a fast pace or your hands are sweating?  Have you ever been so worried about something that you ended up with a terrible headache?
If so, then you know what it feels like to be stressed. In recent times stress has become a number one factor that has been affecting people of all age groups. There are a lot of factors that trigger stress and some of which are unemployment, work pressure, divorce, loss of a loved one, losing a job, increase in financial obligations.

Stress not only affects physical but also mental health. There are some physical signs due to short term stress such as headache, weight loss, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and stomach problems. On the other hand when people experience long term stress it adversely disturbs their mental well-being which includes depression, heart attack, blood pressure, skin problems, and fertility problems.

Ways to cope up with stress-

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•    Yoga and meditation- Yoga and meditation are widely proven methods to overcome stress. A few yoga exercises practiced on a daily basis helps to control breathing and also relaxes the body and mind while ensuring  adequate blood flow throughout the system. Trying a few simple yoga postures particularly the breathing techniques is a must for everyone who is stressed out. Apart from yoga, meditation also helps to promote healthy wellbeing.

•    Eat a healthy diet- One of the most important steps to stay fit and happy is to eat a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients. Foods that are rich in fiber and carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables which boosts our immune system and soothes the mind and body by flushing out all the toxic substances from the body should be included in the diet. Apart from eating healthy it is also important to sleep well. On an average your body needs 8 hours of sleep.

•    Maintain a positive attitude- It is almost impossible to always maintain a positive attitude but this could be achieved through meditation. Try and maintain a positive attitude by telling yourself to be happy and content with what you have. Take some time off from your busy schedule and try smiling for a minute while you think of a happy memory or the last thing that made you smile.

•    Indulge in the things that you love to do such as shopping, dancing, cooking also talking to your friends and family will help in minimizing stress.

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- Akhila