Recent days we come across a lot of death due to cardiac arrest and heart failure. This is one of the major lifestyle diseases mainly because of bad eating habit, lack of exercises and mental stress.  

In this article, we see about stress.Some stress persists only as long as the stressor (Causing Factor) is present. For example, job- related stress caused by a challenging project would generally subside once that project is completed. Other forms of stress may outlast the experience. For example, getting raped or mugged is an incredibly stressful experience and one that tends to stay with a person long after the crime is over. In these cases, the experiences will have long-term emotional consequences that take a long time to heal. 

Symptoms of Stress

Many of the commonly observed symptoms of stress are physical in nature.

  • Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Sweaty palms
  • Changes in breathing pattern

These are just some of the many physical changes that are commonly observed following acute stress.

  • Chronic exposure to stress can lead to other physical symptoms such as headaches, indigestion, irritable bowel and stomach cramps.
  • Muscle tension is another common result of stress. One form of this tension is seen in the unnecessary “bracing” or “splinting” action of muscle–the clenched jaw, hunched shoulders, and white knuckles, or muscles contracting when they are not needed. They may stay contracted for long periods without your being aware of it. This tension can cause muscles spasms and pain that, in turn, become an additional stressor. 

The challenges caused by psychosocial stress may lead to a variety of mental and emotional effects. In the shorts- term, stress can impair concentration and attention span. Anxiety is an emotional response to stress that is characterized by both apprehension and compulsion. Because the response usually involves expending a lot of nervous energy, anxiety can lead to fatigue and muscular tension. Unresolved personal stressors can also lead to depression. Stress can cause people to adopt nervous habits like biting their nails. It can also cause normally calm people to become irritable and short-tempered. Other behavioural responses to stress include altered eating and sleeping patterns. 

Exercises are the natural way of producing more endorphins which act like morphine and reduce the stress level and make oneself happy. Physical activity increases more serotonin hormone which is called happy hormones keeps cool and stress-free. In case of any health issues consult your physiotherapist and get exercise prescription. So no worries wear your shoes hit the gym, keep yourself fit.