In olden days people used to worry about surviving through the night, eating food and finding a good soul mate who can enhance your quality of life. Yes! food, peace and quality life were the top three priorities of our fathers and forefathers. But now, we have abundant of these, yet we don’t live hassle-free and relaxed. In fact, we are stressed more than ever.
There are data and studies that support the fact that almost 60-90% of illnesses that physicians come across have stress as a major underlying factor. Modern day stressors include:
Jammed with Information
Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter keep jamming us with ample information. If you are one who keeps looking into it every time you get a notification and watch all the mind-disturbing news that happen worldwide, you are sure to be stressed out as a result. Proverbs exist that says the world to frown at a person who lacks knowledge but at the same time, overburdening a person with knowledge can also make him/her perish in life.
Measure don’t Compare
Earlier, we used to compare our marks with our fellow classmates at school, parents used to compare us with our cousins and comparisons happened over petty things. But now, we have the opportunity to gauge and compare ourselves with thousands of strangers who earn, live or enjoy better than us. Some others compare themselves with their ideal self and actual self. They brood over the inability to achieve what they dream of. Social media is too full of people who compare each and every aspect of theirs with that of others and waste their time and energy.
Take a break from the gadget world and surround yourself with people who motivate and encourage you. These are the ones who make you understand that another person’s win or loss has nothing to do with your personal life. Each of us are different, we all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences. Anyone can post a pic of themselves smiling. But who knows what’s going on behind that smile?
Cut-throat competition at workplace
Stress at office existed since people started going to office, but in recent times getting a hefty paycheck does not solve all problems. Entrepreneurs are rising at staggering rates and crossing all barriers to succeed. One thing they need to remember is that, if they don’t do it carefully they can be pushed down the dumps.
Learn to recognize how stress can affect you physically in the form of cold, reflux or anxiety attacks. Realize hat your body is trying to convey this message that you are stressed, and you need time off to relax in some way. Listen to such signs and start embracing coping techniques such as going for a walk, spending time with a close friend, reading a book or meditating. Sleep is indispensable and the body’s most natural way to succeed in life.
Concerned about the world
The world is becoming less safe to live day by day with terrorism, violence and inhuman acts happening around us every day. Many are concerned about their future. One thing we all need to remember is that we cannot control other people’s behavior and actions, but we can control our reaction and behavior to some issue. Likewise, we cannot predict our future and take precautionary measures right now, but we can do what can be done to control violence and disharmony existing among individuals in today’s society.
Chic & Fashionable
Earlier, only celebrities and popular people were photoshopped or paid to stay beautiful and thin. But now, with social media playing an integral role in every person’s life, even common individuals want to pose and click like models. The stress experienced by these individuals is even higher. Body-shaming issues and low self-esteem can trigger physical stress and enhance negative health outcomes. Overweight and obese people who are shameful of their body composition are sure to fall a prey to ill health and increase their stress levels.
The best way to beat stress is to practice mindfulness and promote positive thinking. At the same time, there are quite a few other ways to combat stress apart from meditation and to know which suits best for you, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com. Concentrate on your job at hand, look at the positive aspects in your life and never compare your life with that of others. Remember that the grass on the other side is always greener.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.