The latest report by Everyday Health on stress terms it a national epidemic. The participants of this survey range between the age bracket of 25-35 and the focus is on chronic stress. Although there are numerous types of stress, chronic stress is the one that makes it hard for you to sleep and be productive.
The findings show a whooping prevalence of stress in the United Stress. About one-third of the respondents confessed about visiting a doctor about concerns related to stress. 57% said that they are paralyzed by stress, whereas, 43% more said they are invigorated by stress.
Diving into the details, 51% of the women participants in the survey admitted that they don’t meet their friends at all in an average week. Work-related stress was also explored by the survey. Of those who were surveyed, Gen Zers agree that were chronically work-stressed.
Another culprit that was blamed for causing stress was financial concerns. 52% of the respondents said that their financial issues cause them regular stress. 35% of the people blame careers and jobs as a common stressor.
On top of all of this, appearance was also held responsible as an agent that causes stress on a regular basis. More of than half of the survey women participants (51%) said that they feel bad about their appearance on a weekly basis. 28% went on to say that they feel bad about their appearance on a regular note.
What can stress do to you?
Therefore, in a sum-up, we have financial issues, work, job and career, and appearance as some of the common reasons to blame for stress. The problem is that with the daily hustle and bustle of life, stress has become a common package that we all have to deal with.
However, if left unchecked stress can culminate in several health concerns while also aggravating prevalent health issues. For instance, stress is commonly held responsible for a decline in one’s mental health, focus, and so on. It also takes a toll on our energy levels and can become energy-draining.
Not to mention, several mental ailments such as anxiety and dementia hold stress as a risk factor. Stress also earns the same position when it comes to heart diseases. Too much stress can work as a risk factor and up the odds of developing cardiovascular concerns.
Moving forward: What can you do for yourself?
If stress does not directly impact one’s health, then it can work indirectly as well. Therefore, it is best to take measures to curtail stress. If you’re suffering from chronic stress that you feel cannot be handled on your own, then it is best to visit a specialist without any further delay.
For those of you who can still nip the evil in its bud, pay attention to self-care. It plays a significant role in reducing stress. At the same time, eat healthily, sleep well, and exercise regularly.
All these pointers may sound cliché, however, when followed correctly, they can help manage stress better. Some of the food items such as junk and processed foods that we eat may boost inflammation in the body. Consequently, they increase your stress levels. This is one of the main reasons why you shouldn’t turn down healthy eating as a viable option for fighting stress.
Similarly, focus on regular physical activity. Exercise carries more oxygen to your brain, which helps in reducing stress and maintaining optimal brain health. Plus, exercise releases dopamine, which assists in making you feel happy.
Additionally, work on improving your sleep. Sleeplessness can work to aggravate stress. At the same time, stress can make it hard to fall asleep. Hence, the relationship between the two is pretty complicated.
Some of the best tips to fetch some peaceful zzz, however, include maintaining a proper sleep schedule, dimming the lights in your bedroom an hour before bed, and turning off your phone while refraining from smoking, drinking alcohol, and having caffeine in the evening.
Alcohol, caffeine, and smoking are three agents that disturb your slumber more than you can imagine. At the same time, blue light from your electronic gadgets can disturb your internal sleep cycle substantially by confusing your brain into thinking that it is not time to sleep.
Therefore, all these factors can help you lessen stress. It’s best to try whatever works for you and prevent the stress from taking over your personal and professional life.