A quick dive into what STRESS means, and how you can manage it!
Pressured to perform at school? Managing timelines at work? People handling. Keeping the peace within the family. Everything is interconnected, and there are so many ways in managing and reducing stress in your life. Everyone is different too, so while some people may react explosively, others may simply laugh it off, run a marathon or resort to a quieter method be it through prayer, medication or mindfulness. Stress can arise from anything or anyone who places a high demand or expectation from you.
“Stress, if adapted can motivate us every day in our daily life”, – MYHEALTH
In an article excerpt from Ministry of Health of Malaysia MyHealth website, writers Prof. Madya Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon suggests that stress can be good or bad. He writes, “We need stress to survive. Stress, if adapted can motivate us every day in our daily life. Through stressful situations, we develop abilities to adapt, cope and respond to life’s demands. On the other hand, stress is bad when we are not able to manage it properly or when we view it negatively. Poor stress management leads to feeling out of control which in turn will lead to other unhealthy coping strategies,”.
According to a journal by Harajyoti, Dipankar, Lipika and Nabanita (2012) – “Comparative Study on Stress and Contributing Factors Among Graduate and Graduate Students”, stress factors were found to be behavioural, psychological and psychosomatic. In terms of behaviour, the study suggests that stress is caused by instability in relationships. The psychological aspects are where stress stems from from anger, low self-esteem, depression where all of it seems to be related to emotional disturbance. In psychosomatic terms, factors such as headache, sleep problems, ulcers and high blood pressure tend to cause stress and pressure.
In the study, they found that females show often more symptoms in anxiety, back pain, neck pain, appetite and skin rashes. The report also said that there were studies that suggest that the inability to adapt to stress is associated with the onset of depression or anxiety. In one study, two-thirds of subjects who experienced a stressful situation had nearly six times the risk of developing depression within a month of experiencing stressful events. Some evidence suggests that repeated release of stress hormone produce hyperactivity in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal gain and disrupts normal level of serotonin, the nerve chemical that is critical for feeling of well being. Certainly, stress diminishes quality of life reducing feeling of pleasure and accomplishment
and relationship are often threatened. The data was derived from a sample pool of 250 participants comprising of students and post-graduate students.
A balanced diet is based on the “Myplate” of the food set. Eating is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Ever head the term “comfort food”? Nourishment for your mental and physical being comes from the food you meticulously plan throughout the day. Keep your food simple, light and nutritious so it’s easily digestible and keep you from feeling sluggish after lunch.
Stressful situations can increase the acid content in our stomach. Makes one think differently when they say “I have butterflies in my stomach”!
Our team had a very insightful read of Diet & Stress by Michael J. Gonzalez & Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, 2014. Citing the report, “…a food industry that provides main staple foods that are additional stressors (refined carbohydrates, excessive animal fats, artificial colours, preservatives, and sweeteners). Unhealthy eating patterns will only result in an increased level in stress, followed by further health problems in the near future if the issues are not resolved. With a healthy eating plan accompanied with scientific supplementation and a proper stress management program, one can overcome stress, prolong one’s life span, and reduce the likelihood of stress-related illnesses,”
For busy executives, you could incorporate some exercise into your day, just as though it were an important appointment. We would suggest a less strenuous routine, that would help you work out a sweat but without stressing your body out too much.
Ed Haynes, founder and head trainer at a gym in Hong Kong shared that exercise itself stresses your body. So it’s not a good idea to pack physical stress on top of an already stressed body. You can read more about it here.
A really good rest is penultimate. When you get enough rest, your physical and mental condition is calm, balanced and ready to to make right decisions. Heed this advice. It’s been said, good rest is productivity’s best friend.
Here’s a tip from Dr Lim Li Ling, Consultant Neurologist at the Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre, Gleneagles Medical Centre and Director, Sleep Disorders Unit, Singapore General Hospital.
Go to bed and get up at about the same time every night and morning respectively, including weekends. Try to have a regular schedule of going to bed and waking up. This will help you to anchor your circadian (“biological”) clock and establish a consistent rhythm of sleep. Read more…
- Stress management by MyHealth. Read more…
- A Comparative Study on Stress and it’s Contributing Factors among the Graduate and Post-Graduate Students by Harajyoti Mazumdar, Dipankar Gogoi, Lipika Buragohain and Nabanita Haloi. 2012. Read more…
- Stress dan Kesihatan. Dr Izzat Haznil Bin Ismaal. Pegawai Perubatan PKU UTMKL. Read more…
- Diet and stress. Michael J Gonzalez and Jorge R Miranda-Massari. 2014. Read more…
This article was written by AsiaFitnessToday.com editorial team with research by Nabila Azamuddin and Nur Nadiah Yazid, UiTM Sports Management faculty.